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Photos from my Big Day Last Thursday!

Solitary Sandpiper

I finally had the opportunity to edit a few of my birding photos from my 110 species bird-a-thon that I participated in last Thursday. I located 19 first for 2007’s (CHECK) and many of which I thought might have been too late in the spring to find. My total count for 2007 is up to 179 species for the year and it is still possible to get many more species throughout the summer. Mike, you will have a hard time trying to catch up with me!! Although this is the point where I really need to start working hard for any specific species that I need to find. So finding these 19 first for the year had really made me happy! They include the:

Swainson’s Thrush Hooded Warbler
Least Flycatcher Cerulean Warbler
Alder Flycatcher Tennessee Warbler
Eastern Wood-Pewee Prairie Warbler
Olive-sided Flycatcher Canada Warbler
Yellow-throated Vireo Wilson’s Warbler
Philadelphia Vireo Bay-breasted Warbler
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Solitary Sandpiper
Black-billed Cuckoo Green Heron
Bank Swallow  

Black-billed Cuckoo

Black-billed Cuckoo visiting as Tim brought it in.

It was great seeing 5 species of swallows, 5 species of vireo, 6 species of thrush and of course the 26 species of warblers. The Brewster’s Warbler is a hybrid between the Blue-winged Warbler and Golden-winged Warbler (so we didn’t count it as a species).

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler before it flew away.

Blue-winged Warbler “Brewster’s Warbler”
Tennessee Warbler Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler Cerulean Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler American Redstart
Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush
Louisiana Waterthrush Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler Wilson’s Warbler
Canada Warbler  

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler who didn’t mind us photographing it.

So many wonderful birds we encountered which included the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great Crested Flycatcher and the Solitary Sandpiper. But the highlighted bird had to have been the Wilson’s Warbler that we found (in the down pouring rain).

Great Blue Heron

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13 responses

  1. WOW!! What a terrific Big Day-

    I bow to your birdiness! 😉

    21 May 2007 at 11:36 pm

  2. Wonderful photos and a fun day! I love the picture of the Black-billed Cuckoo. I heard my first one ever during our weekend of birding but he was too far away to locate. I’ll be back though!

    Eddie, Birdfreak Team

    22 May 2007 at 7:50 am

  3. Marg

    You really did have a big day Congratulations, can you breathe now Geobash is over? 😉

    22 May 2007 at 8:37 am

  4. Warbler Wonderland!!! I can’t even begin to imagine seeing all those species in ONE day.

    22 May 2007 at 10:25 am

  5. There must be more warblers than sparrows? You must have been on a high to see so many birds in a day.

    22 May 2007 at 1:56 pm

  6. What great photos–and the list of birds is most impressive. Of course, I will have to go look each of them up to understand more about them.
    But sounds like a great & successful day.

    22 May 2007 at 2:22 pm

  7. That is a very impressive list, and equally impressive photos, Tom! Awesome!!!

    22 May 2007 at 3:57 pm

  8. Wow Tom, what wonderful photos you’ve captured!! I still can’t believe 110 different species – that’s so amazing! I love the long legs on the sandpipers. I used to live closer to Lake Ontario than I do now, and they used to be in my sandy driveway all of the time.

    22 May 2007 at 4:37 pm

  9. Wonderful, wonderful photos, Tom! Lucky you with such a good look at a cuckoo. I never get them that close. And dang! I still haven’t had a Prairie this year, but I celebrate your awesome birding. Like Lynne says I bow to your birdiness :0)

    22 May 2007 at 4:54 pm

  10. Fantastic pics, Tom. Wow!

    22 May 2007 at 5:16 pm

  11. Thanks everyone for your kind words and it was wonderful seeing so many birds! The cuckoo’s are fairly easy to call in this time of the year and shorebirds are one species that I don’t get to see much of. Prairie warblers are fun to find and we had a few singing in this one spot! We didn’t have that many sparrows but seeing all the warblers were worth it! Thanks again for everything my blogging friends!

    22 May 2007 at 10:11 pm

  12. Excellent photos, and an amazing list of birds – wow! Both cuckoos and nearly all of the warblers would be lifers for me – well seen!

    23 May 2007 at 9:19 pm

  13. 179 species for the year? That’s pretty impressive – I’ve never done the year-by-year list. I might have to go back and see if I can compile a 2007 list now.

    Great set of shots, by the way – I want to come bird by you.

    24 May 2007 at 12:15 pm

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