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  Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and More Warblers at Tifft

Published: May 22, 2014
Tags: General Observations, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Least Flycatcher, Cerulean Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Northern Parula, Blackburnian Warbler, Lincoln's Sparrow, Eastern Wood-pewee, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Wood Thrush, Greater Scaup

I decided to flip-flop my recent birding pattern by going out early today instead of in the later afternoon since I've been missing the morning singing. Also, I suspected today might be a good day with some new migrants and oh yes, it was!  Tifft was full of new arrivals - and I really enjoyed that mixed chorus of warblers, tanagers, flycatchers, and others.

Bill Watson and I saw and/or heard eighteen species of warblers, including a CERULEAN!, 3 male Scarlet Tanagers, a photogenic Philadelphia Vireo, many Red-eyed Vireos, 3 Warbling Vireos, a Wood Thrush, 2 Brown Thrashers, several flycatchers (mostly Willows, but also 2 Eastern Wood-pewees, 3 Eastern Kingbirds, and my favorite, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher), and 4 Lincoln Sparrows.

There was also a Greater Scaup at the south end of the preserve that Bill noticed. This bird wasn't very close to any large body of water, so what was he doing there???  A mystery that may never be solved...

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

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Philadelphia Vireo

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Philadelphia Vireo

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Philadelphia Vireo

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Philadelphia Vireo

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American Redstart (male)

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American Redstart (female)

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Lincoln's Sparrow

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Lincoln's Sparrow

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Scarlet Tanager

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Scarlet Tanager with either an insect

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Red-eyed Vireo

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Yellow Warbler (female)

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Mr. and Mrs. Tree Swallow

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Brown Thrasher

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Very poor shot of a Canada Warbler (early morning is great - but tough on lighting!)

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Greater Scaup - very out of place here!

Reply from: Lynn on 5/22/2014 7:54 PM
 What an interesting variety! And what a lovely way to start your day. Sounds like it was a successful trip.
Reply from: KViz on 5/22/2014 9:12 PM
 Always great to see you out on the trail my friend!! As usual, your pics are AMAZING!!!
Reply from: John Barton on 5/23/2014 9:39 AM
 Sue, Great capture of the Scarlet Tanager with the Dragon Fly.. Looks like you had a great day!!John
Reply from: John Barton on 5/23/2014 9:39 AM
 Sue, Great capture of the Scarlet Tanager with the Dragon Fly.. Looks like you had a great day!!John
Reply from: Sue on 5/25/2014 6:52 AM
 Thanks very much, Lynn, Karen, and John! It was good to see you out too, Karen! I hope your niece and nephew will become avid birders now.


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