Fourty-seven people broke up into three groups and scoured the trails of the Waterworks property in Bristol for migrating warblers and other bird species. Though we did generate a very respectable list of 48 species, our walk was probably just a few days too early because our warbler count was a little light with only seven species. We did score some nice looks at Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Warbler and a Pine Warbler that landed in the middle of the trail in front of one of our groups.

Other birds made up for the lack of warblers however. Raptors were very apparent with an Osprey seen near the reservoir, and a Broad-winged Hawk that was seen passing overhead. One of the highlights of the day was a very noisy Red-shouldered Hawk that made itself seen several times. Another big highlight was a pair of Barred Owls that two of our groups had very close encounters with.

For the third straight year we enjoyed seeing young ravens in their next on the cliffs near the anticline of folded rock. A young walker found a large rodent skull, which we believe came from a Muskrat, on the ground nearby, clearly leftovers from one of the Raven’s meals.

Waterfowl were very active at the reservoir with Canada Geese getting into territorial fights, both Common and Hooded Mergansers feeding, and a lone male Wood Duck showing off his breeding plumage. Spotted Sandpipers were seen bobbing on logs, and Belted Kingfishers were seen pair-bonding atop a duck box.

And as usual at the Watershed Center at this time of year, we were treated to a wonderful variety of wildflowers including Triliums, Spring Beauty, Hepatica and Dutchmans Breeches, to name a few.

A full checklist of the birds seen on our walk can be viewed here: https://ebird.org/vt/view/checklist/S55926158