A group of ten adventurous birders braved the rainy conditions on Sunday September 23, 2018 for the inaugural monthly birdwalk program at Great Marsh.
Although the rain washed away any raptor migration, the group did get a good mix of fall migrants including 7 species of warbler: Tennessee, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Magnolia, and Northern Parula. Other much enjoyed migrants included Scarlet Tanager and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
This is shaping up to be an impressive invasion year from the north due to poor food supplies in Canada and the birds are already moving in. The group observed at least one Red-breasted Nuthatch and six female Purple Finches.
A total of 43 species were observed.
Our next walk will be on October 14th and we will hope to see good numbers of wintering birds moving in along with some lingering migrants. Hawk migration will still be going on overhead as well.
See you then…