Adventures of a dogged birder and her plucky sidekick.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Pip goes to Hunt Hill Audubon Center
Pip's lifer Golden-winged Warbler
I gave a talk at Hunt Hill Audubon Center today, and then Pip and I took a little walk so Pip could get her lifer Golden-winged Warbler. Hunt Hill is the best place I know to see them. We didn't start our walk until noon, and except for a few persistent vireos (Warbling and Red-eyed) and a very persistent Indigo Bunting, there wasn't much song, but that's okay--I can't hear Golden-wings without my hearing aids anymore anyway. I did get quick looks at two females carrying food, and one male came out long enough for some crappy back-lit photos, but that was plenty good enough for a lifer. We didn't take a lot of time--a Common Yellowthroat male got a little agitated at Pip, and I didn't want to have birds focusing on her more than on their nesting responsibilities, so we mostly kept walking except when we found a Black-and-white Warbler taking a mid-day preening session. He didn't seem to mind us watching.