A belated report from my Mountain Birdwatch Survey on the Raymond Path in Huntington Ravine last Sunday. Starting on the Tuckerman Ravine Trail at 3:15AM, the first bird call at almost exactly 4AM along the Huntington Ravine Trail was appropriately a Bicknell's Thrush, closely followed by a Swainson's Thrush. Roughly 6 Bicknell's were singing near the junction with the Raymond Path around 4:10AM. Started the survey at 4:25AM greeted by a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Boreal Chickadee pair...off I went!
I was disappointed in the low number of Bicknell's Thrush at my survey points, and concerned with the consistent presence of Red Squirrels, but it was still a fantastic morning. A single Red Crossbill and multiple groups of Pine Siskin were fun. The surprise for me was a consistently vocal Bay-breasted Warbler about a 1/3 of a mile east from the junction on the Raymond Path. I was also happy to find a Canada Warbler along the Tuckerman Ravine Trail on my way back down. Complete Checklist is here:
Being unable to volunteer on an MBW route the last 3 years, this rewarded and re-energized me for many future years to come. I strongly urge all regional birders physically able to hike to consider taking a route next year. It's important citizen science and an experience you'll never forget or regret!