Global Big Day fell right in the middle of finals for me at school, so I couldn't go birding for too long or travel too far from my apartment. Otherwise, I saw nothing really notable.
The first spot my mom and I went to was the Wildlife Drive at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. A Ruff had been seen there a few days earlier and I wanted to see if it would still be around. Unfortunately, it was not there (not like a male in breeding plumage would be mistaken for anything. There was a good number of shorebirds there, however, as I was able to identify both species of Yellowlegs, Pectoral, Spotted, Least, and Solitary Sandpipers in good numbers. Other good birds were Eastern Kingbird and both Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos
The next spot we tried was at Armitage Road on the border of Seneca and Wayne counties. This is a known spot for Prothonotary Warblers, and I was hoping to get them here instead of tracking down ones that stray into southern NY every spring. First we walked along the road, which yielded Pileated Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Ducks, a Lincoln's sparrow, and many warblers (including Cerulean), but no Prothonotary. We drove further up to the exact location of a nest box set up to attract Prothonotaries (Prothonotary and Lucy's Warblers are the only species of wood-warbler to nest in cavities). I first heard the "sweet, sweet, sweet" song and then after it repeated a few times, a male Prothonotary Warbler flew over our car before disappearing, not without me getting a photo first. On to the net spot...
The last spot we went to was the Martens tract, where we heard Virginia Rails and American Bitterns calling as the sun set.
On the way home, we stopped at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR, where several Bobolinks had arrived and were displaying
The next day, my mom and I went to Upland Farm on what wasn't supposed to be for birding, but I still got Blue-winged and Chestnut-sided Warblers for the year
To be continued...
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