Monday, October 6, 2008

Quabbin Park migration - Oct 6th

Vesper Sparrow - Winsor Dam, Quabbin Park.

Peregrine Falcons - 2 on migration over Quabbin Park.

Black-throated Green Warbler - 1 of 10 around the Lookout Tower at Quabbin Park.

Had a good morning at Quabbin Park concentrating on Winsor Dam from the HQ buildings, the Lookout Tower area and a brief scan over Goodnough Dike. Migration was much in evidence throughout the morning (07:35hrs - 11:30 hrs) with highlights including a sudden and unexpected arrival of birds on Winsor Dam wall, a busy and rather intense feeding flock around the base of the Lookout Tower, and a small but decent collection of migrant waterfowl at Goodnough Dike. Four American River Otters at the latter spot came as a complete surprise, a species which I don't recall seeing anywhere in the Quabbin in previous years.

Here's some of the more notable species from this morning;

Common Loon - 2.
Bald Eagle - 2 (ad and juv).
Canada Goose - 114 migrants moving south (4 flock). 20 'resident' birds below Winsor Dam
BRANT - 12, departing south from Goodnough Dike area at around 11:25hrs.
NORTHERN PINTAIL - 2 (both juvs) with drake Mallard off Goodnough Dike.
Common Merganser - 1 Goodnough Dike.
Osprey -2 migrants south.
Peregrine - 2 migrants south over Lookout Tower.
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 3 south over Lookout Tower.
American Kestrel - 2 (1 certainly migrating high over Winsor Dam).
Wild Turkey - 20 (two flocks).
American Pipit - 4 Winsor Dam.
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 110 migrating high over Winsor Dam.
'Eastern' Palm Warbler - 5 (2 Winsor Dam).
Blackpoll Warbler - 25 (most moving over and along Winsor Dam before 9am).
Black-throated Green Warbler - 10 (all around Lookout Tower).
Pine Warbler - 3 (including adult male) Winsor Dam.
Nashville Warbler - 1 at Lookout Tower.
Blue-headed Vireo -1 at Lookout Tower.
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 22 (most around Lookout Tower).
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 25 (most around Lookout Tower giving exceptional views).
Eastern Phoebe - 5
Eastern Bluebird - 16 (on dam wall, Winsor Dam).
RUSTY BLACKBIRD - 4 moving south-west over Winsor Dam.
VESPER SPARROW - 1 good views of this bird with Eastern Bluebirds and Pine Warblers on Winsor Dam.
White-throated Sparrow - c. 60 around Lookout Tower.
PINE SISKIN - 2 south over Winsor Dam
Purple Finch - 5 south Lookout Tower.
Dark-eyed Junco - 8 around Lookout Tower.

Brant - Twelve moving south above Goodnough Dike, Quabbin Park.

Northern Pintail - Two with drake Mallard (left), Goodnough Dike, Quabbin Park.

Winsor Dam wall - busy with Eastern Bluebirds, Palm Warblers and Chipping Sparrows.

Nasville Warbler - below the Lookout Tower, Quabbin Park.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Plenty below the Lookout Tower today at Quabbin Park.

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