Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MA - migrants arriving including first Yellow-throated Vireo in Gill

A better, calmer morning with temperatures looking set to rise nicely in the afternoon. Lots of birdsong around Gill this morning including a couple of year-firsts....a Yellow-throated Vireo singing just south of the intersection with North Cross and Main Roads, and a Black-throated Green Warbler down at Barton Cove where there was yet another new Louisiana Waterthrush to add to the relative abundance of the species in Gill.

Louisiana Waterthrush - Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 29th, 2015. 

Waterbirds were few on the cove but a Common Goldeneye lingers along with a Common Loon and at least five Ring-necked Ducks.

Common Goldeneye - female, Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 29th, 2015. 
Starting to get late for this species in Franklin County.

A bigger surprise, especially given the calm conditions, was the presence of at least 25 American Pipits in a pasture off North Cross Road and a Greater Yellowlegs foraging in a puddle off Main Road just north of the intersection with North Cross. Frustratingly, I didn't have time to bird this morning.....all of these were more or less incidental sightings but it sure looked like a good morning to be out.....wish I could have done more.

Greater Yellowlegs - Main Road, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. April 29th, 2015.
What I assume was the same bird was on the same pool on April 26th. 

1 comment:

Linda said...

Beautiful photos!