After lunch Dee and I spent an hour at Boy Scout Woods, where there was plenty to look at. Within a few minutes we had seen Swainson's Thrush, Gray Catbirds, a late American Goldfinch in breeding plumage, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Philadelphia and Red-eyed Vireos, and Ovenbird. Later arrivals were Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Hooded Warbler and American Redstart. A quick visit to the Prothonotary Pond produced my first Northern Waterthrush of the year.
The next morning I was at Smith Oaks early and was greeted by few birders but a lot of birds. One small area had 8 warbler species, mainly close enough to watch without binoculars. I rushed back to the motel, got Dee and brought her back to enjoy the scene.
For the next 90 minutes we hardly moved, because we were surrounded by warblers and vireos (plus a Western Kingbird and an Eastern Wood-Pewee). Most of the birds came within 10 feet of where we and other birders were standing. It really was a birdwatcher's and bird photographer's dream!
Unfortunately, for this bird photographer it immediately turned into a nightmare when my camera stopped working. At first it kept refusing to focus. Then, when it did focus, it decided to grossly over-exposure the photos. It was unbelievably frustrating! When I got home, I found I was able to rescue only a handful of photos, and even those don't do justice to the birds we saw. Oh, well, at least we got to see the birds up close!