Excellent OC Evening Birding, 05/01/17

~I’ve seen plenty of Yellow-rumped Warblers this spring. I’m still working on getting a good shot. Wickham Lake, 05/01/17.~

After work today I headed straight to Glenmere Lake to follow up on a lead from Rob Stone – he had two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS there earlier in the day. And I just can’t get enough of sea ducks in Orange County, I find it fascinating. When I arrived, the birds were still present. I had distant but excellent looks in my scope and I managed to digiscope a few halfway decent shots with my phone. While I was there, I also had a remarkable 4 Ospreys flying over the lake and 2 Bald Eagles; one adult and one immature.

~Digiscoped WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, one of 2 at Glenmere Lake, 05/o1/17.~ 

From there, I headed over to Wickham Lake, following up on another tip from Rob; he let me know about a Northern Waterthrush that was near the parking area at Wickham Woodlands Town Park. At first I was having no luck, but after a while I heard the bird. I really wanted to see the bird, so I waited a long time… and eventually I caught just the briefest look. While I was waiting, the area was birdy and I had several other warblers: Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, and my first of the year American Redstart.

~Yellow Warbler at Wickham Lake, 05/01/17.~

I finally went to the shore of the lake to scan for waterfowl. I was not optimistic, but wanted to check before heading home. I was pleasantly surprised to first hear and then see a Common Loon out in the distance. What a great sound and sight! But that was just the beginning – I continued scanning and…wait let me count them… one, two, three, four RED-NECKED GREBES! They were in the company of 4 Ruddy Ducks. Again the birds were quite distant – I took some shots with my camera and I digiscoped some as well and got enough just to document. What a super night of birding, you just never know what you’ll find when you get out there!

~Two of the 4 RED-NECKED GREBES at Wickham Lake, 05/01/17.~
~Four Red-necked Grebes, all tucked in. Digiscoped at Wickham Lake, 05/01/17.~

 

4 thoughts on “Excellent OC Evening Birding, 05/01/17”

  1. Thanks again for letting me know about the Scoters, Matt! It was great to see them, and the weather was perfect. By the way, there has been a Northern Waterthrush at 6 1/2 Station Road since Friday. I had great views of him today.

    1. So glad you got them Kathy, what exciting birds! Thanks for the heads up about the NOWA at 6 1/2 Station Road; I think I know the area where it has been so I will check it out. Matt

  2. WOW
    Great mix of birds!!
    And the sun finally came out later today, too.
    It would be great if we could have a few days of sunshine
    on all these beautiful little birdies!!!

    Wilma

    1. It was a fun evening of birding, I definitely got more birds than I was expecting. I wouldn’t say no to a little more sunshine in the upcoming days. Matt

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