Apollo, Morningside and the Bashakill

I got a text from Maryallison Farley this morning letting me know that our FOS Great Egret was present on Haven Road.........Finally!

I got a text from Maryallison Farley this morning letting me know that our FOS Great Egret was present on Haven Road………Finally!


The tides have really turned. For the second day in a row, some interesting birds came in. At Apollo, yet another Greater Yellowlegs joined the Killdeer. At Morningside, the shorebirds pretty much remained the same. Seven species were present with Solitary Sandpipers replacing the Greater Yellowlegs from yesterday. Also new was a Merlin. This bird remained perched the entire hour and a half I was there, preening and resting. One of the two Semipalmated Sandpipers from yesterday was the only other shorebird missing. I couldn’t help but wonder if the Merlin was digesting a meal as it took its R n R time. On to the Bashakill. Several notables today. First, a GREAT EGRET was finally present, our first post breeding dispersal bird. Also, the gallinule family could be seen and two Virginia Rails were calling back and forth to each other. Its nice to have some interesting birding time again!
Each fall, when the shorebirds begin to arrive at Morningside (and even Apollo), the Merlins and Peregrines aren't far behind. Today, the first Merlin showed up.

Each fall, when the shorebirds begin to arrive at Morningside (and even Apollo), the Merlins and Peregrines aren’t far behind. Today, the first Merlin showed up.

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One Response to Apollo, Morningside and the Bashakill

  1. Great post John, good to see things are moving a bit. I will have to try to get out there this weekend – love that spot.

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