Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Arcadia in the fog and other valley areas

Magnolia Warbler, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Sep 18, 2013
Common Yellowthroat, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Sep 18, 2013
Yellow Warbler, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Sep 18, 2013
I began the day in the fog with temperatures around 40 over in the Arcadia Meadows.  Lots of highlights despite the lack of visibility.  The fog stayed around for hours in the morning before finally burning off late morning.  I have included my eBird lists for my morning stops.  Here is the one for Arcadia:

6:20 AM - 9:41 AM

Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  2
Mallard  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
plover sp.  1     Recorded in flyover, will update
Mourning Dove  3
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     Calling 9:15
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  3
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Philadelphia Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  16
Blue Jay  17
American Crow  5
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  23
Tufted Titmouse  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
House Wren  12     Minimum
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  24
European Starling  2
Cedar Waxwing  7
Ovenbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Tennessee Warbler  2
Nashville Warbler  2
Connecticut Warbler  1     Heard calling several times, could see weeds moving but never saw the bird, audio via video of calling
Common Yellowthroat  31
American Redstart  3
Northern Parula  3
Magnolia Warbler  9  
Bay-breasted Warbler  1     Still rufous on flanks
Yellow Warbler  2     Late, photos
Chestnut-sided Warbler  4
Blackpoll Warbler  7
Palm Warbler (Western)  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  5
Canada Warbler  1     Late, photos
Wilson's Warbler  1     Adult male
Savannah Sparrow  12
Song Sparrow  43
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Indigo Bunting  3
Bobolink  12
American Goldfinch  4
Yellow Warbler, East Meadows, Northampton, MA, Sep 18, 2013
A brief stop in the East Meadows produced another Yellow Warbler, a couple flyover Horned Larks and a roost of 350 blackbirds that flushed before I could scan through them to see if there was anything unusual.  The farming activity and lots of cars kept activity low so I headed to the honeypot instead.
Northern Harrier, Honeypot, Hadley,MA, Sep 18, 2013

Vesper Sparrow, Honeypot, Hadley,MA, Sep 18, 2013
Bobolinks, Honeypot, Hadley,MA, Sep 18, 2013
Song Sparrow, Honeypot, Hadley,MA, Sep 18, 2013
Palm Warbler (western), Honeypot, Hadley,MA, Sep 18, 2013
Vesper Sparrow, Honeypot, Hadley,MA, Sep 18, 2013
Merlin, Honeypot, Hadley,MA, Sep 18, 2013
Palm Warbler (yellow), Honeypot, Hadley,MA, Sep 18, 2013
Once I arrived at the honeypot the fog finally burned off to produce a beautiful sunny day.  I stayed just around the curve on the river side of the dike and got the following birds listed below:

10:28 AM - 11:24 AM

Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Northern Harrier  1     Hunting fields, harassed by merlin and coopers hawk
Cooper's Hawk  2
Broad-winged Hawk  16     Kettle to west
Rock Pigeon  1
Mourning Dove  4
Northern Flicker  2
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  1  
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  12
Fish Crow  1
Common Yellowthroat  4
Palm Warbler (Western)  7
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  1     Unusual in fall, Photos
Vesper Sparrow  4     Photos, all near corner
Savannah Sparrow  8
Song Sparrow  10
Indigo Bunting  18     Minimum
Bobolink  38     Minimum
American Goldfinch  2

I managed a total of 21 species of warbler today, a feat I'm unlikely to repeat until next spring.  A total of 75 species in a few stops made for a very enjoyable day.

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