On Mother’s Day, 25 people split into two groups led by Ron Payne and Warren King to search for warblers and other migrants at the Waterworks Property in Bristol for our annual Warbler Warm-up. The morning warbler count included Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush,  Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Black-throated Green Warbler. Also a special treat was a Golden-winged Warbler singing “bee-buzz,” what has been traditionally considered the Blue-winged Warbler song. Other birds of note were Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, Veery, calling Barred Owls and singing Eastern Wood Peewees. It wasn’t only birds that caught our eyes, though, with spring ephemeral flowers like Red and large-petaled Trillium still blooming, trilling toads and Spring Peepers swimming in wet area, a rodent seen slinking across a field and Red Admiral and Norther Azure butterflies flying about. As usual this yearly trip to the Waterworks Property never disappoints.

Click here for our full bird checklist for the day.

– Ron Payne