Sunday, May 1, 2016

Warblers blowing in!!

Yellow Warbler Couple
Arrived at the park around 7:30 a.m. It was 45 degrees and slightly overcast.

It goes without saying that the tree swallows are in abundance but so were the yellow warblers! At first, I thought there was just one, but as I walked around it was clear there were several. It's so nice to hear them singing their "sweet" song!

Their were song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, lots of robins, a cardinal, house finches, titmice, a house wren, a blackbird couple, chickadees and a house sparrow. Gulls few overhead, and later a beautiful blue heron. In the large crabapple tree at the beginning of the path to the upper gardens was a male yellow-rump looking quite splendiferous. Turned out there were a lot of them today.

Chipping Sparrow
In the upper garden were more of the same, but also a catbird, some goldfinches and a red-bellied woodpecker. At this point, I ran into Jonathan and we walked around together. It's always nice to have company and another pair of eyes. He had had some nice sightings at Halls Pond in Brookline.

Yellow-rumped Warbler
Down by the soccer field, he spotted a robin already in it's nest! It's been so cold, it's hard to imagine the urge to nest, but there it was.

The river was very active with Savannah sparrows, white-throated sparrows, chipping sparrows,
mourning doves, blue jays and cardinals etc.

Woodcock meadow turned out to be somewhat of a hot spot. As we were looking at Savannah's and juncos on the ground, Jonathan was saying that he heard palm warblers have been seen elsewhere. No sooner had he said that, then one appeared
Palm Warbler
in a bush, right in front of us! We couldn't believe it. It then joined the other birds on the ground. This isn't a great pic because it's a little hard to see it's bright indian red cap, but the warblers were quite busy.

There were several yellow-rumps in the meadow as well and there must have been at least 4 palms. A flicker was seen as well as a downy with it's red, white and black that was quite striking in the pink apple blossoms.

And when I got home I was greeted by a house wren in my yard. What a lovely ending to a great morning!


  1. Happy May Day, Suzette! Sounds like a great morning.

  2. HI Haynes! Can't wait to see who turns up next weekend!