Today I made my annual pilgimmage to Doodletown Road.  By the time I had 
climbed up Gray’s hill I had most of my target birds, with singing ceruleans, 
yellow-throated vireos, indigo buntings, a yellow billed cuckoo, a singing 
Louisiana waterthrush,  a blue winged warbler, a worm-eating warbler, and 
hooded in the background.  But when I ran into a bunch of Queens and Long 
Island birding buddies leaving the First June cemetery things really kicked up 
a notch. 

After a stop at the other June cemetery, we headed up Doodletown road to see if 
the Kentucky warbler was in it’s usual spot.  On the way Eric Miller found a 
female Cape may warbler in a thin, bittersweet-covered tree.  Then we saw an 
olive-sided flycatcher in a bare tree a bit further up the road.  I had to take 
a personal call and missed the pileated in the woods past the stream.  When I 
headed up the hill to see if I could catch up with it, the I got the surprise 
of the day.  Eric called out  that he has found a golden winged warbler in a 
meadow south of the road.  It was a first at Doodletown for pretty much 
everyone there.  

We missed the Kentucky, but got scattering of other birds including multiple 
worm-eatings, ceruleans, cuckoos, a few more warblers found by Eric including 
magnolia, BT green, and canada, another olive sided flycatcher, and even a 
timber rattlesnake along Pleasant Valley road.  When we were all done I had 
seen or heard 16 species of warbler for a great day of birding. 
Wishing you good birding days as well, 



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