Sunday, 13 May 2012

River Road Kent - Warblers and Thrushes

A pair of American Goldfinch at the feeders to start the day....

The morning was then spent with a group of local Connecticut birders at a well known 'hotspot' - River Road Kent. Cerulean Warbler amongst others was the target!

Thrushes were first in on the act though with this Brown Thrasher off the approach road

A Veery finally out in the open!

 First Warbler (and an obliging one) was this male Chestnut-sided Warbler - in the car park!

We had to work a lot harder for Cerulean Warbler and after distant canopy views during the walk, guess what, this male was showing in the Car Park on return - who knows what else we would have seen here!

 The obligatory Eastern Phoebe, this time wreaking havoc on the butterflies!

Strictly record shot but a drive down the road rewarded us with this male Hooded Warbler!

A pretty good morning with other notables: Belted Kingfisher, Hooded and Common Merganser, Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow throated and Red-eyed Vireo, Great crested Flycatcher, Yellow bellied Sapsucker, Wood Thrush, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager and Ovenbird! The drive to White Memorial Conservation Centre now beckoned.....

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