My first stop was up on the northwest corner of Cowenesque Lake where I've had some success in the past. It wasn't great today as the only waterfowl visible were a bunch of Canada Geese and two Double-crested Cormorants. There were several first-of-the-year birds, however.
The full list of 27 species seen:
Great Blue Heron
Eastern Kingbird *
Brown Thrasher *
Common Yellowthroat *
Baltimore Oriole *
A couple were kind enough to pose and I was lucky enough to get some decent photos.
My second stop of the day was up on the western rim of the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania at Colton Point State Park. I drove to my usual spot almost across from Leonard Harrison, but there was not one song being sung nor one bird flitting about. So I was on my way home when I passed the trail head out to the Barbour Rocks Overlook and I figured, what the heck. I'd never walked out to that particular point before. It's a well graveled, handicapped accessible trail of 0.7 miles (one way).
Nice walk, but it was very unproductive. Except for two warbler species and a Hermit Thrush. I had heard the thrush before and the Black-throated Green Warbler, too. But this time I got some pretty fair pictures of them. Which is good seeing as they were totally silent at 4 in the afternoon.
My complete list from this little walk:
Hooded Warbler *
Black-throated Green Warbler
Now for some pictures (there's some heavy cropping going on with the three birds, FYI):
|Black-throated Green Warbler|
And, if you want to get an idea of what the view was like.... This is looking south from the overlook.
|Looking south from the Barbour Rocks overlook.|
If tomorrow morning is nice, I may head out and do some more birding/picture taking.