Thursday, May 3, 2012
Wompatuck State Park, Hingham - 5/3/2012
Wompatuck State Park: Once again, cool weather augmented by drizzle prevailed during the walk starting this morning at 6:30 a.m. Nine intrepid birders nevertheless scoured the trees and thickets for signs of migrant birds. We were rewarded with eight warbler species including newly arrived Blackburnian and Nashville warblers. While a Worm-eating was reported near Gate 9, it was silent as we passed through. Across the street, at the S. Pleasant intersection, we eventually found a Chipping Sparrow trilling a very credible Worm-eating song! Great-crested Flycatchers were vocalizing in two spots and Gray Catbirds were singing at the bridge. At the end of the trip, Joe Scott led us to a nesting Cooper's Hawk with only its tail visible. Our route took us first to Woodpecker Pond where activity was disappointingly minimal. Once the main gate opened, we walked the loop from Gate 9 to the bridge and back and up over the hill to the S. Pleasant St. intersection. The chilled band of birders called it quits at 10:30 a.m.
including one pair on nest