Sunday, April 28, 2013

Warblers Arriving!

47 degrees and sunny at 7:30 a.m. As I was gathering my camera and binoculars, Haynes pulled up.

The yellow warblers are back! There's nothing like the spring excitement of seeing new arrivals each week. A house wren sang prolifically in the upper gardens - the first of the season. Haynes saw a yellow rump in the lower gardens, which sadly, I missed. However, all was redeemed when we saw a whole flock of them down near the pond. They were spectacularly colorful with their bright black, white and yellow markings. We saw several blue-gray gnatcatchers in the back of the upper gardens.

As we stood on the dock with two fishermen, we heard a warbling vireo from across the river. A bird, on it's way down the flyway squawked loudly as we realized it was a kingfisher!

Come to Pete Gilmore's Bird Walk at Cold Spring Park this Saturday, May 4 at 8:00 a.m. Enter the park at the Beacon Street entrance. Turn left, and go to the far end of the parking lot to meet group. Hope to see you there!

Here's the official Haynes Report:

Canada Goose  4
Mallard  2
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1     m
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  4
Eastern Phoebe  4
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Tufted Titmouse  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3     together, behind the upper garden
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  15
Yellow Warbler  4
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  8     incl flock of 6 near pond
Song Sparrow  10     quieter today
White-throated Sparrow  3     nature center
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
American Goldfinch  8

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