I just got back from a ' non-birding ' trip to Candle Lake.
We were visiting with friends at their cabin, but I still managed to sneak away for a couple of hours early in the morning on both days.
Not really advisable after long nights of drinking, eating, playing cards and other merriment's, but you just can't beat being outdoors first thing.
Warblers still seem to be arriving , with not that many species present, although Cape May's were everywhere, actually out-numbering Yellow-rumps.
On the last day, things picked up a little bit when I found two singing Bay-breasted Warblers , a Redstart and then several Tennessee's.
Here are my highlights...
New year birds :
Bay-breasted Warbler - 2 resplendent males high in the canopy.
Blue-headed Vireo - 1 serenading me from a lofty perch giving me some nice binocular views.
Red-eyed Vireo - 1 singing bird on the journey home
American Redstart - 1 quick look at a male
And the rest ..
Veery - 1
Swainson's Thrush - 1
Cape May Warbler - 10 males, 2 females
Tennessee Warbler - 4
Ovenbird - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 8
Pileated Woodpecker - 1 male
Gray Jay - 10
Northern Goshawk - 1 brief fly by
Ruffed Grouse - 3
Boreal Chickadee - 5
Pine Siskin - 9
Dark-eyed Junco - 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 6
White-throated Sparrow - 2
Chipping Sparrow - 20
Northern Flicker - 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Merlin - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 3
Swainson's Hawk - 1
Evening Grosbeak - 1
Lapland Longspur - 2 flocks of about 100 on the journey home
Sandhill Crane - 4 on the way home
Wilson's Snipe - 2