After nothing new for the ‘commute’ list in a couple months (missing multiple Yellow-throated Warblers among other things), two this week. The Golden-winged Warbler at Mt. Auburn was moderately expected. This wasn’t though:
That means only 10 from the 250 milestone. Obvious birds remaining are Common Nighthawk (tougher because of the time that qualifies as ‘commuting’), Clay-colored Sparrow, Surf Scoter, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and Worm-eating Warbler. Others that seem reasonable include Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapland Longspur, Gray-cheeked Thrush (have a /Bicknell’s that I could count), Red-headed Woodpecker, Upland Sandpiper, and Worm-eating Warbler. Black Vulture, Nelson’s Sparrow, White-eyed Vireo, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Sandhill Crane are all reasonable too. And plenty of random rarities.
Averaging 8-9 a year for the last couple years, so likely still a year away.
Couple easy chases last Saturday
Glad at least one pelagic came close enough and stuck around.
Also “commute” #230 (and Bonaparte’s Gull was #231)!
Took a week to work up the energy, but it hung around.
About time for this one. Couldn’t have been in a weirder place.
Thanks Jeanie and Tom!
Not what I was expecting this weekend on patch.
Can’t believe I didn’t wait for better sun this morning, but they didn’t go anywhere thankfully.
Also res #175 (surprisingly not on my expected list in hindsight), commute #226.
Phone dinged while I was on a checkin call this morning. Cliff: “if you’re out birding, hudsonian godwit at lower mill st pond at beaver brook”. “!!!” Realized I had a couple hours before anything urgent, so I sent a quick message saying I’ll be back in an hour and ran out.
Twenty five minutes later:
Yes, on the heavily vegetated side and not the drained pond.
County 302, patch 180!