Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hadley Area

This morning Valerie and I birded a section along the Connecticut River in Hadley across the the North Hadley Sugar Shack. It started out pretty foggy, but eventually cleared up and became quite nice. We had a nice movement of birds throughout the morning and ended up with 42 species. Blue Jays and Black-capped Chickadees were the most numerous, small flocks moving along the tree line along the river. Northern Flickers (17) also were well represented.

One of the highlights was my fourth Philadelphia Vireo of the fall, Lincoln's Sparrow, 8 species of warblers and a very cooperative Scarlet Tanager. Later in the morning a few Broad-winged Hawks were seen going over the Honey Pot in Hadley, along with three American Kestrels and eight Barn Swallows. Another awesome event this weekend was the Broad-winged Hawk migration this weekend.  Now I have a unique ability of missing this event. Most of the time it happens during the weekdays, but not this year.  Tom Gagnon  had 5100 at Goat's Peak (Mt. Tom) on Saturday (9-18) and the majority passed over the tower in a forty-five minute span in the latter have of the afternoon. On Sunday- another good push at Blueberry Hill and at Mt.  Watatic,  Mt. Watatic was the big winner with over 1,800.

  Below are photos from today and over the last couple of weeks.....


Ruby-throated Hummingbird- Home feeder.

Great Blue Heron- Umass Marsh.
Great Egret- small marsh off of Stockwell Street-Hadley.
Scarlet Tanager- Hadley
White-throated Sparrow- can winter be far away?
Yellow-rumped Warbler- Hadley. Just the beginning.....Thousands on the way.
Eastern Phoebe- Looking better in the fall than in the spring.
American Golden-Plover-East Meadows in Northampton. (2 of 4 birds) Only ones this far!
Philadelphia Vireo- Hadley.
Pileated Woodpecker- Hadley.
Red-eyed Vireo- Hadley. One of twenty five that day.
Northern Harrier- East Meadows
House Wren-
Philadelphia Vireo- Hanging onto Cornstalks, East Meadows.

Northern Harriers- East Meadows

Location: Route 47, Hadley -- Across from Stockwell Rd

Observation date: 9/19/10
Number of species: 42

Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Killdeer 3
Mourning Dove X
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 4
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 16
Eastern Phoebe 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 60
American Crow X
Black-capped Chickadee 55
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 8
Carolina Wren 2
House Wren 3
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 30
Gray Catbird 16
Cedar Waxwing 12C
Nashville Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Blackpoll Warbler 4
American Redstart 4
Common Yellowthroat 17
Song Sparrow 9
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 9
Scarlet Tanager 4
Northern Cardinal 10
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 2
American Goldfinch 8

Monday, September 6, 2010

Quabbin HQ

Headed out to Quabbin Headquarters this morning to find a few migrants. First stop was Windsor Dam, not a lot there...(1) Double-crested Cormorant and a fly-by American Kestrel. My next stop was the Marsh along Rte. 9 - Green Herons, a Greater Yellowlegs and three Kingfishers putting on a nice display.

Finally made my way to the Frank Windsor Memorial where I encountered the ever elusive Yellow-billed Cuckoo. This is a bird that I rarely encounter in Western Mass, especially in the fall. This area around the Memorial and the road up to the tower proved to be the most productive locations of the morning.

Photos below.

Belted Kingfisher-
Belted Kingfishers - Not quite sure what was going on here? But they didn't seem to be getting along that well.

Eastern Wood-Pewee's- Seems late August into September is the best time of year to "SEE" and hear this birds.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - This turned out to be the bird of the morning. For me, Cuckoo's are generally hard to come back here in Western Mass, especially the Yellow-billed. So finding one and getting a photo is a real bonus.
Bald Eagle-Imm.  This bird appeared over the Memorial area for just a few seconds before soaring out of sight.

Prairie Warbler - One of two birds found along the road to the tower. I located a total of ten species of warblers, all providing good looks.

Chestnut-sided Warbler - I love this fall plumage.

American Redstart- Indeed a beauitful male.

Below is the mornings list........

Location: Ware- Rte 9 Marsh –
Observation date: 9/5/10

Wood Duck 4
Green Heron 2
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Tree Swallow 5
Barn Swallow 2
Common Yellowthroat 1

Location: Quabbin Reservoir--Park HQ.- 9/5/10

Canada Goose
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 6
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Red-eyed Vireo 8
Blue Jay X
American Crow X
Tree Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 16
Tufted Titmouse 6
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Parula 2
Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
Magnolia Warbler 4
Pine Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 2
Bay-breasted Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
American Redstart 3
Common Yellowthroat 1
Wilson's Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 5
Chipping Sparrow X
Scarlet Tanager 3
Northern Cardinal 2
American Goldfinch X