Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mid August warblers


Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 16, 2017
Yellow Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 16, 2017
Canada Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 16, 2017
Blue winged Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 16, 2017
Common Yellowthroat, Lake Wallace, Belchertown, MA, Aug 16, 2017
Chestnut sided Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 16, 2017
The fall warbler migration is just starting to heat up with a handful of mixed flocks around during my stops at Lake Wallace and Quabbin Park this morning.  A total of 13 species of warblers this morning including at least two Mourning Warblers (an adult male and a juvenile) in the area they bred this year.  Another highlight was a Louisiana Waterthrush (getting a little late for this early migrant).  The next several weeks through the end of September will see the numbers and variety of warblers increase.  Full lists from the morning with photos attached below:

Lake Wallace
Quabbin Park
Lake Wallace

Friday, August 11, 2017

Groups of Yellow Warblers and continued Mourning Warbler and Louisiana Waterthrush over the last few days

Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 11, 2017
Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Aug 11, 2017
Yellow Warbler, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Aug 9, 2017
Yellow Warblers, Arcadia, Northampton, MA, Aug 9, 2017
I made it over to Arcadia on Wednesday and the most notable warblers there were the decent numbers of Yellow Warblers around with several still singing. I assume some of these individuals came in from other areas as the density seemed high for just breeders. This spot can be a good location to find late Yellow Warblers as the migration season continues. Other notable warblers around included a somewhat late Louisiana Waterthrush at Lake Wallace on Thursday and at least one Mourning Warbler continuing at Quabbin Park today.

Lists with additional photos:
Arcadia- Aug 9
Lake Wallace- Aug 10
Quabbin Park -Aug 10
Quabbin Park -Aug 11

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mourning Warbler at Quabbin Park update


Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, July 26, 2017
Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, July 26, 2017
Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, August 8, 2017
A quick update on the Mourning Warblers at Quabbin Park as we start into the second week of July.  I managed to find a female carrying food on July 26 to a likely nest location so it does indeed appear that breeding did indeed take place.  I have made several stops during the end of July up until today and the male is still around but is very quiet and hard to find.  I assume at this point that the nestlings have fledged (assuming the nest was successful) and have left the area, along with the female.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Trip to Oregon

MacGillivray's Warbler, River Rush Ranch, Odell, OR, July 18, 2017
MacGillivray's Warbler, River Rush Ranch, Odell, OR, July 18, 2017
Wilson's Warbler, Cape Lookout SP, OR, July 19, 2017
Wilson's Warbler, Cape Lookout SP, OR, July 19, 2017
Orange crowned Warbler, Cape Lookout SP, OR, July 20, 2017
Orange crowned Warbler, Cape Lookout SP, OR, July 20, 2017
Orange crowned Warbler, Cape Lookout SP, OR, July 20, 2017
Hermit Warbler, Lost Lake, Mt Hood NF, OR, July 17, 2017
Common Yellowthroat, Cape Lookout SP, OR, July 20, 2017
Just back from a week long trip to Oregon and although not a strictly birding trip I managed to get out most days for at least a little birding. Three days of the trip were spent in the Mount Hood area and the remainder out on the coast near Pacific City. As far as warblers go I found eight species including Orange crowned, MacGillivray's, Yellow, Yellow rumped (Audubon's), Townsend's, and Wilson's Warblers and Common Yellowthroat. Not really a huge total but the pickings are quite a bit slimmer on the west coast compared to the east. The most numerous species seemed to be Wilson's Warblers and then Hermit Warblers with the remaining species seen in small numbers. I did manage to get a few decent photos of a few different species.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mourning Warbler pair at Quabbin Park


Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, July 10, 2017
Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, July 10, 2017
Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, July 10, 2017
Mourning Warbler (female), Quabbin Park, MA, July 10, 2017
Mourning Warbler (female), Quabbin Park, MA, July 10, 2017
Mourning Warbler (female), Quabbin Park, MA, July 10, 2017
I spent a decent part of the early morning around Quabbin Park with my main goal being checking up on the Mourning Warbler that has been in the same area for over a week (and likely much longer).  I arrived at the location and after several minutes I heard the male calling occasionally.  As the male continued to call I noticed another bird working its way though the tangles and when I got a look at it I found a female Mourning Warbler!  I watched her for several minutes and got a few marginal photos before she eventually disappeared, not be be seen again.  Hopefully she was heading to a nest in the area, which appears to be a very likely scenario at this point.  After listening to all the recordings I have made this spring I believe the male that is present is the same one I had in the same general area back in late June.  Probable breeding of this species at such a low elevation (600' or so) and this far south and east in the state appears to be without precedent.  Hopefully I will get to get 100% confirmation on breeding at some point in the near future.  Full list with additional photos and audio here: Quabbin Park eBird list

Thursday, July 6, 2017

31 warblers species this spring in Hampshire County

Hooded Warbler, Mt Tom State Reservation, Easthampton, MA, Jun 12, 2017
Golden winged Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 31, 2017
Mourning Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 20, 2017
Cerulean Warbler, Skinner SP, Hadley, MA, May 4, 2017
Worm eating Warbler, Bare Mountain, Hadley, MA, Jun 15, 2017
Cape May Warbler, UMASS, Amherst, MA, May 7, 2017
Orange crowned Warbler, Skinner SP, Hadley, MA, May 4, 2017
Blue winged Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 9, 2017
Ovenbird, Quabbin Park, MA, May 9, 2017
Louisiana Waterthrush, Quabbin Park, MA, Apr 20, 2017
Northern Waterthrush, UMASS, Amherst, MA, May 3, 2017
Black and White Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, Apr 28, 2017
Nashville Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 17, 2017
Common Yellowthroat, Quabbin Park, MA, May 16, 2017
American Redstart, Quabbin Park, MA, May 2, 2017
Northern Parula, Quabbin Park, MA, May 3, 2017
Magnolia Warbler, Quabbin Gate 12, Pelham, MA, May 21, 2017
Blackburnian Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 9, 2017
Yellow Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 11, 2017
Chestnut sided Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 10, 2017
Blackpoll Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 23, 2017
Black throated Blue Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 4, 2017
Palm Warbler, rail trail, Amherst, MA, Apr 20, 2017
Pine Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 20, 2017
Yellow rumped Warbler 'Myrtle', Home, Belchertown, MA, Apr 28, 2017
Prairie Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 10, 2017
Black throated Green Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 10, 2017
Canada Warbler, Mitch's Way, Hadley, MA, May 17, 2017
Wilson's Warbler, Silvio Conte NWR-Fort River, Hadley, MA, May 17, 2017
With the arrival of July the spring migration season has come to an end I'm taking a quick look at the warblers I managed to find in Hampshire County this year so far.  I decided to focus a bit more on warblers this year to see what I could find and I was quite successful in my quest so far finding a total of 31 species of warbler (my best spring ever) and managed to get photos of almost all of them.  I also had a good run of hybrid warblers with more details and photos bout them at the bottom of the post. The only two species that were reported in the county that I missed included a heard only Kentucky Warbler that showed up in Hadley one morning in mid May but was never seen or heard again and a Yellow breasted Chat that spent a morning at Fitzgerald Lake but didn't stay around (yes, I still consider the chat a warbler).   Beyond the typical species of warbler usually found in spring around here with a little effort I turned up some unusual species including an Orange crowned Warbler, a Golden winged Warbler and a Hooded Warbler.  I also had some success with a few other species that can be tough to find some years including three Cape May Warblers, three Bay breasted Warblers and at least ten different Mourning Warblers including one seen in the first part of July in Quabbin Park that seems to be on territory and trying to attract a mate (more details in a previous post at the following link: (Mourning Warbler in July).  The Mourning Warblers were the biggest surprise with my total this spring easily eclipsing any previous spring.  As an interesting side note the recordings I was able to get of the various Mourning Warblers migrating through here show that they come from two separate vocal groups (Eastern group and the Nova Scotia group).  Link with additional information regarding the various vocal groupings of Mourning Warblers and the notes from the researcher here:  http://quabbinbirdingandbeyond.blogspot.com/2017/05/more-mourning-warblers-and-unusual-blue.html

Over the years I have had a total of 35 species of warbler in the county.  The species I have previously seen but are so far missing from my list this year include Prothonotary Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Connecticut Warbler and Yellow breasted Chat.  I should be able to turn up a Connecticut Warbler or two this fall (last year was an incredible year for the species, see the following link- Connecticut Warbler fall 2016.  A chat is also a decent possibility with a lot of effort and some luck.  The other two species will be very difficult to find in fall but I'll certainly be looking.  There is also the chance of something even more unusual showing up and there are records of four other species of warbler that have been seen in the county that I have not yet seen here including the following:  Black throated Gray Warbler (Westhampton, Oct 1973), Hermit Warbler (North Amherst, Nov 1995), MacGillivray's Warbler (Northampton, Oct 1998) and Yellow throated Warbler (Hadley, Oct 2010).  These species are obviously extremely rare in the county but worth trying to find as they have occurred before.
Lawrence's Warbler, Mineral Hills Conservation Area, Northampton, MA, May 13, 2017
Brewster's Warbler, Quabbin Park, MA, May 13, 2017
Blue winged x Golden winged Warbler hybrid, Quabbin Park, MA, May 9, 2017
This spring has also been great for a variety of Blue winged x Golden winged Warbler hybrids including a Lawrence's Warbler in Northampton, two Brewster's Warblers (one at Quabbin Park and a second in Belchertown) plus another hybrid that looked like a typical Blue winged Warbler except for a golden wing patch.  This is only the second year I have found both named hybrids in the same year (the first time was back in 2012).  Taking a quick look at eBird records for this spring it appears that only two Lawrence's Warblers were found in the state with the other being at Fannie Stebbins, while a total of three Brewster's Warblers were found in the state with the only one besides my two being an individual out in Pepperell.