Date: 10/6/17 3:50 pm From: John Weeks <aerie.john...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Blueberry HIll, Granville -- late Cape May Warbler
I watched for migrating raptors this afternoon, but saw only one, a female Kestrel. Warblers were abundant, however -- there were eight species in the woods. The highlight was a bright male Cape May Warbler that perched five feet away from me when I pished.
My eBird report is below. The eBird program queried both the CMWA sighting and that of the Black-and-white Warblers (!), which prompted the seemingly gratuitous comments.
Blueberry Hill, Granville, Hampden County, Massachusetts, US Oct 6, 2017 11:50 AM - 2:45 PM Protocol: Stationary Comments: Only one raptor migrant (the Kestrel), but eight species of warblers made up for it. Temp ca. 70 F; cloud cover 95%, with rain visible to north. Wind W 0-3 mph. 25 species
Turkey Vulture 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Pileated Woodpecker 1 American Kestrel 1 Blue-headed Vireo 2 Philadelphia Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 2 Blue Jay 7 American Crow 1 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Tufted Titmouse 1 House Wren 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8 American Robin 1 Black-and-white Warbler 2 BAWW is NOT rare in this area (it is a nesting species). While perhaps present a little later than usual, it was in good company -- dozens of other late-lingering warblers. The weather this fall has been very mild thus far, and may account for the dawdling. The ID is absolutely positive; the two birds were seen in well-separated locations. Tennessee Warbler 2 Cape May Warbler 1 Cape May Warblers show up at this site every fall, and I have been seeing one individual (probably this one) for the past week. It is a bright fall male; when I pished, it came and perched inquisitively five feet from me! Northern Parula 2 Blackpoll Warbler 2 Palm Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 40 Black-throated Green Warbler 2 Eastern Towhee 1