Monday, May 23, 2011

The Best Birding One-Two Punch. . . on Earth?

[This presumed female Great-crested Flycatcher gathered nesting material (stems from Red Maple samaras (seeds) along Cedar Bridge Road yesterday, with her mate in close attendance.]

If there's a better birding combo than Belleplain State Forest + Heislerville WMA in May, I haven't found it. One could spend hours in either place, or both, trolling for avian wonders - and other stuff, too, butterflies and herps and flowers. That was my weekend - and finally, with a slowly healing knee, part of it on a bike in Belleplain, too. More to follow.

[30,000 shorebirds at the Heislerville impoundment today, high tide. Your assignment, if you choose to accept it: find the Curlew Sandpiper. And then, or maybe instead, just enjoy the spectacle.]

[A third punch: deep in Bear Swamp, Cumberland County, today was our first MAPS banding run of the year. This Magnolia Warbler was a migrant, but we had some interesting, and valuable, recaptures of local breeders. More to follow on Bear Swamp - of Gray-cheekeds and Whips and Protho's, oh my. . . and especially, the amazing Ovenbird.]

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