Saturday, September 27, 2014

Honey Pot this morning

Ruby crowned Kinglet, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Sep 27, 2014
Field Sparrow, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Sep 27, 2014
Swamp Sparrow, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Sep 27, 2014
White throated Sparrow, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Sep 27, 2014
Song Sparrow, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Sep 27, 2014
Indigo Bunting, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Sep 27, 2014
Sun caused arc in fog, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Sep 27, 2014
Although this morning started out with it feeling like fall it warmed up into the low 80's and felt a lot more like summer on the first full weekend of autumn. Conditions for migration were great once again last night and the turnover of species was quite evident. I started before dawn at Winsor Dam listening for both migrants and other nocturnal birds. I had several flights calls including at least three Swainson's Thrushes. I then headed over to the Honey Pot section of Hadley and spent a few hours exploring the area including "that's a plenty farm", the 90 degree turn and the area of the dike. A large increase in both numbers and diversity of sparrows with a corresponding drop in warblers...a real sign of fall as far as I'm concerned. The early morning fog made viewing a little difficult at times but it eventually burned off to a perfectly sunny day. Full list for the morning is attached below.
Honey Pot
Canada Goose  31
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Northern Harrier  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
Mourning Dove  5
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
Hairy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  7
Red-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  13
American Crow  65
Horned Lark  4     Flyby
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Brown Creeper  1
House Wren  7
Carolina Wren  5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Swainson's Thrush  1
American Robin  14
Gray Catbird  17
Brown Thrasher  1
American Pipit  3
Cedar Waxwing  12
Common Yellowthroat  17
Magnolia Warbler  1
Palm Warbler (Western)  4
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  9
warbler sp.  2
Chipping Sparrow  11
Field Sparrow  4     One singing
Vesper Sparrow  2     One singing
Savannah Sparrow  36
Song Sparrow  83
Lincoln's Sparrow  10
Swamp Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  54     Minimum
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern)  1
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  12     Minimum
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  3
Pine Siskin  1     Flyover seen and heard
American Goldfinch  22

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