Can't believe I'm only at Day 3! I have to speed these posts up! Day 3 was definitely a good day for numbers as you'll see from my day list. I caught the 6 o'clock train on this one and was out until after 7pm due to an Eastern Screech-Owl. I was planning on heading home after the shorebird cell but a report of an easy-to-find Screech-Owl made it to my ears to I went back to the park to see the bird in case I couldn't find one later in the week (turns out the same bird came back to the same spot another day and I saw yet another bird on the Nature Trail. But if you're working on a list, it's always better to be safe than sorry). Another highlight was a pair of American White Pelicans on the lake at West Beach. Being such a large species, the two enormous white birds stood out in a raft of Cormorants.
This day also marked a mini-fallout at the tip area, a great day for new warblers and passerines. I spent most of my morning searching out all the birds that were being reported in the vicinity.
Here's my day list:
Tundra Swan - same bird on Concession E
American Black Duck
Lesser Scaup - same bird at the shorebird cell
Ruddy Duck - a single bird at the shorebird cell
American White Pelican - 2 of West Beach
Great Blue Heron
Solitary Sandpiper - my first of the week
Lesser Yellowlegs - first of the week
Ruddy Turnstone - first of the week
Sanderling - first of the week - 4 birds on the east beach of Pelee near the tip
Black-billed Cuckoo - first of the week - a single bird near the south train loop
Eastern Screech-Owl - this bird was so camouflaged on its perch in front of a Sycamore tree that I had to follow the exact directions from another birder to pinpoint it.
Red-headed Woodpecker - first of the week
Blue-headed Vireo - amazingly, this was the only Blue-headed Vireo I saw during my entire visit home!
Philadelphia Vireo - first of the week; east side of tip
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch - same bird on Tilden Trail
Gray-cheeked Thrush - first of the week - 2 birds at the tip
Hermit Thrush - a late bird on Tilden Trail (and my only one for the entire week home)
Cape May Warbler - first of the week
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Palm Warbler - first of week
Bay-breasted Warbler - first of week
Blackpoll Warbler - first of week
Total Species: 120
Total Warblers: 19