Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer solstice morning birding

Hop Brook, Amherst, MA, June 21, 2013
I stopped the last few mornings along the rail trail in Amherst before heading to work to see what I might find.  Both mornings have been relatively cool which has kept the mosquitoes to a minimum.  Both mornings produced a nice mix of birds with a most every flycatcher species that breeds around here (except Least Flycatcher) and three species of wren within a relatively short distance of each other.  A total of perhaps just over 50 species in about a mile or so along the trail with many showing well.  No luck catching up with the previously seen night heron but Green and Great Blue Herons were around.  The next few days will feature warming temperatures and higher humidity which should bring the mosquitoes back out in force.  A very nice summer solstice. 


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