Saturdays moving birds!
Spring is becoming much more apparent the past few days with the leaves bringing us some green colors on our dull brown hillsides. A thunderstorm pushed through Allegany State Park area in the afternoon and this rain was very much needed after a few weeks with only a few sprinkles. Things are soo dry that my County has posted an open fire ban after many small fires have started across Cattaraugus County. Campers are bummed for not being allowed to burn their firewood but I have been enjoying this weather with many great birds pushing through the area!!
I started the morning down in the France Book area looking for the Louisiana Waterthrush (CHECK)!! Within minutes I heard my first one of the year and they are sure back in numbers!! While only being able to capture one blurry picture of Louisiana, I had many other great birds flying around like the Swamp Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Blue Headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, etc….! I didn’t anticipate the arrival of the Blackburnian Warbler (CHECK) and Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (CHECK) but I know there are many others that I could have found (which are being reported on the list servs)!
I had a total of six warblers today; Louisiana Waterthrush, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Green, Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Northern Parula. I continued birding around the park and came across the House Wren (CHECK) and Brown Thrasher (CHECK) that were other first for the year finds. My photographing opportunities today should have been good with so many vocal birds but these birds wouldn’t stop moving! Just every bird seemed to be flying from branch to branch or hidden in the tree tops. So these two photos were the only two bird shots that I felt were worth posting! Maybe tomorrow will bring me more birdies??
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