New Birds Photographed at Peach Hill Park!

Tennessee Warbler

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.

Northern Parula

#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.

Yellow-throated Vireo

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!

Black-throated Green Warbler

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.

Blackpoll Warbler

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!

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4 Responses to New Birds Photographed at Peach Hill Park!

  1. So very happy for you!

  2. Elaine Andersen says:

    Fabulous photos, Derrick!
    Your dedication is astonishing!
    You send great rewards to all of us.
    I can’t wait to open your post each day!

  3. Lyn Burnstine says:

    Congratulations, Derrick. I so admire your enthusiasm and dedication. I am amazed at your learning all the bird calls. Even though I have been a musician all my long life, I can’t seem to do that. I did learn the red-wing’s song this summer. It sounds to me like HER-CU-LEEZE with the accent on the last syllable.

  4. Derrick says:

    That you everyone for the kind words. I am so happy that you all love the photos. Dutchess County truly has great places to go with diverse wildlife. I know I have been sticking to the same places as of late, but I am just amazed that after dozens of visits, I still end up seeing new things everyday to share. 🙂

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