Friday, September 4, 2015

Morning stops this week featured shorebirds and others

Solitary Sandpiper, Hadley, MA, Sept 4, 2015
Least Sandpipers, Hadley, MA, Sept 4, 2015
Great Egrets, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Sept 4, 2015
Great Egrets, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Sept 4, 2015
Great Egret with dark bill, Arcadia, Northampton, Sep 2, 2015
Double crested Cormorant, Paradise Pond, Northampton, Sep 2, 2015
Great Blue Heron, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Sep 1, 2015
I made it out early the entire week to try to find shorebirds and had some good results on some days. The entire week has featured warmer than normal temperatures and early morning fog which made viewing at some of my stops difficult to impossible. The worst of the fog seemed to be at the Honey Pot and the East Meadows throughout the week so I was unable to find any shorebirds more associated with plowed fields than mudflats (such as plovers and Buff breasted Sandpipers). The most productive stops during the week were Arcadia, Paradise Pond and Lower Mill Pond. A quick review below of each day with the eBird lists from each day. Highlights included an early Connecticut Warbler on Wednesday at Arcadia (species #222 for Hampshire County this year), eight species of shorebirds  on Thursday including a White rumped Sandpiper at Lower Mill Pond (species #223 for Hampshire County this year) and at least two eastern Whip Poor Wills calling at Winsor Dam Thursday morning.  Friday featured more shorebirds and at least ten Great Egrets still around with seven together at Arcadia.  Also some mixed species flocks around but I didn't spend a lot of time looking for them.  Lists from week below:

Paradise Pond:
Honey Pot:

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