I spent a really enjoyable morning at Lake Mohegan on Saturday, covering a good amount of the property. Although the morning started out quite cool at a balmy 35 degrees, I ended up recording 41 species including 6 wood-warblers. It was truly fantastic to be birding this location in the spring again, the first stop on last year’s Fairfield Big Day.
In terms of highlights, several local breeders including Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, Eastern Towhee, House Wren and Gray Catbird were in evidence, albeit in much lower numbers than they will be in the coming weeks. A number of locals like Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles have yet to arrive on location.
Recording six warbler species was definitely one of the main highlights on my visit. They were: Yellow-rumped Warbler, ‘Yellow’ Palm Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler (local breeder), Yellow Warbler (local breeder), Black-and-white Warbler and a gorgeous male American Redstart. Both Black-and-white Warbler and American Redstart breed at Lake Mohegan, so these birds could either be working on establishing territories or still have a ways to go to reach their nesting grounds.
Other highlights of the visit included a spectacular swallow show involving Northern Rough-winged and Barn Swallows at North Pond, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush and an oddly-behaving Swamp Sparrow that should be watched for breeding.
Overall, it was another awesome visit to this great location. Lake Mohegan is truly a fantastic spot, possessing a great number of habitats and always putting up big species totals. I encourage those in the area to check it out this spring! Even after nights of poor winds, the wealth of breeders will be sure to keep you busy, even if the migrants don’t produce.
A few photos: