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    Better birding for migrants than I expected today. I will also mention that by 6 pm I was noticing the cardinals and towhees........the migrants were largely
    Message 1 of 5 , Apr 28, 2012
      Better birding for migrants than I expected today. I will also mention that by 6 pm I was noticing the cardinals and towhees........the migrants were largely gone.
      I had ~ 110 species but it was MUCH slower than last weekend. Last Sunday I had ~ 110 species that I would describe as "in self defense" due to the highly diverse but low "volume" fallout. Today I had to work a bit for 110 species (9 hours). I did have one new Youth Camp bird.

      Long-billed Curlew.........cinnamon and plain underwings, no visible head stripe, larger more "ungainly". I see Whimbrel fairly often so the contrast is/was noticeable.


      Other birds of note or interest to me:

      Common Loon...................................8
      Horned Grebe.....................................1
      Greater Scaup.....................................8
      Sora.................................................2
      American Oystercatcher......................19
      Red Knot.............................................5
      Caspian Tern....................................3
      Sandwich Tern.................................45
      Common Tern..................................1
      Gull-billed Tern......................................3
      Least Tern.......................................4
      Gray Kingbird...................................3
      Cliff Swallow..................................1
      Veery................................................5
      Gray-checked Thrush..........................6
      Swainson's Thrush.............................4
      Wood Thrush.....................................1

      Tennessee Warbler.........................1
      Cape May Warbler............................5
      Black-throated Green Warbler.........1
      Blackburnian Warbler.......................1......female
      Cerulean Warbler..............................1......female
      11 Warbler species

      Good warbler diversity but very low numbers.

      Indigo Bunting...........................................45 (flock of 25 inflated my numbers)
      Painted Bunting........................................4................1 male.......singing
      Baltimore Oriole...........................................6

      thanks to Mark E. for finding two of the Painted Bunting and the Blackburnian for me. The Blackburnian was a life bird for Mark.
      Alan K. had 1 Painted Bunting (before he had to leave) and was trying to find it again for his new bride..........of coarse the bunting hid.

      Last Sunday.....................................4/22.................................................................................................................................................................................


      Last Sunday the winds from the NW picked up abruptly ~1 hour before sunset and we had 140 plus Rose-breasted Grosbeak, John Murphy had over 100 before the NW wind picked up. I also noticed more immature RB Grosbeaks........?????

      Last Sunday I also found a Loggerhead Shrike at the Youth Camp.........that's unusual for me. There were 5 Merlins and 1 Peregrine..........plus 6 species of "flycatchers"...........today only the three can't? miss flycatcher species.

      LS Sheila Klink found a Yellow-throated Vireo (and was kind enough to show me). Red-eyed Vireos were at the usual fallout infestation level..........today..........1 Red-eyed Vireo. No Philadelphia or Warbling this year..............................???

      Lydia got some good pictures of a Green Sea Turtle on the beach and several Red Knots in contrasting phases of red. We birded seperately because I'm not smart enough to turn on my cell phone.

      I expect this Sunday to be as slow as I thought today would be...............but I hope to be wrong.



      Rodney and Lydia Cassidy
      Tallahassee, Florida
















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