Sunday, April 17, 2016

The last several days bring more new arrivals

Pileated Woodpeckers, Quabbin Park, MA, Apr 17, 2016
Pileated Woodpeckers, Quabbin Park, MA, Apr 17, 2016
Virginia Rail swimming, Lake Wallace, Belchertown, MA, Apr 17, 2016
Virginia Rail, Lake Wallace, Belchertown, MA, Apr 17, 2016
Downy Woodpecker, Quabbin Park, MA, Apr 17, 2016
Palm Warbler, Quabbin Gate 9, Pelham, MA, Apr 17, 2016
As the weather has continued to be quite nice around here with cool mornings giving way to warmer afternoons with abundant sunshine I have spent a fair amount of time out and about in the morning and the afternoons catching up on various projects around the yard. Although the weather has been nice the migration conditions have been less than ideal with continued northerly winds but nonetheless new species continue to arrive with several new species over the last several days. The following has shown up from Thursday until today:  Broad winged Hawk (#117) on Thursday, Double crested Cormorant (#118) on Friday, an early Spotted Sandpiper (#119), Northern Rough winged Swallow (#120), Barn Swallow (#121) and Osprey (#122) on Saturday and an Eastern Whip Poor Will (#123) earliest date ever for this species here.  I also witnessed some interesting bird behavior today with a swimming Virginia Rail at Lake Wallace and a couple of Pileated Woodpecker males that continuously chased each other around the base of a tree truck at Quabbin Park...very interesting behavior to see. Link to video of woodpeckers here:


  1. Pileated woodpeckers are among my most favorite birds. Fantastic shot!!

    1. They are really cool was fun to watch them from close range for several minutes as they chased each other around a tree.