Thursday, May 5, 2016

Wompatuck State Park, May 5, 2016

Twelve birders braved the mid 40's raw temps and winds to explore Wompatuck.  Due to low expectations for finding birds and muddy trails, the planned hike around Triphammer Pond was postponed for a week.  Instead we left the parking lot via the trails heading to Wildcat Pond.  We saw four warbler species well but were unable to locate the singing Northern Waterthrush.  One Veery was calling from a distance, but was never found.  Two Winter Wrens entertained us with sporadic singing and, despite the apparent closeness, could not be located.  With few cooperative birds in the area and twelve shivering birders, we forego the walk to Gate 9 and instead returned to warm cars and left the park before 9AM.  Next week promises to be outstanding when nicer weather returns!

Sally Avery

Wompatuck State Park, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
May 5, 2016 6:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
Comments:     mid 40's, windy raw and cold; a SSBC trip; very little bird activity under these conditions
19 species

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Hairy Woodpecker  1
American Crow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Winter Wren  2
Veery  1
Ovenbird  6
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  8
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Chipping Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  5
Northern Cardinal  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
American Goldfinch  2

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