Friday, October 21, 2011

Yellow Throated Warbler and a few shore birds

I was on the way out the door to work and got an email that a Yellow Throated Warbler had been seen at Sachuest Point in Middletown, Rhode Island.  Soooo work..lifer?  Work....lifer?  I picked the lifer search at least for a few hours.  So off I went to Sachuest.  It was a bit windy so I wasn't that confident of seeing the warbler.  Yellow throats are not real common in the northeast.  Their territory is New Jersey south.  So when I arrived I got another email that the YTW was no longer being seen at Sachuest.  Major bummer!  I decided to look around anyway and fortunately as soon as I got out of my truck.  Bam!  There it was jumping along the edge of the building. 

Amazingly tame bird.  I set up my camera about 20 feet away and stood still and it flew within 3 feet.  I got alittle crazy and took over 200 photos.  Umm oops! 

Yellow-throated warbler

Yellow throated warbler

Yellow throated warbler
After my short, but successful trip to Sachuest Point, I visited the beaches and had some pretty good luck with shore birds.  Hopefully I've identified them correctly.  Shore bird identification is my nemisis. 

White rumped sandpiper

American Avocet

American Golden Plover

Ruddy Turnstone

Semipalmated sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Semipalmated Plover

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod

I have taken so many pictures over the summer and had no time to post.  So my message will be short.  It's all about the birds.  Today's post includes three short trips.  Looking for specific life species.  I've had an amazing summer and early fall of birding. 

The first was to Crane Wildlife Management Area in Mashpee, Cape Cod. Interesting open grassland area with potential for many different birds species throughout the changing seasons.  There are so few open grassland areas left in Massachusetts.  I was looking for a Grasshopper Sparrow and I got lucky.  Lots of other good species too.  We saw a good sized flock of Northern rough winged swallow and we heard several Bob Whites, a species whose population has plummeted over the last few decades.   

Grasshopper Sparrow-Crane Wildlife Management Area
Mashpee, MA (Cape Cod)

The same day we moved over to Allen's Pond, but didn't have much luck.  A couple good species.
Piping Plover  Allen's Pond, Dartmouth, MA

Salt-Marsh Sparrow

The next trip I took out to Wellfleet Bay Audubon Sanctuary and to Race Point in Provincetown, MA.  You really can't be disappointed with a day on the outer arm of Cape Cod in the summer.   First up is Wellfleet Bay Audubon Sanctuary 

Baltimore Oriole (male in molt)
Baltimore Oriole (female)

Green Heron

Whimbrel in flight (flock of 5)
Eastern Wood Peewee

I'm not a beach goer as I have a hard time sitting still, but listening to the waves is mesmerizing. I just love it. Birds were amazing too. Race Point is known by birders for its Least Tern breeding area. 1000s of least terns buzzing around. Sooooo cool

Black Tern (lifer)

Bonaparte's Gull (very tame)  Flock of 10+/-

Least Tern (sitting near its nest)

Munch Munch I'm a seal out to lunch. 
I even saw the fish jump out of the water and the seal chasing after it. 

Great day had by all (well at least me)!