Slowly but surely

The summer residents are coming back to their breeding grounds it seems a bit later than normal. First of Year arrivals the last couple of days include:

Ovenbird
Winter Wren
Nashville Warbler
Pine Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Northern Waterthrush

These birds were at the Astrid Lake hiking trail last weekend. It’s a good time to go looking for the spring migrants as the trees are still bare.

Trailhead on 200 road

There are two trailheads for the hiking trail – this one is located on Forest Road 200.

Astrid Lake

What a beautiful little beach!

Astrid Lake campsite

There are two very nice “hike-in” campsites located on the shores of Astrid Lake.

Magnolia Warbler

This Magnolia Warbler was lurking in the small balsams along the trail. These pretty little birds have a bright yellow breast with black streaks – they have a gray cap and a black mask. You can just see these details in this very poor photo.

bridge on Astrid Trail

The Magnolia Warbler was in this location. Take note of the bramble of small balsam trees, you can often find Magnolia Warblers in this type of habitat.
 

 

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