Thursday 5/8/14

A Horned Lark shows off his namesake. Pine Island Turf Nursery, 5/8/14.
A Horned Lark shows off its namesake. Pine Island Turf Nursery, 5/8/14.

I got out after work today and checked few spots, mostly hoping for shorebirds. All the flooding at Pine Island Turf Nursery and along the right side of the Winding Waters Trail had subsided. At the turf nursery I did not stick around for long but did see the above Horned Lark. This is the first time I have shot this bird and gotten a really good look at the horns. At the Winding Waters Trail I again did not stay for long, but I did have one Solitary Sandpiper.

I decided to walk the Liberty Loop in hopes of getting perhaps some shorebirds and maybe even an interesting warbler. For shorebirds I had Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpipers, and a single Spotted Sandpiper. Warbler showing was weak, I only had Yellow Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Common Yellowthroats, and American Redstarts. I did manage several personal FOS birds however: Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, and Baltimore Oriole.

There were plenty of Yellow-rumped Warblers on the west side of the Liberty Loop, 5/8/14.
There were plenty of Yellow-rumped Warblers on the west side of the Liberty Loop, 5/8/14.
My FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the Liberty Loop, 5/8/14.
My FOS Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the Liberty Loop, 5/8/14.

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