Mt. Auburn Cemetery – 4/30/17

Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Apr 30, 2017 6:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC trip
54 species

Canada Goose  6
Mallard  4
Hooded Merganser  1
Wild Turkey  4
Common Loon  2
Osprey  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1     could have been two
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  6
Great Horned Owl  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Peregrine Falcon  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
Blue-headed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  8
American Crow  1
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  5
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Swainson’s Thrush  1
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  4
Blue-winged Warbler  1
Black-and-white Warbler  5
American Redstart  1
Northern Parula  10     I cannot defend this number as highly accurate.  Many N. Parulas were singing high in the trees and moving around, so double-counting is certainly an option.  However this does not strike me as a high number given that we visited many portions of the cemetery over the course of 4.5 hours and N. Parula song was common background music throughout the morning.
Yellow Warbler  2
Black-throated Blue Warbler  1
Palm Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  50
Black-throated Green Warbler  2
Chipping Sparrow  25
Field Sparrow  1     could have been two since heard hours apart
White-throated Sparrow  6
Song Sparrow  1
Summer Tanager  1     female;  initial impression was of a female Scarlet Tanager with Hermit-Thrush-like red tail and on wings.  Upon consulting field guide, female Summer Tanager a much better match based on yellow and reddish coloration as well as larger bill size.  Both relative bill size and coloration seen well on perched bird front-lit by sunlight.  No calls or other sounds noted.
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Baltimore Oriole  5     had two males singing essentially simultaneously at two different parts of the cemetery (Auburn Lake and Willow Pond areas) plus one male singing in a third part of the cemetery.  Not all 5 birds seen – some identified by song.  Of those not seen, the song pattern and timbre was not reminiscent of Orchard Oriole.
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36519328

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