We stopped at a shrubby/ grassy area that led to a pond - we didn't see much in the pond but around in the vegetation saw a Blue Grosbeak and Orchard Orioles. We went on a wooded path near the visitor center where we saw Indigo Bunting, Marsh Wrens and a flycatcher which we think is either a Willow or Alder. (most likely Willow since Alders summer further north). The area around the nature center had Purple Martin nests.
We drove around the path a few more times stopping at the spot where the Phalarope was seen, but instead saw a shorebird - after some careful viewing we determined it was a Ruff!
My friend wanted to check Atlantic City Park because he had a hunch there might be some breeding Prothonotary Warblers based on some not to recent ebird reports. We also looked around for reported Red Headed Woodpeckers. We found Carolina Chickadees, Eastern Bluebirds, flycatchers, Yellow Billed Cuckoos, Yellowthroated Warbler, Chipping Sparrows and an unusually yellow Pine Warbler. Before it got too dark we checked out a path that looked like ideal Prothonotary habitat and we were right - a Prothonotary appeared. Later on we heard a few Whip Poor Whils and one flew towards us - almost landing on us.
A great day - one of my best and most memorable.
|Gull Billed Terns|
|Prothonotary Warbler (bad photo)|