After yesterday’s adventure with a group of followers J and I went back this morning by ourselves, primarily to confirm the exciting numbers of Bobolinks but we couldn’t resist checking a few small warblers as well.
To yesterday’s 51 species list we added Great-crested Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula and Warbling Vireo. You occasionally hear people rubbishing the arboretum as a birding site but it has plenty to offer as we hope we have shown this weekend – just a question of knowing where to go and being there early.
Now – the Bobolinks were indeed present – we confirmed by sight eight males in one field, six in the second and a male + female pair prospecting the “official” bobolink Field …. going by the singing we are sure there were more but we did not have sight confirmation. The females seems shyer today but the males were up singing and feisty.
The three fields in which they can be seen are at: http://tinyurl.com/pkvyah
…. and here is one of the birds. Even with my big lens distance plus heat haze made things fuzzy but it’s clear what is there:
Plenty more pictures follow …. what an excellent day, what an excellent weekend. we urge everyone to visit the Arboretum soon and enjoy the birds:
But there were mammals present as well …