It was "deja vu all over again" for the 15 birders who gathered at Hanover's Mink Brook for the Mascoma Chapter's fourth of the season "Feathered Friday's" outing. It seemed like the meteorological needle had not moved at all since the May 10th event. Never mind that the 17th session was cancelled due to inclement weather.
At today's session, cloudy, damp, breezy conditions prevailed with the temperature resting in the low 50s. On the 10th, it was somewhat cooler, and there was a slight rain, but otherwise the circumstances for both were depressingly familiar.
Upper Valley birders will recognize this weather pattern as all too recognizable for May 2019. The upside, however, is that it has disrupted migration activity resulting in one of the best warbler seasons in recent years. That proved to be this morning's bright spot as the group recorded twelve warbler species including Tennessee (six), magnolia (five), a Cape May and a Canada among others.
The brook's low water level reduced the number of waterfowl seen, although twenty wood ducks were tallied, but the exposed mud flats did result in some good shorebird activity with three solitary and three spotted sandpipers counted.
Thanks to Mascoma Chapter Steering Committee members George Clark, Jeff MacQueen and Blake Allison for being co-leaders; with a tip of the hat to Gail McPeek and Peg Ackerson for their capable assistance. Blake kept the eBird count.
The last of this year's "Feathered Friday's" outings is to take place Friday, May 31st beginning 7:00 a.m. at Mink Brook.