Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wompatuck State Park, May 14, 2015

Seventeen birders, upon climbing out of their cars, remarked about how cold it was: 41 degrees seemed insulting after the warm week we have just experienced.  In spite of the chill, we drove to the back gate to see if there was any activity in Boundary Pond (none) before returning to the Gate leading to Holly Pond.  We walked a four-mile loop out to South Field and back with some nice sightings, including a Veery gathering nesting material and flying to a potential nest sight; Scarlet Tanagers flying across Holly Pond; a pair of Hermit Thrushes posing along the side of the road; a pair of Wood Thrushes whizzing past our heads and stopping briefly in a tree; a difficult-to-spot singing male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers chasing each other.  On our way out we made a stop at South Pleasant Street to catch a few more lustily singing birds.  A second stop at Gate nine was particularly gratifying when American Redstarts and Worm-eating Warblers made cameo appearances. Even at 11:30 the birds were singing heartily.

Sally Avery

Wompatuck State Park, Plymouth, US-MA
May 14, 2015 6:20 AM - 11:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:     A SSBC trip; 41 degrees at start warming to 60's, sunny; walked to South Field around WMA; stopped at S.Pleasant ST. and Gate 9 at end
46 species

Osprey  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  2
House Wren  2
Winter Wren  1
Veery  12     one bird was gathering nesting material and was seen flying to another spot with it; no evidence of nest was found
Hermit Thrush  2
Wood Thrush  5
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  14
Ovenbird  20     several birds were seen well
Worm-eating Warbler  2
Northern Waterthrush  3
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  8
Common Yellowthroat  3
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  1
Magnolia Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  5
Chipping Sparrow  10
Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Scarlet Tanager  6     three birds seen well; male song and female calling heard at another location; at least one and more likely four more birds  heard singing at different places along the trail
Northern Cardinal  8
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
Baltimore Oriole  9
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  8

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