I expected Saturday to be a poor day for seeing birds and photography. The forecast had called for a south wind and by all indications, there would be only a few migratory birds around. Nor did it seem as if anything new was going to show up. Nevertheless, I went birding anyways and am I sure glad that I did!
Scarlet Tanager was one of the first birds I saw and when I saw two of them together, I knew that it was going to be a good day.
There were lots of birds, new birds coming in by the hour and the tanagers were just the tip of the iceberg. I also had Prothonotary Warblers,
sprite, little Blue-gray Gnatcatchers,
stunning Baltimore and Bullock’s Orioles,
Beautiful species with blue plumage such as Indigo Bunting, Blue Grosbeak, and the rare Cerulean Warbler (sorry, no photos for that one),
and species with brown plumage like Wood Thrush and Clay-colored Sparrow.
Some of the other birds I saw were Painted Bunting, Hermit Thrush, Nashville Warblers, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in substantial numbers, Orchard Orioles, Warbling Vireo, an American Bittern, White-eyed Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Ovenbird, and other species. In short, Saturday was a FANTASTIC day!