Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day Bird Walk with Haynes and Alison

Mother's Day Bird Walk Group
Dire weather predictions for Sunday morning - rain, showers and clouds after a long, rainy, drizzly, raw week. However, at the last minute, the report changed and it was actually quite nice and held out until the very, very end of our walk. It was a mother's day miracle!

We had a great turnout. 19 people showed up and at this point, so many of us return from year to year that it's turning into a big reunion which only adds to the joy.

Yellow warbler testing her new nest
We started at the river and worked our way via the pond and soccer field to the lower and upper gardens. We also explored Woodcock meadow. This year was far more productive than last year with the heavy snows and extended winter. If you missed it this year, be sure to join us next year. P.S. Someone almost stepped on a perfectly camouflaged American Toad (see picture at bottom).

I'm sure Haynes' list is more complete than mine, so please check it out below!

Haynes' List:

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)  2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  3
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  1,  soccer field
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  6
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  3
Baltimore Oriole
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)  6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus)  2
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1, boyscout trail
Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus)  4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  3
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  15
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  X
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  6, wing-flutter
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea)  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)  2
Robin in nest
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  8
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  6
Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1,  pond
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  3
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla)  1, w/btbw, boyscouts walk
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  15
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1, m
Palm Warbler (Yellow) (Setophaga palmarum hypochrysea)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata)  15
Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  3
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)  4, boyscout trail
American Toad
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis)  3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)  6
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  6
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  1, m
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  12
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  8
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)  1
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  16
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  4

View this checklist online at

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