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  Migrant Warblers and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at Tifft

Published: September 04, 2013
Tags: Parks and Preserves, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Magnolia Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Black-throated Blue, American Redstart, Common Redpoll, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Great Egret, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorant, Common Gallinule, Belted Kingfisher

There was a nice, little pocket of warblers this morning and it bustled with activity as Doug Happ and I walked through Tifft Nature Preserve. In this active group, we saw a few Magnolias, a Tennessee, Black-throated Blue, at least 4 American Redstarts (a couple of young plus 2 adults), a Black and White, and a Common Redpoll.  Since we missed the large group Sal had last night at Amherst State Park, we felt slightly compensated!

Another exciting bird this morning was a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.  I haven't seen one of these since the end of May at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk. This little guy gave us a brief, but excellent view as he perched on the path right in front of us for a few seconds - long enough for me to capture a couple of decent photos of him.

A walk out by the marsh gave me my best visual of a Least Bittern I've had to date. He was walking through the reeds and went by a little clear spot. Wow, that was great, but unfortunately, there wasn't enough time for a photo.

Other birds seen this morning were: 4 Great Blue Herons, 8 Green Herons, 2 Black-crowned Night Herons, 5 Great Egrets, 19 Wood Ducks, 2 Blue-winged Teals, 10 Double-crested Cormorants, 5 Common Gallinules, 3 Belted Kingfishers, an Eastern Phoebe, 6 Wild Turkeys, a Cooper's Hawk, and 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows.

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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

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Male American Goldfinch already beginning to molt and lose his gorgeous summer plumage

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Magnolia Warbler

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Tennessee Warbler

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Beautiful Double-crested Cormorants sharing a little sunning spot with a Great Egret

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Young Green Heron

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Wild Turkeys

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We were BOTH surprised at our meeting!

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