A distant shot of the Common Gallinule out from the bridge on Haven Road.

Another great morning on the Bashakill! Ducks are really moving out, Karen Miller and I found only a few Mallard, Black, Ring-necked (45), Northern Shoveler (5) and Wood Ducks this morning. All other species are gone. We did have good luck with Mergansers though. 12 Common Mergansers, 4 Hooded Mergansers and 1 Red-breasted Merganser were all low numbers, but they are still around. The birds of the day were the passerines. We had several mixed species flocks with lots of individuals. Pine and Palm Warblers were abundant. YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS were our FOS and we had at least 5 of them. Our FOS LOUISANNA WATERTHUSH was a single bird off the Stop Sign Parking Lot. Also here was our FOS BROWN THRASHER and the Eastern Towhee I found yesterday. On Haven Road, Karen and I searched for the Common Gallinule we had yesterday. At first, we couldn’t find it. It finally called right in the phragmites where we had it before, but still I couldn’t spot it. A short time later, another Common Gallinule called out from the Bridge on Haven Road and I was able to spot it and get some distant photos. At the Main Boat Launch, we found our FOS NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, and our second Brown Thrasher of the day. A really nice morning!

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