Earlier today I was excited to see my first Great Egret of the year fly by
my office window at home in Shelburne; apparently checking out a possible
spot on Beaver Creek to set down.
Yesterday I birded Woodside in Essex (off Route 15) for the first time;
apparently a bit earlier in the early afternoon than Carol who already
posted yesterday about her Rusty Blackbird and Eastern Towhee seen later in
the afternoon. I didn't see either of those unfortunately and also missed
the Red-shouldered Hawks that are around there sometimes. However, I did
hear and then see at a distance a Pine Warbler; as well as a B. Kingfisher,
E. Phoebe and a Northern Rough-winged Swallow all hunting the water areas,
plus other standards.
Today at home, I also saw an unusual White-throated Sparrow of the
white-striped form. It stood out from the others, as the bright white color
of the throat extended back around the neck from the throat patch through
the nape, especially on its right side (with a bit of asymmetric black
still on the left side behind and lower than the eye). Unfortunately I
didn't have a camera to attempt a photo, but it was very striking.
Best in spring birding, Larry Haugh