Date: 5/14/18 10:56 am From: Carole Winslow <cjwinslow94...> Subject: Clarion Co- warblers waves !- 18 for the farm, 20 for the day, so far..
I know it's just a repeat of what everyone else has reported so I'll make it brief. I missed the great weekend everyone else add being at work but today was pretty darn good to make up for it. As Geoff noted, there was another great push of birds last night apparently, and it sure looked promising when I went outside before bed. Very calm and light fog, heard a few calls and was feeling hopeful. This morning was very foggy, no air movement and tons of bird song. Checking the BirdCast at Cornell looked even better for overnight. I was outside from a little after 6:30 and started my walk around the property not long after and never came down from the hill until close to 11:00. Even then I missed many birds. The oak trees were just filled with warblers, I could not possibly get to them all but in particular bay-breasted were very numerous and the first blackpolls here were singing. I also heard the first black-billed cuckoo and a singing yellow-throated vireo which is good for here. I would say not just in variety but in actual numbers this was one of the best warbler migration days I have had here in years. The numbers I reported to eBird are probably just a fraction of what was here on the property. The list of just warblers is below, missed a few still but I think today might be a "no work gets done day" !
ovenbird blue-winged black-and-white tennessee nashville yellowthroat hooded redstart Cape May northern parula magnolia bay-breasted blackburnian yellow chestnut-sided blackpoll black-throated blue black-throated green
It has just finished raining so will head back outside. Also of interest was a pair of grasshopper sparrows, pair orchard oriole pairs, and bobolinks finally seem to be setting up shop on my top field. They have been present and singing and displaying the past week and today both males a female were seen.