Date: 5/7/19 8:40 pm From: Brandon Caswell <brandon.caswell83...> Subject: [ia-bird] Johnson-Linn County great birding
I went not once, but twice to Hickory Hill Park today. This morning at the Warbler Walk there was good activity between 6:30-7:00am. Activity waned off as the temp decreased and it got windy. Eventually the winds calmed a little and it got warmer. Warbler activity really spiked again after that and seemed steady headed into the afternoon. I got the impression that migrants didn't really leave after the frenzy yesterday, but stayed and were more spread out. I finished the day with 19 species of warblers (7 FOYs).
Hickory Hill Park #1: -Blackburnian, Blue-winged, Golden-winged, Blue-headed Vireo (I believe the walked finished with around 15 warbler species)
Squire Point: -Mark Brown's two Black-crowned Night-Herons in the hardwood forest canopy!!! -Pileated Woodpecker -Veery -Yellow-throated Warbler (at least 13 warbler species still lingering here), had one bins view with seven warbler species in close association
Hickory Hill Park #2: -Thanks to James Huntington and Diana Pesek for calling me back. Dean Hester was in another part of the park and I was able to get him over to the eye-level feeding Blackburnians (3 males) and one lifer male Cape May Warbler for him. BTW, his pictures about made me fall over backwards! We had 13 warbler species this time. -Hermit Thrush -Eastern Wood-Pewee
Cedar Lake: -Wilson's Warbler (11 warbler species on this stop, all along the paved trail at the migrant trap, north end of the lake) -Veery -two Clay-colored Sparrows (along paved trail along east side, on east side of trail where there are some short pines along a small lawn, they were feeding in the grass and going to the fence to perch)
Sleep is overrated during peak migration. :)
Good birding, Brandon Caswell Marion
P.S. - Doug, thanks for the title idea...and thanks for finding that perched Henslow's at the meeting!!