We started off the month of May with a bang… a weekend trip to Connecticut to photograph birds along the coast.
I barely got out of the car at Milford Point when a purple martin flew over. When I checked the martin box on the property, it was filled with martins! In our area, our martin boxes are typically overrun with house sparrows, but not here!
I hung around for a little bit and snapped a few shots, and then it was onward to the beach…
Another week, another visit to a local hiking spot. Seeing that I had some success in New Paltz last time at Nyquist Harcourt Sanctuary, I went back for another hike.
There were several new birds at the park this time around, including new Spring arrivals, such as my first gray catbird and green heron of the season. There were also several female common mergansers on the Wallkill river as well.
At one point, it actually starting to flurry! While it didn’t amount to anything, to see snow at the end of April was a real downer, especially after the difficult winter we had. Thankfully, it was the last reminder of winter, as Spring powered through and remained.
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The quest for warblers continues, this time at Vassar Farm in Poughkeepsie. At the back pond area off the main gravel road, there were several warblers, including my first of the season yellow warbler.
The yellow warbler was joined by several yellow-rumped warblers too, of which I also got photos of.
Rounding out the day included a couple of run in with hawks, bluebirds, and sparrows, all of which can be seen in the latest gallery.
For the second straight time in a row at Franny Reese State Park in Highland, I encountered a very cooperative species. This time, it was a pine warbler, a species I don’t run in to very often. Singing and basking in morning light resulting in the most striking photos I’ve gotten of this guy.
I didn’t see much else that day, but I have plenty of pine warbler of shots to share in the latest gallery:
Just around the corner from the Gilded Otter Brewpub in New Paltz is the Nyquist Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary. This unique spot is a place I’ve tried to visit more frequently since it’s somewhat close to where I live.
Along the Wallkill River, I stumbled upon both palm warblers and yellow-rumped warblers. Warblers are my spring time obsession, as many of you know. 😛
Warblers, as well as other birds from the day, are included in the attached gallery:
Living in Ulster County, the closest spot for me from my home is a place called Franny Reese State Park. I wanted to try and explore this place a little bit more since there isn’t much data on eBird for this location. The thought of finding a spot not commonly birded always intrigues me, because I never know what I might come across.
On this day, I came across a nice variety of species, but one in particular stole the show. One of most cooperative blue-gray gnatcatchers put on quite a singing display near the trail, allowing me excellent looks and photos. Those, as well as others seen during the day, are included in this post’s gallery.
Warmer weather means more birds and longer hikes! I spent a considerable amount of time at Peach Hill Park and Vassar Farm on this day, and it was a terrific day.
Not only did I see my first warbler of the year, I also spotted my first barred owls of the year! I was awe struck as the owl glided silently overhead and into a tree. The pictures didn’t come out great, but it’s not everyday you see in owl in the afternoon!
This, as well as many other photos, can be seen in the gallery. It’s a larger one, so I hope that you enjoy all the shots. 🙂
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