Sunday, May 17, 2015

Unexpected Warbler and a couple new additions!

This past week I had tried for Worm-eating Warbler about 5x I'm Uxbridge. A couple weeks ago I heard one but couldn't get a photo. Today I was able to find two. The first one was not having it.  He sang a could you times and flew off. I was having trouble with my camera and the focus wasn't working fast enough. But further down the trail I came across another one that wasn't shy. The gem of the week was a Hooded Warbler. Kevin Bourinot messaged me that he had found the bird about a mile in the woods in Lancaster. I was able to go a couple hours later. After finally getting on the right trail and not being murdered by bugs I was able to hear him singing. I took three photos and had to run out of there because of the bugs. It's a great unexpected bird. What's next?!?

Blackpoll Warbler- Millbury #169

 Hooded Warbler-Lancaster #170

Eastern Wood-Pewee- Uxbridge #171

Worm-eating Warbler- Uxbridge #172


Great Crested Flycatcher


Black-throated Blue Warbler

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wilson's Warbler Redemption!

Headed out again to Westborough WMA. Today I only birded the Ballfields entrance. First thing I heard was a Willow Flycatcher. I had this "same" last year a day later. Flagged as early on eBird. I recorded the audio and obviously took its picture. My main goal today was obviously Wilson's Warbler.  Last year on this date (Westborough WMA- Last Year 5/13/14 Checklist) I had a Wilson'sWarbler here. Today would be no different. I made up for yesterday's blunder of not getting the picture of one. This is probably the worst possible shot I could ever get of a bird. Very blurry but clearly shows a Wilson's Warbler, so it works for me! In this one apple tree (thanks Alan for teaching me about the tree) I had over 15 species of birds in a couple of hours. The highlights of the tree was Brown Thrasher, Magnolia, Wilson's, and 2 Canada Warblers. Today's checklist ( Checklist). I still get joy in finding Canada's in migration. I still have yet to come across a fallout of warblers. I am still in need of the following if you come across them: (thanks Tom Pirro for the Cliff Swallow tip)

Least Bittern
Cattle Egret
Northern Goshawk (maybe a nest)
Ruffed Grouse (consistently)
Long-eared Owl
Whip-poor-will (daytime)
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Cliff Swallow (they must nest in this county somewhere!!!!)
Evening Grosbeak
Yellow-breasted Chat
Bay-breasted Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Mourning Warbler
White-eyed Vireo

Willow Flycatcher- Westborough #167

Wilson's Warbler- Westborough #168

Additional Photos and Upgrades

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

 Common Grackle

Monday, May 11, 2015

Still adding species!

This morning I decided to head back to Rutland State Park and Ware River IBA. I was looking for a Nashville Warbler which breeds on Whitehall Rd. I was walking down a path and the bird was already singing. The first photo I took for a record shot ended up being the best one.In the 10 min walk around that path I pulled off 21 ticks. 14 being Deer Ticks. eww. I drove over to the the Whitehall Pond bridge to follow up on an old tip from Josh Gahagan about Cliff Swallows nesting under the bridge a few years back. I didn't see any evidence of that this year. While doing that a Veery popper up right along the road. Easy photo. I then went back to Uxbridge's Rice City Pond to see if I could photograph a Worm-eating Warbler. I did find him but unfortunately I was unable to get a photo. I am just glad that he returned! Ill get him! I did walk the trail to the sand pits. Lots of Prairie Warblers and I was able to add Indigo Bunting and Black-billed Cuckoo photos! I love the cuckoos! I finished the day at Broad Meadow Brook hoping for a Cape May Warbler that everyone and their moms are finding luck. I did however find an Eastern Screech Owl thanks to some Blue Jays that were going crazy about it. 16 species of warbler today.

Nashville Warbler- Oakham #163

Veery- Rutland #164

Black-billed Cuckoo- Northbridge #165

Indigo Bunting- Northbridge #166

Sunday, May 10, 2015

3 New Birds....a Colony find.

I birded this morning with Alan Marble. Goal was to find our yearly Worm-eating Warbler in Uxbridge. Others had him the other day and I have now failed 4x. He was found after my second try and 2x after he was found I failed to locate him. However I did get to add a Red-eyed Vireo and Common Yellowthroat..(finally). I was hoping for Black-billed Cuckoo but not yet! On the way home from Rhode Island and 3 min from home I found a Bank Swallow colony. I was able to get a photo of one. I had found Bank Swallows already this year but snatching a photo of one among many other birds was hard. I had driven all the way to Sterling to a previous colony but they weren't there. This is a pretty cool find!

I am currently in need of a few birds. So if you are reading this (does anyone even read this?) and spot one you can email me at (it comes instantly to my phone).

Least Bittern
Cattle Egret
Northern Goshawk (maybe a nest)
Ruffed Grouse (consistently)
Long-eared Owl
Whip-poor-will (daytime)
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Cliff Swallow (they must nest in this county somewhere!!!!)
Evening Grosbeak
Yellow-breasted Chat
Bay-breasted Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Cerulean Warbler
Mourning Warbler
White-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo- Uxbridge #160
 Common Yellowthroat- Uxbridge #161

 Bank Swallow- Sutton # 162

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A few expected birds.

Yesterday there were two Cape May Warbler's at Broad Meadow Brook. They were right in the parking lot. I went and tried for them but unfortunately I couldn't see them. I thought I heard one singing but I was 100 percent so I didn't count it. I spent a few hours at Westborough WMA clearing my mind. I was heavily distracted and only half-ass birded. I basically was only looking for Wilson's Warblers and Black-billed Cuckoo's. I had over 50 Yellow Warblers and over 20 Blue-winged Warblers. One of the best area's for Blue-wingeds. There were also 2 Orchard Orioles at the ballfields entrance. I still get excited seeing them. The biggest letdown was when I had a Swainson's Thrush 20 ft from me and then disappeared into thin air before its photo could be taken. I was able to upgrade a few photos although not the best but better than what I had.

Today I decided to bird an area that I have been to but never really birded before. Wells State Park in Sturbridge. There were a good amount of Wood Thrushes around. Love hearing that song. I also really enjoyed hearing 2 Brown Creepers sing. That's a great song! Another one of my favorite songs that started as soon as i walked into the park...Winter Wren.  I was able to tally 45 species in a little over an hour. I added Great-crested Flycatcher, Bobolink, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Scarlet Tanager.

Wells State Park

Scarlet Tanager- Sturbridge #156

Great Crested Flycatcher-Sturbridge #157

Bobolink- Southbridge #158

Ruby-throated Hummingbird- Charlton #159


American Redstart

Yellow Warbler

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Today I had planned on going to Rutland State Forest to look for warblers. My friend Kim joined me in my search. I was after Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Black-throated Blue, and Nashville. I didn't find a Nashville but instead I did get a Magnolia Warbler that I also had the other day but had no picture of it. The bugs today were crazy.I was also able to get a picture of a Least Flycatcher but not a Great-crested Flycatcher which I was after. This evening I went to try to find a Worm-eating Warbler but I've still yet to find one. One of the highlights was getting a photo of a Canada Warbler. Tomorrow I will do Westborough WMA in hopes of Wilson's Warbler and Great-crested Flycatcher. I still haven't freaking photographed a Common Yellowthroat!  I am currently at 155 species.

Black-throated Blue Warbler- Oakham #150

Blackburnian Warbler- Oakham #151

Magnolia Warbler- Rutland #152

Chestnut-sided Warbler- Rutland #153

Least Flycatcher- Rutland #154

Canada Warbler- Hubbbardston #155

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Red-headed Woodpecker....Success!

Well the day birding wise turned out awesome. The day just now ended on a sad note. I will start sad first. My wife just called me outside to look at the car. In the grill was a ended up being a Blue-winged Warbler. One of my favorite birds of all time. I am very sad. This poor guy flew all the way up here just to die. That really pissed me off.

I started the day in Millbury again birding Martha Deering WMA. I was able to get a better photo of the Black-throated Green Warbler. I also found a Magnolia Warbler. Just like with the Black-throated Green Warbler this Magnolia was in the same location as the year the date! Amazing. Unfortunately a Blue-winged Warbler wanted to chase it off before I was able to photograph it.

I then was alerted that the Red-headed Woodpecker had been present all morning. I rushed to Sterling and was immediately greeted by its call before I even got out the car. I was also able to get its photo!  Also in Marsha's yard was a Northern Parula I was able to get a record shot of! I wanna thank her so much for allowing myself and other birder's to be on her property! Only took me 5 tries!

I left her house and headed to Sutton to try for Grasshopper Sparrow. Took about 10 minutes and one started calling and popping up!

I was riding the good luck wave to Rice City Pond. I was hoping for Worm-eating Warbler. Negative. I hopped on over to River Bend Farm where I was able to get 3 Orchard Orioles.

Lastly I stopped at St. Phillips Cemetery in Grafton and snapped a horrible digiscoped photo of a Green Heron.

Then at home...well tragedy.

Red-headed Woodpecker-Sterling #145

Northern Parula-Sterling #146

Grasshopper Sparrow- Sutton #147

Orchard Oriole- Uxbridge #148

 Green Heron- Grafton #149


Wood Duck

Black-throated Green Warbler

Baltimore Oriole

Gray Catbird

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Red-headed Woodpecker Stakeout, new species.

This morning I absolutely had to go out and clear my head and not think about the things I am going through in my private life. I headed locally at first and was able to pick up a Black-throated Green Warbler in the same exact tree on the same exact day as last year! That's pretty cool. The only difference is today I totally took the worst documentation photo of all time! I added some FOY's on my walk through Martha Deering WMA. The highlight for me was a calling Barred Owl and a new bird for Millbury, a Northern Waterthrush. Later in the day I saw that Jeff had photographed the Red-headed Woodpecker so naturally I had to go sit and wait. The bird never showed back up I was able to explore the area a bit more.  I then headed over to Bolton Flats thinking I could get a Solitary Sandpiper....nope....but I did get over a dozen Least Sandpipers and 31 Glossy Ibis! Bart Kamp was there and told me of another spot to go look for Solitary Sandpiper...So I did and found them! My last stop was Gate 40 at Wachusett Reservoir...I am so glad I did. A Long-tailed Duck was close enough this time for a record photo! While scanning the gulls I got onto 2 gulls that were a nit smaller and had different flight patterns....they were Bonaparte's Gulls! not a bad day in the "I could miss these birds this year type-of-way".

Black-throated Green Warbler-Millbury #140

Least Sandpipers-Bolton #141

Solitary Sandpiper-Bolton #142

Long-tailed Duck- Clinton #143

 Bonaparte's Gull-Clinton #144


White-throated Sparrow

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Monday, May 4, 2015

chased the Red-headed Woodpecker again....

I went back to try and see the RH Woodpecker again...negative! I will get that damn bird! It;s a long time coming to get that in the county! I found one on my own in Dec of 2013 in Essex County. That checklist is here While waiting for the bird Marsha ran out and said a White-crowned Sparrow was underneath her feeder. I was able to get a picture of it! Nice to get it out the way now instead of fall. I had two at my feeder last spring!

White-crowned Sparrow- Sterling #139

Sunday, May 3, 2015

...and here come the birds...

Today there was an explosion of new birds. Last night's wind brought in a whole bunch of first of years and allowed for some type of snapshot to be taken. I started at Brierly Pond Conservation Area  in Millbury. Some good birds there but I was finally able to get a picture of an Ovenbird. I hit other local areas in Millbury and was able to add some expected birds.  At Westborough WMA I came across many other expected birds but from me the highlight was absolutely 3 Rusty Blackbirds! I definitely thought I was going to have to wait for the fall.

Gray Catbird- Sterling #128

                                                                 Ovenbird- Millbury #129

Blue-winged Warbler- Millbury #130

Rose-breasted Grosbeak- Millbury #131

Wood Thrush- Millbury #132

Prairie Warbler-Millbury #133

 Baltimore Oriole- Westborough #134

Warbling Vireo-Westborough #135

Rusty Blackbird- Westborough #136

Yellow-throated Vireo- Westborough #137

American Redstart- Westborough #138


Eastern Kingbird