Thursday, May 2, 2013

Wompatuck State Park, May 2, 2013, 7 AM

On a gorgeous sunny morning that started out in the mid-40's but warmed up rapidly to the mid 60's, thirteen bird club members set out in search of new migrants.  Alas, it was very quiet in terms of bird song and bird activity.   While waiting for the main gate to open, we walked the interior paths from the parking lot across the bridge and over to Gate 9 and returned to the parking lot.  Black-and-white warblers were calling in several places, but took their time in showing themselves to us.  A few of us got a fleeting look at a perched ovenbird.  An American redstart flitted at a distance and a common yellowthroat called from the tangle but didn't make an appearance.   Singing lustily, a purple finch serenaded us and gave us a brief glimpse as he flew to another tree and disappeared.  A red-eyed vireo inched along a branch of a pine tree along the main road, but few people got to see it.  On the other hand, a soaring broad-winged hawk afforded us excellent views on two occasions.  We then drove to the Pleasant Street area where very little activity was observed, so we drove on to the end to walk the path to Picture Pond.  In terms of bird life, the area was eerily quiet, but a jackhammer provided more noise than any of us cared to cope with.  We stopped at the gate leading to Holly Pond just to listen and were rewarded with the song of a well-hidden northern waterthrush.
Sally Avery
31 species

Canada Goose  4
Turkey Vulture  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Eastern Phoebe  4
Red-eyed Vireo (Red-eyed)  1     Flitting in a pine tree along the main road
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  2
Ovenbird  6
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  7
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  1
Pine Warbler  5
Eastern Towhee  11
Chipping Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  9
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
Purple Finch  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  5

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