This year’s Warbler Warm-up walk at The Waterworks Property in New Haven, took place a week earlier than our traditional Mother’s Day date. And though we were earlier, and the weather was a bit wet and dreary, we did manage a very respectable list of  42 species of birds. Warblers were in short supply with only 7 species on hand including Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Pine Warbler and Black-throated Green Warbler. Particular surprising by its absence was Yellow-rumped Warbler which we had a huge fallout of last year.

There were other interesting bird seen as well. The best possibly was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher which was a first for this event. Also of note were a pair of Ring-necked Ducks seen in the old reservoir alongside a female Hooded Merganser. A Bald Eagle was also seen flying over the water in that area. The big crowd-pleaser of our walk was an active Common Raven nest with for very well developed nestlings inside, and nearby adults searching for food for them.

The weather meant that conditions were better suited to photographing amphibians than uncooperative birds, which explains the theme of the pictures in this post. And when there weren’t amphibians there were lovely wildflowers to be seen.

Of course the big story of the day was that the migrants are here now, so go outside and see them while you can.

A full list of birds observed can be seen here.

– Ron Payne

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