Saturday, September 9, 2017

Turkey Hill/Weir River Farm/Whitney Thayer Woods: September 9, 2017

Eight birders gathered for a gorgeous walk atop Turkey Hill and surrounding properties this morning. Poison ivy, Virginia creeper, and Burning bush provided pockets of red color throughout the properties while snails and slugs kept us entertained when the birding was rather slow.  Migration was not happening today, so our birding thrills came from the usual suspects found along woodland trails on an early autumn day.  A red tail harassing four turkey vultures provided some amusement.  Four species of woodpeckers all calling and flitting along a trail near the Weir River and numerous phoebes flipping their tails from tree branches and fences kept us punching the numbers into ebird.  Anticipating Fall Roundup next week, we were imagining the trees dripping with warblers and the shrubs and grasslands hosting countless sparrows!

Sally Avery

Turkey Hill/Weir River Farm/WhitneyThayer Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
Sep 9, 2017 7:59 AM - 12:13 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunny in 60's with light winds. A South Shore Bird Club trip. No sign of migrants. 
30 species

Turkey Vulture  4
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Mourning Dove  30
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  11     Phoebes were found throughout the property often  by the twos and most of them were first year birds with the yellowish cast to the breast  
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Blue Jay  14
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  9
White-breasted Nuthatch  8
House Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  83
Cedar Waxwing  15
Chipping Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  6
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  12

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