The Black-billed Cuckoo above feasts on a large furry green caterpillar!
Maybe my timing was a bit better today, or maybe I just lucked into some birds. Whatever it was, I enjoyed a nice morning of birding. I started out at several locations up county. Most were devoid of birds. At Morningside Park, there were still no shorebirds, but I did enjoy the three common waders and the Merlin there. I finally headed down to the Bashakill. I actually had a migrant this morning, a Red-breasted Nuthatch at the Pine Boat Launch. There was also a Great Egret there, but little else. When I reached the Deli Fields, things began to pick up. I didn’t have any birds I would call migrants, but I did have some mixed species foraging flocks that had some birds I hadn’t seen recently. For me the best birds were along the road through the fields at the boat launch end near the first parking area. Here I had a Wood Thrush, Brown Thrasher, House Wrens, both Cuckoos, two Redstarts, many Pewees and a Phoebe, Song Sparrows and a Common Yellowthroat. That was it for warblers for me today, I found no more. At the Horseshoe Parking area, I ran into another mixed species flock. Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Carolina Wrens and a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (only my second definite migrant) were all seen. It was nice to actually have some birds to sort through for a change. Hopefully more of this is to come!