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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher...huge fallout at Bracebridge Ponds

This afternoon at the Bracebridge Ponds there was a huge (in the hundreds) mixed flock of warblers and other birds singing and foraging in the wet woods north of cell 4. We have never seen so many Northern Parulas, Blackburnians, and Cape Mays at one time. There were also several Bay-breasted, Chestnut-sided, and Magnolia Warblers, as well as Black-throated Blue, Tennessee, Black-throated Green, Nashville, Yellow, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white, Blackpoll, Palm, Pine, a Wilsonís, American Redstarts, Northern Waterthrush, and a singing Mourning Warbler. Other birds seen included a pair of Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Kingbirds, Warbling and Blue-headed Vireos, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, a Green Heron, Rusty Blackbirds, and nine Bobolinks. Over two hundred Swallows were flying low over cell 4. Two male Blue-winged Teal and the continuing male Redhead were in cell 2.

There was also a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher which stayed in view for several minutes before flying back into the woods north of cell 4. We stayed for another hour, hoping it would reappear, but never saw it again.


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