Saturday, May 18, 2013
Biggest Week Epilogue - 15 May 2013
I left the house shortly after 4 am and got to the parking lot at Magee Marsh shortly before 5:30 am. Storms were supposed to be moving through the area this morning, so lightning a few short downpours greeted my arrival. But the rains let up, so I grabbed the scope and camera and headed onto the boardwalk. A Common Nighthawk was circling over the parking lot. Warblers were starting to chatter overhead: Black-and-White, Black-throated Blue, and Black-throated Green. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was calling in the trees, but it was still too dark to see them.
As skies brightened the warblers started to appear. A flock of Myrtle Warblers were working the shoreline next to the pond. Among them were a Magnolia Warbler and several Palm Warblers. A Northern Waterthrush was singing nearby, and for a short moment I thought I was hearing a Connecticut Warbler.
I decided to head back to work rather than fight the crowds.
Frustrations would occur when I drove by the East Beach and notice a dozen cars. I almost walked out there, but decided to drive on. When I got to work I found the Tweet indicating that the female Kirtland's Warbler was refound about 10 minutes after I drove by. Then a Mississippi Kite was observed soaring over the BSBO HQ a few minutes later. Within the hour two more Kirtland's Warblers would be spotted (a juvenile male and adult male), so I was less than thrilled (for myself).
But that is how it works sometimes. Shake it off, and look forward to next year... Rats.