MaryMargaret Halsey and I co-led a trip to New Jersey and New York at the end of May, 2015, focusing on warblers that are uncommon in Massachusetts. We got all of our target warblers and lots of other good birds.
We birded at (A) Bear Swamp/Red Lion/Hawkins Road for Prothonotary Warblers and swamp birds, (B) Assunpink WMA for Yellow-breasted Chat and grassland birds, (C) Ted Stiles Preserve, Baldpate Mountain, for Worm-eating Warblers and forest birds, (D) Sterling Forest for Golden-winged and Blue-winged warblers, and (E) Doodletown for Cerulean, Kentucky, and Worm-eating warblers. We had Hooded Warblers at several locations. We ended up with 19 species of warblers.
I didn't get too many decent bird photos, but I got a few and some of other taxa:
Off Hawkins Road, we had
Eastern Ratsnake (maybe not so good for the birds...)
up close and personal
Golden-backed Snipe Fly
At Assunpink WMA,
Oblique-lined Tiger Beetle.
At Baldpate, we were entranced by the Tulip Poplars in bloom
Kathy and Bob
Birding at Baldpate (photo by Nancy Houlihan),
At Sterling Forest,
Six-spotted Tiger Beetle
This Painted Turtle was attempting to lay eggs (photo by Deb Smith).
And at Doodletown
Kentucky Warber and lots of other great stuff, in the rain.
At Doodletown, we met birders from Albany (photo by Deb Smith).
Doodletown is an abandoned hamlet (photo by Deb Smith).
And here we all are, back in Massachusetts (I was dropped in via Photoshop):