On the way to Montrose Point, May 12

On the way there a Baltimore Oriole flew into a tree, high up, before I got to the harbor. Across from the tree were small fields where many small birds were busy looking for food. A very good day. The pictures, though… mostly birds with their heads behind something or too fuzzy. The better ones are below.

Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
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Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Eastern Wood-Peewee
American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper

Conditions: 54°, light winds, mostly cloudy, 5:15-6:00pm.

Baltimore Oriole (2)
Eastern Wood-Peewee
Indigo Bunting
White-crowned Sparrows
Savannah Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Catbirds
Caspian Tern (2)
R-b Gulls
Barn Swallows
Purple Martins
Canadian Geese
Mallards
Spotted Sandpiper
House Sparrows, Grackles, R-w Blackbirds, Robins

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Montrose Point, May 3

The prize bird today was an Eastern Whip-poor-will. It was very hard to pick out, even knowing approx. where to look. It did not move at all the several minutes we were there. Others had set up shop with large lenses to see if they could catch it moving or doing something other than making like a log.

Eastern Whip-poor-will in profile
Eastern Whip-poor-will in profile.
Eastern Whip-poor-will close-up 3/4 profile.
Eastern Whip-poor-will 3/4 on. The blur in front is a branch. The colors in the image pop more than in person; much harder to see against the log.
Eastern Whip-Poor-Will among the branches
The Eastern Whip-Poor-Will in context.
White-crowned Sparrow.
White-crowned Sparrows were out in force. It was popping its head up, but I just missed with the zoom too far in.
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

Conditions: Overcast, still, humid, 78°, light sprinkles, 2:15 – 3:00pm

Eastern Whip-poor-will (1)
B-c Chickadee (5)
Robins, House Sparrows, R-w Blackbirds, Grackles
White-crowned Sparrows (100s of them)
Northern Cardinals (3)
Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)
American Goldfinch (10)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4)
R-b Gulls
Mallards
American Coot (1)
Purple Martins
Barn Swallows
Northern Rough-winged Swallows

Montrose Point, April 19

Eastern
Eastern Towhee (female)
Eastern Towhee (male)
Eastern Towhee (male)
Hermit Thrush
Hermit Thush
Tail side of Hermit Thrush
Tail end of Hermit Thrush. I think the colors in the tail feathers turned out very well.
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher with out of focus Northern Flicker in background.
Brown Thrasher with out of focus Northern Flicker in background.
Mallard walking
Mallard walking
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

Conditions: Overcast, 53°, 1:30 – 3:00pm

Mallards
Canadian Geese
R-b Gulls
Purple Martins
Tree Swallows
Brown Thrasher (many, 10+ perhaps)
Northern Flicker (2+)
Eastern Towhee (1 male + 3+ females – another birder said “Rufous-sided” concensus was Eastern)
Hermit Thrush
White-throated Sparrows
Chickadees
Cardinals (fending off Grackles)
American Crow
House Sparrows, Starlings, R-w Blackbirds (m + f)

Large quantities of:
Grackles
Robins (noticeably more around)

Not able to positively id:
Wren (House? Winter?)
Y-b Sapsucker or Downy Woodpecker
Warbler (green/yellow eye ring not all the way around, high up – Nashville or Mourning or Connecticut Warbler?)
Glimpse of very small warbler

Montrose Point, April 5

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The House Sparrow above was at the tree the Y-b Sapsucker had been working on.  The other photo is the best one I could get of the little bird way up in a tree – I am not sure what kind it is.  Olive green on top, yellow throughout belly, there were breaks in the white rings around the eyes.

Conditions: 70°, windy, 3:00-4:00pm
Brown-headed Cowbird
Northern Flicker
Y-b Sapsucker
R-b Gulls
Horned Grebe
Mallards
Canadian Geese
Cardinals
Grackles
R-w Blackbirds
House Sparrows
Golden-crowned Kinglet (65% – high up in tree, quick to move)
B-c Chickadees
Robins