I went back to Rutland State Park this afternoon hoping for a better migration day than yesterday. Yesterday was very windy at Oxbow NWR and all I could hear was the typical gun fire from nearby Fort Devens.
Watch this video with the volume up to hear peaceful Oxbow NWR yesterday afternoon.
Today I happened upon a few really nice waves of migrants in Rutland State despite the fact that I started late and the winds had not really died down much since yesterday. One wave included a TENNESSEE WARBLER, but I wasn't carrying my camera at that point. After that first wave I kept my camera ready and was able to shoot some good birds including 3 separate CAPE MAY WARBLERS. Mark and Sheila also had these species yesterday.
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER
OVENBIRD (I rarely see these in the fall)
BLACKPOLL WARBLER - Most of any of the warblers
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH- All over the place.
CAPE MAY WARBLER #1
CAPE MAY WARBLER #2
CAPE MAY WARBLER #3
I also had a few RED CROSSBILLS fly-over at two different locations.
Turkey Vulture 4 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Mourning Dove 16 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Downy Woodpecker 4 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 Eastern Wood-Pewee 1 Eastern Phoebe 24 Warbling Vireo 1 Red-eyed Vireo 9 Blue Jay 13 Black-capped Chickadee 32 Tufted Titmouse 14 Red-breasted Nuthatch 36 White-breasted Nuthatch 6 Brown Creeper 4 House Wren 4 Golden-crowned Kinglet 5 American Robin 2 Gray Catbird 7 Cedar Waxwing 2 Ovenbird 2 Tennessee Warbler 1
I counted a flock of 29 RED CROSSBILLS in Rutland this afternoon. They were seen in the swamp off Coldbrook Road about 0.5 miles in from the route 122 entrance and on the left. After a tip from two birders (Dave and....Sorry!), I waited about 20 minutes when the large flock flew in. They seemed to be feeding in the pines and spruces surrounding the swamp and then perching in the dead trees while using the swamp below for drinking. I believe Peter Morlock originally spotted this flock earlier in the day. Not the best lighting or distance for photos, but you can see some color I guess.