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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

This past Sunday twenty-eight people came out to our annual Warbler Warm-up walk at the Waterworks Property in Bristol. The weather couldn’t have been better and we managed to have the ideal situation of there being a lot of birds while there weren’t many leaves on the trees. Some of the highlights were a Pine Warbler seen foraging Read the rest of this entry »

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 Read the rest of this entry »

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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 Read the rest of this entry »

On Mother’s Day, OCAS in conjunction with The Watershed Center held our annual Warbler Warm-up at the Bristol Waterworks. A great crowd of over 40 people showed up and split into three groups led by Warren King, Ron Payne and Chris Runcie each setting off in search of birds. A late leaf-out this year meant good viewing conditions and some very cooperative warblers and other species made our search fruitful. By the end of our day we had collectively tallied 54 species of birds. Highlights were a Wilson’s Read the rest of this entry »

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 Read the rest of this entry »