Date: 5/8/18 12:06 pm From: Timothy Boucher <timothyboucherbirder...> Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Spring at Schoollhouse Pond (Wilson's and Blackburnian Warblers 5/8)
Can you give me directions where you go birding at Schoolhouse Pond please?
On Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:28:22 AM UTC-4, Fred Shaffer wrote:
> An incredible spring of migrants has continued at Schoolhouse Pond today. I've consistently had well over 50 species on all of my morning walks over the past week, and have seen great numbers of migrant warblers, perhaps the most I've ever had during the spring here. Today's highlights were a singing Wilson's Warbler and a brilliant Blackburnian Warbler, both in a tree next to the boardwalk by the residential townhouses. Other migrants seen over the last week included a calling Rose-breasted Grosbeak, singing Mourning Warbler (heard and briefly seen at the end of last week), both waterthrush, multiple Black-throated Blue Warblers, one Black-throated Green, a Chestnut-sided Warbler (yesterday), and a Bay-breasted Warbler (also yesterday). Yellow Warblers have been numerous and I've also had singing Yellow-throated Warblers several days. The passerines have just been incredible over the last week. I've never thought of Schoolhouse Pond as a great migrant spot, but it sure has been this spring. In most years I get small numbers of warblers scattered over a number of weeks. This year there have been good numbers and great diversity virtually every day.
> Also of note have been the large numbers of shorebirds and waders working the mudflats at the edge of the pond. Nothing too unusual, but today I had 18 Great Egrets and 51 Least Sandpipers. Shorebird diversity has been good too, with both yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers and Solitary Sandpipers each day. A handful of Wilson's Snipe also continue in the grass and mudflats at the rear of the pond. The list from my morning walk today totaled 58 species, and so far in May I've seen a total of 95 species at the pond. Good birding,
> Fred Shaffer
> Crofton, Anne Arundel
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