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Presque Isle State Park Fieldtrip

Cattaraugus County Bird Club

Last Saturday (12 May 2007) on International Migratory Bird Day the Cattaraugus County Bird Club attended our annual trip to Presque Isle State Park in Erie Pennsylvania. Although the temperatures were very chilly, we had a wonderful day with 72 species of birds!! We found 13 species of warblers and I was able to add 11 species as first for 2007’s!!

Red-headed Woodpecker

All species below were my first for 2007’s (CHECK)

Warbling Vireo Black-and-white Warbler
Red-headed Woodpecker Palm Warbler
Great-crested Flycatcher Chestnut-sided Warbler
Eastern Kingbird Nashville Warbler
Canvasback (duck) Cape May Warbler
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Palm Warbler Warbling Vireo

Palm Warbler and Warbling Vireo were a few species found!

Below is the list of 13 species of warblers that we found.

1. Yellow Warbler 2. Black-and-white Warbler
3. Magnolia Warbler 4. American Redstart
5. Common Yellowthroat 6. Yellow-rump Warbler
7. Palm Warbler 8. Chestnut-sided Warbler
9. Nashville Warbler 10. Cape May Warbler
11. Black-throated Blue Warbler 12. Blackburnian
13. Northern Parula

Magnolia Warbler Singing Black-and-white Warbler

Their were so many wonderful birds found like the Magnolia Warbler and Black-and-white Warbler in the above photos! I have also posted some vista views that i captured.

Presque Isle State Park Presque Isle State Park Beach

We found two recently hatched eggs (which we were unable to identify the species). My guess was Mourning Dove since their was a pair just above the spot we found these two eggs. But the book doesn’t show that this species has speckled eggs! So your guess is as good as mine.


We ended our day with a flurry of all kinds of warblers and this one Scarlet Tanager who put on a show for us. Film people were running out of film and digital people continued taking numerous photos!

Scarlet Tanager A Scarlet Tanager

14 responses

  1. Wow. That Scarlet Tanager is amazing. The red-headed woodpecker is so bright! All of the birds you show would be lifers for me. The vista view at Presque Isle State Park really thrills me. I love water views.

    13 May 2007 at 9:59 pm

  2. oh, so jealous! I have got to get a better camera 🙂

    13 May 2007 at 10:17 pm

  3. Corey

    nothing beats a good day of spring migration!

    13 May 2007 at 10:26 pm

  4. Mary took my comment–WOW. The bird photos are wonderful–beginning and ending with splashy red.
    And loads of birds to see.
    Glad that Presque Isle is a thriving birding site.

    13 May 2007 at 11:10 pm

  5. Don’t know on the eggs but they sure are beautiful!

    14 May 2007 at 3:05 am

  6. Oh, how I’d love to see that Tanager! I finally had a Red-headed Woodpecker yesterday, but didn’t get a photo of him yet. And all those warblers! I am feeling like a green envy warbler myself… lol. Glad it was such a great day!

    14 May 2007 at 6:44 am

  7. Delightful! I love the picture of fellow-birders with cameras and binoculars poised for action. This is such a great time of year.

    14 May 2007 at 9:19 am

  8. Just Beautiful!!

    14 May 2007 at 9:52 am

  9. _Terrific photos-I tried very hard to get decent photos of migrants this weekend but was very disappointed in the results.
    I’m looking in my owners manual now trying to learn more about settings.
    -sounds like it was a great trip.

    14 May 2007 at 2:16 pm

  10. I have got to go on a bird hike. These pictures are marvelous!

    14 May 2007 at 10:35 pm

  11. Thanks everyone! Had a wonderful time and so many great birds!

    15 May 2007 at 12:05 pm

  12. Great photos, and a wonderful list of birds that you saw!

    15 May 2007 at 5:09 pm

  13. Marg

    Wow! You did excellent a great way to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day-love all the photos

    16 May 2007 at 9:36 am

  14. A heck of a day out – 13 species of warblers? That’s fantastic (especially since 2 of them would be lifebirds for me). We’re trying to decide whether we’re going to head north or south on Saturday for a birding trip. South = Cape May (always good), North = Great Swamp, Garrett Mountain and Sandy Hook, where I believe 20+ warblers have been seen in the last week.

    16 May 2007 at 10:11 am

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