Our COS group had two wonderful days of birding in the Emiquon/Chautauqua area. On Saturday, we concentrated on waterfowl of all kinds and we were certainly not disappointed. Highlights at the South Globe Unit of Emiquon included great views of 5 Dunlin, 25 Black-necked Stilts, 4 Hudsonian Godwits, 51 Long-billed Dowitchers, 16 American Golden Plovers, 2 Wilson’s Phalarope, and 20 Bonaparte’s Gulls.
On Sunday, most of our time was spent in the woodland areas of Chautauqua where we tallied many first-of-year species. A handsome male Black-throated Green warbler got the day off to a good start. Then, a fabulous Pine Warbler put on a show for us followed by an equally cooperative Blue-winged warbler. Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere. Other highlights included Barred Owl, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Orange-crowned Warbler, Northern Parula, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak. We totaled 96 species for the weekend.
Many thanks to Matthew Winks for leading our group.