Monday, August 10, 2009

Perhaps the final trip into Prescott this season...maybe.

I have made two trips in three days into the Prescott Peninsula to check on late breeders and perhaps come across something unusual. There are still a few birds singing and calling but the vast majority have become silent. Hermit Thrushes continue to sing in a few spots. The highlights of the trip today included nine Ruby throated Hummingbirds including at least a couple juveniles as well as a total of eighteen Red breasted Nuthatches! I would have had more of these and other species if I had stayed as long as I had intended to. Much to my dismay I forget my food and drinks at home so had to call it a day after about four hours of birding. I was only able to cover about 2/3 of the area I intended to but still got some great stuff anyway. The number of Little Brown Bats at their typical roost totalled 8 today which is a slight improvement from the last few weeks. The total list for the day is below.

Prescott Peninsula

Wood Duck 2
Hooded Merganser 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Mourning Dove 7
Chimney Swift 5 group together over isolated swamp were I suspect breeding
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 9
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 5
Northern Flicker 4
Eastern Wood-Pewee 5
Least Flycatcher 2
Eastern Phoebe 12
Eastern Kingbird 9
Yellow-throated Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 10
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 37
Blue Jay 27
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 204
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 33
Tufted Titmouse 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 18
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 3
Carolina Wren 1 very unusual in this part of quabbin
House Wren 3
Winter Wren 2 one singing
Golden-crowned Kinglet 13 a few family groups
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Veery 4
Hermit Thrush 5 a few singing
Wood Thrush 3
American Robin 48
Gray Catbird 47
Cedar Waxwing 67
Chestnut-sided Warbler 5
Magnolia Warbler 4
Black-throated Blue Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 9
American Redstart 9
Ovenbird 3
Common Yellowthroat 52
Scarlet Tanager 5
Eastern Towhee 49
Chipping Sparrow 9
Field Sparrow 2 one still singing
Song Sparrow 11
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Baltimore Oriole 6
Purple Finch 1 singing
American Goldfinch 11

In addition to these birds today I stopped by the Herman Covey WMA yesterday morning and was rewarded with seven Green Herons including a couple juveniles and a juvenile American Bittern among the many other fine birds.


  1. Looks like you had a good day. I amazed at the number of red-breasted nuthatches as I haven't seen any here in S. VT all summer!

  2. They have really increased down here over the last few weeks. I always get a few down there but not as many as this. A good breeding season perhaps?