A little pick me up!

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The last week has been a bit quiet and little has changed bird wise in the county.  Today, it was about as quiet as I’ve seen it in a long time.  Raptors clearly worked their magic today.  The Apollo Plaza was devoid of birds entirely and that only happens when a raptor has passed through recently. Moving on to Morningside, it was also quiet. As I kayaked among the islands, coming up on the most recently emerged mud flat, I pulled up on the edge and was surprised to see the Merlin just sitting there twenty feet from me on the ground.  I moved to quickly to get my camera and flushed him.  He flew around a bit and then to a dead tree on the far side of the lake.  Needless to say, there were few shorebirds at all today (2 Least, 1 Spotted) the entire place.  Down at the Bashakill, Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons were the only real birds to see, it was just quiet.  I decided to return this afternoon to check the Deli Fields.  I had been looking for Olive-sided Flycatchers earlier without luck, but this time I found some.  A juvie was fly catching along the road in through the fields, perching in the dead snags at the top of the trees.  I posted it to “Whats App” and Karen Miller came to see the bird.  We had no sooner found it, when a second one flew in.  They squabbled quite a bit and the second one flew off to the hedge row crossing the field.  This repeated itself twice and then the second bird disappeared.  We had many photo opportunities and eventually left the bird there quite contentedly feeding.  There were lots of birds around.  Pewees, Phoebes, and an unidentified empid rounded out the flycatcher group. It was a nice pick-me-up in an otherwise quiet day.

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