Twenty-two birders who showed up for our walk this morning in the west end of Hudson were greeted by glorious day of sunshine, light NE breezes, and temperatures which rose from single digits to 17C by trip's end. Included in our group was a visitor from the Czech Republic. Welcome Jiri (sp?)!
After meeting at Thompson Park we walked down to the lake for a quick look around and were rewarded with an Osprey fly-by. Water levels are still high for this late date and birdlife on the water was minimal. A distant pair of Greater Scaup seen by everyone and three Double-crested Cormorants seen by just a few were the only birds of note.
From the park we headed west along the railway line past Finnegan's Market exploring several different habitats. We mostly avoided the heavily wooded areas as the mosquitoes were making their presence felt if one ventured into the shade and when we went into the fields we generally kept to areas which were mown. Highlights of this section of the trip included two American Bitterns who flew back and forth across the railway tracks at close range on two separate occasions and also gave us good views while standing in the reeds. An Olive-sided Flycatcher was a pleasant surprise giving us good if distant views as it perched on a high snag in classic behavior. Two meadowlarks, one of which was seen flying over a hayfield, were appreciated. A distant adult bald eagle late in the trip was cruising the river shoreline and was seen by about half our group. For comic relief (well maybe not for the recipient) a Red-winged Blackbird was seen attacking and actually pecking a Canada Goose on the neck after it apparently invaded the blackbird's territory. Good views of Baltimore Orioles, Great-crested Flycatchers, Alder Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers and Cedar Waxwings were enjoyed by everyone. - Wayne Grubert
Our complete list of 56 species seen or heard by at least some members of the group included: Canada Goose - 6, Mallard - 5, Greater Scaup - 2 Double-crested Cormorant - 3 American Bittern - 2 Great Blue Heron - 2 Green Heron - 1 Turkey Vulture - 6 Osprey - 1 Bald Eagle - 1 Cooper's hawk - 2 Broad-winged hawk - 2 Spotted Sandpiper - 1 Ring-billed Gull - 6 Rock Pigeon - 3 Mourning Dove - 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 3 Northern Flicker - 4 Pileated Woodpecker - 1 (heard) Olive-sided Flycatcher - 1 Alder Flycatcher - 6 Great Crested Flycatcher - 4 Eastern Kingbird - 1 Warbling Vireo - 1 (heard) Red-eyed Vireo - 3 (heard) Blue Jay - 4 American Crow - 15 Tree Swallow - 12 Black-capped Chickadee - 2 (heard) Brown Creeper - 1 (heard) Veery - 3 (heard) American Robin - 4 Gray Catbird - 6 European Starling - 12 Cedar Waxwings - 12 Yellow Warbler - 24 Chestnut-sided Warbler - 6 Black-and-white Warbler - 4 ( 1 seen, 3 heard) American Redstart - 1 (heard) Ovenbird - 1 (heard) Common Yellowthroat - 12 Chipping Sparrow - 2 (heard) Song Sparrow - 8 Swamp Sparrow - 3 (heard) White-throated Sparrow - 3 (heard) Northern Cardinal - 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak - 2 Indigo Bunting - 1 Bobolink - 6? (2 seen but several heard) Red-winged Blackbirds - 20 Eastern Meadowlark - 2 Common Grackle - 20 Brown-headed Cowbirds - 6 Baltimore Orioles - 8 American Goldfinch - 12
Bernache du Canada - 6 Canard colvert - 5 Fuligule milouinan - 2 Cormoran à aigrettes - 3 Butor d'Amérique - 2 Grand Héron - 2 Héron vert - 1 Urubu à tête rouge - 6 Balbuzard pêcheur - 1 Pygargue à tête blanche - 1 Épervier de Cooper - 2 Petite buse - 2 Chevalier tacheté - 1 Goéland à bec cerclé - 6 Pigeon biset - 3 Tourterelle triste - 1 Colibri à gorge rubis - 3 Pic maculé - 3 Pic flamboyant - 4 Grand Pic - 1 (entendu) Moucherolle à côtés olive - 1 Moucherolle des aulnes - 6 Tyran huppé - 4 Tyran tritri - 1 Viréo mélodieux - 1 (entendu) Viréo aux yeux rouges - 3 (entendu) Geai bleu - 4 Corneille d'Amérique - 15 Hirondelle bicolore - 12 Mésange à tête noire - 2 (entendu) Grimpereau brun - 1 (entendu) Grive fauve - 3 (entendu) Merle d'Amérique - 4 Moqueur chat - 6 Étourneau sansonnet - 12 Jaseurs d'Amérique - 12 Paruline jaune - 24 Paruline à flancs marron - 6 Paruline noir et blanc - 4 (1 vu, entendu 3) Paruline flamboyante - 1 (entendu) Paruline couronnée - 1 (entendu) Paruline masquée - 12 Bruant familier - 2 (entendu) Bruant chanteur - 8 Bruant des marais - 3 (entendu) Bruant à gorge blanche - 3 (entendu) Cardinal rouge - 3 Cardinal à poitrine rose - 2 Passerin indigo - 1 Goglu des prés - 6? (2 vu mais plusieurs entendu) Carouge à épaulettes - 20 Sturnelle des prés - 2 Quiscale bronzé - 20 Vacher à tête brune - 6 Orioles de Baltimore - 8 Chardonneret jaune - 12