Showers threatened as our group of 23 began the walk into the trail system at Stanley Park. What was advertised as a two-hour walk turned into a five-hour adventure for some birders, who lingered when they hit a warbler wave on the way back to the parking area. In all, the trip reported 53 species with highlights including five raptor species, Osprey, Sharp-shin, Broadwing, Red-tail and a Barred Owl calling.
Among the usual woodpecker species, we identified two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. There was a Great Crested Flycather “wheeping,” the “che-bek” of a Least Flycatcher, five Blue-headed Vireos, three Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Veery and a couple of Wood Thrushes. Catbirds were abundant, as were Blue Jays, Black-and-white Warblers, Yellows and Yellow-rumps. Other warbler species were three Ovenbirds, two each of Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes, a Blackburnian, a Chestnut-sided, two Pine, two Black-throated Greens and an American Redstart. All-in-all a great day with very little rain, and well worth the effort!