Swainson's Thrush, Canada Warbler, etc. - Vischer Ferry


jhershey2
 

I spent the morning between 6:00 and 11:00 am at Vischer Ferry Preserve, walking the western loop and the round trip from Ferry Drive to Lock 19.  About 2 weeks ago or less  I was listening intently for any hint of the song of Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart because these species were yet to show or hard to find, but by this morning all of these birds have become dominant vocalizers throughout most of the Preserve.  While finding it helpful to tune out the above singers as much as possible, I was able to hear or see all of the following:  Least Flycatcher (almost a candidate to tune out, also), Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Marsh Wren, Carolina Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, Wood Thrush, Veery, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula (surprisingly common), Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Wilson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler (heard on scout trail in the woods and along Canal east of Ferry Drive), and Scarlet Tanager.  I should also mention several Least Sandpipers and Spotted Sandpipers on the mud strip along the river where the main path ends, and a Solitary Sandpiper at  Ferry Drive east. 

Two disappointments were the lack of any rails or bitterns, and none of the 3 spruce budworm specialist warblers. Otherwise it was a pretty good morning for birds.

John H. 

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