Monday, May 12, 2014

Worm-eating Warbler and 16 Other Warblers!

 After yesterday’s great report by Haynes of the Mother’s Day bird walk at Nahanton, I needed to swing by this morning before work. With an early start of 5:45am bird life was fantastic. I’m short on time so the highlights will follow and the full list is below. The lower garden had a Canada Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and a Chestnut-sided Warbler. The upper garden then added a Worm-eating Warbler in the woods by the beehives, fortunately he was singing his insect like trill, or I wouldn’t have found him so high up in the oak. He is also a first eBird record for Nahanton. Down by the pond were Wilson’s Wabler, Northern Waterthrush, White-crowned Sparrow, and a thrush that I think is a Veery, any
Worm-eating Warbler
thoughts (picture below). Then the driveway by Nahanton St. added to the list above with a Prairie Warbler and Lincoln’s Sparrow. In the end I tallied 17 species of Warblers, by far my best ever. Not to mention Blackburnian and Worm-eating Warblers as lifers for me. The pictures weren’t as great as I would have liked, but I was at least able to document most of the birds to share here (click to enlarge).

Mallard  2     Pond
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Worm-eating Warbler

Blue-headed Vireo  1     In woods
Warbling Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  2
Catharus sp.  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  20
Gray Catbird  15
Brown Thrasher  1     Lower garden

Ovenbird  4
Worm-eating Warbler  1     Drab bird with buff breast and head with dark
Blackburnian Warbler
brown eye lines and central crown line. Singing rapid insect like trill.      Back of upper garden in oak behind beehives. Singing. Pictures, audio, video.

Northern Waterthrush  1     Singing by pond and seen by nature center. Audio recording
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  4
American Redstart  2
Northern Parula  4
Magnolia Warbler  2
Blackburnian Warbler  1     Male! Singing in top of oaks, lower garden. Initial id by song with very high ending. Pics

Yellow Warbler  9
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1     Maybe 2? Seen in upper and lower gardens.
Canada Warbler
Singing. Initially I'd by song

Blackpoll Warbler  2     Auditory only
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  8
Prairie Warbler  1     By nahanton st / nature center
Canada Warbler  1     Possible 2. Lower and upper gardens. Initial id from song. Pics
Wilson's Warbler  2     At least. Pond and nahanton at entrance. Singing. Pics
Savannah Sparrow  1     Nahanton st entrance
Song Sparrow  6

Lincoln's Sparrow  1     By nahanton st entrance. Pics
White-throated Sparrow  3
Lincoln's Sparrow

White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern)  1     On trail between pond and soccer fields. Dark lores
Scarlet Tanager  1     Auditory only. Burry song. No call note, would have liked a visual. But my first for MA
Northern Cardinal  4     Pair on nest
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  4     Singing. Video, pictures
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Common Grackle (Bronzed)  5
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
Baltimore Oriole  8
American Goldfinch  6



  1. Great sightings, great photos! Congratulations on #173!

    1. Thanks Haynes! It was very exciting to think that I could add to the park's already respectable eBird list. What do you think, will Nahanton hit 200 some day?

  2. Fantastic pictures! So glad you got such a great picture of the Canada warbler. Mine were too blurry.

    1. Thanks Suzette! Do you remember my Canada Warbler "picture" from two years ago? That was pre dslr and was a camera phone / binocular picture and it was just a yellow and olive blur. But yeah, I was still lucky this one came out from cover and held still this long.