Sunday, April 26, 2009

Glossy Ibis-Longmeadow

The Hitchcock Center birding class headed down to Pondside & Fannie Stebbins Refuge in Longmeadow this morning. A fair amount of bird activity around the refuge, the highlight was the Glossy Ibis- which to my surprise was still hanging in, after being reported over a week ago. Complete list below......

Glossy Ibis-Pondside-Longmeadow.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Palm Warbler

Mourning Dove

Mourning Cloak
Location: Fannie Stebbins Wildlife RefugeObservation date: 4/25/09
Number of species: 52
Canada Goose 6
Mute Swan 1
Wood Duck 7
Mallard X
Blue-winged Teal 3
Green-winged Teal (American) 4
Double-crested Cormorant 3Great Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 1
Glossy Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 1
Broad-winged Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Virginia Rail 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 3
Blue Jay 2
American Crow X
Tree Swallow 40
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
House Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin X
Eropean Starling X
Yellow Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 45
Pine Warbler 1
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 9
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Northern Waterthrush 3
Chipping Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow XSwamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal X
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
Brown-headed Cowbird X
House Finch X
Pine Siskin 1
American Goldfinch 10

Good birding,


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Caspian Tern-April 21, 2009

Headed up to Turners Falls (Barton's Cove) after work hoping the Caspian Tern that Mark Fairbrother found earlier in the day would still be around- I was not disappointed. When I arrived Dennis McKenna was already on the Tern, (still sitting on the docks) along with the two Bonaparte’s Gulls that Mark also reported. The Caspian Tern was in beautiful breeding plumage and although the weather was still overcast and raining, I was still a little surprised it hung around. The bad weather also forced down...

Ring-necked Duck 1- Male
Common Merganser 40
Red-breasted Merganser 4- females
Red-throated Loon 1 Winter Plumage. (Located by Dennis)
Horned Grebe 1-Breeding Plumage
Red-necked Grebe 11-mixed plumages
Ring-billed Gull 9
Herring Gull 4
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Tree Swallow 60
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1)

Caspian Tern- Turners Falls
Caspian Tern coming in above the Bonaparte's Gulls

Bonaparte's Gulls- Turners Falls

Caspian Tern-Bonaparte's Gulls-Ring-billed Gull

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Mergansers- Three of the four birds.
Good Birding,

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, the Hitchcock Center birding class and I birded areas in Hadley. The first stop was a little flooded field on Farm Lane. This stop offered great looks at Green-winged Teal and Killdeer. From there we spent a good amount of time in the Honey Pot- The main Highlight was the Vesper Sparrows. We were able to observe them singing from the power lines and everyone was afforded terrific looks through the scope. Later- we ended the day at the Hichcock Center, (Larch Hill-Amherst) we did have a few migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks, but overall bird activity had died down.

Sunday- April 19, 2009.

Headed to Longmeadow this morning to try and track down a Glossy Ibis that was reported yesterday, and to do a little scouting for next weeks field trip. Couldn't find the Ibis, but had great looks at Blue-winged Teal, Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers.

Trip lists can be seen after last photo .

To enlarge photos- click on photo.

Snow Goose- Hadley 4-18-09

Hichcock Class- Focusing on Am. Kestrels
Vesper Sparrow- Honey Pot/ Hadley
Belted Kingfisher- Farm Lane, Hadley

Blue-winged Teal
Blue-winged Teal- Pondside

Something Hatched out!

Double-crested Cormorant-Pondside
Wood Duck @ Mud puddle
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Palm Warbler- (Yellow Palm)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Observation date: 4/18/09
Turkey Vulture 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 3
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Pine Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 12
Eastern Meadowlark 1
House Finch 1
Pine Siskin 5
American Goldfinch
Hadley- Mill Valley Rd/Farm Lane/Honey Pot
Snow Goose 1- Mill Valley Rd
Canada Goose 28
American Black Duck 2
Mallard X
Green-winged Teal (American) 48- Farm LaneAmerican
Kestrel 3- Honey Pot
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1- Farm Lane
Vesper Sparrow 2 Honey Pot
Savannah Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 3
Eastern Meadowlark 1-Mill Valley Rd

Location: - Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge
Observation date: 4/19/09
Canada Goose 6 Mute Swan 1 Wood Duck 5 Mallard 6 Blue-winged Teal 5 Green-winged Teal (American) 23 Double-crested Cormorant 14 Great Blue Heron 1 Turkey Vulture 1 American Kestrel 1 Killdeer 2 Wilson's Snipe 4 Mourning Dove 14 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 4 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Tree Swallow 45 Black-capped Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8 Pine Warbler 2 Palm Warbler (Yellow) 12 Swamp Sparrow 2 White-throated Sparrow 6
Around the Yard....Sunday
Turkey Vulture 1
Bald Eagle 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Tree Swallow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Brown Creeper 1
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2
Pine Siskin 2

Good Birding