First stop - Bolton Flats
Bird sightings included: Willow Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, American Goldfinch, American Bittern (pumping), Virginia Rail (heard only), Tree Swallow, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-Winged Blackbird. Yellow Warblers ruled in this location and were seen over and over again!
Funny, this was a bird that I saw and heard for the first time this morning in Westboro, but it didn't cooperate for a photo. Tonight I had a second chance!
Bite your tongue.
It's a Tree Swallow!!!
The sky stole the show!
2nd stop - Pine Hills WMA
I didn't get any good bird photos at this location because by this time darkness was falling, but we had great birds, including Great Blue Heron, Eastern Towhee, Wood Thrush, Canada Goose, Common Nighthawk, Field Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Veery, Prairie Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, American Woodcock, and Eastern Whip-Poor-Wills.
I can't even begin to tell you how neat the Whip-Poor-Will calls sound. They join in together and it becomes a chorus. Several people said that they used to hear them in their yards when they were kids, but that is rare these days. I would participate on this trip every year just for the chance to hear this call. It's beautiful, and it's rare. Here's a short sound bite so that you can hear it too!