This was a day that brought us 17 species of warbler and was, in fact, very slow going all round until the final early evening session at Blue Heron Trail. We began the day with a Bald Eagle flying over the car park before getting the tram down to the tip in a howling gale.
The high winds, coupled with freezing cold conditions meant all the birds were on the sheltered eastern side of the tip. There was nothing new to report but it was amazing to see all of the hirundines sheltering on the beach, so take a look at these pics…
|Northern Rough-winged and Tree Swallows|
So we walked back up to the Visitor Centre but didn’t get anything new, apart from some really close views of migrants.
But in the afternoon Viv, Keith & Margaret twitched a Piping Plover back at the tip and also got a Philadelphia Vireo. Whilst Gladys and I walked the Tilden Trail and had Swainson’s, Veery and our first Hermit Thrush feeding in the leaf litter.
Another visit to the tip resulted in more close views of Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Magnolia and Nashville Warblers but there was no afternoon fall.
|Blackburnian Warbler - my fave!|
So a great move then to go to Blue Heron where it was jumping. Our first Bay-breasted Warbler and Northern Waterthrush were here, and we also had Wilson’s and Parula Warblers and many Common Yellowthroats, plus all the usual more common warblers.