With the return of standard time, I started birding this morning almost an hour later EBT ("Eastern Bird Time") than I had been going out during the first few days of this month. I wanted to see if I could get another 30 or more avian species for the day here in Old Trail. I hadn't seen any new arrivals after a couple of hours, and was stuck on 29 avian species this morning. And it took a lot of hiking to get this many species.
I decided to look for the Pileated Woodpecker near its tree cavity, where I had seen it working on Friday, but it wasn't there, and I didn't know if I would make it to 30 species this morning. I hiked quite a bit more, but was still stuck on 29. I made a second pass to look for "Woody," but no luck. However, a couple of minutes later, I heard a Northern Flicker (# 30), and it landed in a tree right above me.
30 seconds later, a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (# 31) flew to the next tree.
A minute later, my first of season Purple Finch (# 32) and a House Finch (# 33) flew in close to me.
And a minute later, a Cedar Waxwing (# 34) flew in nearby.
I guess these last five species wanted to make sure I counted them on my morning list! I saw my second Red-bellied Woodpecker of the morning as well, and this one had one of the brightest red bellies I have seen on this species.
This morning's list: