Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sweet Paruline

Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
  Woke at 6 in the A.M. this morn with grand ramblin' plans, but looked out the window and saw steady rains. Unable to get back to sleep, I drank Korean instant coffee tubes and bah humbugged until the rain let up in the late morning. I settled for a quick run up to the Westmount Summit, amid alternating waves of schizo-affective weather - muggy...frigid...brief sunburst...rain squalls...mighty gusts...dead calm. The summit woods were painfully quiet on the first go-round, but thankfully the situation picked up right before I was about to admit defeat and leave in disgust.
  A mewling Great Crested Flycatcher led me to a modest bird wave, that stuck together as it toured the outer edge trails. Warblers were represented by a Black-throated Green, two singing Black-throated Blue, two Nashville, and a pair of Black-and-white Warblers. Also mixed in were at least six Blue-headed Vireos and a coterie of Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Black-capped Chickadees, that seemed to be trying to low-key impress the warblers.

  The Dark-eyed Juncos, Hermit Thrushes and most of the White-throated Sparrows seem to have cleared out.

Westmount Summit, May 7, 2017
Great Blue Heron-1 flying northwest over Westmount
Cooper's Hawk-1 low flyby
Peregrine Falcon-(1 in the direction of U de M)
Downy Woodpecker-3
Hairy Woodpecker-2
Pileated Woodpecker-1
Eastern Phoebe-2
Great Crested Flycatcher-1 calling
Blue-headed Vireo-6 to 10
American Crow-3
Black-capped Chickadee-6+
Brown Creeper-3
White-breasted Nuthatch-3

Ruby-crowned Kinglet-10+
American Robin-1
Nashville Warbler-2
Black-throated Blue Warbler-2
Black-throated Green Warbler-1
Black-and-white Warbler-2
Northern Cardinal-2
Chipping Sparrow-3
White-throated Sparrow-3
American Goldfinch-5+

House Finch-3 along Summit Circle

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