Seeing a Prothonotary Warbler for the first time in the spring is always a milestone. Not that long ago, their average arrival date to the park was May 8. This year, in spite of the lateness of spring, the first one showed up on May 4.This one along Bennett Ave wasn't all that close to me, but given that a few are showing up in typical nesting habitat already, I'm sure I will have plenty of opportunity to see them a lot closer, especially if they are along Tulip Tree Trail in their usual spot.
Before leaving the park, I checked out a flowering Forsythia bush at Beach Access #2 where a female Cerulean Warbler had accommodated viewers earlier. After a bit of patience, it showed up at the same shrub and allowed several of us to enjoy it relatively low down. A male had been near the entrance to the Marsh Trail a couple of days earlier, but it was often up fairly high.
Today I decided to spend a bit of time near Mitchell's Bay, first checking out the west end of Angler Line hoping to see or hear Yellow-headed Blackbirds, or maybe even seeing American White Pelicans soaring out over the marshy area of Ticky Tacky Point. I struck out on both, but did see the usual Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night-Herons and the like.
Along the Mitchell's Bay South Trail, the birds weren't terribly plentiful, but I did see a few reptiles, including lots of Painted Turtles and a few Map Turtles basking.
|Map Turtle (foreground) & Painted Turtle (background)|
A return trip to Rondeau is likely in the next day or so, so stay tuned!