BIRD NOTES ~ May 5, 2009
Hinsdale Rail Trail (5/2)
Today - Blue-winged Warbler just beyond the gate at the north end of the rail trail along the river in
Raptor or Thrush?
We had a female N. Harrier here yesterday. She sat in a tree for a while, and then decided to forage on.....earthworms. She was hopping around on the grass like a big robin. The robins, themselves, were snickering. I heard derogatory comments like, "Some raptor."
---Bob Engel, Marlboro, VT
The Migrants of West B.
At least 3 male Bobolinks have returned to the Land Trust field on
Bar-headed goose remains with
---Charlie La Rosa,
The past week has been a bird bonanza. In the last two days we have had the following birds arrive in our yard in
Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, pair of Evening Grosbeaks, Red-Eyed Vireo, Rufous-sided Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, White-Crowned Sparrow, Great-Crested Flycatcher, Bobolink, Blue-Winged Warbler, and a Red-Bellied Woodpecker dropped by to see what all the activity was about. And, the Brown Thrasher is singing his heart out looking for a mate and setting up territory - wish him good luck
R-T Hummingbird in West B.
I had my first male Ruby-throated Hummingbird at my feeder this afternoon. Several Chipping Sparrows too!
Common Merganser, Common Loon and Osprey
While doing a little trout fishing at South Pond in Marlboro on Sunday I enjoyed the good company of the three aforementioned species. Both the loon and the merganser were having good luck fishing. The loon caught one so big that it spent a considerable time dispatching the fish and getting it all down its gullet. I saw and heard the osprey several times as it flew from tree to tree around the lake. The last time I saw it I was close enough to observe that it was trailing about 6 or 8 feet of what appeared to be fishing line. The line had something attached at the end...perhaps a weight, a swivel, a twig,? or a weed. I'm afraid the osprey may be doomed if that line does not free itself. If it snags in a tree when the osprey takes flight that may be the end of it. I hope it gets lucky.
---Charlie La Rosa,
A Colorful Trio
What a treat this morning to see, on the branches of our blooming crabapple tree, a male cardinal, an oriole, and some goldfinches all at once! Last week we had four or five purple finches on the same tree, traveling through for a day's visit.
F I E L D T R I P :
- Saturday May 9 - 7:00am –
Join local bird expert Richard Foye as he searches for Spring songbirds on
P R O G R A M :
Bird Notes will be taking a vacation until the end of May. Until then, HAPPY BIRDING!
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand
and touches your heart.