Saturday, April 30, 2016

Wompatuck State Park: April 28, 2016

Seventeen birders set out around Woodpecker Pond at 6:30 in the hopes of seeing many newly arrived species and perhaps the Barred Owl that Sally found along the loop the day before, but the owl was nowhere to be seen.  A Scarlet Tanager was heard well singing from the treetops, but not one person was able to locate the bird.  We had several warblers along the loop though the Ovenbirds and Black-throated Green also escaped detection.  After the gates to the park opened, we drove to the end, stopping to listen to and search for the Northern Waterthrush; it also eluded us.  The Louisiana Waterthrush was singing at Picture Pond as we arrived there, but stopped shortly thereafter.  In spite of all the visual misses, there were some great looks at the Broad-winged Hawk, the Solitary Sandpiper, Black-and white Warbler, and Blue-headed Vireo.
Sally  Avery

Wompatuck State Park, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Apr 28, 2016 6:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     A South Shore Bird Club trip; temps in 40's but sunny and little wind
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  1
Wood Duck  1
American Black Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Buteo sp.  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Herring Gull  1
Mourning Dove  3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  6
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue-headed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  7
Tree Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Hermit Thrush  4
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Ovenbird  4     Unmistakeable call was heard in 4 different places along 2 mile Woodpecker Pond loop mostly at a distance; one close bird eluded 15 pairs of eyes;  three were heard along same loop yesterday.
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  7     At least three birds seen well by group.  Others were heard by group at various places along Woodpecker Pond loop and Picture Pond trail.
Yellow Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  8
Pine Warbler  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  12
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  10
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  8

American Goldfinch  10