Excellent Summer Birding, 6/23/16





~A Louisiana Waterthrush with a giant mouth full of bugs. Mongaup River Trail, 6/23/16.~

Today after work I had a really great afternoon and evening of birding. I walked the Mongaup River Trail for the first time, and from beginning to end, the trail was very birdy, with many birds not only being heard, but seen as well. My best bird of the day was a Louisiana Thrush with a mouth full of bugs. I watched as the bird took the bugs to its nest and fed some hungry young ones. I ended up seeing 5 (!) Louisiana Waterthrush during my walk, which was really amazing. Three of them were actively feeding over the river. Another highlight was getting great looks at three Magnolia Warblers, a bird that I was really not expecting to see! I heard but did not get looks at a Blackburnian Warbler, a couple Black-and-White Warblers, and a couple distant Black-throated Green Warblers (another nice surprise). I was hoping I would see some mergansers and I did; four Common Mergansers on a rock in the river. Oh, and I had a couple of adult Bald Eagles too! It was a great afternoon of birding and I will going back again really soon. Huge thanks once again to Rob Stone, who gave me the heads up on this spot.

~It was a buggy afternoon, Ovenbird with what appears to be a “daddy longlegs”. Mongaup River Trail, 6/23/16.~ 

4 thoughts on “Excellent Summer Birding, 6/23/16”

  1. Nice Thrush, Matt
    I know several “Mongaup areas but never heard of the river trail.

    Happy Birding

  2. My husband and I went on this trail today because of this post. Thank you so much! We had a great time walking and watching birds. A great way to spend a Sunday 🙂 Love this birding site, keep up the great work!!! Patty and John Kiersten

    1. Thanks for the great comment, Patty, it made my night. That trail is really a nice find – loads of birds, very scenic, and a nice easy walk too. Matt

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