What a fantastic day of birding today, by far the most enjoyable day out in the field all year. Here are a few of the highlights for the day:
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow and 40 Tree Swallows at Gorham Island (Preston Lust) 2 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Wood Ducks, 1 Pied-billed Grebe, and a PINE SISKIN(!!) at Lee's Pond. The Pine Siskin was singing at the top of a tree near the pond, and then flew off. 4 Ring-necked Ducks and a Bald Eagle at Held Pond. 1 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the Hunt Club (continuing bird in the area since Nov 21, 2017). The bird has now gone into breeding plumage, and has developed a full white "ring" around the bill. 1 Swamp Sparrow, 2 Fox Sparrows, and a Blue Jay sitting on a nest at Smith Richardson Preserve 6 Snowy Egrets and a Greater Yellowlegs at Southport Beach
Preston Lust reported at least 50 species in his yard today, and both he and I observed hundreds of migrating Robins and blackbirds moving almost all day. Many singing birds today, such as over 20 Golden-crowned Kinglets, several Chipping Sparrows, phoebes, and many juncos. Gulls, geese, cormorants, falcons, and hawks were also migrating today.