Saturday, June 13, 2020

Spring cleanup

Just catching up with things ... It was a pretty good spring migration at Nahanton Park this year! The Mass Audubon Birdathon occurred on May 15-16. I stopped by NP both days. In the evening of May 15 I found this Blue-winged Warbler in cherry bloosoms
The next day I found many Ovenbirds, and Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia, Blackburnian, Yellow, Black-throated Blue and Green, and Wilson's. Others reported Canada and Blackpoll there that day as well. 

I stopped by again on May 18. A Sharp-shinned Hawk flew over, and this molting Indigo Bunting appeared next to the lower garden. 
Another birder pointed out a Great Horned Owl, visible from the Boyscout trail. Both Swainson's Thrush and Veery were around (which is this?)
and I found this Blue-headed Vireo. Both it and the Swainson's were particularly numerous this spring.
Three different Wood Thrushes were sounding off in the woods, and this Nashville Warbler put in an appearance.
Quite a few Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are nesting in NP this season. One has a nest right over the new path along the river. 
I returned on May 20. More Swainson's Thrushes
and this motley Baltimore Oriole
A migrating pair of Bobolinks appeared high in the trees
 and this Bay-breasted Warbler sang to Suzette and me - 
A Least Flycatcher was holding forth in Woodcock Field. 
I came again the next morning, and was delighted to find this beautiful male Eastern Bluebird investigating the boxes in the upper garden. Apparently none of then were satisfactory, however; he didn't stick around. 
 The Robins were doing well, though -
Next morning, I found this Ruby-throated Hummingbird enjoying a drip at the lower garden - 
A few days later, the Lady-slippers were in bloom - 
June 2 - Migration is winding down. I noticed this sign near the newly planted apple tree at the lower garden. I don't know what this poster has against the Friends of Nahanton Park - this doesn't seem very friendly to me!
June 10 - Song Sparrows nest on the ground, and they have always nested in amongst the garden plots. Here's a little family in the corner of one of the plots in the lower garden - 
I also observed the classic pair, eyeing each other at the lower garden - 
Summer's here! 

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