Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mt Greylock and October Mountain; a Berkshire weekend

Eight Birders from two clubs (BBC and SSBC) joined Glenn d'Entremont for this June weekend with a long tradition.
We spent Saturday morning making our way up Mt. Greylock. Our first stops gave us several great looks at the most 'gaudy' of all the warblers, the Blackburnian Warbler and the first of several Yellow -bellied Sapsuckers - the 'default' Woodpecker in this area. We also listened and glimpsed a few Black-throated Blue  and Chestnut-sided Warblers.
Photo by Steven Whitebread
 At Jones' Nose we admired the deep blue of two singing male Indigo Buntings in the early morning sun, we searched in vain for Mourning Warblers (habitat has changed and vegetation is probably too high now). We then walked part of the Saddleback trail listening to the eerie sounds of Hermit Thrush and enjoying the musical Winter Wren among others.

The campground trail gave us more looks at Blackburnian Warblers and of course the omnipresent Red-Eyed Vireos were challenging to see, but not so difficult to hear! The dainty Foamflowers (Tiarella cordifolia) were in bloom and we gladly stopped to admire them on our way back up the hill.

Near the top we enjoyed our 'lunch with a view', hoping for more raptors than just the odd Turkey Vulture flying below us, before making our way down for a well deserved rest before dinner.
After dinner we stopped at a few wetland areas in Pittsfield, even knocked on  a strangers door and were graciously granted access to a marsh behind their house!

Here is the ebird list for this day on Mout Greylock

Mt. Greylock, Berkshire, Massachusetts, US
Jun 10, 2017 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
Comments:     SSBC/BBC trip, Paul C
52 species

Turkey Vulture  3
Broad-winged Hawk  2
Mourning Dove  3
Black-billed Cuckoo  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Least Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  74
Blue Jay  10
Common Raven  2
Tree Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  4
Winter Wren  2
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Eastern Bluebird  2
Veery  8
Swainson's Thrush (Olive-backed)  3
Hermit Thrush  4
Wood Thrush  3
American Robin  18
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  9
Ovenbird  40
Black-and-white Warbler  11
Mourning Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  26
Magnolia Warbler  3
Blackburnian Warbler  23
Chestnut-sided Warbler  18
Blackpoll Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  21
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  12
Black-throated Green Warbler  8
Canada Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  11
White-throated Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  7
Scarlet Tanager  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  4
Baltimore Oriole  1
Purple Finch (Eastern)  5

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On Sunday morning we again started bright and early, to look at Cliff Swallows and listen for - and finding! - Alder Flycatcher before making our way up to October Mountain.

We not only looked at Swallows, but also saw some Tiger Swallowtails
Photo by Steven Whitebread

This year we had no luck in finding a Mourning Warbler, and we felt even more unlucky by being disturbed by many Helicopters flying in at Four Corners. It got very hot by 11 AM and the birds took a rest, so we decided to start heading home a bit earlier than usual.
Some of us had a very nice surprise on the way off the mountain as we encountered a female Moose crossing just behind our car! Alas, the view was too brief for a picture.

October Mountain SF, Berkshire, Massachusetts, US
Jun 11, 2017 7:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
14.0 mile(s)
Comments:     SSBC/BBC trip, Paul C
49 species

Canada Goose  2     4 young
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1     male
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  6
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Alder Flycatcher  6
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Blue-headed Vireo  4
Red-eyed Vireo  71
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  3
Winter Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  5
Veery  6
Hermit Thrush  1
Wood Thrush  2
American Robin  10
Cedar Waxwing  16
Ovenbird  35
Northern Waterthrush  1
Black-and-white Warbler  5
Common Yellowthroat  11
American Redstart  6
Magnolia Warbler  6
Blackburnian Warbler  8
Yellow Warbler (Northern)  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  14
Black-throated Blue Warbler  7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  4
Black-throated Green Warbler  7
Canada Warbler  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2
White-throated Sparrow  5
Song Sparrow  5
Swamp Sparrow  6
Eastern Towhee  2
Scarlet Tanager  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  14
Purple Finch (Eastern)  3
American Goldfinch  4

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

A great time was had by everyone and we look forward to visiting this beautiful and birdy area again next year.

Christine Whitebread

1 comment:

  1. Our annual trip to Mt Greylock was enjoyed by all. We met at 6:00 a.m.
    and began our accent. Stopping every half mile or so we enjoyed the
    bird sound.

    We did encounter Mourning Warbler before the "normal" Jone's Nose trail
    with no birds there; total of 2. Three Swainson's Thrush on the
    Saddleball Trail. Lowest number for Blue-headed Vireo. The remarkable
    consistency of Chestnut-sided Warbler continues.

    Last year I submitted this post with selected species counts from this
    trip I do annually on (usually) the third weekend in June to Mt.
    Greylock. I added 2017 to those numbers and reposted. The numbers
    after the species will be 1992, 93, 94,95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02,
    03, 04, 05, 06, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 separated by a comma.
    A "*" means that numbers were not recorded for that species that year.
    There is now over 20 years of data here:

    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker:4,6,1,7,10,5,1,2,2,7,5,4,1,5,4,8,4,4,5,3,5,5,2,4
    Common Raven:1,2,0,1,2,0,1,8,3,3,3,3,7,5,0,7,1,2,0,1,4,0,0,2
    Winter Wren:2,5,6,3,9,2,6,4,6,3,6,4,8,7,2,2,5,4,6,3,1,9,4,2
    Wood Thrush:9,4,1,6,2,2,2,6,3,11,4,0,3,2,2,6,1,1,1,0,2,1,1,3
    Hermit Thrush:9,3,11,8,2,3,9,10,5,7,1,4,6,2,1,6,6,5,9,2,5,1,4,4
    Blue-headed Vireo:8,7,5,7,2,3,5,8,1,3,4,1,3,6,4,15,9,1,6,7,5,2,1,1
    Magnolia Warbler:7,7,4,5,2,1,5,6,11,4,4,2,3,7,4,5,3,2,1,3,3,1,0,3
    Black-throated Blue
    Black-throated Green
    Blackpoll Warbler:1,2,3,1,2,2,3,4,7,3,2,2,4,6,7,4,3,4,2,1,4,1,2,2
    Mourning Warbler:1,2,1,2,3,1,2,2,2,2,4,3,2,3,0,3,1,1,0,1,2,1,4,2
    Common Yellowthroat:18,6,8,8,15,7,8,19,5,6,8,6,6,10,5,8,12,4,8,10,10,4,10,5
    Canada Warbler:4,7,5,2,8,6,1,8,2,5,2,0,1,1,2,1,1,2,3,1,1,0,1,1
    Scarlet Tanager:1,6,3,3,3,4,2,10,1,1,6,4,2,2,1,1,4,3,2,1,6,2,5,2
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak:7,4,4,0,1,0,4,6,2,3,3,2,5,4,0,2,5,4,2,2,2,1,2,1
    Eastern Towhee:13,7,11,9,11,7,8,11,11,10,14,15,4,7,7,4,11,4,14,6,11,11,11,7
    White-throated Sparrow:14,8,9,6,9,11,7,24,8,6,3,3,6,4,7,3,2,2,2,1,3,4,2,2

    Glenn d'Entremont: Stoughton, MA