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Avocet at Leonard's Pond
Thanks to Linda Matkins for spotting an American Avocet at Leonard's Pond, in Rockingham County on Saturday, July 19. Photo courtesy of Greg Moyers.
Highland County field trip
Saturday June 7, led by John Spahr. High-elevation "highlights" included a Barred Owl, Winter Wren, Mourning Warbler, Golden-winged Warblers, Canada Warbler, Alder Flycatcher, Bobolink, Yellow-throated Vireo, Bald Eagle (immature), and both kinds of Orioles. Altogether, 99 species were seen or heard.
Observing the Alder Flycatcher at Straight Fork, a few miles west of Blue Grass.
Observing the Yellow-throated Vireo in the nest, in the town of New Hampden. Photo courtesy of Beth Lumadue.
Montage of songbirds from Highland County. Clockwise, from top left: Canada Warbler, Bobolink, Mourning Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Black-throated blue Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Winter Wren, and in the center, Blackburnian Warbler. Most of these images are freeze-frames from digital video clips. YouTube video pending...
Annual brunch picnic
Annual birding and brunch meeting, Montgomery Hall Park, May 3. Some of the best birds that were seen included: Peregrine Falcon, Chestnut-sided warbler, Eastern Kingbird, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Red-eyed Vireos, American Redstart, Indigo Bunting, and Great Crested Flycatcher.
Thanks to new area resident Darrell Schwalm for submitting these photos of a leucistic ("albino") Catbird (NOT a Mockingbird, as first thought!) that he and his wife saw along the wetland portion of Bell's Lane on May 10. It was seen regularly through mid-summer, at least.
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