Matt Medler and I spent a lot of the weekend birding. Friday night we heard BARRED OWL in my backyard in Chester. We heard a lot of migrants in the morning and decided to head to Herrick’s Cove to see what arrived. We were treated as soon as we got out of the car to a singing NASHVILLE WARBLER and a bright, nearly red BALTIMORE ORIOLE. Also present were BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, YELLOW WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, and more. We watched a NORTHERN HARRIER fly over the marsh.
Yesterday afternoon we walked around Lowell Lake and bumped up our warbler tally to 11 species with NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACKBURNIAN, and YELLOW-RUMPED. Also of note was a single COMMON LOON, a calling AMERICAN BITTERN, an OSPREY, EVENING GROSBEAK, and a huge swarm of swallows. There were well over 200 swallows flying around, including TREE, N. ROUGH-WINGED, CLIFF, BARN, AND BANK. It was an impressive sight.
This morning we participated in the Herrick’s Cove Wildlife Festival and joined the 40 or so other birders on the morning bird walk. It was a quieter morning, but we did add MAGNOLIA WARBLER, a pair of GREEN HERONS, AMERICAN BITTERN, BALD EAGLE, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER.
We also found some herps this weekend, including American Toad, Pickerel Frog, and a distant turtle sunning itself. Complete trip lists are posted on ebird.
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