Date: 5/8/20 11:26 am
From: Peter Stangel <peter...>
Subject: Phantastic Phinizy Swamp, Augusta, GA
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park (Richmond County) was superb this morning. Walking from the parking lot to the Equalization Pond, Gip Young and I encountered:

-A flock of about 40 mostly female Bobolinks in the wetlands cells adjacent to the trail;
-Ospreys carrying fresh branches to their nest on top of the windshear tower;
-Lots of sandpipers (for Phinizy) on the boom at the equalization pond (maybe 18" wide and 100' long) and associated algal mat: Spotted (20) and Solitary Sandpipers (15), Lesser Yellowlegs (11), and one Least. Close-range views and nice comparisons between Solitary and Lesser;
-A wonderful flock of aerial insectivores over the pond: dozens of Barn and Rough-winged Swallows, at least a couple Bank, Tree, and Cliff Swallows, and numerous swifts;
-Excellent eye-level views of Blackpoll (at least 6-8, could have been 12) and Cape May (a dozen or more with all plumage variations) Warblers, Northern Parulas, and a stunning male Prothonotary;
-Black-throated Blue and Yellow-throated Warblers, Northern and Louisiana Waterthrushes, American Redstarts, and Common Yellowthroats;
-All the regulars: Painted and Indigo Buntings, Anhingas, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, etc.
It's worth the trip!

Peter Stangel
Aiken, SC

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