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International Migratory Bird Day

Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird

Ya, Ya . . . I am about a week late with this report but it has been a busy few days for me. I have been trying to getting ready for the Allegany State Park Geobash Event that we are having this weekend.

On May 10th 2008 the Cattaraugus County Bird Club headed out for our annual Presque Isle State Park field trip for International Migratory Bird Day.

Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper

We found 60 species of birds while at Presque Isle State Park and 9 of which where warbler species. The 3 year birds that I saw were Warbling Vireo (CHECK), Northern Mockingbird (CHECK) and Spotted Sandpiper (CHECK). We continued to discuss how many of the migrants that we normally find didn’t seem to be there and it was unusually quite (but still had a good time)

Red-headed Woodpecker  flying
Red-headed Woodpecker flying

We continued hiking along some of our favorite areas like the sidewalk trail . . . . to see some of our favorite species like the Red-headed Woodpecker and other warbler species that were up on the ridge of the trail.

Palm Warbler
Western Palm Warbler

White Crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow

Tree Swallow Tree Swallow and Natural Nest
Tree Swallow and a natural nest

We ate our lunch in the picnic area and was dazzled by the Northern Mockingbird who didn’t seem to care that we were there. Just before leaving the picnic area we found this Tree Swallow who had been investigating a natural tree cavity.

Butter Butt
Butter Butt

Bull Frog
Bull Frog

For the last hour of our adventure . . . Toni joined our group and we found this amazing Mourning Cloak! We had a great trip and saw many wonderful birds! Happy belated International Migratory Bird Day!!

Mourning Cloak
Mourning Cloak


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24 responses

  1. The red-headed woodpecker photo is so amazing! I’m glad you had a good time at PI.

    I’m so sad about our eagles. They were a source of joy for everyone that visited the park. Maybe they will come back next year.

    17 May 2008 at 12:45 am

  2. Beautiful photos.

    17 May 2008 at 1:48 am

  3. Lisa at Greenbow

    What wonderful photos Mon@rch. I really like the Red-headed Woodpecker shot…well all of them really. Have fun geocaching this weekend.

    17 May 2008 at 5:55 am

  4. I love, love, love the light shining through the Red-headed Woodpecker’s wings. Mourning cloak is my fave.

    17 May 2008 at 7:16 am

  5. It is so nice to see a red headed woodpecker. Used to see them all the time here, but no more. We do have a mocker though and he is just a joy. What a singer!

    17 May 2008 at 8:04 am

  6. Superb photos! I wonder why Mockingbirds are so rare in Ontario. I would love to see a Red-headed woodpecker. (WordPress blogs are wonky today on my browser…yours and Jennifer’s)

    17 May 2008 at 8:09 am

  7. Perhaps in the fall we can all get together for a birding day.

    This past thursday was a wonderful migrating day. Wished I could have stayed all day at PI. glad you got a photo of the Sand Piper. Darn I didn’t have my camera ready yet.

    17 May 2008 at 8:12 am

  8. I’ll say you had an amazing adventure! How neat to find a nesting bird in a natural cavity. Love the flying RHWP – beautiful shot. All your pictures are brilliant !

    17 May 2008 at 8:22 am

  9. I’d love to see the Red-headed visiting me here. :c) Great photos as usual Tom. Have a wonderful weekend

    17 May 2008 at 9:14 am

  10. I didn’t know there was a bird called butter butt! LOL that is quite interesting! Love all of the shots.

    17 May 2008 at 9:21 am

  11. The photographs in this and the previous post are truly stunning. You are seeing some incredibly beautiful creatures lately.

    17 May 2008 at 11:13 am

  12. Seems like a really great day. Glad you found all of those migratory birds on their holiday.

    17 May 2008 at 11:38 am

  13. Bo

    Is he really a butter butt, or is that a pet name? Looks like you’ve been doing some A+++ birding. Wonder how many checks you’ve gotten so far this year on your way to 200?

    17 May 2008 at 4:29 pm

  14. These are stunning, but that last post is unbelievable!

    17 May 2008 at 6:28 pm

  15. Your photos knock my socks off and they keep getting better! The spotted Sandpiper is a favorite, for me.

    17 May 2008 at 10:01 pm

  16. The frog photo startled me and amazed me at the same time. 2nd favorite was the sandpiper – he was in the perfect setting.

    17 May 2008 at 10:16 pm

  17. @ Linda – thanks and I always love visiting there! I didn’t hear what happened or just more proof that I am far behind in my blog reading! What Happened?
    @ Pinar – thanks
    @ Lisa – thanks and I have a few other Red-headed Woodpecker pictures in flickr!
    @ Lynne – thanks and that was a lucky shot! The Mourning Cloak did turn out great!
    @ Threecollie – Isn’t it! I would love to have these guys in my back yard!
    @ Ruth – thanks and they are rare here also! But commonly found along the lake!
    @ Toni – thanks and would be fun to do again! It sure was and I captured a few great ones! That other one I like is on my flickr page!
    @ Bird Girl – thanks and I have seen that a few times before! But was great for sure! Thanks
    @ Jayne – thanks and it has been a long week!
    @ Misti – thanks and that’s what a few of us call Yellow-rumped Warblers!
    @ Robin – thanks and all birds are beautiful!
    @ Science Guy – thanks but wish we could have found a few more species!
    @ Bo – LOL . . . just more fun calling them that. Thanks and I think my boss will fire me if I take another day off here any time soon! Wait till you hear about my birdathon day we did this week!
    @ Bird Lady – thanks and glad you enjoyed it!
    @ Mary – thanks and I just love this time of the year!
    @ Shelley – thanks and we all laughed about the Bullfrogs that we kept on seeing!

    17 May 2008 at 11:55 pm

  18. winterwoman

    Holy crow, Tom. I have got to see this camera you’re using. Your pictures were always good. But lately, they have been spectacular!

    18 May 2008 at 7:19 am

  19. Once again gorgeous shots. I’m personally in adoration of your redheaded woodpecker shot. That is such a gorgeous bird and the only place I’ve seen it is on your pages. Sounds like another wonderful birding adventure!

    18 May 2008 at 5:25 pm

  20. Marg

    Me too the Red Headed shot is stunning!

    Happy Belated International Migratory Bird Day 😀

    19 May 2008 at 5:11 am

  21. Quite a bank of nice species – and that new camera is serving you really well!

    19 May 2008 at 9:15 am

  22. Wonderful pictures!

    I was there! It was my first, official birding trip. What an extraordinary day! So many helpful people and there was so much to see. I blogged about it, too and listed all the birds I saw. It took about 20 minutes to see where the Screech owl was…and another 20 to realize I was looking right at it. 🙂

    19 May 2008 at 9:25 am

  23. @ Winterwoman – thanks and would be happy to let you see it! Thanks and helps to have good subjects to photograph!
    @ aullori – thanks and I have a few others on flickr with it not flying! Thanks and it was
    @ Marg – thanks and it was a great day !Happy IMBD to yourself!
    @ Marty – it is doing good, thanks . . . well still have the RAW problem!
    @ Fairywebmother – thanks and I hope you had a great time! I will have to head over to your site to see your post! I didn’t know there was a screech owl nest!

    20 May 2008 at 7:13 am

  24. I love the photo of the Spotted Sandpiper! Sounds like a great time!

    21 May 2008 at 9:41 pm

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