Monday, May 12, 2014

Wompatuck State Park; May 8, 2014; 6:30 AM-12:30 PM

A huge surge of migrant birds appeared in Wompatuck on this particular day after having been rather slow in previous weeks.  The weather was cool, in the 40's at the start and warmed up to the 50's over the course of the morning with only light winds.  Sixteen birders started the morning with some spectacular sightings.  Two yellow-throated vireos were vocalizing and feeding near the visitors center.  While watching those, a pileated woodpecker zipped by our heads.  At the same time, a broad-winged hawk was observed in the are where the PIWO flew.  For species, we had 5 woodpeckers,  4 flycatchers, 3 vireos, 13 warblers, and a great assortment of other newly arrived birds.  People had to leave over the course of the morning for work but 5 of us spent 6 hours wracking up more sightings.  A winter wren and a Louisiana Waterthrush provided the grand finale for the trip.  There were no cameras
 present to capture our subjects or our glee.

52 species

Canada Goose  4
Mallard  2
Common Loon  3     flyovers
Double-crested Cormorant  3     flyovers
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Least Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  7
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Eastern Kingbird  1
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Winter Wren  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  8
Veery  3
Wood Thrush  6
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  10
Ovenbird  12
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Blue-winged Warbler  3
Black-and-white Warbler  14
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  5
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  8
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  5
Eastern Towhee  13
Chipping Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
Baltimore Oriole  14

Sally Avery

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