Date: 5/7/18 6:39 am From: Tim Carney <timmyc83...> Subject: [MDBirding] Masonville 05/04/2018
Masonville was excellent on Friday. It took me seven hours to complete my census - I think that's a record.
The best bird was not found by me. Tina Snyder (Masonville nestbox monitor) found an immature male SUMMER TANAGER in Access Zone 2. I drove over and relocated it in the cluster of trees along the "claw." It sang and called repeatedly and moved around quite a bit in Access Zone 2. This was a first record for the site.
There was a huge push of Gray Catbirds, Common Yellowthroats, White-throated Sparrows, and Swamp Sparrows. I also had four Lincoln's Sparrows and six Northern Waterthrushes, which seemed high.
Blue-winged Teal, Sora, Swainson's Thrush, Prairie Warbler, and White-crowned Sparrow are not often seen onsite, but all were observed on Friday. There were lots of other warblers, which should only increase in numbers and diversity as the vegetation matures at the site.
The Common Terns were back on the offshore barge.
In the morning, there were three Semipalmated Plovers on the mudflat by Captain Trash Wheel. They dispersed when the tide came in and inundated the mudflat.
Lingering waterfowl included Gadwall, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, and Ruddy Duck. There was also a late Dark-eyed Junco at the Education Center.
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