Today I went back mid-afternoon to get the sour taste out of my mouth. Naturally, I looked for the LOWA and, naturally, I didn't find it. But I did find many Black-and-white Warblers, finally. They've been here for at least a week and it seemed like everyone was seeing them but me. A couple of Common Yellowthroats also popped up--good to see these masked warblers after hearing them for the last few days just about everywhere I birded.
I was walking on the back bogs, along Sweetwater Lane when I heard a Song Sparrow singing on the other side of a reservoir. I hadn't seen any birds for a while, so I stopped to scan for the bird, as I did earlier on Island Beach when I was looking for the mockingbird. I like to practice locating birds I've heard. I always would rather see them. I stopped mid scan when I saw a black figure in a small tree. At first I thought it was plastic caught up in the branches, but then I saw the broad white tail band--obvious even in my poor photograph--so there was my first Eastern Kingbird for the year.
One other slightly unusual bird today was Merlin zipping overhead.
I won't be able to get back to Double Trouble until perhaps next week, so I'm pretty certain that Louisiana Waterthrush isn't going to make onto the county list this year.
Canada Goose 2 nesting on bog on Sweetwater Lane
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Eastern Kingbird 1
Fish Crow 1 Heard
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12
American Robin 3
Black-and-white Warbler 8
Common Yellowthroat 2
Pine Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Eastern Towhee 1 Heard, behind sawmill
Chipping Sparrow 10
Song Sparrow 1 Heard, Sweetwater Lane
Dark-eyed Junco 1
House Finch 1 Heard, village