I took the morning off and visited Burns Park Wednesday morning. Heavy thunderstorms came through the area the night before and I was hoping for a good turnout. I walked the River and White Oak Trails for 3 hours and while there weren’t great numbers of individuals, I did encounter 48 species and picked up eight first of year species. Included in the first of years were Yellow-throated Warbler, Dickcissel, Warbling Vireo, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Chimney Swift, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, and Semipalmated Plover. Other interesting birds included Swainson’s Thrush, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, and White-crowned Sparrow.