Hi! Hopefully, you were able to see my first fall migration blog-it was all about Warblers! Today, I thought it would be neat to discuss the 14 species of birds that are predicted to be traveling through Hampden County in the next few days! Now, it IS migration time, and we can likely see many other birds as well! For example, I saw a Broad-winged and Sharp-shinned Hawk fly over my house about an hour ago. Remember that you can check out my earlier blogs to see and hear many of the birds moving through our area. You can also access the BirdCast tool on my Resources page! So, onto the next 3 day’s most likely migrants! I will share recent pics and sounds if I have them. If I haven’t seen them this fall yet, I will share pics and info from last fall as the birds will typically follow the same migration routes yearly.
According to eBird, Cornell and UMASS, the most likely shorebirds or other water birds to see on the move now are the Great Egret and the Green Heron. I have seen both these birds many times at Fannie Stebbins in Longmeadow, including recently. They both breed and migrate through our area. I do not have local audio of these birds, but you can see AND hear the egrets on both my Instagram and YouTube pages. Here are some pics of them from Fannie and the sandbar close by. I am surprised not to see waterfowl on the list of the most likely birds as I have seen MANY Canada Geese fly over my yard this week!
There are many songbirds migrating now. I saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird stop by to gather nectar 2 days ago. I still have Catbirds. The birds on the most-likely list include the Brown Thrasher, the Rose-breasted Grossbeak, the Eastern Wood-Pewee, the House Wren, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet and some warblers. The warblers expected to move through are the Black-throated Blue Warbler (BTB), the Palm Warbler, the Chestnut-sided Warbler, the Magnolia Warbler, the American Redstart, the Northern Parula, and the Indigo Bunting. I have seen or heard All these birds in my yard this week except for the but the BTBs. I have seen them in al of them in Fannie Stebbins. There was a large group of Palm Warblers in Forest Park this past spring. The Eastern Wood-pewee frequents lots of trails in Wilbraham.
I also shared some recent pics of warblers in my last blog! There is audio of the Eastern Wood-pewee on my Tiktok as I shared my recent journey up the mountain in Rice’s Preserve and heard one there! There is a group of Indigos that return to the trees close to the Riverfront Conservation Area near Fannie. I also shared some some audio I collected of some of these birds below. I was surprised to see no vireos on the expected list as I have had quite a few visit my trees this week too! Next blog LOL! As always, a special thanks to my subscribers. You are SO appreciated! I would LOVE it if you would all comment on what migrants you are seeing and where you see them! Please consider subscribing and sharing my blogs so we can help with bird conservation! Also, I have shared many videos of my recent birding sights and adventures to my social media pages and need more followers LOL! Thanks, as always, Robin. 😊