Ironically a Solitary Sandpiper, the day's emblem, was in the first 20 or so birds of the day; I'm not sure the sun was quite up when this was taken.
This was a really good spring for Gray-cheeked Thrush, to the point that I started photographing them just to prove to myself that I was ID-ing them correctly.
I pressed pretty hard in the morning. There were a lot of downsides to lacking teammates, I was on my own to find and keep track of everything, but I tried to capitalize on what small advantages I could find. Windows were rolled down a lot more than usual since I didn't have to worry about creating a wind tunnel for others. I literally ran in and out of Pine and Worm-eating territories to score those birds while it was still cool and still hit Floral by 9am.
I didn't find a ton of birds at Floral, though White-eyed Vireo was still singing away.
I left after one loop and went up and birded Grand Mere and environs, finding more early warblers before returning to the hawkwatch dune. It was a SE wind and I did manage Broad-winged, as well as my only hummingbird of the day. A Summer Tanager pitty-tucked and then teed up for a distant phone-scope.
The afternoon of Birdathon can be a bit of a slog as a person circles back around the county. The camera turned into a scope for a Lesser Scaup at Brown, a more appropriate use of the camera on a big day.
I ended with 142 birds, but I bet with a team that would have been high 150's.