Northern Waterthrushes are apparently easy to find with night goggles.
On Saturday, September 23, 2017, GQ <gle...@verizon.net> wrote:
> It was a much, much warmer morning than I thought it would be in the
> preserve this morning. I wore long pants and a long sleeve Henley and by
> the time 11AM rolled around, I was a disgusting gobbet of sweat.
> Despite these conditions, there were still a lot more migrants than I
> thought would be there, including some birds that I don’t normally see in
> numbers until October.
> The only real highlight was an early Lincoln’s Sparrow. I’ll have to check
> my records to see if I’ve ever had one here before October.
> White-throated Sparrows are in, (about 6) and also Eastern Phoebe (also,
> about 6). Lot’s of Northern Flickers (near 35). 2 Swamp Sparrows and an
> out-of-place Chipping Sparrow by the pond suggested some kind of early
> sparrow movement.
> Warblers were as follows:
> Northern Parula-5
> Black-throated Blue-7
> Black-throated Green-3
> Blackburnian-4 (all together)
> Common Yellowthroat-1
> American Redstart-2
> Other migrants included Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Great-Crested Flycatcher,
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-eyed Vireo, White-eyed Vireo, Scarlet Tanager
> (3), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5).
> Only one hawk, a Sharp-shinned, terrorizing the flickers around the pond.
> I have not seen a single Northern Waterthrush since the fall migration
> began. Any comments on this?
> PS: If you’re thinking of birding the preserve tomorrow (24th), it’s
> Village Day. It might be OK at 8AM but it will soon descend into a
> cacophony of screaming children and parents running around everywhere......
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