Wednesday, May 5, 2010

MA - 05/02 - lots going on!

Lincoln's Sparrow - Amherst, Hampshire Co., MA. May 2nd, 2010.

Well, the floodgates really have opened! Most of the expected migrant breeders have shown up locally, and even one or two that might not have been expected. Sunday May 2nd was a scorching day with temperatures close to the 90s with relatively high humidity. During the course of a six mile run from home I heard/saw lots of local firsts - Ovenbird and Black-throated Green Warbler on Redgate Lane, Blue-winged Warbler and Eastern Kingbird on North-east Street, Prairie Warbler and 2 Northern Waterthrushes near Cushman Market, North Amherst. Despite the heat of the day, a walk on the Amherst bike path was equally productive with many Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, though few warblers with only Nashville and Black-throated Green amongst the more numerous Yellow-rumped Warblers. Slightly more surprising was Lincoln's Sparrow with a handful of migrant White-throateds, and back home on North Whitney Street, Amherst a female Eastern Towhee was an unexpected yard first.

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