Friday, May 01, 2009

April 25 / 26 - Garret Mountain

Another set of "short" birding days for me this weekend, but still plenty of time to soak up the returning migrants.

Highlights from the 25th included Green Herons flying into the park, Chimney swifts overhead, and Blue-Headed Vireos making appearances. House Wrens have joined their cousins of Carolina and Winter wren, and the always pleasant to see Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers put in a show too.

Thrushes were highlighted by Veery and Hermit, along with Robins, Catbird and Mockingbird. My first Brown Thrasher of the year was performing it's song.

Warblers included Yellow-Rumped in fine plumages, Pine, Prairie, Palm, Black & White, Parula, Yellow, Chestnut-Sided, BT Green, BT Blue, Northern Waterthrush, and Ovenbird.

Sparrows seen were Towhee, Song, Swamp, Chipping, Field, & White-Throated.

Finches seen were Purple, House, Goldfinch, and Pine Siskin. A Rose-Breasted Grosbeak rounded out the list of beauties.

Great-crested Flycatcher was seen, as were Phoebes and a stunning male Scarlet Tanager joined the equally delightful Baltimore Oriole, and lovely Orchard Oriole.