We left Higbee at 10.30 and spent a couple hours at the raptor view point. Five Bald Eagle moved south with good numbers of Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Osprey and Sharp-shinned Hawk. Lesser numbers of Red-tailed Hawk and Broad-winged Hawk were also seen. Someone then mentioned that a decent gathering of warblers, kinglets and nuthatches were feeding in one tree at number 400, Coral Avenue. We arrived to find an incredible gathering of birds feeding in and around the Siberian Elm tree. Apparently this tree oozes sap once a year and attracts the insects.
We managed to see four Black-throated Blue Warblers, Tennessee, Prairie, Magnolia, Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green, American Redstart, Parula, Brown Creeper, Blackpolls, two Cape May Warbler, Pine, Black & White, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and the Red-breasted Nuthatch.
|Pair of adult Killdeers roosting in the car park at the raptor viewpoint!|
|Brown Thrasher - seen daily in ones and twos.|
|Cape May Warbler|
|Ad male Red-breasted Nuthatch - unusually high numbers recorded this year|
|Two Black-throated Blue Warbler and two Red-breasted Nuthatch in the same shot!|