Recap - McKethan Lake
So sweet to be out on such a beautiful morning as was this. Especially with a great group to hang-out with. Twenty birders lined up eagerly awaiting the starting gate to open. The gate opened and many hurried to their cars and made a mad dash ----- to the bathrooms! Once "bidness" was tended to it was on to scouting the trees. The sleepy "Barred Owl",who probably had hunted all night to feed his chicks was our first photo op. He did not open his eyes once, well maybe just a peek, but otherwise totally ignored us. Lots of feeding in the canopy with N Parulas, Great-crested Flycatchers everywhere, Red-eyed, White-eyed, Yellow-throated Vireos, Chickadees, Titmice, Hermit Thrush, Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 6 Warbler species including the Prairie. Then into the back area where the American Bittern was attempting to hide in plain sight. We had 45 species. This eBird link lists them all. It was then off to River Ratz Cafe for lunch and then back to Lake Townsen where 7 of us walked down to the boat dock seeing Vireos, warblers, and getting to the dock getting good views of the Prothonotary Warbler. Walking back to the cars and watching a Swallow-tailed kite circling us and bidding us adieu. Here at this link is the eBird list of the 24 species for this area. A good time was had by all.