Friday, May 3, 2013

Slow birding day

The backdoor cold front that came in last night made for a somewhat breezy day today with cool temperatures in the morning.  It warmed up into the 60's today so overall not a bad day as far as the weather goes.  The birding remains rather uneventful and quiet when you consider the date.  I went out again this morning and was not surprised to find it very quiet.  I went all around Quabbin Park and had a total of nine warbler species with most of those being just one or two individuals with the only decent numbers being Black and White Warblers, Ovenbirds and Pine Warblers (but even these numbers are low for this time of year).  The best warbler was also the only new species for the day, a Blackburnian Warbler (#172).  Eastern Towhees were around in fairly good numbers but I missed out completely on catbird. I did have 40+ Double crested Cormorants fighting the wind and moving northeast.  The next two days do not promise much change as far as migration is concerned but it will be sunny and warm.  No photos for the day today.

I spent the rest of the day around the house and managed to add a new species to the yard list when I finally got a Red shouldered Hawk.  For many years the neighborhood Blue Jays have fooled me many times with their spot on impression of a Red shouldered Hawk, but this time it was the real deal!  The hawk became yard species #151.

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