Despite a cool, windy start to the day at Five Rivers EEC that sent participants scrambling for previously stored warm clothing and hot beverages, the weather improved quickly during the morning and did not interfere much with the birding. Formalized groups went afield at 6am, 7am, and 8am, and other parties surveyed the grounds between 6:00am and 10:30am, approximately 35-40 people altogether. The surprising day-total tallied at the breakfast compilation was 92 species, well above recent numbers. Wood-warblers accounted for 21 of that number. Some highlights:
Bald Eagle, Osprey and Broad-winged Hawk flyovers.
An American Kestrel flying out of the Wild Turkey Trail parcel with a snake in its talons.
Quite a few White-crowned Sparrows ground-foraging, allowing good views.
The warbler list- Blue-winged, Nashville, N. Parula, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Pine, Prairie, Bay-breasted, Black-and-white, Am. Redstart, Wilson's, Canada, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Com. Yellowthroat.
On behalf of the Field Trip Committee (Tom Williams, Naomi Lloyd and John Hershey) we wish to thank everyone for such a fine turnout and enthusiastic effort. Special thanks to group leaders Alan Mapes, Gregg Recer and Cathy Graichen. Also kudos to Five Rivers director Gina Jack and her crew for hosting the compilation event, and supporting the club throughout the year. We hope to see everyone again on future field trips!
Tom and Colleen Williams