Friday, August 27, 2010

Fairly Good Flight at Higbee; Whistling-ducks Resurface

[Red-breasted Nuthatch in the Higbee parking lot. Something like 30 RBNU's were counted at Morning Flight today. Click to enlarge photos.]

Higbee Beach WMA had a decent landbird flight today, with hordes of Eastern Kingbirds and Bobolinks (most BOBO's are flyovers, but look for them in the sorghum in the third field, where we had a small group with the Red-winged Blackbirds), and of course American Redstarts, Red-eyed Vireos, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, but other species were mixed in. We had a couple Magnolia Warblers on the walk, as well as Warbling Vireo, and glimpses of other species: Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow Warblers, Northern Waterthrushes. Baltimore Orioles came by in a few small flocks. We heard a couple Veeries, and Richard Crossley tells me he had 2 Mourning Warblers. Watchers at the dike had more species, including Cape May Warblers. A Peregrine sizzled over the tower field at the end of the walk.

I hear the Black-bellied Whistling-ducks were seen yesterday, but I am not sure where. The King Eider is being seen this morning at the Concrete Ship.

[One of several Great-crested Flycatchers at Higbee this morning.]

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