More tales from the Arboretum

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:

Bobolink

Bobolink

Plenty more pictures follow …. what an excellent day, what an excellent weekend.  we urge everyone to visit the Arboretum soon and enjoy the birds:

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Northern Parula

Northern Parula

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

Female Black-throated Blue Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

American Redstart

American Redstart

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

American Crow

American Crow

Great-crested Flycatcher on the lookout

Great-crested Flycatcher on the lookout

Great-crested Flycatcher after the next meal

Great-crested Flycatcher after the next meal

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker after Eau de poteau

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker after Eau de poteau

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

But there were mammals present as well …

Red Squirrel with huge nut

Red Squirrel with huge nut

The early birder catches the bobolink

The early birder catches the bobolink

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