Thursday, April 14, 2011
Prothonotary Warbler added!
After kicking back and watching a movie at my house this morning, of course the task goes back to the big year and I check the listservs to see if any unusual birds have been sighted in the area. Indeed! In nearby city Charlottesville at a park called Riverview a birder reported seeing a Prothonotary Warbler. As I'm 11 years of age I ask my mom if she can take me for the bird. It just so happens that we had to be in Charlottesville today anyway, so I was in luck. We headed off for the bird and I said to my mom I'm "all-Prothonotary minded right now"*-()* Upon arrival at the park we looked at the birds..Yellow-throated Warbler, Common Yellowthroats, Blue-headed Vireo and others. The Prothonotary had been seen in a remote section of the park so it took some walking to get to. I get to the "swamp" that it was seen in and begin my search for the bird, as that would be a lifer for me. I get some good birds including a Green Heron but no Prothonotary. My search is full-focused spying every bird I hear or see. Then an unusual song catches my attention and I track it to the bird. Bingo -- there in the middle of the frame in the binoculars is a beautiful Prothonotary Warbler! SUPER AWESOME bird, a lifer and year bird # 252! It prompts celebration and I went for a smoothie out to cool off after searching hard in 75+ degree weather and to celebrate the bird. Awesome. Purely awesome.