Apr. 19, 2014
The weather was great, the sky a brilliant blue, and the birds happily out-and-about this morning as six birders gathered for the NTOS field trip to Long Hunter State Park. We all agreed it was a wonderful trip. Highlights include a welcoming Orchard Oriole singing in the parking lot; dozens of Prothonotary Warblers singing and feeding, even a couple at nearly eye level; four Ospreys circling (two of which were carrying fish) in the same field of view; five Spotted Sandpipers feeding and bobbing along the rocky bank; one somewhat cooperative Great Crested Flycatcher; a handsome male Summer Tanager; a very vocal Broad-winged Hawk that briefly soared above us; and finally, a "bee-buzzy" Blue-winged Warbler that almost broke our backs and necks.
A complete species list is below. Thank you, Mary Zimmerman, for your great help today!
Great Blue Heron-3
Great Crested Flycatcher-2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow-x (heard only)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher-20+ (2 w/nests)