The birdathon started off with the above Great Horned Owl, the 5th to be banded this spring.
There was a huge fallout of songbirds overnight. The thrushes were calling continuously, and virtually every sweep of the lighthouse beam revealed 10-40 birds. A check under the lighthouse revealed the unfortunate effects of the light. These birds (above photo) were found dead under the light, from left to right; Blackburnian Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and Red-eyed Vireo.
We made a presunrise trip to the Vermilion Field Station. In these inland marshes and bogs we heard American Bittern, Sora, Wilson's Snipe, Whip-poor-will, and Sedge Wren calling in the night.
The above Yellow-bellied Flycatcher was one of many Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers that had arrived at the Point during the overnight fallout.
This Black & White Warbler represented one of the 25 warbler species recorded during the birdathon.
This Yellow-headed Blackbird was one of several rarities to show up at the Point during the birdathon. Also seen on this day were Carolina Wren, very uncommon here, and a Eurasian Tree Sparrow.
Thanks again to all who supported this year's WPBO staff birdathon.