06 May 2011

Grosbeak etc.

We took a 45-min walk through Ledges State Park this morning but things were quieter than I had hoped for.  Highlights were 6 warbler species:

Yellow-throated Warbler
Northern Parula
Black-and-white Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler

Other species included:

Blue-headed Vireo
Swainson's Thrush
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
House Wren
Eastern Phoebe
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Towhee
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Here is a SWAINSON'S THRUSH on the road:

If short-legged creatures turn you on, then this thing should do the trick:

Thanks to AJ who spread word about a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK visiting her feeders today.  Before we saw our target bird, this ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK posed nicely in her tree:

Around 11:30 AM, the "other" grosbeak flew into a nearby tree:

... and then flew towards the feeders:

He took another look around before going any further:

... he got ready for the final jump:

... and then landed and snuck behind this young RBGR:

... and continued to peer at us from behind the feeder while he ate:

A quick (and windy) stop at Errington Marsh yielded this FORSTER'S TERN getting some shut-eye:

Besides the tern, MARSH and SEDGE WRENS were obvious and singing loudly.  A single LESSER SCAUP was on one of the ponds and BOBOLINKS were also seen on territory.  Lastly, I flushed a NELSON'S/LE CONTE'S SPARROW but never could confirm which due to their sneaky spring behavior.

Back at home, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS (5) continue at our feeders along with a couple of LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.  The latter has recently followed suit and taken up singing a whisper song.  Pretty neat sound.  I haven't seen the Palm or Yellow Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush, or grosbeaks/catbirds today.