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Season Firsts: Warblers and a Gray Catbird

Published April 18, 2014
Tags: General Observations, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Winter Wren, Northern Rough-legged Swallow, Broad-winged Hawk

A couple of hikes the last couple of days have brought a few more season firsts.  The warblers are beginning to show up and I saw my first Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers just this morning at Bird Song Park. What a joy to finally find these guys after such a long winter.  I had a Pine Warbler last Sunday at my feeders at home, so that makes 3 different warblers so far this spring.

I also saw my first Broad-winged Hawks of the year, Northern Rough-legged Swallows, two Winter Wrens, and a Gray Catbird. A  nice, little flock of Cedar Waxwings was fun to watch too. And Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers continue to show up almost everywhere. I'm always surprised at their loud drumming; they are STRONG drummers!

I enjoyed a couple of  hours at the Hawk Watch with Jim Landau yesterday too. There wasn't a lot of activity but it was a great opportunity to practice some ID skills. Broad-winged Hawks, Red-shouldered, Red-taileds, and Cooper's all gave us some nice views.

The season is gearing up and so many great birds are being found!
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Palm Warbler - first of the year
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Beautiful male Palm Warbler
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Female Yellow-rumped Warbler
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Yellow-rumped Warbler - first of the year
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Eastern Phoebe - I accidentally came upon their nest site
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Eastern Phoebe
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Gray Catbird - first of the year
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Gray Catbird
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Golden-crowned Kinglet
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Ruby-crowned Kinglet
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Hermit Thrush
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Hermit Thrush
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Brown Creeper
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Brown Creeper hard at work
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Red-winged Blackbird - so common, but so striking
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Blue Sulpher - first I've seen of one of these this year
Reply from: Andrea Burke on 4/18/2014 8:25 PM
 Love the bird list and dates. this is a great help for me as a newbie to birding. Would love to go out with you sometime!
Reply from: Sue on 4/21/2014 5:32 AM
 Thanks, Andrea; the dates are very helpful to me as well. I even have the page bookmarked on my phone so I can check a species when I'm in the field. Hope to see you out one day soon again!