Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Quabbin Gate 10, Pelham - 7/5/2014

Six of us from two clubs (BBC & SSBC) met at Gate 10 of the Quabbin in Pelham, MA on Rt 202. The cool temps and low humidity made us linger longer than normal and we got back to the vehicles at 2:00 p.m.! I had told the group we would be back between noon and 1:00 and by the time we made it to the Gate 8 road intersection it was already noon!

A real surprise was NO sapsuckers. This is unusual; a first for me. Black-throated Blue Warblers are higher than normal as they were on Mt. Greylock, while Redstarts were all but non-existent. We flushed two groups of young Ruffed Grouse; good to see they are successful somewhere. Both cuckoos were nice as well as a Pileated Woodpecker which I was able to call in; sort of. It was not easily seen in the woods about 30 yards or so.

Butterflies: Banded Hairstreak, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Red-spotted Purple (admiral), Eastern Comma, Silver-spotted Skipper, Great Spangled Fritillary, Summer Azure, Spicebush Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, Northern Pearly Eye, Little Wood Satyr, Common Ringlet, a duskywing type got away, Wow-I did not realize how many we saw. There were some skippers which got away as well.

Ruffed Grouse 11 (two groups 6, and 5 of young)
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Black-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Downy Woodpecker 5
Hairy Woodpecker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 67
Blue Jay 5
Tree Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 14
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Veery 14
Hermit Thrush 5
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 4
Cedar Waxwing 8
Ovenbird 23
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 17
American Redstart 2
Blackburnian Warbler 6
Chestnut-sided Warbler 8
Black-throated Blue Warbler 15
Pine Warbler 9
Black-throated Green Warbler 5
Eastern Towhee 19
Chipping Sparrow 3
Scarlet Tanager 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 4
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
American Goldfinch 1

42 species

Glenn d'Entremont

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