Autumn Migration Walk Results

Oct 20, 2018 8:30 am

Orchard Beach and Hunter Island

It started out as a damp cloudy day, but soon the sun broke through and it turned out to be beautiful. Seventeen birders showed up, including a few members of Saw Mill River Audubon. We birded the edges of the lagoon next to the parking lot and walked through Hunter Island. There were lots of Yellow-rumped warblers for sure, as well as both Ruby and Golden-crowned Kinglets. Ann Swaim and her group spotted a White-crowned Sparrow and Belted Kingfisher which were lifers for some of the new birders in our group. Over the lagoon was a Forster’s Tern, which was unusual for this time of the year. A couple of Sharp-shinned Hawks were working the area and gave us some good looks. On Hunter Island we saw two Brown Creepers, also a life bird for some. Joe McManus spotted a Blue-headed Vireo, a really nice find for this late in the season. As you’ll see from the list, we had a nice variety of birds on what  turned out to be a beautiful day.

Everyone had to take their binoculars away from their eyes for this shot and missed a great bird.

How did that White-throated Sparrow turn into a Golden-crowned Kinglet ?

Joe is finding something good here.

Ollie looks very serious here.

Joanne and Billy having a good time.

Species Account

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Phoebe

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Sparrow

Belted Kingfisher

Song Sparrow

House Sparrow

Double-crested Cormorant


Great Egret

Mourning Dove

Red-tailed Hawk

Brown Creeper

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo


Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Laughing Gull

Eastern Towhee


White-throated Sparrow

European Starling

Great Blue Heron
Canada Goose
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Forster’s Tern
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Black-capped Chickadee

Chimney Swift

House Finch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

American Robin

Northern Flicker

Blue Jay

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