Thursday, May 22, 2014

Blackpoll Warbler at BHCL

Today was supposed to be rainy, but it didn't start out half bad.  I had time this morning for a slightly longer walk at Breakneck Hill and was happy to find there are still a few warblers about.  I saw my first ever Blackpoll Warbler.  Always happy when I can add a surprise Life Bird!!

Birds seen:

American Crow
American Goldfinch
Baltimore Oriole
Brown-Headed Cowbird
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Catbird
Great Blue Heron (fly by)
House Finch
House Sparrow
Indigo Bunting (song only)
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird
Red-Winged Blackbird
Song Sparrow
Tree Swallow
Yellow Warbler

The trails were wet from early morning dew, but I love the way it sparkles in the early morning.  Meadows are so pretty!

Eastern Bluebird

Northern Mockingbird
(Could it be Norm?  It was not near the parking lot.)

(prob. Creeping Buttercup but not sure)

Northern Cardinal

Blackpoll Warbler (life bird!!!)

American Goldfinch

Red-Winged Blackbird

Gray Catbird
(Perhaps this catbird is keeping Norm away from the parking lot.)

I had to take an early lunch today, and it was a good way to avoid the rain which still hadn't arrived.  I went back to Hopkinton State Park to get some more photos of the Pink Ladyslippers.  I wasn't happy with the earlier photos.

(really showing their blue; others are almost white, they are so pale)

surrounded w/ Canada Mayflowers

Rough Fleabane (I think)

I sure enjoyed some lovely wildflowers at my local state park!  I also saw some Sasparilla yesterday but couldn't find it again today to get a photo.  Will keep looking!

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