Thursday, May 17, 2018

an Epic day

Thats capital E epic.  A Golden-Winged Warbler was reported yesterday at the local dog-walk/birdy park in SoPo.  Of course I didn't check the list serve until almost 7pm, but off I go, dragging my starving 10 year old to get a photo before the sun sets, "What's for dinner??....I'm hungryyyyy".  Fifteen minutes later we pull into the parking lot, and I discover I left the memory card for my camera plugged into my laptop.  Back into the car, cursing and yelling, kid in tears, me assuring him that he's done nothing wrong, calculating the chances that the bird will stick around overnight (no rain, warmish night, not too much wind....probability less than 5%....).

Miraculously, it did stick around, and I saw it this morning!  So did everyone else.  Unfortunately, it stayed high in the canopy, mostly showing us its very plain and boring belly against a catastrophically backlit white sky.  After a couple hours chasing it through a small patch of woods, absolutely killing my neck, and filling a card with trash photos, I called it and went to get a 2nd cup of coffee.  So, apologies for the lousy photo, but a Lifer warbler is nothing to be ashamed of.

Later in the afternoon I took a walk by Great Pond and got some good shots of good birds.

Golden-Winged Warbler

Doug Hitchcox birds wicked haahd

Nashville Warbler

Mourning Dove

Pileated Woodpecker
Swainson's Thrush with buffy spectacles

this juv. Bald Eagle was sizing up my dog


  1. More nice ones! But please add a search tool to your blog (go to "layout") so people (well, at least me!) can find your posts/pics on specific birds.

  2. great idea. there is no "search tool" option that I can see under "layout" however.