The annual ritual of birding Garret Mountain Park has returned. I have been visiting the park a few times recently.
The first time was on March 29 because my friend Bill E. had seen an American Bittern in the phragmites at the north end of Barbour Pond, so I went there the next morning before work and was able to see the bird.
Since April started I have made a few visits, with last weekend rewarding me with Louisiana Waterthrush, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Winter Wren, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows
With mid-April now here the new birds are starting to arrive daily. This weekend brought in Blue-Headed Vireos, Purple Finch, and my earliest-ever Northern Waterthrush.
I'll start going daily before work beginning tomorrow.