[BIRD NOTES] April 29, 2007
This morning(4/26) at Bennett Meadows, MA there were:
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Myrtle Warblers 25
Eastern Palm Warblers 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglets 4
This afternoon(4/27) there were 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 5 Red-necked Grebes in Barton Cove. Saw them from
I was awakened this morning(4/27) by a Louisiana Waterthrush singing along the stream that runs thru my yard. This is the 5th year that this bird has been here.
A very quiet morning although I did have Eastern Kingbird, Towhee, 4 Swamp Sp., Gt Yellowlegs, RC Kinglet & a few Yellow-rumps.
There were six Bonaparte's Gulls on the eastern end of Retreat Meadows (4/27). One gull was almost in full breeding plumage.
At the Retreat Meadows this morning(4/28) we watched an Osprey perched in a tree feeding on a fish that it was holding down on a branch of a tree. A second Osprey circled overhead. It made three dives headlong into the water before becoming successful in catching a fish in its talons. It flew off toward the south end with the fish facing forward and made intermittent shakes of its body to rid its feathers of the water. It found a suitable dining roost in a large tree there and proceeded to tear into the fish.
In the water below were two Double-crested Cormorants and a lone Rudy Duck. Good numbers of Tree Swallows were seen skimming the water, scooping up those pesky gnats.
This morning(4/28) at Herrick's Cove it felt like the middle of winter! Not a single warbler. However, 25 miles south at
Early Morning Bird Walk-4/29/07
Despite the early hour and the threat of rain, 16 eager birders made an appearance on Sunday morning to participate in the first birding walk of the year. Thanks to all for making it a fun morning.
Highlights included Wood Duck, 5 Osprey, Kestrel, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Palm Warblers. Here is the complete list of 42 species that were observed:
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
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