Drew, Josh, and I birded a few places this morning and saw a handful of new spring migrants. Despite the rain, our morning was very productive and fun! Click on the links below to see our eBird checklist for that location.
We stopped at Julian Wetlands first thing this morning and had 32 species there. A Bank Swallow was perched on the wires with Tree, Barn, and Northern Rough-winged Swallows and was a new county year bird for me! There was also a single Cliff Swallow present.
Lederer Park had a Black-and-white Warbler and a Black-throated Green Warbler. Both were males that we saw and heard singing. We also had a Least Flycatcher near the parking area. Nearby Walnut Springs was quiet and we only birded there briefly.
Slab Cabin Park had a singing male Nashville Warbler. Millbrook Marsh had an Orchard Oriole, as well as singing Common Yellowthroats and Yellow Warblers. There was also a female Yellow-rumped Warbler there. A Virginia Rail was heard near the bird blind.
A late afternoon stop by the ponds along Old Gatesburg Rd produced a Solitary Sandpiper, which unfortunately flew off very soon after we arrived.
In the evening, Drew and I went over to Julian Wetlands to try and determine what species of rail and how many of each species were present in the marsh. We walked around the entire wetlands complex and, with Bob Snyder’s help, found 10 Virginia Rails and sadly no other species.