Date: 5/6/18 1:25 pm
From: Eddie <emgiles62...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Brookline Bird Club Walk - Wompatuck SP, May 6, 2018 (ABERRANT WORM-EATING WARBLER)
Wompatuck SP, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
May 6, 2018 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Brookline Bird Club walk led by Eddie Giles.  Pleasant
morning with overcast skies and temps in the 60s.  Rain held off all
morning.  Started out with five participants and were joined part way
through by two more.
45 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose  1     Flyover.
Mallard (Northern)  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1     Flyover.
Red-shouldered Hawk  2     M/F pair seen copulating and later perched on
the nest together.
gull sp.  2     Flyovers, presumed Herrings.
owl sp.  1     Bird flushed from ground level next to river/wetland. 
Bird flew silently into trees on opposite side of the river at eye
level.  Very large, uniform brown bird, round-headed with wide wings and
a wide tail.  Probably Barred, but better looks desired.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  6
Winter Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7
Veery  1
Wood Thrush  8     Singing males at many locations throughout the park
Gray Catbird  9

WARBLERS - 14(+1) species
Ovenbird  10
Worm-eating Warbler  1     Gate 8.  Singing male with aberrant plumage,
lacking any striping on its head.  Head had a golden/buffy hue and a
faint eye stripe.  Bird was well observed by all seven of us, at times
teed up only a few yards away from us, giving unobstructed views.  Some
photos (albeit blurry) were taken by Paul Fitzgerald and will hopefully
be shared later.
This bird is interesting to note as three years ago I had a singing male
sporting similar plumage (no head stripes) one gate up and only about
1/10 mile from where this one was observed today.
Louisiana Waterthrush  1     Singing along the Aaron River across from
Boundary Pond.
Blue-winged Warbler  4     Including M/F pair in tandem on or near the
ground, apparently searching for a nesting site.
Black-and-white Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat  1
Northern Parula  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1
Black-throated Blue Warbler  2
Palm Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  1     Bird was heard only as the group was
never able to pin it down.  Bird was singing 4-5 thin, high pitched
notes.  Notes did not change pitch or volume.  Concensus was 95% sure it
was a Cape May, but without a visual confirmation, we could not make the

Chipping Sparrow  8
White-throated Sparrow  7
Song Sparrow  1
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  8
Scarlet Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  4     Female carrying nesting material.
Baltimore Oriole  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
American Goldfinch  7


Eddie Giles
East Bridgewater, MA
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