Julie McCall reports seeing Barrn Swallows, Forster's Terns, Hermit Thrush and Woodcock at DeKorte on Saturday.
Her report follows (Thanks, Julie!):
"Birded DeKorte and Disposal Road today between 8:30 a.m. and about 12:30 p.m. or so I had doubts about going, since I was operating on little to
no sleep, but out I went, and I was rewarded. It was very cloudy and
breezy, but I think the clouds worked in my favor.
"- American Woodcock, skulking about on the Kinglsand Overlook not far
from the park entrance, around 10:30 a.m. This was a first for me, and
if the bird hadn't noticed my presence after about ten minutes and
run off into the brush, I would have thought the woodcock was the
slowest bird species ever. Wobble, wobble.
"- Forster's Tern – I had two sitting on the rail between the gazebo
and the Flyway room. They were quiet, unlike the ones I saw last
year, but I'm sure that won't last.
"- Hermit Thrush, seen first in the Lyndhurst Nature Reserve, and then
later in the Kingsland Overlook and near the Environmental Center
entrance. A first confirmed for me, I think they're very pretty
birds, especially the color of the tail.
"- Osprey – two in the morning around 9:30, flying over the
impoundments and then off to the towers on the Saw Mill Creek
Trail. At least one of them was carrying sticks, and later I saw
another. Spoke with another birder in the afternoon who had seen one
heading off with sticks toward Schulyer Ave. Someone, somewhere,
must be building.
"- Double-crested Cormorant – I saw groups of 12-15 flying high at
least five times throughout the outing. They were definitely on the move.
"- Barn Swallow – the return has started. I saw a few scattered about."