Friday, May 19, 2017

Lucky 13

Canada Warbler Cardellina Canadensis
Bay-breasted Warbler Setophaga castanea
Tennessee Warbler Leiothlypis peregrina
Tennessee Warbler Leiothlypis peregrina
Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea 
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
  After a quiet start at the Westmount Summit, the day picked up in a hurry, with 50 species recorded after a feet-thrashing 7-hour bird bimble. The feeling was that of a clear-out of last week’s species (e.g. no Juncos, only one Yellow-rumped Warbler), with new birds around, including several ‘first of year’ (FOY) species. 
  An invasion of Red-eyed Vireos and Tennessee Warblers was the theme of the day, with their songs ringing overhead for most of the day. I ended the day with a lucky thirteen warbler species, including a lovely male Canada Warbler in the NDN Cemetery, and several Bay-breasted – one of my faves.
  Near the Oratory, I saved a guy who was in the panicked throes of a diabetic crash by giving him my tangerine and a handful of Korean cough drops – intense. In the afternoon, I pushed my luck and checked out Mount Royal, but it was largely a letdown – either it was too late in the day or I don’t know where the ‘spot’ is. I’ll stick to what I know.
  Always good to hear the twitter of Chimney Swifts overhead again - were they late this year? I feel like I had my first in early May last year.

Westmount Summit, (both cemeteries), and [Mount Royal], May 19, 2017
Turkey Vulture-(2)
Red-tailed Hawk-1 mobbed by crows
Ring-billed Gull-2 (2)
Chimney Swift-2 FOY, (2)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-(1 FOY by the cannons, startled a Robin with a flyby, I giggled)
Downy Woodpecker-2 (4)
Hairy Woodpecker- 4 (3)
Pileated Woodpecker-1 (1)
Eastern Phoebe-1 (1)
Great Crested Flycatcher-2 (3) [1]
Philadelphia Vireo-1 FOY
Red-eyed Vireo-6+ FOY, (9+)
Blue-headed Vireo-2 (2)
Blue Jay-1 heard, (3 heard)
American Crow-12+ (7)
Common Raven-1 (1)
Black-capped Chickadee-2 with chicks heard begging, (8+)
White-breasted Nuthatch-1 (2)
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2 (4)
House Wren-(1 singing and attending several decoy nests)
Winter Wren-(1 singing)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-2 (7+)
Swainson’s Thrush-1 FOY below the lookout, [2]
Hermit Thrush-[1]
American Robin-2 (5)
Gray Catbird-(2 that looked to be around a nest)
Cedar Waxwing-(1)
European Starling-2 (1)
Tennessee Warbler-4 FOY, (45+, singing from every flowering tree)
Nashville Warbler-(1)
Orange-crowned Warbler-(1- a challenge separating it from the Tennessee Warblers in the same tree)
Northern Parula-1 (2)
Magnolia Warbler-(1)
Blackburnian Warbler-(1)
Black-throated Blue Warbler-(2 males and finally a female)
Black-throated Green Warbler-(only 1 heard)
Yellow-rumped Warbler-(only 1)
Palm Warbler-(1)
Bay-breasted Warbler-1 FOY, (2)
Ovenbird-1 heard
Canada Warbler-(1 FOY)
Scarlet Tanager-(1 female FOY)
Indigo Bunting-1 below the lookout FOY, (2 by the cannons)
Northern Cardinal-1 (2)
Chipping Sparrow-4 (12+)
Song Sparrow-2 (6)
White-crowned Sparrow-(1)
White-throated Sparrow-5 (12+)
American Goldfinch-3+ (10+)

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