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Birdwalk Highlights for 4/24: Winslow Park, Freeport.

Not sure what we were doing going to Windsblow Park when it was warm out, but it was an absolutely delightful visit. The birds were good, too.


We had a number of exceptional views of PINE WARBLERS (10) and lots of great practice identifying their song as compared to CHIPPING SPARROWS (16+). Two PALM WARBLERS also provided excellent looks, with other migrant passerines including 7 EASTERN PHOEBES, 7 SONG SPARROWS, 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 3 TREE SWALLOWS, 2 lingering DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 2 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and one fly-by YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.


3 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS seemed hopefully about breeding here, joining other residents from a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER through WHITE-BREASTED and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, TUFTED TITMICE and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, and lots of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES.


The local BALD EAGLE nest had one occupant, and her behavior was suggestive of recently hatched chicks underneath. One other eagle stirred up the waterbirds as it soared overhead, including a SNOWY EGRET. Two OSPREYS were spotted overhead at the same time.


Migrant waterbirds including a fly-over GREAT BLUE HERON and two fly-by COMMON MERGANSERS, with lingering wintering species including 125+ BUFFLEHEADS, 8 breeding-plumaged LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 4 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and a single hen COMMON GOLDENEYE. 6 CANADA GEESE and 75+ total COMMON EIDERS are all probably local birds as well.


My personal bird of the morning, however, was a GREAT CORMORANT among a flock of about 15 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS that flew over us in the store's parking lot as we assembled. This was the 131st species for our store's all-time Yard List!



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