Thursday, October 7, 2010

Coopers Hawk, American Pipit and Unknown Warbler

Another great day at Cumbies last Sunday.  A few more pictures to share.  The third one is potentially an Audubon Warber which is the Western version of the Yellow-rumped warbler a rare sitting for Massachusetts.  It is being confirmed by Wayne Peterson at Mass Audubon.  Will update when I know more.

Cooper's Hawk

 American Pipit

Here's the photographs of the unknown Warbler.  There are many different markings that have completely thrown me off course.  Clearly marked wing bars, yellow throat and belly, but white undertail.  Darker crown and white eye ring.  This time of year birds can have many odd coloration.  I'll report back once I get confirmation from Mass Audobon.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Warbles, Sparrows and Grosbeak

Birding week started with a class on Sparrows with the South Shore Bird Club.  The class was provided by Jim Sweeney.  The guy is brilliant, a great teacher and exceptionally knowledgable about sparrows.  Although I learned alot in the class, I still find sparrow identification to be daunting.

On Saturday morning  we met as a class to implement what we learned on Thursday.  Beautiful morning with blue sky and plenty of bird action.  Warblers, sparrows, raptors and gosbeaks were a plenty.  The Cumberland Farms property is a treasure trove for birding activity.  If you live in Massachusetts or Rhode Island the trip is well worth it. 

Blue Grosbeak

Palm Warbler

Savannah Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow