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Birdwalk Highlights for 5/18: Spear Farm Estuary Preserve, Yarmouth Town Landing, etc

It was surprisingly quiet for a May morning today, not gonna' lie. Very quiet. But seeing a pair of GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS staking claim to a Wood Duck box was a fun sighting that was more than worth the price of admission - especially since one sat still in plain view for so long!

The only passage migrant was a heard-only MAGNOLIA WARBLER, but territorial breeding warblers provided much better views, especially the 2 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS and 2 AMERICAN REDSTARTS, and one of the two YELLOW WARBLERS. Also heard and/or seen today included two each of BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, and OVENBIRD. We also heard at least 4 RED-EYED VIREOS, saw plenty of GRAY CATBIRDS, enjoyed 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, heard a RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER, and spotted one SNOWY EGRET at the river's edge.

We then checked out the neighborhood BALD EAGLE nest, where the two adults were standing guard. They were tiny, but it appeared that there were at least two chicks in the nest...they'll be easier to see in a few more weeks. Here we also had a couple of very cooperative SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, a few more catbirds, another great look at a redstart, and some patient DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS.

Looking to add to the list, we made a couple of quick stops at secret spots, which produced a few more individuals of the species we had already seen, from a couple of Snowy Egrets to another cooperative pair of American Redstarts. A GREAT BLUE HERON and a small group of CANADA GEESE were the only new additions to the list though, but it's always fun to check out tiny spots we don't usually visit.

As I always do when I skip a visit to Florida Lake Park, I check in with a friend to see how the morning was there. Today, he reported it was "dead city," so it was just one of those days...we need another good overnight flight to recharge the migratory numbers locally!


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23 мая

It would be great to provide more images of the Spear Farm Estuary Reserve. Discovering an Eagle nest is extremely rare and proves that this is a healthy and peaceful place for them to thrive. Happy Wheels

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