Bashakill – Unexpected Fallout – 17 species of Warbler and much more!

One of half a dozen Scarlet Tanagers we saw today.


With winds out of the southeast (not usually good for us) last night and cool temps. I headed to the Bashakill with few expectations for the day. I heard from Bruce Nott on my way that he had some good birds. I met him at the Deli Fields for what would prove to be the best day of the year so far! A dozen BOBOLINK and an amazing 14 EASTERN KINGBIRDS there among the many more common species was quite a sight. We had our FOS CHIMNEY SWIFTS flying overhead and a pair of SCARLET TANAGERS as well. From there we headed to the Horseshoe Parking Area. Who would think we wouldn’t leave for an hour and a half! It was simply alive with birds. Many of the common warblers were here including a couple of Cerulean Warbler. Four species of Vireo including another early RED-EYED were seen. Just off the trail here were Solitary Sandpiper and Common Gallinule. From here we headed to the Nature Trail. At first it didn’t seem too birdy, but then things picked up. First I found our FOS CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, then as we watched it I spotted our FOS BAY-BREASTED WARBLER!! We contacted Scott Baldinger who was out with some other birders and eventually Scott, Gene McGary, Tom Crepet and Jane Vechioni arrived to see what ended up being two of each of these birds. We soon found a Nashville and Blue-winged Warbler to add to the fun. Also here, our FOS GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER! I had to leave for a while, but returned later in the afternoon to meet Bruce again. Some highlights of the afternoon included two Green Heron, a Brown Thrasher and a Barred Owl. I had to leave for a meeting, but returned again later. The only new bird for the day at that time was an American Bittern calling off Haven Road. I ended my day with 78 species!

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5 Responses to Bashakill – Unexpected Fallout – 17 species of Warbler and much more!

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Ah, the joys of spring!

  2. You can say that again!

  3. DAVID H WEISS says:

    Congrats on a boffo bird day. That’s more birds than my life list! Pardon my ignorance: What is FOS?

  4. David,
    FOS is the standard abbreviation for “First Of Season”. You will see me use it regularly in this blog. John

  5. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Ah, the joys of spring! How wonderful that you have had so many Fallout days.

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