Birding yesterday at Thatcher State Park
Yesterday Chris and I spent several hours hiking and birding on the blue and yellow trails at Thatcher Park. There were very few people and very muddy trails but the birding was fun. A few highlights of interest included a singing black-throated green warbler, 5 fox sparrows together, 3 hermit thrushes, a winter wren, a broad-winged hawk, and two barred owls (see attached photo). The owls were calling and although we didn't find a nest, the photographed owl did not seem to want to leave the area where we spotted it.
Also, at Swift Preserve in Delmar (in our NYBBA Priority Block) yesterday we found a waterthrush. Having recently moved from Northern MN, we don't have a lot of experience identifying Louisiana waterthrushes but attached are two photos that we think show that this is a Northern waterthrush. Please let me know if you think this is an incorrect conclusion.