This morning my plans to stay home and do housework were waylaid by the
report of a Lawrence's warbler at Radnor, a "lifer," even if a hybrid,
which I have wanted for many years. It was enough to both supercede my
plans, as well as a general rule not to go to Radnor on the weekends. It
was as crowded as expected, taking much effort to even find a parking
space. My favorite human moment of many not-favorite human moments (mostly
- "what are you looking at?") was when a young boy screamed, " Mommy! It's
just like a FOREST!"
Long story short, I made two different trips out and failed to find the
Lawrence's, but did have 11 species of warbler, as well as Philly Vireos,
Veery, and many Swainson's thrushes - and on my second trip out around 4 pm
this afternoon, there was an early fall male RUDDY DUCK diving out in the
lake with the Wood Ducks and a trio of Blue-winged Teal. I scanned the lake
carefully earlier, so I'm pretty sure this guy dropped in this afternoon.
This is a pretty early date for a fall arrival.
Birdcast indicates fairly low migration tonight, so I'll be out there
trying for the Lawrence's again in the morning. I'd really love to see that