Thursday, April 27, 2017

Wompatuck State Park, April 27, 2017

Eight birders enjoyed an early morning walk through Wompatuck State Park, starting under very foggy skies.  Even after the fog lifted, the skies remained gray making bird ID's difficult in the absence of singing.  Fortunately many birds were vocalizing making finding them somewhat easier.  The Barred Owl called at least six times, but during our walk along the trestle toward Wildcat Pond, we never seemed to get any closer to him for a visual.

Other highlights included the audios of the Northern Waterthrush in two places (see notes) and the visual of the Louisiana Waterthrush(es)singing in the canopy and walking along the stream side on the path toward Holly Pond.

Lots of breeding activity was observed from copulating to carrying nesting material, but those notes did not copy into the report below.

Sally Avery

Wompatuck SP, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Apr 27, 2017 6:25 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Extremely foggy to start with poor visibility throughout the morning. Temp in low 50's
28 species

Mallard  2
Mourning Dove  1
Barred Owl  1     Audio only, but heard a half dozen times in first hour.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  12
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
American Robin  5
Louisiana Waterthrush  2     One followed us toward Holly Pond singing from the canopy the whole way. A second bird, or perhaps the same one, walking along the stream near the main road.
Northern Waterthrush  2     One bird heard singing continuously along the trestle toward Wildcat Pond (N13 to C7). Second bird singing from the far side of Holly Pond. Neither bird seen.
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Palm Warbler  6
Pine Warbler  13
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1     Audio only
Chipping Sparrow  11
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  14
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  13
American Goldfinch  6

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Turkey Hill/Weir River Farm,Hingham; April 22, 2017

On a thoroughly miserable morning, five of us set out to see what Turkey Hill and Weir River Farm had in store for us.  Soon after we started, a Hermit Thrush alit in a tree giving us brief, but satisfactory, looks at what was a year bird for most of us.  An Osprey flew over our heads at the top of the hill carrying what appeared to be a very small fish in his talons.  After landing on the cell tower for a few moments, he took off to parts unknown.  And that, my friends, was the biggest excitement of the day. Oh except for seeing Vin Zollo and Jim Sweeney driving up to the top of the hill later in the morning....

After a few cooler, rainy days, there was little in the way of new migrants to brighten our outlook.  Instead of getting warmer as the morning wore on, it just got colder and rawer; we were glad we had skipped the Whitney-Thayer trail portion of the walk because it started to rain as we got to our cars. Nevertheless, it was fun company, a respectable number of species, and a nice walk through a variety of terrains. No photos were taken to my knowledge.

Sally Avery

Turkey Hill/Weir River Farm/WhitneyThayer Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
Apr 22, 2017 7:53 AM - 11:23 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Low 40's, raw and overcast. A SSBC trip but not much bird activity. 
30 species

Canada Goose  16
Wild Turkey  8
Great Egret  1
Osprey  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Herring Gull  8
Mourning Dove  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  6
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  8
Fish Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  2
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  16
European Starling  5
Pine Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  7
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  11
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  60

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