May 8th – East Rock Warbler Walk

A full house- East Rock Warbler Posse

Another great turn out for our spring walk around the local hot-spot of East Rock Park. Although numbers of warblers were on the lower side, a sharp group picked out ones and twos of several species. It was a glorious morning with good birds and good company. Great to meet new faces and hope to see you again.

 The morning kicked off with nice looks at Blackpoll, American Redstart and a super male Blackburnian as well as some of my best ever looks of at least two Wilson’s Warbler and another heard on the island by the covered bridge.

Black and White’s showed well – interesting trying to try and age them in the field, sometimes tough and perhaps more difficult than I thought, especially when not being able to see tail pattern and shape….comments welcome???? Click for larger image.

Pale auriculars and white throat sex this as a female. Blackish primary coverts (as opposed to brownish) would imply this as an adult (or ASY)? Stratford, CT May 08

Black auriculars and throat sex this as a male. Brownish primary coverts (as opposed to blackish) contrasting with the blackish-centered greater coverts would imply this as SY (or ASY). Milford, May 2011

Other highlighs included:  Wood Duck, Canada Goose, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned night Heron, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, American Crow, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Parula, Black and white, Common Yellowthroat, Blackburnian, Magnolia, Blackpoll, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Wilson’s Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, American Robin, Wood Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak,Northern Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch, Belted Kingfisher, White-throated Sparrow, Rufous-sided Towhee, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Oriole

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