Notes about birds, birding and travel from the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
MA - Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 09/04
Gill - A dull, damp, drizzly day but a notable upswing in bird activity around the house this morning. Three hatch-year Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Northern Flicker and Hairy Woodpecker were all part of a feeding flock that included about five Eastern Bluebirds, 2-3 American Redstarts, a Pine Warbler, several other unidentified warblers and at least 8 Purple Finches. Indeed, I noticed Purple Finches at each site I visited in Gill today totaling over 25 birds, with at least a dozen Red-breasted Nuthatches in the same locations. Later in the afternoon our yard produced more than six Gray Catbirds, a female/immature Rose-breastedGrosbeak and a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak - fem/imm, Gill yard, Franklin Co., MA. September 4th, 2012.
Gray Catbird - Gill yard, Franklin Co., MA. September 4th, 2012.