|Western Palm Warbler|
Both of these birds are lifers for us so we were pretty excited and had a good laugh that we had decided to make toast. Instead of heading out to the trail we decided to walk through a landlocked conservation area across the field from our home. As we headed out we saw another warbler - this time the Yellow-rumped Warbler which we have seen before but still counts as a bird on our 2013 list.
Last week we spent a day down at Long Point adding 16 birds to our list and had another lesson is the role timing plays. We had stopped at the Bird Studies Canada building around 8:30 but decided rather than get out and walk the trail we would head to Long Point and do that on our way home. Around 9 another birder saw the American Avocet at the edge of the lake. It is not a lifer for us - we have seen it in Myrtle Beach but it would have been a nice bird for our year list. Of course, had we made that stop we might not have seen these highlights - the Blue-winged Teal which we had been "chasing" since January and always seemed to miss.
the usually elusive, secretive American Woodcock preening beside a wetland
and we finished the day spotting this Horned Grebe in almost breeding plumage.