Brewster’s Warbler, a hybrid of the Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warbler.

This morning the Otter Creek Audubon Society and the Watershed Center held the annual Warbler Warm-Up  at the Waterworks Property in Bristol. 30 participants led by Warren King and Ron Payne recorded 58 bird species, including 12 species of Warbler including Blackburnian, Black-throated Green, Magnolia and Chestnut-sided. Proving that it never hurts to show up early, Gary and Cathy Starr got the best sighting of the day before anyone else arrived finding a Brewster’s Warbler, a hybrid of the Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warblers. Other bird highlights were beautiful Scarlet Tanagers and Baltimore Orioles, a heard but not seen Yellow-throated Vieo, and a Sora calling from marsh near the impoundment. It was also a good day to find snakes and amphibians too with several Eastern Newts, Wood Frog, American Toad, as well as Garter Snake, Milk Snake and a Smooth Greensnake (more on that later). Thanks to everyone who showed up to this walk and made it such a fun an successful event.

All our bird sightings have been submitted to eBird. You can see the full checklist at the following link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/vt/view/checklist?subID=S10731445

– Ron Payne

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