Sunday, May 9, 2010

Baldpate Mountain, May 9th

Faced with overcast, lines of storms and a howling wind I didn't do all that much birding on the weekend of the 8th-9th, but did make a visit to Baldpate Mtn (Titusville NJ) on the mid morning of Sunday May 9th. Blue-winged Warbler and Yellow Warblers were singing along the entrance road to the parking lot. Things along the blue trail (ridge trail) were quieter and many of the birds were heard-only in light of a lot of wind-induced movement in the canopy. Highlights were most certainly the singing Kentucky and Hooded Warblers - and I managed to see both of them after the Kentucky popped up to investigate why the cardinals were agitated (they must have been nesting close to the trail).

After Baldpate Mtn I made a brief visit to Bull's Island SP where I found 3 species of swallows (Cliff, Barn, Northern Rough-winged) and a fly-by young Peregrine was an unusual find. Around noon there was little activity along the canal-side nature trail and in particular no Acadian Flycatchers (it probably being a little early for them).

Red-eyed Vireo
House Wren
Blue-winged Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Eastern Towhee
Field Sparrow
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Baltimore Oriole

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