Five new birds photographed this morning at Peach Hill Park!
This tennessee warbler was the first one I spotted. Only ten minutes in to my walk, I heard one in the trees. I only caught a glimpse, but that was enough.
I heard several others throughout the morning, but they remained hidden, no matter how hard I tried to locate them. This was #117 on my life list… and I am just getting started.
#118 came a short while later as I headed to the back of the park. Yesterday, I heard northern parulas back there in the afternoon (it helped a fellow photographer gave me a heads up too).
Once I got back there today, I heard another one. This time, I followed his song and was able to locate him! This tiny little bird has been a thorn in my side this spring. I ended up finding several throughout the day, but was only able to photographed two of them.
As I walked on the white trail through the back orchard, a relatively new trail, there were warblers everywhere. Most of them turned out to be yellow-rumped warblers, but every now and then, something would surprise me.
For instance, this yellow-throated vireo never made a sound and I found him while following yellow-rumped warblers. Leave no bird unchecked! This put me at 119 birds photographed at Dutchess County!
The same thing happened when I found this black-throated green warbler, he also didn’t make a sound. I didn’t even get the photo initially!
when I spotted him, he retreated into the tree before I could get a photo. I thought I missed the opportunity, but I saw the trail was going to bend around to the other side of the tree. Sure enough, I found him on the other side of the tree, and got this single photo before he took off. I couldn’t believe it, but I had now moved up to 120 birds photographed all-time.
The final new bird was the toughest one to get. I heard the warbler, so once again, I followed his song. It seemed that every time I was close, he would get further ahead of me.
I quite literally followed his song around half the park for an hour before I finally got my first photo of the blackpoll warbler. Once I got it, he stuck around for a while, and I photographed him the entire way. He was final new bird of the day, bringing me up to 121 birds photographed.
What a day!