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Birdwalk Highlights for 4/13: Florida Lake Park, Freeport.

It's on. But bring boots.


There was a lot of mud and water as expected this morning, but wet feet were rewarded with many first-of-years for folks, and our first "spring" morning full of warblers.


With limited places to walk without hip waders, we didn't cover a lot of ground, but immersed ourselves in the flock of about 20 PALM WARBLERS with a total of 6 or so YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS with them. One PINE WARBLER sang from the distance.


Other migrants encountered today also included a flock of 8 CEDAR WAXWINGS, 7 SONG SPARROWS, 6 EASTERN PHOEBES, 5 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, 3 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and 2 NORTHERN FLICKERS.


On the pond, we had 8 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 3 WOOD DUCKS, a fly-by duo of hen HOODED MERGANSERS, and several breeding pairs of CANADA GEESE. About 40 TREE SWALLOWS swirling around were joined by a single BARN SWALLOW. One or two OSPREYS stopped by to fish, and a pair of BALD EAGLES patrolled overhead.


Speaking of raptors, we detected the beginning of a good day of hawk migration, with two NORTHERN HARRIERS and an AMERICAN KESTREL. Other vismig included a large flock of about 60 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS followed by another group of 6. We also had a pair of COMMON RAVENS vocalizing low overhead, and a handful of the usual resident woodland birds to nicely top off the list.


It's happening!

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