Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cutler Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Cutler Park, Needham, MA

A lovely birdy (swamp sparrows everywhere, the high-pitched calls of golden-crowned kinglets in the woods) morning along the train tracks at Cutler. The highlight was this yellow-billed cuckoo. It took a moment to register--mockingbird? brown thrasher? because I see them so rarely. This one had the courtesy to perch out in the relative open before plunging back into the deep brush.

Also of note, this active little blackpoll (?) warbler.

And a trail-side blue-headed vireo hanging with the sparrows.

My favorite shot, though, was probably this chickadee.

There are large blackbird flocks in the area (I'm assuming red-winged). This one was flying across route 128--I caught it from a distance.

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