What a lovely day for a bird walk, and we had a nice turn out of 10 people to walk Bill Sylvester’s and then Ruth Benjamen’s property. At first the birds were quiet then a few sang and some were not identifiable, but as the walk continued it got better. By the time we made it to Benjamen’s we had Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a Scarlet Tanager and many singing Prairie Warblers. All in all it was a good warbler day too.

Here are the 47 birds seen and heard (H):

Double-crested Cormorant
Turkey Vulture
Solitary Sandpiper (at river rapids)
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Bill had 5 when we left
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker (H)
Eastern Phoebe
Blue-headed Vireo (H)
Red-eyed Vireo – seen briefly
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Eastern Bluebird – again, Bill had it after we left!
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush (H)
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher – two people had a quick look
European Starling – ONE
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler (H)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird (H)
Common Yellowthroat
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Scarlet Tanager – Male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – male and female
Indigo Bunting – two brief flyovers
Bobolink (H)
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole – 4 males all briefly, heard a lot
American Goldfinch