Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wompatuck State Park, May 18, 2017

About 15 folks gathered on a warm May morning in the hopes of seeing lots of the warblers that have dropped in during the recent warm spell.  Because the gate was opened for paving the road, we were able to drive to Gate 9 immediately.  Our first bird at that location was a Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  When we first heard it, we assumed it was too far away to be found, but shortly thereafter, we spotted it in the canopy several trees back from the road.  We heard another YBCU later in the morning, but it was not seen.  

A Swainson's Thrush appeared on the road near the bridge, and another was heard singing in the woods.  A Scarlet Tanager sang for a long period, but afforded us only one brief view before disappearing into the canopy.  The warbler show was somewhat disappointing, knowing that they were abundant in lots of other locations.

After a rest stop, we headed to Gate 14 with the intention of walking the lollipop road.  A well-placed call from Tim O'Neil came in with the news that Ferry Hill thicket was alive with warblers and thrushes.  There was no hesitation on the part of the 9 of us left to skip the walk in 90 degree heat and head to the Thicket. The second part of my report resumes after the Wompatuck checklist.

Wompatuck SP, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
May 18, 2017 6:28 AM - 9:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
37 species

Mallard  1
Great Egret  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Herring Gull  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Red-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Red-breasted Nuthatch  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Veery  2
Swainson's Thrush  2
Wood Thrush  3
Gray Catbird  7
Ovenbird  7
Worm-eating Warbler  2
Blue-winged Warbler  4
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  4
Northern Parula  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  5
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  4
American Goldfinch  2

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Arriving at Ferry Hill Thicket around 9:40, we were immediately drawn to the oak at the corner of the street and parking area, where numerous warblers were buzzing away.  Magnolia's, a Bay-breasted, Blackpolls, Parulas, among several others were all singing in that tree.  Eventually we headed down the path seeking some thrushes; the first candidate turned out to be an Ovenbird, and we never saw any thrushes during the time we were there.

We did have a couple more Bay-breasted, lots of Maggies and Blackpolls, a Northern Waterthrush, and a Blackburnian amongst all the others.  On our return trip on the path, we found a Rose-breasted Grosbeak taking a drink from the swamp close to the waterthrush.  Meanwhile back at the original oak, a Tennessee Warbler had taken up singing, but none of us could find it among the leafy masses. Fourteen warblers seemed like a good count to us after the quiet of Wompatuck.

Sally Avery

Ferry Hill Thicket, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
May 18, 2017 9:48 AM - 11:39 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
35 species

Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
Gray Catbird  4
Cedar Waxwing  8
Ovenbird  1
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  7
American Redstart  8
Northern Parula  4
Magnolia Warbler  5
Bay-breasted Warbler  3     Three males seen well by the group in widely dispersed locations
Blackburnian Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Blackpoll Warbler  6
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Black-throated Green Warbler  4
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Baltimore Oriole  3
House Sparrow  2

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