|Palm Warbler (yellow), Gate 9-Quabbin, April 25, 2012|
|Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle), Gate 9-Quabbin, April 25, 2012|
|Black and White Warbler, Gate 9-Quabbin, April 25, 2012|
|Song Sparrow, Gate 9-Quabbin, April 25, 2012|
|Black capped Chickadee, Gate 9-Quabbin, April 25, 2012|
I took the day off from work today for my birthday and spent the morning exploring various areas around Quabbin trying to find some new arrivals. I did not find any new species for this migration season but still had some good birds. I was really hoping to find a southern warbler (Yellow-throated, Prothonotary, etc) that was carried north by the southern winds of last week and the storm over the weekend. Despite my best efforts I had no luck finding any. The day started out at a chilly 35 and warmed up to the mid 50's before the breeze really kicked in and cooled it down a bit again. I started the day Quabbin Park. I had a few loons and eagles in the usual spots. The Blackburnian Warbler present near Goodnough Dike was still there this morning. The number of Chipping Sparrows, Eastern Towhees and Yellow-rumped Warblers continue to go up. I also ran across a pair of very vocal Cooper's Hawks copulating just off the road. The male was then breaking off sticks and carrying them into the nest site. I next headed for Quabbin Gate 9 (more accurately the large marsh opposite Gate 9). I ran into a nice large group of warbler here with several coming in quite close for good looks. After walking as far as I could there I headed up to Gate 12 and walked down about a half mile. Quite a few woodpeckers in the area as well as a calling Broad-winged Hawk low over the trees. I then headed down to Gate 8 and drove down to the end. It was quite quiet here so I didn't stay too long. A couple other quick stops didn't produce any birds of note. I stopped briefly at home and picked up Wilson and he headed to Covey WMA for a long walk around the area. Some good birds but nothing out of the ordinary. During the afternoon I had a few Broad-wings streaming north very high up but little else.