Friday, October 9, 2009

Fall Migration Peak at the CRP

Moments earlier these trees were full of common grackles

I've never seen the Charles River Peninsula so absolutely stuffed with birds. From the grackles lining the edges to a huge influx of sparrows and the continuing bluebird-warbler pack, there was activity everywhere you looked. And such restlessness, flying back and forth, chasing, foraging. Due in part to a sharp-shinned hawk gliding over the meadow, blue jay calls ringing.

Very overcast, so good photos were difficult. Managed a few, mostly by accident.

Yellow-rumped warbler.

Palm warbler (western variety)

Palm warbler (yellow)

Best shots were of song sparrows, so obliging. And singing today!

Here's my full ebird report
Location: Charles River Peninsula
Observation date: 10/9/09
Number of species: 31

Canada Goose 2
Mallard 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 12
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 3
Blue Jay 4
Tree Swallow 20
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Carolina Wren 1
House Wren 1
Eastern Bluebird 8
American Robin 10
Gray Catbird 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Pine Warbler 1
Palm Warbler (Western) 2
Palm Warbler (Yellow) 2
Chipping Sparrow 15
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 1
White-throated Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 2
Common Grackle 75
House Finch 12
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 1

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