Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Magee Boardwalk - 07 May 2018

Yesterday's heavy thunderstorms have moved on, leaving clear skies and much cooler temperatures. It was 48F this morning as I pulled into the parking lot at Magee Marsh. A cool breeze felt refreshing, but also a bit ominous; did the birds move on?

There were still plenty of birds around, including Yellow-rumped and Blackburnian Warblers that showed early and often.

This Blackpoll Warbler put on a show just feet away from the west end tower, and it was only 6:30 am.

Some new birds seen this morning included Bay-breasted Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Summer Tanager. The Summer Tanager put on a show for a number of us as it foraged overhead. This one's an immature male.

Some additional highlights included a roosting Screech Owl, a bobbing Woodcock, boisterous House Wrens, female Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, and Swainson's Thrush.

A Black-throated Green Warbler appeared near the boardwalk as I was leaving, so...

I made a quick trip through the Ottawa National Wildlife Drive on the way home. A Black-necked Stilt was a highlight, as well as several Trumpeter Swans. I'd be home by 11 am.

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