Break 100, 05/18/19

I was a little too busy to officially participate in this year’s Mearns Bird Club‘s Break 100, but I was able to join up with my previous team for a few hours this morning. I met up with John Haas, Karen Miller, and Lisa O’Gorman at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis just after 8 am. I know it’s stating the obvious, right now is really good time of year to look for birds. I think with how busy I”ve been with work and in my personal life lately, lost track of that to some extent. It came back to me when I arrived at the cemetery and the team was having a great morning, with several CAPE MAY WARBLERS, Blackpoll Warblers, and at least a couple BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS. One male Cape May was very obliging for photos:

~CAPE MAY WARBLER at Laurel Grove Cemetery, 05/18/19.~
~CAPE MAY WARBLER with a snack. Laurel Grove Cemetery, 05/18/19.~

Our next stop was at Elks Brox Memorial Park, where the team added several birds to their tally. I don’t want to say exactly where they stood, but suffice to say they had a good Friday Evening and early Saturday morning and were well on their way to breaking 100. Highlights at Elks Brox included Prairie Warblers, Great Crested Flycatchers, good looks at another couple of Bay-breasted Warblers, and a nice photo op with a male Scarlet Tanager.

~I’m not sure why, but I sort of like this shot. I feel like this bird has some personality. Scarlet Tanager at Elks Brox Park, 05/18/19.~

From there we headed to Hawk’s Nest; the team added Peregrine Falcon, White-throated Sparrow, and Bald Eagle to their list. The traffic and the loud cars and motorcycles at that place make me absolutely crazy, so I was happy to head up to Reservoir 3 where the only new bird for the team was Brown Creeper. That’s where the team and I parted ways. They were headed to Sterling Forest, I went back to Laurel Grove where I located a CANADA WARBLER before heading home for the day. It was a great morning, and I’ll be curious to see how many species the team finishes with. I’ll update this post when I find out.

*Update: Our team ended the break with a total of 116 species – pretty darn good in my opinion!

~Great-Crested Flycatcher hawking bugs from a high perch at Elks Brox Park, 05/18/19.~
~This is a bird I don’t think I’ve ever taken a good photo of . Prairie Warbler at Elks Brox Park, 05/18/19.~

6 thoughts on “Break 100, 05/18/19”

  1. Fantastic, indeed! That warbler snack is shaped like a swan. (I know, I know, it’s not a swan!) Gorgeous color, the male scarlet tanager.

  2. I didn’t realize that was your car behind Karen’s at Elks Brox Park, Matt, until we were past you, so I apologize for not saying hello. We felt bad that we didn’t chat for a bit before continuing our frantic chase for birds around Orange County. The Cape May’s were stunning in the morning light, and you captured them beautifully in your photos!

    1. Your team did really great Kathy – 131 species, right? That’s really excellent. Glad you like the Cape May shots. Matt

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