I’ll admit, I’m not the best birder around. Sure I take it pretty seriously, but in reality I am still fairly new at this and need much more time in the field to hone my skills. So after deciding on doing some birding on Sunday I set the goal of 50 species for the day. The next step was deciding on where to spend the majority of my day. As York County has many great birding locations it was a tough decision. I finally decided on William H. Kain County Park. I chose Kain Park because of the possibility of both migrating shorebirds and warblers. Kain Park encompasses 1,600 acres including two fairly large lakes. In my opinion the weather was great, 60s and overcast. Just my experience, but I find the birds are much more active throughout the entire day when it is cloudy.
I started at the Lake Redman boardwalk, built specifically in mind for looking at shorebirds and waterfowl. The first bird I took notice to on the day was this Great Egret, followed quickly by a Great Blue Heron flying overhead.
After watching the Egret, Heron, Geese with goslings, and 3 different types of swallows I decided to move on from the boardwalk into the wooded area along the lake. This Carolina Wren was singing away, making sure everything around was aware of its presence.
Other than Gray Catbirds (which I saw probably close to 100 individuals) the next most abundant species was the Yellow-Rumped Warbler. I definitely could not complain, because I went to see Warblers, although I was planning on seeing more than the 5 species that I did. It seemed like everything I put my binoculars or camera on was a Yellow-Rumped. I just couldn’t seem to find any other species.
One of the few other Warbler species I did find was the Common Yellowthroat. In the past I have found these tiny little birds extremely hard to find and especially to photograph. I had no issue with that on Sunday. There were many individuals that were more than willing to pose for a few snaps.
As I made my way around the lake I encountered a flock of 5 Baltimore Orioles. Not all that special of a sighting, but since these birds wear my favorite color scheme I always enjoy watching them.
While watching the Orioles I was surprised when a Green Heron landed in a tree not 10 feet from my head. It did not take long for the Heron to realize what I was and to take off across the lake. However, while watching the Heron the movement of a tiny bird caught my eye. I’m not going to lie, while watching this tiny bird, I had no idea what I was looking at. So I took a few snaps with my camera, hoping at least one would come out well enough to help my ID the little fellow. After thumbing through my Sibley’s and looking at few pictures online I finally decided on Warbling Vireo. (If you think it is something else please let me know!)
Making my way back along the trail to the boardwalk, I looked out into the lake and saw this Spotted Sandpiper bobbing up and down on this log.
I decided to take trail 5 up the mountain away from the lake to see what I could find deeper in the woods. Some highlights while climbing the mountain were a Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Pheobe, Black-Throated Blue Warbler, and a Hairy Woodpecker.
When I reached the top of the mountain, there was a small clearing where I stood for a few minutes watching a female American Redstart and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet forage in the leafy brush not 10 yards from me. During this time I heard a song that I was not familiar with. I turned around to see a very vibrant Indigo Bunting singing away on a limb behind me. I was able to take a few shots with my camera before he took off.
While making the the trek back down the hill I was able to find more Common Yellowthroats and quite a few Eastern Towhees singing vivaciously. They were not the only songsters though of this side of the mountain, this White-Eyed Vireo was giving them a run for their money.
As I made my way down the rest of the mountain to the boardwalk I was surrounded by more Gray Catbirds, they were literally everywhere I looked. However, I did find one more highlight wading in the muddy banks of the lake, this Solitary Sandpiper.
Overall it was a decent day of birding for me. I left Kain Park with 44 species. Knowing I set my goal at 50 for the day I went home and sat on the back porch until I reached my goal. My 50th species of the day was a female Eastern Bluebird who had just layed her first egg in the nest box in the yard.