Despite some persistent drizzle in the morning, and again around 4, it turned out to be an excellent day to bird around Concord. The Penacook Survey netted a respectable 42 species, including continuing good numbers of sparrows (Song 22, White-throat 32, junco 76) and Yellow-rumps (10). A single Chipping Sparrow is all that remains of the hoards from 2-3 weeks ago, but Am Tree Sparrows are building up (3). Other highlights included a late phoebe, single Palm Warbler, quite a few Golden-crowned Kinglets (17), 3 siskins, and a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
After breakfast I wandered around Morrill's Farm for 2.5 hours, tallying 44 species. Highlights were myriad, including 5 species of shorebirds, 9 of sparrows, and 4 of warblers, as follows:
Shorebirds: 10 Killdeer, 5 Pectorals, 1 WHITE-RUMP (my first for Concord), 1 Solitary (getting quite late now), and 2 snipe.
Sparrows: 1 tree, 37 Savannah, 99 Song (approximately!), 9 Swamp, 1 Lincoln's, 60 White-throats, 14 White-crowns, and 40 juncos
Warblers: 1 Nashville, 4 Palms, 76 Yellow-rumps, and 1 Black-throated Green
Also of note: 5 Green-winged Teal, 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and 21 pipits
An errand took me into town, so while there I took a walk around Horseshoe Pond. Again, lots of Yellow-rumps, Song and Swamp Sparrows, and another 4 Palm Warblers. Bu the highlight here was ANOTHER person first for Concord: Marsh Wren - about halfway down the inner curve of the pond in a patch of cattails. Honorable mentions go to Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, and Peregrine Falcon.
And to top of the day, I heard a catbird in my back yard while installing my feeder pole for the season. The actual feeders will go up in the morning, since there's been a bear around!
As others have noted, this has been an exceptional week or so for Yellow-rumped Warblers, and the ones at Morrill's this afternoon were moving like a slow wave across the cornfields heading north. Most were feeding in the open and on the ground, often with sparrows. It's also been a great month for inland shorebirds. The Concord November Challenge is only 5.5 days away, and here's hoping some of these goodies stick around.