I attempted to make it back into central Quabbin but was stopped by the extensive tree damage caused by thunderstorms during the middle of the week last week. The damage was quite impressive with many large trees down and all access roads blocked. I managed to hike around for a few hours and then finally gave up trying to weave my way through the damage. Despite the damage there were still some nice birds around. I continued to have good luck finding Evening Grosbeaks here. I have not missed seeing or hearing them every time I have made a trip into central Quabbin (I probably just jinxed myself for the next trip!). I had a nice assortment of warblers and other breeders with quite a bit of nesting activity taking place.
Cerulean Warbler, Quabbin Park, May 30, 2010
I then went back home to see what surprises were around the house today. I had some good luck including this very cooperative Northern Flicker that was feeding on some type of food in the lawn. The Eastern Phoebe's appear to be about ready to fledge and the local Robins already have. I also had a close encounter with a deer at midday that decided it wanted to walk through the yard and check out the activity.