Sunday, August 23, 2015

More shorebirds and a Black Tern over the weekend

Semipalmated Plover, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Aug 23, 2015
Lesser Yellowlegs, Hadley, MA, Aug 23, 2015
Least Sandpipers, Hadley, MA, Aug 23, 2015
Killdeer, Hadley, MA, Aug 23, 2015
Spotted Sandpiper and Solitary Sandpiper, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Aug 23, 2015
Common Nighthawk, Belchertown, MA, Aug 22, 2015
Red tailed Hawk, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 22, 2015
Broad winged Hawk, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 22, 2015
Winsor Dam (somewhere out there is a Black Tern), Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 23, 2015
I spent each morning this weekend out checking a variety of areas with the main focus being shorebirds and waders as well as looking for other migrants taking advantage of the northerly winds.  Lots of good stuff (93 species between Saturday and Sunday) with many highlights including seven shorebird species (including my first Semipalmated Plover of the fall...still no real activity in the fields with all the shorebirds along mudflats), a Black Tern way out at Winsor Dam today (species #219 for the county this year...oddly Black Tern on August 22 last year was also #219), continued Great Egrets, Common Nighthawks around in the evening as well as during the mid morning today plus eleven species of warblers in a few mixed flocks (I'm sure I could have turned up more with a bit more effort in the passerine department but didn't have the time this weekend).  I have attached the lists for the the two weekend days below...more details and photos within the lists.

Tropical Storm Danny continues to weaken and looks to meet its end around Puerto Rico or Hispaniola but will still bring some beneficial rain to that area.  The rest of the tropical Atlantic is getting a bit busier with two waves coming off Africa that look like they may develop into tropical systems but they will both face dry air to their north and increasing wind shear as they travel toward the Caribbean so long range prognosis for either system is tough to say at this point.  Another potential system exists off Bermuda but this looks to be waning and will likely not develop.

Honey Pot:
CT River, Hadley:
Quabbin Park:
Winsor Dam:

Honey Pot:
Lower Mill Pond:
East Meadows:
CT River Hadley:
Winsor Dam:
Belchertown Land Trust trail:

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