Wednesday, May 19, 2010
May 1, 2010 7-8:15 pm Sunny 65` Swan Point Cemetery, East Providence RI
The whole point of the expedition today was to add some warblers to my life list. Happily we were successful. As we headed for the woods we spotted a rich blue male Black-Throated Blue Warbler, one my favorite warbler species, flitting from branch to branch through some young maples. There was not much other activity in the woods today.
By far the best section of the walk was when we came upon a large bunch of birders all brandishing thousand dollar optics and taking photos non-stop. They reminded me of a hilarious clip from the Red Green Show about the absurdities of bird watching (you can watch it here). They pointed out two Warblers to us that had eluded us so far. One was a Nashville Warbler, a small yellow bird with a light grey head and rufus stripe on the crown. I managed to get a few photos of it. The other species was a pair of Blue-Winged Warblers, a fairly common wood warbler with a bright yellow body and navy blue wings. They are by far one of the most colorful birds in America.
There were many other species of passerines today including; Palm (a yearbird) and Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Black-Capped Chickadee, Brown-Headed Cowbird, White-Throated Sparrow, American Robin, Grey Catbird, Chipping Sparrow and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet as well as Mourning Dove, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, mating Northern Flickers and some gulls. In the end we had seventeen species.