Thursday, April 23, 2015

MA - a couple more new arrivals

So we're back into cold northerlies and even had to endure snow flurries this afternoon! Migrants continue to trickle in with widespread arrivals of Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. In Gill, I had my first Northern Waterthrush of the season on North Cross Road on the 22nd and Louisiana Waterthrushes continue to impress there with many territories, including one on the stream right behind the Gill Tavern!

This afternoon Matan and I headed up to Guildford in southern Vermont to look for salamanders only to encounter a blizzard when we got there! It was short lived though, and although I had few expectations bird-wise, Weatherhead Hollow Pond produced a few nice surprises namely a flock of about 25 Yellow-rumped Warblers and an eastern Palm Warbler along the shore, and my first local Green Heron of the year.

 Green Heron  - Weatherhead Hollow Pond, Windham Co., VT. April 23rd, 2015.

Yellow-rumped Warbler  -  male, Weatherhead Hollow Pond, Windham Co., VT. April 23rd, 2015.
One of a fairly large flock of about 25 males sitting out a snow storm!

Barton Cove in Gill was again rather quiet this morning but produced a 'new' non-breeding plumage Common Loon and a Greater Yellowlegs.

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