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Golden Triangle Audubon Bird Alert -- 16 April 2012

During the day today (Monday Apr 16) the number and variety of birds in Sabine Woods increased steadily, with a  major influx around 4:30 p.m.  Today's incoming migrants were dominated by the larger birds, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles and especially Gray Catbirds.  The variety of warblers was very good, although there were not any large numbers of any one species.  First of the season Chestnut-sided and Magnolia were recorded, as were the sought after (but not first of season) Golden-winged, Cerulean and Blackburnian.  Altogether, there were 25 confirmed species seen.  Eastern Wood-Pewees were numerous and there were a few Acadian Flycatchers also.  Wood Thrush and Swainson's Thrush were present, and a Common Nighthawk was seen (second of season). Northern Rough-winged Swallows were numerous over the eastern area of the sanctuary.
John A. Whittle
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