Thursday, August 29, 2013

Warbler Migration is Picking Up!

Rob writes: This morning, since radar showed a good amount of migration last night, I decided to get up early and do a little birding at Eagle Creek Park before it got too hot outside. When I arrived at the marina, it was extremely quiet and I was worried that I may not be able to find very many birds. As I was heading back to my car to move to another part of the park, I head some chickadees, titmice, and nuthatches making a lot of noise and decided to check it out. Almost immediately I realized that there were warblers mixed in with the flock!

There were a few Black-and-white Warblers inspecting the bark for insects and one Blackburnian Warbler flitting among the leaves at the top of the tree. I caught some movement out of the corner of my eye and was pleasantly surprised to find a Blue-winged Warbler when I raised my binoculars. Then a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher joined the mix. Something startled the flock and they flew a short distance to some tree across the road which gave me a much better view.

One of the Black-and-white Warblers searching for insects.
Another shot of the Black-and-white.
As I continued to watch the flock, I found one Tennessee and one Blackpoll Warbler, and two Prothonotary Warblers. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a first year Canada Warbler appeared!

This Prothonotary Warbler decided to pose for some photos!
Another view of the Prothonotary
It was starting to get really hot by this point so I left the marina and made a quick stop at the end of the Handicap Road on the north end of the park. There was not a whole lot going on since mudflats still have yet to emerge in the area but a Black-crowned Night-Heron flew over just before I left! It had been quite a long time since I had seem that species at the park.

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