5/22- Stratford

Just a brief post-

This morning I went on a walk with Frank Mantlik in Stratford.  Highlights below:

Mckinney NWR:  Blackpoll Warbler– 3, Blue-headed Vireo-2, Swainson’s Thrush-1.  There were many, many  Warbling vireos and Yellow Warblers around, plus a couple other birds including Eastern Wood Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Cedar Waxwing, Swamp Sparrow, and Eastern Kingbird.  A Bank Swallow among all the other swallows over the pond was a nice surprise.

The Rail Trail:  Blackburnian Warbler-1 (fabulous views of a stunning male)  Common Yellowthroat – a few, Clapper Rail– 1 in full view,  Marsh Wren- a dozen or so.  All these showed well plus all the regular shorebirds.

Long Beach:  Red-breasted Merganser– 1 lingering individual.

Tree Swallow

A Yellow Warbler on a nest

A nice photo of the Swainson's Thrush

Clapper Rail

Also-  Yesterday I saw a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks on the Guilford town Green.  I’m pretty sure they are nesting in the area, so if you happen to be in Guilford keep your eyes open.  A Adult Bald Eagle also flew over the green, which made for a pretty nice raptor show.

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