I got up nice and early Saturday to test my luck at Peach Hill Park in Poughkeepsie. By 8:00 am, I was already snapping shots of birds.
Everything started off great with plenty of blue jays, northern cardinals, american goldfinches, and red-winged blackbirds all offering excellent photographic opportunities. Within my first hour, I had already taken 100 photos.
And it kept getting better!
Near the pond, I could hear the songs of ruby-crowned kinglets. I figured I might finally get a chance of getting shots of that elusive ruby crown. Wouldn’t you know that I got one?
It wasn’t just one though, as I got several great looks at the crown. It seemed like every time I turned around, a kinglet was singing on a perch in perfect view. I couldn’t believe my luck.
Towards the back of the park, I was surprised to find a pair of hermit thrushes! I’ve never seen any at Peach Hill before, but they kept themselves pretty well hidden, only giving me small glimpses through the brush. Looks like I have a new challenge for my next visit!
As I started up to the summit, I found both a palm warbler and pine warbler on the white trail. Once again, it was almost if the wildlife couldn’t see me in plain sight, because both allowed me to stand and observe from a fairly close spot.
I also found plenty of butterflies too, including the first eastern tiger swallowtail. Other species included cabbage white, clouded sulphurs, eastern commas, spring azures, and pearl crescent.
On my way out, I heard the song of a brown thrasher, another first of the season! Unfortunately, my luck had run out, and he took off before I could even react. I can’t complain though, as I got all of these photos below to share!
Photos from Peach Hill Park (click photos to enlarge)