This Swainson's Thrush actually perched for a little bit before flying away. We actually spotted the Swainson's Thrush at a rest area in North Dakota We also saw some Warbling Vireo, Black-capped Chickadee, and a pair of American Redstarts. I had never thought they were such small birds, but they have a very distinctive markings. Another bird!
|Female American Redstart|
Next, we saw the Nashville Warbler, which is a new year bird! There was a great deal of bird activity but since the birds were in the shade my camera wouldn't take pictures due to the low light and I can't use the flash with my long lens. So, Simon put his camera on auto to use the flash, which results in poor photo quality.
Here's a very nice Chestnut-sided Warbler that turned out very nice.
|Female Blackpoll Warbler|
There had been reports of a Cape May Warbler on eBird, but we saw the Blackburnian Warbler instead. What a beautifully bright little bird!
After that we spotted the Magnolia Warbler but didn't get that great of a photo.
On our way back to the car we stopped off at the watering hole and spotted the Northern Waterthrush and the Red-eyed Vireo.