The first without knowing its birding potential when we visited my niece at her school; the second after Julian Hough once more helped us out with some gen; the third on the return leg of our two day, five state, tour.
Needless to say we didn't see much on the first visit, concentrating as we did on family things and eating a huge lunch in town. However the best bird of the trip was undoubtedly a Bald Eagle that Elis saw whilst we were in transit. A new bird for the trip, and therefore a tick for Elis was this Great Crested Flycatcher. I took this shot, not quite up to Elis' standards though.
|Great Crested Flycatcher|
|River Road, Kent, the river is off to the right|
|Male Black-and-white Warbler|
|Female Black-and-white Warbler with nesting material|
The undoubted star of the show though was the Male Cerulean Warbler who was holding territory over the car parking area. He sang loud and long the whole time we were there, keeping mostly to the upper branches but occasionally venturing lower allowing some photos to be taken. I had only ever seen one female before, so this felt very much like a tick.
|Male Cerulean Warbler in song|
|Wood Thrush in song|
|Male and female Goosander|
|Female with young on opposite bank|
|Alder Flycatcher, my only tick! Exciting or what?|
|The wonderfully named Worm-eating Warbler|