Note: This trip was organized especially for a new friend of the club, Miguel Pinto, Director of the Aula de Medio Ambiente (an environmental education center) in Burgos, Spain. Señor Pinto was getting ready to launch the Burgos Young Birders Club and was hoping to see how we do things in NYSYBC. We were happy to host Miguel and his wife, Ana, on their first birding trip in the US (and wish them a Happy 20th Anniversary!). They were very impressed with us! Today the Burgos Young Birders Club is off and running; see the article on Hope's Young Birders Network website. The Burgos young birders have a website, too, at http://clubjovenespajarerosburgos.blogspot.com/ - take a peek and enjoy their field trip reports and photos, too!
Ready to Bird! - photo by Rob Newman
The day started out cool and was very clear. The first person we met was Señor Pinto. He runs a similar club in Burgos, Spain, and he found out about our club through the internet. When we met I attempted to start a conversation in my very iffy French, but that didn't go so well. However, within a few minutes almost everybody had arrived including Mrs. Bardusco, who was to be our translator. We got going at around 7:40 after some introductions. Our first destination was the Maintenance Fields. On the way there we heard Warbling Vireos, and saw a female Black-throated Blue Warbler. However, when we saw a Cardinal, Señor Pinto was overjoyed, and was amazed at how bright and beautiful they were.
When we got to the maintenance meadow, we joined a group of birders, but after about 15 minutes they moved out. While we were at the meadow, we saw many more species including Tufted Titmouse, Black-throated Green warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, and Eastern Wood-Pewee, and a Broad-winged Hawk. Additionally, we saw a Magnolia Warbler just as we were about to leave the meadow. This was undoubtedly one of the highlights for Mr. Pinto. He was astounded by the bird's lemon yellow breast. We then made our way to the oven. Along the way we saw many American Redstarts, and quite a few Black-and-White Warblers. When we arrived at the oven we saw tons of grackles, as well as a Cooper's, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. On the way back we saw a few Song Sparrows and even more warblers. However, no matter the bird Señor Pinto was consistently happy to see them. Overall, it was a good day in which we saw 41 species, and enjoyed the company of Señor Pinto.
— Max Pine, age 15
List of Birds Seen on this Trip
by Eamon Freiburger
| Eastern Wood-Pewee
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Species Total: 41