Wednesday 7 August 2019 74 °F
Today, I went birding for the first time in a great while at Presque Isle State Park in Erie Pennsylvania with my “Chautauqua connection” for the summer, Mary.
I was hoping to find some shorebirds, many of which have been reported here recently.
GRAY CATBIRDS proliferated through the day:
Male YELLOW WARBLER, one of many which I heard today but only a few of which that I saw:
HERRING GULL presiding over a bunch of RING-BILLED GULLS:
Unfortunately, the SPOTTED SANDPIPER ended up being the only shorebird for the day, probably due to crowds on the beaches.
And my bird-of-the-day will be this WILD TURKEY that I briefly saw in the distance before disappearing into the weeds.
Runner-up to a PINE WARBLER that was heard but not seen, and an OSPREY which was seen but not photographed.
Friday I fly out to Sun Valley, Idaho where I will stay with my family till August 23, and I have MANY great birding trips planned for then! It will be a bittersweet farewell to Chautauqua, but I’m happy to go on to the next adventure and to see my family again!
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