|Yellow rumped Warbler, home, Belchertown, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
|Brown Creeper, home, Belchertown, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
|Palm Warbler, home, Belchertown, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
|Black and White Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
|Yellow throated Vireo, Quabbin Park, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
|American Kestrel, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
|Vesper Sparrow, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
|Greater Scaup, Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
|Great Blue Heron at nest, Lake Wallace, Belchertown, MA, Apr 25, 2016|
Despite the forecast for occasional rain the day turned out fine with the sun even making an appearance from time to time. I covered a lot of area this morning starting and ending at Quabbin and covering various locations along the river in between. A total of 90 species was quite good given the slow trickle of migrants compared to the last few years on the same date. I managed to find eight new species of the the county list for the year including Sora (#134), Solitary Sandpiper (#135), Bank Swallow (#136), American Pipit (#137), Greater Scaup (#138), Black throated Green Warbler (#139), Yellow theater Vireo (#140) and Chimney Swift (#141).
Highlights included the following.
Winsor Dam: Greater Scaup and two Eastern Whip Poor Wills
Lake Wallace: Four Great Blue Herons (with one on nest), a Virginia Rail and a Sora
CT River in Hadley: six Green winged Teal and a Solitary Sandpiper
Honey Pot: Northern Harrier and five Vesper Sparrows
Arcadia: two Wilson's Snipe, five Bank Swallows, two Vesper Sparrows and a Rusty Blackbird
East Meadows: two American Pipits and a flock of 145+ Horned Larks
Beaver Lake: 8 Bufflehead
Quabbin Park: Chimney Swift, a somewhat early Yellow throated Vireo and a Black throated Green Warbler.
Tomorrow looks to feature some cold, damp weather with a cold rain and temperatures that won't make it out of the low 40's...it will be tough for insectivores. It will be interesting to see if the weather produces anything unusual that gets put down by the rain...perhaps waterfowl and gulls?