Thursday, April 18, 2013
Birding Lancaster, April 2013
I headed out to Bolton Flats with Alan today as I had the day off due to my car being in the shop which worked out well considering Dale reported a Glossy Ibis there yesterday afternoon and both of us were hoping it would stick around! It wouldn't take long to hear the Blue-gray Gnatcathers along the path as well as a couple of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and of course the many Swamp Sparrows.
Alan would spot the Ibis all the way to the back of the flats so after a scope view, I'd attempt a record shot of course.
Alan would attempt one next via digiscoping and as you can see it came out much better! We'd call a couple people including Justin as he was out at Bolton the evening prior and struck out so he was on a mission for the bird so called to let him know it was there so we waited for him (with kids in tow) to make sure we could stalk it for him to make it easier for him to get on the bird.
As well as a couple more Ruby-crowned Kinglet's with one sitting still for a split second for a lousy photo! Other highlight in this area would be the MANY Field Sparrows and well as an American Kestrel and an Eastern' Towhee a little further along the way.
The only other bird I bombed on as my car isn't ready yet is the Northern Shovelers at Institute Park so hoping some make a stop at Bolton in the next couple months as I won't be able to try for it tomorrow and don't think I'll be lucky enough to have it stay over the weekend. One other thing I should note is I was introduced to a beautiful song this afternoon while doing yard work. It was very rich and musical in the beginning and at the end it would remind me of a Chestnut-sided Warbler with it's (Meet a-yoooooo) at the end. I'd pish it would and be thrilled to see the beautiful voice belong to an American Tree Sparrow. You learn something new every day.
Take care all.