Bashakill over the long weekend

Gordon and Lori Lam came up from Long Island for the weekend and spent quite a bit of time birding the Bashakill with many of our local group. Karen, Scott, Steve, Lance, Bruce and I all birded with them at times over the weekend. It was a great weekend for birds and birding companions. We had a dozen species of warblers highlighted by Wilson’s, Tennessee, Blackburnian, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided. Vireos were in good number with Warbling, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated all seen. A possible Philadelphia Vireo this morning took off the minute we got on it, so that one will have to wait for another day. Baltimore Orioles and Scarlet Tanagers were seen in multiples each day. One surprise bird was a Swainson’s Thrush. We all thought it was a bit early, but it cooperated by showing well. Flycatchers were in relative short supply. Eastern Wood Pewee were everywhere, as were Phoebes. We had one Great Crested Flycatcher at the Stop Sign Parking lot, and a nice Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at the Linear Park trail off McDonald Road. Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Northern Harriers and Common Gallinules were all on the marsh. The biggest surprise was at 11 am today we had three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS flycatching over the Stop Sign Parking Lot.

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