Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Quabbin & Plum Island

Piping Plover (Plum Is)

It's been a couple of weeks since my last update- To say Migration is in full swing , would be an understatement. Recent trips with the Hitchcock Center Birding Class to the Quabbin Reservoir and last weekend to Plum Island/Newburyport have been quite successful.

The Quabbin trip produced some nice highlights...Nesting Common Ravens at the spillway, Bald Eagle, several Yellow-throated Vireos and 15+ Black-throated Blue Warblers.

Last weeks trip to the Newburyport/Plum Island region produced 103 species. While it wasn't the best day for migrates, an adult White-faced Ibis in Newbury continued to put on a show. Other highlights included - a large raft of Long-tailed Ducks off parking lot #1 on Plum Island, Blue-winged Teal, Tricolored Heron, 65 Glossy Ibis (Newbury),
Great Horned Owl nest, (1 young) and Orchard Oriole.

Gadwall (Plum Is)

Eastern Towhee (Plum Is. Mass)

Common Raven (Quabbin Reservoir-Spillway)