Wompatuck State Park – 4/23/17

Wompatuck SP, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Apr 23, 2017 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Brookline Bird Club walk led by Eddie Giles.  Nice sunny day following a couple of raw, rainy days.  Temps started out in the 40s but soon climbed to near 60.  We walked Gate 16 to Holly Pond, Gate 9 and the trail to Picture Pond.  Overall kind of quiet, but there were some nice pockets of activity.
25 species

Wood Duck  1     Fly-over.
Ruffed Grouse  1     G9.  Drummed once for us around 9:00 AM.
Broad-winged Hawk  1     Fly-over at G9.
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2     close looks at a gorgeous male in full sun sitting at the entrance of a newly excavated nest cavity.
Hairy Woodpecker  4     At one point we had (3) birds, (2) males apparently vying for the attention of a female.
Eastern Phoebe  7     One pair at nest with a single egg in it, G16.
One bird on nest in roots of toppled tree, G16.
One pair carrying nesting material at Picture Pond.
Blue Jay  8     including a flock of (5) migrants.
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  10     some were obviously paired up
Tufted Titmouse  10
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Brown Creeper  1     G16
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  7     G9, G16, Picture Pond
American Robin  X
Louisiana Waterthrush  1     First heard singing across the street from G16 in the presence of a singing Northern Waterthrush.  Nice opportunity to compare songs of the two species.  About 10-15 minutes later and about 100 yards up G16, the bird flew in and started singing up in the canopy above the Aaron River (stream).  It took a while to find it, but I managed to locate its perch and got most everyone on it before it flew off upstream towards Holly Pond.  Later on, we could hear it singing along the stream right below the dam.
Northern Waterthrush  1     across from G16
Palm Warbler  5     G9, G16, Holly Pond.  Very nice looks at a preening/singing bird perched above a brook along the ‘railroad trail’.
Pine Warbler  6
Yellow-rumped Warbler  6
Chipping Sparrow  X
Song Sparrow  1     Picture Pond.
Eastern Towhee  3     G9
Northern Cardinal  4
American Goldfinch  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36519338

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