Saturday, October 15, 2011

Break out the Orange

Its October……break out the Orange!

Worked my way out to the East Meadows this morning in search of Sparrows and whatever else the meadows would give up. I made my way past the Red Barn and tried to avoid the mammoth puddles the recent rains had created, parked and starting out into the fields –“GUN SHOTS” I looked around a bit and suddenly found hunters emerging from the cornfields.. I was the only one not wearing “ORANGE” October 14th –the beginning of the Hunting Season…..needless to say I didn’t venture out to far after that. All was not lost….A few American Kestrels, (10) Rusty Blackbirds, American Pipits, Horned Larks , (3) Palm Warblers and lots of Savannah Sparrows.

After departing the hunting festival that was going on in the East Meadows, I headed to the West Meadows, hoping the color orange wasn’t going to be a fashion requirement. I encountered (5) (getting late) Bobolinks, Many Savannah, Swamp, and Song Sparrows, (4) White-crowned and (2) Vesper Sparrows. All in all- a nice morning. Complete list below

Orange...the color of the month.
Savannah Sparrow- one of dozens & dozens.
Boblink....West Meadows.
Swamp Sparrow....very common migrate in early to mid October.
Palm Warbler-
Vesper Sparrow-always unexpected
Vesper Sparrow-back view
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet..In our area -migration just kicking in.

Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and West Meadows--IBA, Hampshire, US-MA

Oct 14, 2011 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
40 species

Wood Duck 2
Mallard 12
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Killdeer 1
Ring-billed Gull 37
Herring Gull 7
Mourning Dove 6
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 325
Black-capped Chickadee 4
Tufted Titmouse 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 4
European Starling X
Cedar Waxwing 4
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Palm Warbler 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Vesper Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 75
Song Sparrow 30
Swamp Sparrow 60
White-throated Sparrow 17
White-crowned Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 3
Bobolink 5
Red-winged Blackbird 80
House Finch 4
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 33

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