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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

May 15, 2010 7-8:30 am Windy 55' Swan Point Cemetery, Providence RI

Today at Swan Point we had the usual swarm of birders all with long telephoto lenses (still acting like Red Green's birding buddies). As usual we went right to the hotspot, but the Sun had not yet warmed the trees in the clearing (for that's where we were). That said, the birds seem uninclined to freeze in the shadows when there were warmer trees just a few hundred yards away, so we decided to check out the woods where we don't usually see much. It was the same for today - they really don't like those woods (though other birders have told us this is THE hot spot).

As we left the confines of the woods and headed back towards the clearing I spotted a Black-Throated Green Warbler flitting on delicate wings from bough to bough high in the canopy. But the excitement came when we noticed a small yellow bird with a black hood. It was playing hide and seek with the Black-Throated Green. The bird was a Hooded Warbler! A lifer!!!

Here is a list of all the birds we noticed on the cemetery hike ("L" means lifer and "Y" means year bird): Hooded (L), Black-Throated Green (Y), Blackpoll Warbler (Y), a striking male Scarlet Tanager lamenting to the birders about his hard 2,000 mile night migration (Y), Wood Thrushes (Y), Northern Parula, Grey Catbird, Blue Jay, American Robins, Chipping Sparrows, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Phoebe, Mallards, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Cardinal, Red-Tailed Hawk, Tufted Titmouse, European Starling, Northern Flicker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Chimney Swift, American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, Common Grackle, Brown-Headed Cowbird, Black-Capped Chickadee and American Crow. In the end we had a list of 27 species: 1 Lifer and 4 year birds!

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