September 23rd WBC Walk

On September 23rd, the Peregrine Falcon Birders Club took a trip to Montrose Point. We met at the Hedge around 7:00 AM. Immediately after, we headed to the beach to check for shorebirds and Nelson’s Sparrows. Once we left the Hedge, we saw a raptor fly out of the dunes. We identified it by looking at Oliver Burrus’ picture. We noted a white rump and owl-like facial markings, making it a Northern Harrier. Following this impressive sighting, we walked down the beach in search of shorebirds. To our surprise, the large fluddle that had been present had dried up. However, we did manage to see three Semipalmated Plovers and a Sanderling where what used to be water. Soon after this, a Peregrine Falcon flew overhead. Afterwards, we headed towards the dunes in order to try to find Nelson’s Sparrow. While we didn’t find a Nelson’s Sparrow, we did see a Sedge Wren in the lower branches of a shrub. After this, we headed into the hedge in search of warblers and anything else that could be found. The highlights of the hedge included a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, a Least Flycatcher, a Philadelphia Vireo, an Orange-Crowned Warbler, a pair of Cape May Warblers, a female Black-Throated Blue Warbler and a Wilson’s Warbler. After this, we decided to call it quits as we had covered the majority of Montrose.

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