Saturday, August 30, 2008

Aug 30, 2008 Hadley/Northampton

I Spent the morning Birding the Hadley/Northampton area. While there wasn’t a lot of noticeable migrates, I was able to find a few things.

Hadley- (So.Maple St./Mt.Warner Rd )

Killdeer (8)
Greater Yellowlegs (1). Small drainage pool near the Home Depot under construction. Rte 9/So.Maple.
Willow Flycatcher (2)
Warbling Vireo (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (1)
Yellow Warbler (2)

Hadley – Family Golf Center (Rte 9) probably best before 8am.

Killdeer (18)
N.Flicker (3)
Eastern Phoebe (3)
No. Mockingbird (5)

Hadley Cove – Some mudflats. Lowest the river has been in a while.

Great Blue Heron (1)
Green Heron (1)
Lesser Yellowlegs (5)
Least Sandpiper (1)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1)
Carolina Wren (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)

Northampton- East Meadows. A couple small fields have been plowed.

Killdeer (8)
Brown Thrasher (1)
Yellow Warbler (6)
Indigo Bunting (5)
Chipping Sparrow (8)
Bobolink (58)


Merlin (1)
Tree Swallow (125)

Brown-headed Cowbird-Juv

Chipping Sparrow

Yellow Warbler

Brown Thrasher
Good Birding,


Friday, August 29, 2008

Sunrise Cory's Shearwater
Cory's Shearwater

Greater Shearwater
Greater Shearwater
Sperm Whale
Sperm Whales

Risso's Dolphin
Risso's Dolphin

Audubon's Shearwater
Common Loon
Pomarine Jaeger
Red-necked Phalaropes
Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Sunset near Nantucket.
Good Birding,

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hadley/Northampton. Aug 10th

Great Blue Heron- Stadium Marsh

Sunday, August 10th.

Birded around the Hadley & Northampton (East Meadows) area. The highlight of the morning was an Upland Sandpiper (No Photo) at Alumni Stadium in Hadley. Outside of Westover A.F.B in Chicopee- This bird is very hard to come by. Unfortunately the Upland didn't hang around to long....flushed up by early morning dog walkers, last seen heading off into the early morning fog.
Other highlights around the Stadium - (1) Great Blue Heron, Willow Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers and about 100 Red-winged Blackbirds.

After the Stadium, I headed over to Venture Way in Hadley. I bit more birdy than the Stadium. highlights - (2) Imm Red-tailed Hawks,Eastern Kingbirds, Northern Mockingbirds (9), Gray Catbirds, House Wrens, Red-eyed Vireo and Co.Yellowthroats. Hawks,Eastern Kingbirds, Northern Mockingbirds (9), Gray Catbirds, House Wrens, Red-eyed Vireo and Co.Yellowthroats.
The last stop of the morning was the East Meadows in Northampton. Not a lot out there, but the two highlights were (2) Least Sandpipers and (16) Indigo Buntings. (majority were males) Generally-Least Sandpipers are not to hard to find this time of year in the Valley, but with all the rain this summer -mud flats are non-existent. So a first for the fall season.
Northern Mockingbird

later in the day I photographed Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at our feeders and plants.

Good birding,

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Hadley Area

Yellow Warbler

Swamp Sparrow

Willow Flycatcher

Great Egret
Venture Way Marsh

Sunday, August 3, 2008

BBC Pelagic Trip to Atlantis Canyon -July 19, 2008

Map provided by Steve Mirick. (Below) Heading out at 4:00AM.

Long-tailed Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger (Sub Adult)

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Long-tailed Jaeger (Sub-adult) One of Two birds.

Greater Shearwater

Greater Shearwater

Cory's Shearwater- Next three shots.

Returning to port.
After photographing the above Cory's Shearwaters- We hit Fog at Nantucket Shoals, and the show was over!