Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's a beautiful Clay

Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
female Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
female Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca
  A solid spring day out, with 51 species logged, 14 of which were warblers. In the L1 section of Mount-Royal Cemetery, I was startled when a Clay-colored Sparrow popped up from underfoot and started rasping its insect-like song from a few feet away. I got some blown-out record shots in the noon-time glare - the bird was first spotted a few days ago by George Levtchouk (I think). It reminded me of the Emberiza buntings of Korea.
  It was good to see a Wilson's Warbler, feels like it's been a while. Notably, no Ruby-crowned Kinglets, White-throated or White-crowned Sparrows today. It's getting leafy out there. Back at it tomorrow I guess.

Westmount Summit + (both cemeteries), May 23, 2017
Turkey Vulture-(1)
Red-tailed Hawk-(1 mobbed by crows)
Merlin-1 flyover
Ring-billed Gull-(1)
Chimney Swift-2+, (4+)
Downy Woodpecker-1
Hairy Woodpecker-1
Eastern Phoebe-1 (1)
Eastern Wood-Pewee-(2 in NDN)
Least Flycatcher-1 @ ‘Westmount Secret Spot’, (1 by the cannons)
Great Crested Flycatcher-1 heard, (2 heard)
Eastern Kingbird-(1 in M1)
Warbling Vireo-1 heard, 2 near the Oratory, (3)
Red-eyed Vireo-5, (6)
Blue-headed Vireo-2 (2)
Blue Jay-1 heard, (1 heard)
American Crow-3 (15)
Black-capped Chickadee-4 (7)
Brown Creeper-1 heard
White-breasted Nuthatch-(1)
Red-breasted Nuthatch-3 (3)
House Wren-(3)
Eastern Bluebird-(one pair in the far western corner of NDN, two pairs in M-R)
Swainson’s Thrush-1 (3)
American Robin-3 (5)
Gray Catbird-(2)
Cedar Waxwing-(4)
European Starling-(1)
Tennessee Warbler-4, (15+, dispersed throughout the flowering trees)
Northern Parula-(1 near the north entrance)
Yellow Warbler-(2 in NDN, 4 in M-R)
Chestnut-sided Warbler-(2)
Magnolia Warbler-2 @ ‘WSS’
Cape May Warbler-1 female @ ‘WSS’
Blackburnian Warbler-1 male, (1 female)
Black-throated Blue Warbler-1 heard @ ‘WSS’, (1 heard)
Black-throated Green Warbler-1
Yellow-rumped Warbler-(1)
Bay-breasted Warbler-(1 male in partial breeding plumage)
American Redstart-2 @ ‘WSS’, (6+ well distributed)
Ovenbird-1 heard
Wilson’s Warbler-(1 near the north entrance)
Scarlet Tanager-(1 male by the cannons)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak-(1 female near Mount Murray)
Indigo Bunting-2 singing, (2 in NDN, 4 in M-R)
Northern Cardinal-1 near the summit, (2)
Chipping Sparrow-4 (15+)
Clay-colored Sparrow-(1 singing in L1)
Song Sparrow-1 (4)
Baltimore Oriole-(1 heard)
American Goldfinch-4+ (12+)

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