Hog Island Adventure Part 5-The Final Day

This was the final day of the camp and while it was sad we would all be leaving the next day, the birding was still great and everyone had a great time! Both in the morning and afternoon we went to the mainland, the first time with all of the adults and the second time with only Peter Vickerey as a guide. The first trip we went looking for American Bitterns and Virginia Rails but only a small group of adults got the bittern and no one got any rails. I got one lifer: a Willow Flycatcher. The afternoon was a little more depressing because we stood on a pullout on the side of the road at the very beginning of the trip and the wind was constantly blowing clouds of pollen all over us. I am allergic to 17 types of pollen, so my eyes itched like crazy and I had to sit for about 10 minutes and drink some water to try and get it out of my system. I also missed seeing or hearing Nelson’s Sparrow because of the pollen, but it would not have been a lifer so I am alright with it. Nonetheless, we still saw some cool birds and I got one lifer, an American Black Duck. There were also many species of wildflowers, dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, frogs and even a moth! Here are the species lists:
Morning-13 species, 1 lifer:
Hooded Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 1
Osprey 1
Bald Eagle 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Chimney Swift 5
*Willow Flycatcher 1
Cliff Swallow 10
Northern Parula 1
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Swamp Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 15

Afternoon-7species, 1 lifer:
*American Black Duck 1
Snowy Egret 5
Killdeer 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5

Whole Camp-84 species, 24 lifers:
Canada Goose
*American Black Duck
Mallard
*Common Eider
Black Scoter
Hooded Merganser
*Red-breasted Merganser
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
*Manx Shearwater
*Wilson’s Storm-Petrel
Double-crested Cormorant
*Great Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Osprey
Bald Eagle
*Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
*Merlin
Sora
Killdeer
Lesser Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull
Herring Gull
*Great Black-backed Gull
*Roseate Tern
Common Tern
*Arctic Tern
*Razorbill
*Atlantic Puffin
*Black Guillemot
Mourning Dove
*Black-billed Cuckoo
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
*Alder Flycatcher
*Willow Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
*Black-capped Chickadee
*Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
*Veery
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
*Canada Warbler
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
*Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
*Purple Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Green Frog
Pearl Crescent
Female Spangled Skimmer
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