Chirps and Cheeps

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  Biggest Week - McGee Marsh

Published: May 15, 2015
Tags: Life List Happenings, Black-necked Stilt, Prothonotary Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Mourning Warbler, American Redstart, Canada Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Eastern Screech-owl, Common Nighthawk

I had a fabulous four days with two GREAT and fun friends at McGee Marsh this past week!  Karen Vizzi, having been to the big event a few times before, was our capable guide. She showed Karen Lewis and I a fantastic time and we saw an amazing assortment of birds together. 

I think one of our best experiences was watching the American Woodcocks display in the backyard of our cabin one evening - and almost getting buzzed by a Common Nighthawk!

Warblers were everywhere: from the beautiful and elegant Prothonotary to the rather plain but elusive Orange-crowned. A normally secretive Mourning Warbler gave some fantastic views one day - and was a life bird for Karen Lewis.  We even found a rare Worm-eating Warbler and had the fun of giving the information to some other birders and then seeing it get texted out to their alert system - cool!

I got a life bird at the last hour of our last day: a Black-necked Stilt!  We had to scope this guy as it was far out on a mudflat - but the scoped views of this long, pink legged bird were awesome!

What a great time, great birds, and great company!  Euchre will never be the same!

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Prothonotary Warbler

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Prothonotary Warbler

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Bay-breasted Warbler

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Bay-breasted Warbler

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Black-throated Blue Warbler

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Orange-crowned Warbler

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Blackburnian Warbler

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Blackburnian Warbler

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Blackpoll Warbler

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American Redstart

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Mourning Warbler

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Mourning Warbler

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Worm-eating Warbler

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Worm-eating Warbler

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Canada Warbler

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Eastern Kingbird

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Baltimore Oriole

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Gray-cheeked Thrush

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Eastern Screech-owl

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Common Nighthawk

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Indigo Bunting

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Indigo Bunting

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Poor digiscoped shot of the Black-necked Stilt

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Black-necked Stilt

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The Karens

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