Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mass, USA - June 2015: patch passerines

Field Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
The patch in question being a particularly productive spot about 20 mins walk along a woodland-shaded road from the house, and consisting of no more than a couple of hundred metres of woodland glade-type habitat beneath the gentle buzz of two parallel rows of electricity pylons. Not nearly as unattractive as it might sound, with mixed scrub and boggy vegetation easily accessed thanks to a newly carved rubble track up and down the slopes beneath the pylons, which (crucially) provided a tick and poison-ivy free corridor into quality birding.

Male Scarlet Tanager
A few visits of several hours each (from dawn, back in time for breakfast) were a huge and largely very peaceful pleasure, and provided a fine roll-call of species to enjoy. Those pictured here are a random selection of passerines, and exclude the warblers, which do indeed deserve their own dedicated posts (to follow anon).

Female Eastern Towhee
Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Song Sparrow
Great Crested Flycatcher
Cedar Waxwing