Thursday, May 7, 2015

Wompatuck State Park, May 7, 2015

Nineteen birders set out at 6:30 AM in 45 degree sunny weather to catch all the wonderful migrants that have been in the park for a week or more as well as many recent arrivals.  A female rose-breasted grosbeak afforded us a good look, but the male flew off before everyone had a chance to admire his colors.  Ten different warblers were calling around the area of gate 9: the blue-winged glistened in the sun as we watched him; the redstart flitted in the understory; several yellows darted around for a few glimpses; ovenbirds were everywhere and a couple were seen by many; two magnolias were seen briefly; black-and-whites were hard to track down but eventually a few showed themselves; and a northern waterthrush posed several times for good looks.  Scarlet tanagers called from several places and two males gave us a great show, along with one female.  Wood thrushes were singing in two places but were not seen; veeries were also heard calling in a few places, and one finally appeared along the road to Holly Pond.  A winter wren sang lustily but never was close enough to search for.
Three raptors made brief appearances including a calling broad-winged hawk and one each of soaring red-tailed and red-shouldered hawks.  By the time we left at 11, the group had tallied 47 species and had shed all of our outerwear as the temperature climbed to the low 80's.

Sally Avery

Wood Duck  1     probable female based on call heard shortly before duck flushed from swamp; poorly seen but did not have the markings of a male
Mallard  1
Common Loon  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Herring Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
Great Crested Flycatcher  5
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  10
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  7
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Winter Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Veery  3
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  10
Ovenbird  14
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Northern Waterthrush  2
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  9
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  1
Magnolia Warbler  2
Yellow Warbler  8
Pine Warbler  5
Eastern Towhee  8
Chipping Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  3
Scarlet Tanager  6
Northern Cardinal  10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2     male and female
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Baltimore Oriole  4
American Goldfinch  2

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