Friday, October 7, 2016

Another morning visit to Arcadia and the Honey Pot and the latest on Hurricane Matthew

Savannah Sparrow, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Oct 7, 2016
Field Sparrow, Sparrow, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Oct 7, 2016
White crowned Sparrow, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Oct 7, 2016
Northern Harrier, Honey Pot, Hadley, MA, Oct 7, 2016
Song Sparrow, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Oct 7, 2016
Swamp Sparrow, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Oct 7, 2016
Bobolink, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Oct 7, 2016
I birded a bit after getting out of work this morning and although it once again started out a bit cool (40's) and foggy it eventually turned sunny and warmed up into the mid 70's...very nice for early October to be sure.  I started off at Arcadia and the best bird by far was a Connecticut Warbler along the trolley line and in the same spot I also had a couple Northern Parula.  Still decent sparrow numbers and diversity but the total numbers were down from a few days ago.  My next stop over at the Honey Pot also produced good numbers and diversity of sparrow but nothing too unusual.  A total of ten species of sparrows and five species of warbler for the morning.  Full lists with lots more photos attached below.


Honey Pot:
Hurricane Matthew projected path, Oct 7, 2016 (NHC)
Hurricane Matthew continues its trek up along the Florida coast after striking the Bahamas as a category 4 storm and likely causing some major damage.  I hope everyone (bird, animal and human) in the path makes it through without any major difficulty.  As far as hurricane related birds so far the best report I have heard so far was a Mangrove Swallow spotted in Florida (Curry Hammock SP in the keys) by a couple very experienced birdes.  I'm certain additional unusual birds will be reported from the southeast over the coming days as the storm works up to South Carolina and then goes out to sea and continues to weaken.

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