This morning I birded a new area that parallels the Whip-poor-Will route I
survey. (That route is productive with two or three each year ) A mostly vast
wetland on one side of an old railroad bed. ( series of beaver dams ) and a mix
of Hard and Soft woods with large areas of successional growth on the other
side of the bed. Miles Stream meets the railroad bed in a few places.
Mosquitos, Black flys and Moose are in Heaven here as well as a few other
birds to my surprise.
A six mile walking roundtrip produced 51 species. There were 14 species of
warblers. I stopped counting on the way out and these numbers are
conservative but a few of the high counts are listed below:
Alder Flycatcher 15+
Nashville Warbler 20+
Common Yellowthroat 25+
Canada Warbler 20+
American Redstart 12+
Olive Sided Flycatcher 2
I also came upon a pair of nesting Ospray atop a metal power pole ( an
electric line traverses this area mid way ). A Redtail Hawk flyby with Blue Jay
nipping at his tail feathers. A nesting pair of Ravens. A Beaver.
Yesterday May 23, at the Conte Refugee, an NEK Audbon field trip I was
leading, took 5 hours to make it to Mollie Beattie Bog ( where we ran into Jim
Mead and Dwight Cargill ) from the Stone Dam Road Entrance because there
were just too many warblers to push out of our way to make any progress.
We were fortunate to find in addition to all the great birds a female moose
with perhaps a day or two day old calf. aaww