Friday, April 14, 2017

Too Much Prothonotary? No Such Thing.

     I left home early today- hoping to get some good looks at the prothonotary warbler that has been at the salt marsh nature center, with today being the 3rd day. These little birds nest in the SE United States, so when they end up in New York, clearly they have over shot their destination. When they end up in New York it also gets local birders in a feverish fury to see this little drop of sunshine- as it did for me:
I got some good looks- and listens to many other birds, including this greater yellowlegs (above) and a marsh wren (heard only).

Red-wing blackbirds were very abundant and loud, singing their "honk-a-ree!"


Also had my FOY Forster's Tern, while waiting for the protonotary and thanks to Tom for pointing this guy out.

A pied-billed grebe.
So, basically, I had poor views of the warbler this morning... so I came back in the afternoon.

Because this afternoon was a far better showing for this bird...

This little bird spent most of our viewing time foraging west of the Nature Center on the rocks. Hopping in and out of green patches, foraging for little insects and such.

Foraging and looking hard...






A good look at what this bird is after-- little aphids lined many of the green plants it foraged among.








Too much? Nah. Never.
Keep on feasting lil' buddy and I hope you make it to the South East and make lots of little mini yous!