A slower day, but still some new birds

Swainson’s Thrush at Thrush Point on the Nature Trail.

It was clear upon arrival at the Bashakill that it was a quieter day than yesterday. Many of yesterday’s abundance of warblers had moved on. I only managed 14 species of warbler this morning, my only FOS being a beautiful male MAGNOLIA WARBLER in my yard first thing this morning. Many birders were out at the Bashakill and I’m sure some other folks had birds I didn’t. Karen Miller and I spent most of our time at the Nature Trail which was again the most active spot today. Highlights included Cerulean Warbler (4) Black-throated Blue Warbler (7) and an abundance of the more common species. While birding there, I got a call from Scotty Baldinger who informed us that he and a group of birders had found a FOS SWAINSON’S THRUSH on Thrush Point (part of Nature Trail). We, including Clay Spencer who had joined us by now, were nearly there, so headed right over. We found the thrush almost immediately. Thanks Scott! Beautiful bird! I only had 51 species this morning, but still a good day!

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