Another good day at the Bashakill!

I birded the Bashakill today with Scott Baldinger. Eventually, we were joined by Marty Borko. It was another good morning. I had twelve species of warbler myself, but others had more.  The Orchard was the best spot early in the morning, actually right around 9:30 am.  The birds were quite active and the light was actually good for a change.  Highlights for me were: Hooded Warbler ( a beautiful adult male), Worm-eating Warbler (in the same bush I had it two days ago), Magnolia, Pine, Tennessee (2), Bay-breasted, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided and Black and White Warblers, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart and Northern Parula! Other than a single Yellow-throated Vireo, I had only Red-eyed Vireos today. For the first time in some time, I had 3 Scarlet Tanagers! An Eastern Kingbird was surely a northern migrant as they have been gone from the area for some time. In the marsh I had 9 Great Egrets and 2 Great Blue Herons. Probably because I was sticking to the woods, I had only a single Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Turkey Vulture today. Keep your eye on the next couple of days. Monday and Tuesday nights migration forecast is the highest this fall. We are in the deep orange range which indicates medium high migration! Lets hope it pans out!

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