Thursday, April 29, 2010

MA - Black-throated Blue Warbler - 04/29

Black-throated Blue Warbler - New Salem, Franklin Co., MA. April 29th, 2010.

Overnight frost didn't seem to deter the song of a few newly arrived migrants this morning. A singing House Wren greeted me as soon as I stepped out the door, and numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers could be heard on Redgate Lane and Hills Road, Amherst.

This handsome Black-throated Blue Warbler was singing just inside the Quabbin restricted area in New Salem. Certainly my first local bird of the year and, on reflection, I think my first April observation. I usually see the first arrivals around May 5th/6th.



Larry said...

Hi James,

Did you have it up past the swamp and going uphill? I had one there April 23 and 24. Quite early indeed.

James P. Smith said...


Yes, the place that you describe sounds very similar to my location. Likely the same I think. Your date equals the extreme earliest listed in Veit and Petersen, also April 23rd, way back in 1960. Nice record Larry!

BTW - Great images from AZ - really enjoyed the Rufous-capped Warbler shots and story.


Larry said...

I thought it would be the same spot. He was there again this morning. He certainly pushed the envelope to get on territory!

The Rufous capped was a great bird to finally catch up with.

Looks like you had some great stuff in Texas. Hope to catch up with you soon.