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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