Saturday, April 24, 2010

Another atlas day in central quabbin

I had another great day with many special sightings for me. Had a wonderful interaction with a pair of Barred Owls. The variety of calls these birds have is impressive, especially when a pair gets together. I will include the list for the day...some really good highlights indeed. Enjoy the list:

Spent 4:45 covering 10.2 miles starting at dawn

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 4
Mallard 2
Hooded Merganser 4 three females, near nest boxes
Ruffed Grouse 11 drumming
Wild Turkey 8 including one tom chased to the top of a large tree by a coyote
Common Loon 2 pair
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 in area of suspected nesting, quite vocal
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Mourning Dove 9
Barred Owl 4 two pairs. One came in very close, very vocal and was mobbed by four Evening Grosbeaks, a Purple Finch and Red breasted Nuthatchs while White Throated Sparrows being in the far north.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 26
Downy Woodpecker 2
Hairy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 10
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue-headed Vireo 12
Blue Jay 47
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 17
Black-capped Chickadee 41
Tufted Titmouse 4
Red-breasted Nuthatch 15
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
Hermit Thrush 6
American Robin 57
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 same area as yesterday
Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
Pine Warbler 40
Palm Warbler 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Eastern Towhee 72
Chipping Sparrow 66
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 41
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 17
Common Grackle 10
Brown-headed Cowbird 18
Purple Finch 2
Red Crossbill 2 together, unknown on age due to poor lighting
American Goldfinch 8
Evening Grosbeak 14 including two groups of four together, rest pairs

Gray Squirrel-1
Red Squirrel-7

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