May birding

It was a nice day for a morning couple hours out in the field yesterday.   Sunny and blue skies alternating with threatening dark overcast from moment to moment made it seem like early April instead of early May, but the overall effect was very pleasant.  We toured a former farm/estate turned park, which for our purposes meant open lawn near the buildings, moving to a trail along a brushy and treed stream for a while, then into a youngish deciduous woods to finish up.  A number of bluebird boxes were set out, which mean plenty of good looks at Bluebirds and Tree Swallows, while the surrounding areas had a bunch of Baltimore and several Orchard Orioles.  Barn Swallows were also working the fields, and we had a handful of Warbling Vireos and Yellow Warblers along the stream as well, and several White-tailed Deer along the edges of the fields.  A nice Black Rat Snake and several Butterflies (Tiger Swllowtail, Mourning Cloak and some sort of Anglewing) rounded out the wildlife.  The full birdlist includes Green Herons, a single distant flying Duck (probably Mallard), Turkey Vultures, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Mourning Doves, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Eastern Wood-peewee, Acadian Flycatchers, Geat Crested Flycatcher, numerous Eastern Kingbirds, several Red-eyed Vireos, Warbling Vireos, Blue Jays, American Crows, Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows, Carolina Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, Crolina Wrens, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, lots of Bluebirds and Robins, Catbird,  Mockingbirds,  a handful of Cedar Waxwings, Yellow Warblers, a possible (silent?) Blackpoll, and a Parula, Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, Towhees, Chipping Spiders, Song Sparrow, Cowbirds, Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Baltimore Orioles, Orchard Orioles and Goldfinches.  That makes 40 species, including only a smattering of warblers on what should have still been near the peak of the migration.  Pretty sad.


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