I can’t remember when we signed up for Birding Pal but it wasn’t that long ago. Birding Pal is a cool site that simply put is a way for out of town birders to find other birders to go birding with. A little over a week ago I was contacted by a birder from San Diego that was going to be in Rockford this week.
So today, I met up with her (Jan) and her sister and brother-in-law who live in Boulder, Colorado. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than birding with three people from two vastly different locations?
I decided to meet at Rock Cut State Park because I knew of a cooperative Cerulean Warbler location and the trail we took is excellent for group birding (wide and flat with a creek and trees all around). The Cerulean was almost an immediate success as we were rewarded with impressively low views in bright lighting.
With that sighting, I knew we were going to have a fun time and the rest of the morning went by all too fast. Some of the other highlights included low Northern Parulas, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, American Redstarts (male and female), young Indigo Buntings, several flyover Great Blue Herons, and more Wood Thrushes singing than I’ve EVER heard at the park.
We saw several interesting butterflies as well as a nice assortment of dragonflies. We might never become butteflyfreaks or dragonflyfreaks, but they are fun to watch and something I’d love to try digiscoping. I had one of the best times birding today.
If you haven’t joined Birder Pal we suggest you do. And if you’re ever in the Rockford area and want to go birding, let us know!