Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Birdy Sunday

Bobolink spot
ringed Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia
Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
  It was quite windy and cold today at the Morgan Arboretum. Warblers were represented by low single-digit numbers of Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Black-and-white, and Yellow-rumped Warblers, along with two Ovenbirds. My personal highlight of the day was two male Bobolinks chattering in a tree before coming down in a grassy field, while Dan went goofy for a cracking male Indigo Bunting. Three Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (one male, two females) perched quietly over the trail by the Bobolink field.
  We decided to hit up the Technoparc near Trudeau Airport on the way home, after reading an encouraging recent trip report from a BPQ member. The high wind was still an issue, but we found a couple of birdy spots, at a site with loads of potential. Highlights included a flyby Green Heron, several Least Flycatchers, a Warbling Vireo, two American Redstarts, at least six Yellow Warblers, along with single Yellow-rumped, Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Black-throated Blue, Chestnut-sided, and Nashville Warblers.
  Very quiet at the Westmount Summit yesterday afternoon, with no 'yellow warblers' observed. Single examples of Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, and Ovenbird were seen around the eerily quiet woods. Several blocks south of the Summit I finally encountered some more warbler activity, with single Nashville, Black-throated Green, and Yellow-rumped Warblers seen high up in some backyard trees.
  As I type this, it's snowing outside, and only several degrees above freezing. It is May 15th.

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