Date: 5/8/17 5:25 am
From: Elizabeth Shores <efshores...>
Subject: Re: Phase Two of my latest birding
Great report, Bill. Makes me want to go out there today.

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> On May 7, 2017, at 6:41 PM, Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> wrote:
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> Today I followed through by going to Two Rivers Park. I always enjoy going there. It's convenient for me, it's a truly nice place and I don't have drawers full of gas money. My original intention was to do all of this (incl. May 3rd) in one sweep in honor of the migratory bird period. Today was a good day. The weather was beautiful, sunny and almost like a perfect Spring day. Before I crossed the bridge over to the peninsula, I saw a brilliant Baltimore Oriole fly up int one of the sycamore trees. I believe several pairs are nesting around there where all the parking is. There are plenty of RW Blackbirds around too. Also swallows everywhere around that bridge. After I crossed the bridge, the pine grove was my next area. I heard the regulars like Carolina Wrens and Mockingbirds. I walked on down the asphalt trail all the way to the other western end where the bathroom and big fields area is located before you get to the ground where all the community gardeners are. I had my bins with me. Along the way I heard and saw:
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> White Eyed Vireos at least a half dozen calling loudly
> Red Bellied Woodpecker
> Pileated Woodpecker calling in the distance
> Baltimore Orioles quite a few more singing in the tall trees
> Summer Tanagers quite a few singing
> Carolina Wrens lots
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> Then at the big open fields between the woodland trail and the "swamp" I heard at least one Dicksissel. Not much else.
> At the bathroom area I took a good rest and saw an Eastern Bluebird and heard at least two Orchard Orioles singing nearby. I then got up and turned to go back. My right leg seemed to be holding up pretty well. On the way I saw a tiny mainly upper body golden bird dart across the trail and into the swampy area where all the frogs were just going it. I concluded it could only be a Prothonotary Warbler. The predominant coloring was right, the size was right and the habitat was perfect. Even if he didn't "say" anything. On the way back to the parking area I saw or heard:
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> more Baltimore Orioles
> more White Eyed Vireos
> a pretty Big Water Moccasin at the side of the trail
> Red Tailed Hawk
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> And then the highlight of my trip which made it all worth it. I was tired and sat down on a bench neat the river's shoreline on the way out toward the tip end of the peninsula. Other people were around, and it's a fairly popular area. I happened to glance down at a dead log sticking out into the water. What seemed like a fairly small bird flitted onto the log and sat for half a minute just long enough for me to get my bins and have a good look at him. He looked like a shorebird/sandpiper for sure. It had all these dark spots or streaks underneath on its breast and belly, and a shortish yellowish beak. Soon it jumped up and snatched and insect. I looked up a search on the sandpipers. It was a Spotted Sandpiper, and a life bird for me. I felt like I had won a prize or something!
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> I still plan to donate what little money I have to a couple of bird conservation organizations.
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> Bill Thurman
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