Thursday, May 18, 2017

Warbler days and Mondays

Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus - why are the underparts so peachy?
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata
Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula
  One of the last fresh spring birding days before a heat wave came through. On arrival at the summit in the early morn, I got caught up in a decent wave of migrants, including a Gray Catbird, two Veery, and a nervous ribbon of warblers. Highlights at the cemetery included my first Rose-breasted Grosbeak of the year, an Orange-crowned Warbler on the same branch where one was spotted last May 12th, and a gorgeous Baltimore Oriole ghosting through the trees in F8.

Westmount Summit + (both cemeteries), May 15, 2017
Turkey Vulture-(1)
Ring-billed Gull-1 (2)
Sharp-shinned Hawk-1
Downy Woodpecker-1 (2)
Hairy Woodpecker-4, including a female showing an unusual peachy wash through the underparts, (2)
Northern Flicker-(2)

Pileated Woodpecker-1 (1)
Great Crested Flycatcher-(1)
Blue-headed Vireo-5+ (4+)
Blue Jay-1 heard (2 heard)
American Crow-5 (9)
Common Raven-(1)
Black-capped Chickadee-6+ (8+)
White-breasted Nuthatch-2 (2)
Red-breasted Nuthatch-2 (2)
House Wren-(1 attending three different nesting sites...decoys?)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-6+ (6+)
Eastern Bluebird-(2 singing)
Hermit Thrush-1 (1)
American Robin-3 (6)

Gray Catbird-1 (1)
European Starling-2 near the summit
Nashville Warbler-2 near the summit, (2)
Orange-cronwed Warbler-1 (1 by the cannons)
Chestnut-sided Warbler-3
Black-throated Blue Warbler-4
Black-throated Green Warbler-3+
Yellow-rumped Warbler-(10+)
Black-and-white Warbler-4+
Ovenbird-2 (1)
Warbler sp.-an odd olivey warbler briefly seen in the low trees in L5, possibly trilling like a Chipping Sparrow - I have my theories...
Rose-breasted Grosbeak-(1)
Northern Cardinal-2 (2)
Chipping Sparrow-3 (12+)
Song Sparrow-4 (6)

White-crowned Sparrow-1 (2)
White-throated Sparrow-45+ (large group of 80+ rallying and moving north on Mount Murray)

Dark-eyed Junco-(4)
Baltimore Oriole-(1)
American Goldfinch-6+ (10+)

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