Monday, June 18, 2012

Nest building

American Redstart building nest, Quabbin Gate 12, June 16,2012
A few photos from this weekend of birding.  Most (if not all) warblers around now are breeders and are various stages of raising the next generation.  Some are on nests, others are bringing food to the nest while others are still building nests.  I tried unsuccessfully to refind the Hooded Warbler that has been present at Quabbin for several weeks.  This is the first time I missed finding the bird.  Hopefully it has found a mate and settled in.  Overall I managed to find a total of 16 species of warbler without too much effort.
American Redstart building nest, Quabbin Gate 12, June 16, 2012

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Odd sounding Common Yellowthroat

During a breeding bird survey route I completed today I came across this odd sounding Common Yellowthroat at Conant Brook Reservoir in Monson, MA.  There were a fair number of warblers along the route today with the most numerous being Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart and Ovenbird.  Other warblers included Blue-winged, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided, Prairie, Yellow, Pine and Yellow-rumped Warblers and Louisiana Waterthrush.