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Birding at Tifft

Published September 13, 2012
Tags: Parks and Preserves, Wild Birds Unlimited, Tifft Nature Preserve, Palm Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, Black-crowned Night Heron, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Caspian Tern, Belted Kingfisher, Semipalmated Plover, Downy Woodpecker, American Wigeon

Today, I was treated with the awesome company of Marilyn, from Wild Birds Unlimited!

We decided to bird Tifft Nature Preserve as she hadn't been there in a long time and it's one of my favorites. I gleaned much from Marilyn's wealth of bird knowledge - and we both shared some outstanding views of a few warblers. Recent postings from our bird list indicated we may not see any, but thankfully, a new "wave" must have dropped in.  We didn't even get past the parking area before Marilyn spotted a Palm Warbler.  Later, we saw a very friendly Magnolia Warbler who didn't mind posing for my camera, an American Redstart, a Red-eyed Vireo, and another warbler, that eluded our identification (most probably, a Nashville).

We ended our walk down by Lisa's Pond and saw both Blue and Green-winged Teals as well as many herons, including Green, Great-crowned Night, and several Great Blues. A Caspian Tern gave us quite an aerial show and we even got to watch a Belted Kingfisher dive for its meal several times.  All in all, it was a very enjoyable day! 
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We saw many Downy Woodpeckers today - this was the first, though!
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A Black-crowned Night Heron way out on the mud flat.
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This Magnolia Warbler was exceptionally friendly (or maybe it was the blueberries!)
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This female Belted Kingfisher was quite entertaining!
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An American Redstart - immature or female - not sure!
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Here's the Redstart again, playing Peek-a-boo
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A Green Heron flies across the creek
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In addition to the mallards, I believe Marilyn thought the 2 in the back were American Wigeons
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It was such a beautiful day, this guy had the right idea!
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Eastern Wood-Pewee
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A Green Heron shows off his tufty top!
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This Caspian Tern gave us quite the show!
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Great Egret
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Great Blue Heron
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Semipalmated Plover
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Blue-winged Teals