Evergreen Cemetery Warblers

by John Briggs on May 11, 2008

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Weekend Birding

This mornings bird watching trip to Evergreen Cemetery in Portland was not quite as birdy as I would have liked, but Warblers were never-the-less numerous. Northeast winds for the last several days have limited the fallout, holding down the number of species.

Bob Malbon, Sharon and I arrived at the cemetery at 6:30 a.m. under clear skies and cool temperatures. Quite a few other birders were present, peaking at 50 people or so later in the morning. I heard a report of a Cape May Warbler on the woods side of the junk pond, but I never found it.

My highlight of the morning was a Nashville Warbler, which is a life bird for Sharon and I. He was very cooperative for the camera. It was the exact opposite with an American Redstart. I do not have a good photograph of this beautiful bird, and I still don’t. The Redstart was either in the shadows or deep in the brush. He later parked himself within 3 feet of me, but I had to shoot into the sun, which is not conducive for a good photo.

Species observed at Evergreen Cemetery:

Location:     Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Maine
Observers: John and Sharon Briggs, Bob Malbon
Observation date:     5/11/08
Notes:     Clear skies, temps low 40’s, winds NE 10-20 mph
Number of species:     37

Mallard     10
Double-crested Cormorant     6
Merlin     1
Spotted Sandpiper     2
Mourning Dove     3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     2
Downy Woodpecker     1
Pileated Woodpecker     1
Least Flycatcher     3
Blue-headed Vireo     1
Blue Jay     5
American Crow     16
Black-capped Chickadee     8
Tufted Titmouse     2
White-breasted Nuthatch     1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet     5
American Robin     1
Gray Catbird     1
Northern Mockingbird     1
Nashville Warbler     4
Northern Parula     4
Chestnut-sided Warbler     2
Magnolia Warbler     1
Black-throated Blue Warbler     1
Yellow-rumped Warbler     3
Blackburnian Warbler     1
Black-and-white Warbler     2
American Redstart     4
Common Yellowthroat     4
Wilson’s Warbler     1
American Tree Sparrow     6
Song Sparrow     3
White-throated Sparrow     2
White-crowned Sparrow     1
Northern Cardinal     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
American Goldfinch     6

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2

I would like to report that not only did a Baltimore Oriole show up in our yard today, an Orchard Oriole also made an appearance! If we can get a nesting pair to stick around, I’ll be one happy birder.

The bird photographs below were taken at Evergreen Cemetery this morning. Click a thumbnail for a larger view. Comments and criticisms are greatly appreciated.

 

Black-Throated Blue Warbler- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Chestnut-Sided Warbler- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Chestnut-Sided Warbler- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine.
Double-Crested Cormorant- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Female Mallard- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Male and Female Mallard- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine.
Nashville Warbler- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Nashville Warbler- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Nashville Warbler- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine.
Northern Flicker- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Northern Parula- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine. Red Ear Slider Turtles- Evergreen Cemetery - Portland, Maine.

Happy birding!

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