Monday, April 7, 2014

Turkey Hill, Weir River Farm, Whitney Thayer Woods; April 5, 2014

The day loomed foggy, and birds were in short supply until the air cleared in about an hour.  A quickly seen Fox Sparrow was one of the few birds encountered at the onset of the walk.    A Glaucous Gull  at the top of Turkey Hill called incessantly as it flew overhead showing its pure white wing tips, top and bottom. Although the bill wasn't observed, the grey on the wing tops suggested an adult bird. Our band of six felt spirits soar as the sun made a brief appearance;  later clouds rolled in returning the cooler, damper air.  Of the 29 species seen, the other bird of note was a Northern Shrike seen perched in a tree atop Turkey Hill at the end of the walk when only three of us remained.   This three to four mile loop is usually quite birdy and will certainly bring many surprises as migration begins to heat up.

Sally Avery

Red-tailed Hawk  1
Herring Gull  4
Glaucous Gull  1     a large all white-winged gull flew overhead calling.  The bird was seen from top and bottom and there was no black on the wing-tips.  An unusual sighting for Turkey Hill, but it was all white.  An adult bird, not a juvenile.
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  4
Northern Flicker  3
Eastern Phoebe  4
Northern Shrike  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  65
European Starling  12
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  9
White-throated Sparrow  4
Dark-eyed Junco  10
Northern Cardinal  10
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  8

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