This past Saturday I birded Rock Cut State Park with my great friend, Tim Young. It was the first day that really felt like Spring in terms of birds. Everywhere we looked were birds we hadn’t seen since last year. All around us we were welcomed to wonderful songs and sightings.
I did a bit of digiscoping but the majority of the birds were way across the lake making it difficult to get any super shots. We found a beautiful Osprey (which we hope will nest), a good variety of ducks, tons of Pied-billed Grebes, 1 Horned Grebe, and 1 Common Loon.
Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were plentiful and so were Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warblers. We found a group of 4 Bonaparte’s Gulls which are new to the photo lifelist (I digiscoped them).
We also spotted four Belted Kingfishers flying in a group, something we had never seen before (always a 2 kingfisher maximum in the past). Kingfishers don’t really seem like flocking birds so they do not have a name (like “murder of crows”). Thus, I am calling them a “rattle of kingfishers” since they were making a rattly ruckus.