Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lake Scenes; More Warblers and a Brown Thrasher -- new species at Lake Kittamaqundi


The fall warbler parade continued at the lake this week with a couple of species new for me: a black-throated green warbler and a Cape May warbler. This was the first documentation of Cape May warbler on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird for the Lake Kittamaqundi hotspot. Another new species for the hotspot -- on the same date and in the same area by the lake -- was brown thrasher. I've seen thrashers before, but this was my first sighting at this location. It's a larger member of the mockingbird and catbird family, and it's always a fantastic bird to see. All three birds in this post were found along the shore by the Sheraton Hotel and the neighboring office building. Photos follow.

Black-throated Green Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Cape May Warbler

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher