Thursday, May 10, 2018

Warblers 11

Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens
Nashville Warbler Leiothlypis ruficapilla
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Northern Parula Setophaga americana
Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Cluster of Field Sparrow sightings for fellow bird-nerds

  It was a dark and stormy morning...and the Warblos were out in full force. Plenty of other new arrivals and personal ‘first-of-year’ (FOY) birds spotted on an 8:00-12:45 ramble. A good deal of the action went down at about 9 a.m. in the woods north of Mountain View. I got some unapologetically crappy record shots in the gloom. A few bands of rain came through towards noon, but it’s OK, we’re not made of sugar. Hey, no Juncos today!
  I re-spotted the Field Sparrow today, a welcome sight. It seems to be sticking to a narrow slice (since it was first spotted on May 1st) of territory that extends from the stream by the feeder, southwest through E5 and the G sections and into Oak Ridge. It was not singing today, and was silent for most of my encounter with it on May 2nd. Pick through those Chipping Sparrows, fellow bird-nerds!
  I ended the day with 52 species logged, and a pair of beat-up feet. It looks like I’m hiking a mountain tomorrow and doing a Global Big Day thing on Saturday, so R.I.P. my feet I guess.
  On a side note, I got my FOY Chimney Swifts yesterday, with 7 spotted twittering over NDG and Decarie. Last year, I spotted this species for the first time on May 19th.

Mount-Royal Cemetery, (Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery), May 10, 2018
Great Blue Heron-1 heading south over Mount Royal
Mallard-2 or 3
Cooper’s Hawk-1
Bald Eagle-1 heading south towards Mount Royal, with one crow in train
Peregrine Falcon-1 terrorizing everybird over Mountain View
Ring-billed Gull-2 (1)
Chimney Swift-(1 heard)
Downy Woodpecker-1 (2)
Hairy Woodpecker-2 (1)
Northern Flicker-1 near the north entrance
Pileated Woodpecker-1 (1)
Least Flycatcher-1 on Mountain View, (1 FOY)
Great Crested Flycatcher-2 (1 FOY)
Warbling Vireo-1 FOY on Mountain View
Philadelphia Vireo-1 FOY in A4
Blue-headed Vireo-3 (2)
Blue Jay-3 on Pine Hill Side
American Crow-4 (2)
Common Raven-1
Black-capped Chickadee-8 (5)
Red-breasted Nuthatch-3
House Wren-2
Winter Wren-1 on Pine Hill Side
Ruby-crowned Kinglet-5 (2)
Eastern Bluebird-6 scattered throughout
Swainson’s Thrush-6 mostly in the woods north of Mountain View, (2 FOY)
Hermit Thrush-3 (2)
American Robin-4 (2)
Gray Catbird-2
European Starling-(2 near Decelles)
Nashville Warbler-3 (1)
Northern Parula-(1 FOY male in the north woods)
Chestnut-sided Warbler-2 FOY around L2-A4
Cape May Warbler-2 FOY cracking males in the woods north of Mountain View
Black-throated Blue Warbler-4 in the woods north of Mountain View, (2 in the north woods)
Black-throated Green Warbler-(1 in the north woods)
Yellow-rumped Warbler-at least 7 in the woods north of Mountain View, several other heard throughout
Bay-breasted Warbler- (1 FOY male in the north woods)
Black-and-white Warbler-3 around Mountain View, (1 FOY in the north woods)
American Redstart-2 in the woods north of Mountain View
Ovenbird-2 FOY in the woods north of Mountain View
Indigo Bunting-2 FOY males in the woods north of Mountain View
Northern Cardinal-5 (3)
Chipping Sparrow-25+ (17)
Field Sparrow-1 at the base of the firefighter memorial in G1, flew towards G3/G4, not singing
Song Sparrow-7 (5)
Lincoln’s Sparrow-1 FOY sticking to the peripheries of a large group of White-throated Sparrows in Oak Ridge
White-crowned Sparrow-1 with the large group of White-throated Sparrows in Oak Ridge
White-throated Sparrow-50+ scattered throughout, including one group of at least 35 in Oak Ridge, (12+)
House Sparrow-(3 near Decelles)
American Goldfinch-6 (4)
House Finch-(1 near Decelles)

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