[Birding (and more) in Calhoun County and beyond
Chaos struck again with biologics, and right in the middle of migration I got handicapped for about 2 weeks. I had to rely on nabbing some FOY birds in the yard, and it ended up being not nearly as much as I had hoped. My goal of hitting 200 by end of May was not too be. Once it hit I only managed a Blackpoll Warbler in the yard. Missing out on 5-6 reported warblers. On the 19th I decided I had to go out and at least try for a Common Gallinule and Yellow-breasted Chats at Baker. Dipped on the Gallinule, but the Chat was very showy. Downside, Hercules went with me and we ended up with 3 ticks a piece, 2 on me during the night, and 9 ticks found the following day on the floor in some state of dead or dying. I didn't realized this years was seeing an explosion, or I'd have taken more precautions.
On the morning of the 23rd I had been given green light to start wearing my contacts again, so took advantage and went to Woodland. Nabbed both Cuckoos, a Willow Flycatcher and was surprised by a Prothonotary Warbler calling. These got me over the 180 mark, which is the minimum I think you have to be at to get to 200 (I did manage 201 in 2019 ending May at 174, but I was at 180 on 6/2). I decided to hit it hard on the last 2 days of the 3 day Memorial Day weekend. I had hopes to try to get 9 breeders I was missing to get to 190.
Amy Lyyski also found a couple of Chats near that area. Also was thankful she posted to the other birders that Sedge Wrens were at Baker. I did head the wrong way on the trail, but turned out for the better as I got to see 6 fairly newly hatched Trumpeter Swans, a Chat, and the FOY Orchard Oriole.
I tried for Cerulean Warbler at Voorhees, but if it was there its was not vocal. That is a tough one as that was the only spot that I've been able to see one. Will have to see if I can't find one somewhere. Not very many spots for them around here.
Some other highlights since the last post are:
I managed to capture this Cooper's Hawk taking aim directly at me, when eyeballing some birds on the feeder. Tried a little Photoshop action sequence.
Good to see the Trumpeter Swan family at Baker. I'm hoping the report of only 3 cygnets later in the day on the 31st was just not being able to see the others. I only have pics of 5, but there was one that seemed to stay on the other side of an adult almost all the time.
Lastly the Robins decided to build a nest on a large wreath that is 10 feet from my back door, on the side of the house. We are constantly spooking up the bird off the nest. I thought for sure the eggs were not getting enough attention. Turns out they have at least hatched!! Hopefully the dogs won't disturb them too much.
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My exploits in my latest passion, Birding...not Bird-watching;-)