My plan bore fruit almost immediately when a twitter alert went out that a Least Bittern was perched in a tree above The Gill. And lo, it was true! What a great bird, and one of my main targets for spring down, quite unexpectedly.
Other new birds for the season included lots of Ovenbirds, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Blackpoll Warbler. There were lots of Thrushes all over the place, including Veery, Wood Thrush, Swainson's Thrush and Hermit Thrush. The Red-headed Woodpecker put in a show at the feeders, all-in-all an excellent day.