Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Freetown/Fall River State Forest & SE MA Bioreserve - 6/1/2014

Eight birders joined me for a combined SSBC/BBC trip today, Sunday June 1.

The weather was glorious with temps starting in 40s and ending in the 70s, no winds.
We traveled the HQ area of Freetown State Forest over to Edmund House Trail, from Copicut Rd joining Bell Rock Rd. We checked out Doctor Mill Pond, then Wilson Rd at the north end of Watuppa Reservoir, then Blossom Rd. We added some short jaunts along trails, powerlines and Yellow Hill Rd. *The forest was unusually dry for this time of year, with many of the swampy areas having no standing water.

Highlights included: Hooded Warbler, Canada Warbler, lots of Prairie Warblers, the continuing Mourning Warbler and Acadian Flycatchers. Intriguing brief looks by some of a large hawk with pale underparts, left us wondering about possible goshawk! Unfortunately, I did not see it.

7 Canada Goose
1 Wild Turkey
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
1 Green Heron -- Flyover at meeting spot
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
1 Bald Eagle -- Adult on nest (N. Watuppa Res.)
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 hawk sp. -- Brief look by a couple of people had them thinking N. Goshawk.
6 Mourning Dove
3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
5 Chimney Swift
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
7 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Acadian Flycatcher -- Calling from different spots along Blossom Rd.
1 Eastern Phoebe
10 Great Crested Flycatcher
5 Eastern Kingbird
12 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
1 Common Raven
4 Tree Swallow
4 Black-capped Chickadee
11 Tufted Titmouse
4 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
1 Carolina Wren
5 House Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
22 Veery
1 Hermit Thrush
6 Wood Thrush
9 American Robin
29 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Mockingbird
5 European Starling
10 Cedar Waxwing
25 Yellow Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
28 Pine Warbler
15 Prairie Warbler
12 Black-and-white Warbler
22 American Redstart
56 Ovenbird
7 Northern Waterthrush
1 Mourning Warbler -- Continues. Singing consistently from same perch, giving great views.
22 Common Yellowthroat
2 Hooded Warbler -- Water hole 7 and heard in different location within a white cedar swamp
1 Canada Warbler -- Water hole 3
60 Eastern Towhee -- * one of the best locations in the state for this species
18 Chipping Sparrow
2 Field Sparrow
2 Song Sparrow
4 Scarlet Tanager
3 Northern Cardinal
1 Indigo Bunting
5 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Common Grackle
15 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 Baltimore Oriole
1 House Finch
1 American Goldfinch
6 House Sparrow

Lynn Abbey
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