Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

Eleven people set out for the first of five Thursday morning treks through Wompatuck Sate Park. Although still early in the season, we had a reasonable look at an ovenbird, one of two heard, singing in a pine tree.  As we walked along the esker toward Wildcat Pond, we saw and heard many palm and pine warblers, a brown creeper, and two winter wrens, one of which afforded us good looks on a stump. Black-and-whites were calling but not easily spotted. A northern waterthrush was calling incessantly, and finally two of the group spotted it high in the tree canopy just before it flew down and out of sight.  Our next stop at Gate 5 did not produce a Louisiana waterthrush, so we headed to Picture Pond.  The Louisiana started calling immediately, and after several fleeting glimpses of it moving around on territory, it settled high in a canopy and sang repeatedly as all the remaining group had really good looks at the bird.  An 8-warbler day to close out the month of April was indeed a highlight.
Christine Whitebread's photo of the group searching for a Pine Warbler

Common Loon  1
Double-crested Cormorant  25
Great Egret  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Herring Gull  1
Mourning Dove  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
Fish Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
Winter Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  4
Ovenbird  2     one seen and heard in tree near visitors center; a second was heard on esker near wildcat pond.  Teacher-teacher-teacher call unmistakeable.
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  7
Pine Warbler  12
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
American Goldfinch  5

Bare Cove Park - Hingham 4/26/2015

The South Shore Bird Club's April 26, 2015 walk at Bare Cove Park in
Hingham was led by Kathy Rawdon with temps. starting out in the high
40's. There were 13 participants who covered approximately 3 miles
distance through swamp, pine, open field and river edge habitat.

Pine Warblers (male & female)

  The highlights for migratory birds were the Hermit Thrush, Pine, Palm,
Yellow-rump Warblers and Blue gray Gnatcatchers. We had four species of
woodpeckers and ospreys on their nest. A Greater Yellowlegs flew along
the river. There were still some lingering Red-breasted Mergansers.

Old Red-eyed Vireo nest
*Thanks to Steven Whitebread for providing these fine pictures.

45 species

Canada Goose  6
American Black Duck  2
Mallard  2
Bufflehead  3
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Double-crested Cormorant  45
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  3
Osprey  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Herring Gull (American)  12
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  15
European Starling  2
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  14
Song Sparrow  7
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  11

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Kathy Rawdon