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Loggerhead Shrike and Bell’s Vireo, May 24, 2018

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike. Photo by Mike Ferguson. (click to see the larger version)

This continues to be a stellar spring migration at Montrose Point. Today, May 24, was a bit weak for migrants but we made up for the lack of variety with 2 outstanding rarities. The more significant rarity was a Loggerhead Shrike, a bird I haven’t seen there since the 1990’s. That’s right, since the 20th century. The second and lesser rarity was a Bell’s Vireo, a bird that is less than annual at Montrose. Both birds were seen and enjoyed by multiple observers.

Here’s to a final week of May that’s bursting with migrants.

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Hooded Warbler and Bell’s Vireo, May 12, 2014

There seemed to be more warblers at Montrose today than on previous days. I didn’t count what I heard or saw but that was my general impression. Best was a singing male Hooded Warbler in the grove just east of the meadow. I also had a couple Cape May Warblers, my first of the year.

The Bell’s Vireo was in the peripheral plantings near the water feature. Unfortunately the bird wasn’t singing so it may be difficult to relocate.