Forbush Bird Club
the Forbush Bird Club of Worcester, MA
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Here are reports from our most recent trips



High Ridge WMA, Westminster/Gardner

Forbush Bird Club trip: 8 observers, weather was light rain, temp in the mid 40's, calm wind. Highlights were , Great Blue Heron nesting colony with 15 occupied nests, nice views of Blue-headed Vireo, Brown Thrasher, and an early Bobolink. Overall migration would seem to be slightly behind schedule, low wood warbler diversity and missing a few expected species for the date such as House Wren.

Species seen and or heard by others, but not me were American Kestrel 1, and Eastern Towhee 1.

Species - 49.

Canada Goose 4
Wood Duck 4
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser (North American) 5
Common Loon 1 ...distant bird calling, likely in flight
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 20 ..15 active nests
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 1 calling kiddick...kiddick, later a few grunting calls
Mourning Dove 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1  heard only
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 5
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 4
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue-headed Vireo 3 nice looks
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
Tree Swallow 35
Barn Swallow (American) 3
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 6
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern) 3
Brown Creeper 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Eastern Bluebird 5
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 20
Brown Thrasher 1
European Starling 2
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Pine Warbler 16
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 7
Chipping Sparrow 8
Field Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 8
Bobolink 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Common Grackle 11
American Goldfinch 2

Trip report by Tom Pirro

Richard Scarlet