Date: 5/8/17 6:04 am
From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...>
Subject: Re: Phase Two of my latest birding
Now is a beautiful time to go with this kind of weather. If you hike the
entire asphalt trail there are a lot of pretty spots along the way.

Bill Thurman
On May 8, 2017 7:24 AM, "Elizabeth Shores" <efshores...> wrote:

> Great report, Bill. Makes me want to go out there today.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On May 7, 2017, at 6:41 PM, Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...>
> wrote:
> >
> > 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:
> >
> > 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
> >
> > 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:
> >
> > more Baltimore Orioles
> > more White Eyed Vireos
> > a pretty Big Water Moccasin at the side of the trail
> > Red Tailed Hawk
> >
> > 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!
> >
> > I still plan to donate what little money I have to a couple of bird
> conservation organizations.
> >
> > Bill Thurman
> >
> >
> >
> >

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