Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wompatuck State Park, Hingham - 4/29/2012 & 5/13/2012

4/29 BBC/SSBC Wompatuck Walk - White-eyed Vireo, Ruffed Grouse

This morning I led a Brookline Bird Club/South Shore Bird Club co-sponsored walk at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham.  Eight birders turned out at 6:30 AM for a cold start to the day (with gloves & winter hats) and we ended the walk around 11:00 AM.  We recorded the following 40 species:

Canada Goose
RUFFED GROUSE    (Gate formerly-known-as 11.  For some unknown reason, last year park management decided to give all of the gates new numbers.  I did not look at the new number)
Common Loon    (flyover)
Cooper's Hawk    (female on nest)
Red-tailed Hawk
Herring Gull
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
WHITE-EYED VIREO    Charlie Nims found this bird at the park entrance on his way to meet the group.  After telling us about it, we immediately drove back to the gate house to see it.  The bird was in a thicket at the end of the street/driveway next to the gatehouse.  The bird was not shy and very vocal.  A late arrival returned to the gatehouse less than 10 minutes later and could not find the bird.  A second attempt was made 90 minutes later and the bird appeared to be gone.
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
House Wren
Winter Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher    (many, including a nest)
Hermit Thrush    (2 birds singing)
American Robin


  Black-throated Green
  Northern Waterthrush

Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
American Goldfinch

5/13 BBC/SSBC Trip Report - Wompatuck State Park

Big turnout this morning for the co-sponsored Brookline Bird Club/South Shore Bird Club at Wompatuck State Park.  We had was a great morning of birding, recording 50 species before the trip wrapped up early at 10:15 AM for Mother's Day.  Highlights included a drumming Ruffed Grouse, a drumming Pileated Woodpecker, numerous Wood-Pewees, Winter Wren, several Scarlet Tanagers (including a copulating pair) and 15 species of warbler including Bay-breasted, Blackpoll, Cerulean & Worm-eating.

Eddie Glies

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