|Wilson's Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 15, 2015|
|Bay breasted Warbler, Home, Belchertown, MA, May 15, 2015|
|Sharp shinned Hawk, Quabbin Park, MA, May 15, 2015|
Silvio Conte NWR-Firt River
Belchertown Land Trust trail
|Common Nighthawk, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, May 15, 2015|
Winsor Dam (evening stop)
The remainder of the week this week I managed to get out just a bit before work everyday during which I found several new species for the year. Monday and Tuesday were both warm mornings with a high number of mosquitoes at every stop but the next two mornings were much cooler with temperatures in the 30's. Monday I stopped in the East Meadows looking for shorebirds in the quickly shrinking mudflat and turned up a Semipalmated Plover, 5 Killdeer, a Spotted Sandpiper, a Solitary Sandpiper, a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Least Sandpiper plus a continued singing Vesper Sparrow. My next stop was over to Arcadia where I found at least three Tennessee Warblers in the flowering apple trees as well as other warblers plus a Grasshopper Sparrow calling from a fog enshrouded field. I would have stayed longer at Arcadia but the mosquitoes were as bad as I have seen around here. Tuesday I stopped at Silvio Conte NWR -Fort River where I turned up a Yellow billed Cuckoo and a Yellow bellied Flycatcher which were both new for the year. On Wednesday I intended on stopping again at Silvio Conte NWR but the wind was too strong so I instead headed over to the Connecticut River in Hadley looking for shorebirds and had a Semipalmated Sandpiper (new for the year) plus a Killdeer, four Spotted Sandpipers, 5 Solitary Sandpipers and 3 Least Sandpipers. I heard a report during the day of a Cerulean Warbler at Quabbin Park in the same general area I have had them in the past. I stopped at the park on my way home but struck out on the Cerulean Warbler but did find lots of other resident birds still in song in the early evening. Even without the odd warbler around I did find a new species when an Olive sided Flycatcher was seen dwelling among the other more expected species. Thursday found me hitting Silvio Conte NWR again as well as the river. Nothing new at either location but still a decent number of species around despite the cold temperatures. Sadly the river levels had risen a bit from Wednesday so less sandbars and muddy edge for shorebirds to be feeding on. Overall I managed to find a total of seven new species during the week (three species of flycatcher, two species of shorebird, a cuckoo and a sparrow).