Keeping a 15-year Mother’s Day tradition going, OCAS held our Warbler Warm-up walk at the Waterworks Property in Bristol yesterday, though maybe it would have been better named a “Warbler Wash-down” this year. But even with a dire forecast of a 100% chance of rain, which came to fruition in the form several downpours throughout the morning, 29 people came out to search for migrating birds with us. And it turned out to be very worthwhile to do so because the fowl weather was preceded by a south wind the evening before, setting things up for perfect fall-out conditions.

We were treated to large flocks of dozens of warblers, the bulk of which were Yellow-rumped Warblers, but interspersed in were Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, and Yellow Warblers. Also a treat for one group was an extremely cooperative Pine Warbler, a species which usually stays burried in the needles at the top of pine trees, perched atop a broken tree trunk giving everyone a great look at it.

Other birds seen and heard included Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Wood Thrush, Hermit Thrush and Veery. Another fun sighting was a pair of Canadian Geese on the pond with a troupe of six gosling swimming between them. Also Spotted Sandpipers doing display flights over the water.

In all we tallied a respectable 42 species of birds and the only real regret from the day was that the rain kept cameras in bags away from the wet so we don’t have that many photos to share with you.

Click here to see a full checklist of the birds we found.

– Ron Payne

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