Thursday, May 17, 2012

Amherst and Belchertown area

Orchard Oriole, Wentworth Farm Conservation Area, Amherst, MA, May 17, 2012

Brewster's Warbler, UMASS, Amherst, MA, May 17, 2012

Brewster's Warbler, UMASS, Amherst, MA, May 17, 2012

Blue-winged Warbler (this individual was singing a Golden-winged song), Rail Trail, Amherst, MA, May 17, 2012

Common Yellowthroat, UMASS, Amherst, MA, May 17, 2012

Great crested Flycatcher, Rail Trail, Amherst, MA, May 17, 2012

White-breasted Nuthatch with nest material, Rail Trail, Amherst, MA, May 17, 2012

Another day out and about catching up with migrants and resident birds around the area. I headed over to UMASS then to Larch Hill Conservation area, then to the rail trail and Wentworth Farm Conservation Area in Amherst and then back to Belchertown with stops at Covey WMA and the Belchertown Land Trust trail. There seemed to be less overall migrants around but a good number of resident species. There was however a noticeable increase in the number of Blackpoll Warblers with singles noted in most spots I stopped today. The other obvious migrants were a couple of Tennesssee Warblers and a few Northern Parula's. The remaining birds appeared to be residents. The Brewster's Warbler at UMASS continues (and I managed a few more photos) but the Lawrence's Warbler and Golden-winged Warbler seem to have moved on.  I did however run across a Blue-winged Warbler singing a Golden-winged Warbler song.  The bird was located past Hop Brook heading down the trail back toward Station Road.  I managed a few videos of the bird as well as photos.  Many species were carrying nest material or building nests.  I also managed to get a few photos of Orchard Orioles at Wentworth Farm.  No new species added to the list for the year but hopefully I will find some new ones tomorrow.  As of today the total stands at 181 in Hampshire county for the year.  Overall today was very pleasant with sunny skies, low humidity and temperatures eventually making it up to 70.

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