Date: 5/2/18 9:29 am From: Vivek Govind Kumar <vivekgk3...> Subject: Lake Fayetteville - Black-billed Cuckoo/Painted Buntings/warblers
I visited Lake Fayetteville (Callie's Prairie and the environmental center trails) this morning with Alyssa DeRubeis.
A Black-billed Cuckoo was seen (and photographed) at the SW corner of Callie's Prairie. We observed it for around 15 minutes and had very good views of the red eye-ring and black bill. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was also seen. 2 more cuckoos were flying very high and could have been either species.
Painted Buntings have returned to Callie's, with 3 singing males seen. Indigo Buntings were also out in force, with at least 4 singing males present. Dickcissels (at least 7) were flying over throughout the morning and their distinctive flight call was heard several times.
A good selection of warblers/vireos was present in the trees surrounding the prairie - White-eyed Vireo (3), Blue-headed Vireo (1), Red-eyed Vireo (3), Tennessee Warbler (2), Nashville Warbler (3), Common Yellowthroat (1), Northern Parula (2), Bay-breasted Warbler (1), Chestnut-sided Warbler (1), Blackpoll Warbler (1), Pine Warbler (2), Yellow-rumped Warbler (6), Yellow-throated Warbler (2)
Buoyed by our good fortune at Callie's, we decided to spend some time on the EC trails.
More warblers were present in this area - Ovenbird (1), Orange-crowned (1), Nashville (1), Kentucky (2), Common Yellowthroat (2), American Redstart (1), Northern Parula (5), Magnolia (1), Blackburnian (1), Yellow (2), Pine (1), Yellow-rumped (4), Yellow-throated (3).