Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blue Grosbeak and many other good birds.

Blue Grosbeak, Quabbin, April 30, 2011

Blue Grosbeak, Quabbin, April 30, 2011

Pine Warbler, Quabbin, April 30, 2011
Yellow Warbler, Quabbin, April 30, 2011

I ended the month with an early morning trip into central Quabbin to continue the breeding bird atlas for Massachusetts. A few birds have indeed begun to nest including Pine Warblers, American Robins, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Belted Kingfishers and others.

A very nice selection of warblers for late April were found today in the central area of Quabbin as the month comes to an end. An amazing total of eighteen species for the month as several species have arrived a bit early this season. A few new species today included Chestnut sided, Blackburnian and Ovenbird.

The highlight for the day was a beautiful Blue grosbeak I found at the end of the morning as I was heading out. A truly stunning bird that I didn't expect to find here.

Here is the list for the morning.

Canada Goose 1
Wood Duck 3 one pair and one female
American Black Duck 2
Mallard 3
Bufflehead 3 male and two females on small pond
Hooded Merganser 4 one male
Common Merganser 3 pair and single male
Ruffed Grouse 16 all drumming
Wild Turkey 12
Turkey Vulture 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1 low overhead and calling
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 2 excavating nest hole in sand pit in from gate 17
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 22 minimum count
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 8
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Least Flycatcher 5
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue-headed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 52
American Crow 2
Tree Swallow 11
Black-capped Chickadee 36
Tufted Titmouse 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 5
Brown Creeper 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 one carrying nest material
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
Veery 3 all seen
Hermit Thrush 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 57 a few with nearly complete nests
Gray Catbird 13
Nashville Warbler 3
Northern Parula 1
Yellow Warbler 5
Chestnut-sided Warbler 10
Magnolia Warbler 1
Black-throated Blue Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 83 minimum count
Black-throated Green Warbler 7
Blackburnian Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 36
Prairie Warbler 1
Palm Warbler 2
Black-and-white Warbler 13
American Redstart 1
Northern Waterthrush 1
Common Yellowthroat 15
Eastern Towhee 59 everywhere now
Chipping Sparrow 31
Field Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 12
Swamp Sparrow 4
White-throated Sparrow 22
White-crowned Sparrow 1 adult
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3
Blue Grosbeak 1 adult male seen and photographed. A most unexpected find. Photos on Flickr site.
Red-winged Blackbird 12
Common Grackle 13
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Purple Finch 8 several pairs
American Goldfinch 19
Evening Grosbeak 2 pair flyby

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the Blue Grosbeak! - have never seen one. Nice capture of the Pine Warbler.