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the Forbush Bird Club of Worcester, MA
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Ware River Watershed IBA

Ware River Watershed IBA (Barre Falls Dam & Rutland State Park)
Leaders: Donna Schilling and Dave Grant
    Weather:  Mostly sunny and humid, 72 to 79 degrees; north wind 4 MPH gusty at times

Seventeen participants enjoyed a summer-like morning at the Ware River Watershed IBA. Locations visited were the Army Corps of Engineers’ property north of Barre Falls Dam, Brigham Road at the river’s West Branch, Coldbrook Road, Reuben Walker Road at Stevens Brook, Prison Camp Road, and Intervale Road at Longmeadow Brook.

Highlights included twelve species of breeding warblers, two baby Wood Ducks, and the Barre Falls Common Ravens. Surprisingly, no raptors were observed. One Field Sparrow, heard singing from the upper field at the Dam, is the first recorded on this trip over the past six years.

Many thanks to everyone for help finding and identifying the birds!

We recorded 57 species:

Wood Duck  2
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  3
Turkey Vulture  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Wood Pewee  1
Alder Flycatcher  1
Least Flycatcher  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great-crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Warbling Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  19   (minimum)
American Crow  1
Common Raven  2
Tree Swallow  7
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Red-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown Creeper  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
Veery  2
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  3
Cedar Waxwing  11
Ovenbird  20   (minimum)
Blue-winged Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  14
American Redstart  3
Yellow Warbler  7
Chestnut-sided Warbler  12  (minimum)  
Black-throated Blue Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  3
Black-throated Green Warbler  4
Eastern Towhee  6
Chipping Sparrow  11
Field Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Scarlet Tanager  7
Northern Cardinal  1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  4
Indigo Bunting  2
Bobolink  8
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Baltimore Oriole  4
Purple Finch  1
American Goldfinch  5

(Trip report by Donna Schilling)

Richard Scarlet