Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wompatuck State Park, May 11, 2017

Seventeen birders set out for a walk around Triphammer Pond on an overcast day which became rawer as the day went on.  Wood Thrushes and Veerys were singing as we started out, but neither species was every located at their woodland perches.  At a clearing near the path toward the pond, our best sightings of the day were to be had, starting with Tim hearing a Blackburnian Warbler that was subsequently located and seen by all. Baltimore Orioles were singing everywhere in the Park and at that particular clearing, we watched three pairs chasing each other around.  Several Great Crested Flycatchers were heard, and at least one was seen well by most of the group. An Eastern Kingbird was also located on an island in the pond.

Part of the group continued on to South Pleasant Street and completed a loop over to Gate 8, then Gate 9 and through the woods and picnic area back to our cars.  Nothing of great consequence was seen, although we finally located our first Black-and-white Warbler of the day.  Again orioles were vocalizing all around us.  We had a nice look at a Blue-winged Warbler at Gate 9; otherwise it was fairly quiet. With splattering rain drops beginning, the group elected to end the walk around 10:15.

Sally Avery

Wompatuck SP, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
May 11, 2017 6:25 AM - 10:19 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.6 mile(s)
Comments:     Low 50's and quite raw with occasional sprinkles. A SSBCTrip. 
43 species

Mute Swan  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  4
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  7
Tree Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Veery  2     Audio only
Wood Thrush  4
American Robin  5
Gray Catbird  5
Ovenbird  8
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  8
Common Yellowthroat  2
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  1
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  5
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  2
Pine Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  7
Scarlet Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Baltimore Oriole  21     Around Triphammer Pond we saw and heard a minimum of 16 BAOR. At one clearing we watched 3 pairs chasing around.  We picked up at least 5 more oriole's in the S Pleasant St area. Oriole song was the predominant backdrop in the woods. 
American Goldfinch  3

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