Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wompatuck State Park - Hingham 5/9/2013

NEWS FLASH: Warbler Breakthrough

This morning, 12 SSBC members went on the Wompatuck SP migration trip led by Charlie Nims. AND, they made a major discovery: warblers are back! Despite the rain showers and flat light, we were able to tally 11 warbler species along with some other neat birds. The wet clothing and soggy feet were a nominal price to pay for some good birds. The warblers included: Northern Waterthrush, Ovenbird, Blue-winged, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Pine, Yellow, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green, Palm and American Redstart.

The highlight, however, for most if not all of the group was a very cooperative Barred Owl. It was first discovered by Joe Scott at a distance of ~50 yds but still giving good views. Five minutes after it flew away, we encountered it again, right over the trail where everyone could get up close and personal views . A very happy group regardless of the weather.

Other highlights included a drumming Ruffed Grouse, Fish Crow, Veery (2), several Wood Thrush, Red-eyed Vireo and Baltimore Oriole.

Among the species homo sapiens, we had a nice sighting of and discussion with Ian Davies who is home from UMass.

Be sure to join us next Thursday, May 16th at 6:45 a.m. for our next Wompatuck SP walk. We meet in the parking lot across from the visitor center (Hingham).

Charlie Nims

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