Thursday, July 23, 2015
Sunday, July 19, 2015
I walked through Nahanton Park early this morning, for the first time since the end of May. Quite a bit of activity! I think a number of species stage here in post-breeding dispersal. There were a lot of Common Yellowthroats, Yellow-shafted Flickers, and Black-capped Chicadees. On the river there was a row of eleven Wood Ducks, in eclipse plumage.
Here's a complete list. (Sorry for the Latin, as usual.)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 11 lined up on the far side of the river. Eclipse plumage. Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 5 Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 1 Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 5 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 16 Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) 1 Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 1 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4 incl juv American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 10 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5 breeding under the bridge Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 14 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 6 incl juv House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 4 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 35 Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 16 Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 1 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 5 Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6 Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 12 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1 Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1 House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 8
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Blooming in the meadow were yellow coreposis, white oxeye daisies, penstemon, fleabane, red clover and yarrow.
As I entered the lower gardens via the path from the parking lot, I got dive-bombed by a tree swallow who felt like I was a little too close to her nest box! There were lots of robins, a couple of male downy woodpeckers, yellow warbler, catbirds, red-winged blackbirds, orioles, cardinals, flickers and song sparrows. A seagull flew overhead.
On the way to the upper gardens, the white mulberry tree was fruiting. There were many of the same birds as the lower, but also included a family of house wrens, an Eastern phoebe and this beautiful fellow that I finally saw after listening to his song for quite a while. There he was in all his glorious splendor!
The soccer field/river area had a warbling vireo (found the nest), yellow warblers, a pee wee calling from the woods and cowbirds.