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Birdwalk Highlights for 5/15: Old Town House Park, North Yarmouth.

A big turnout on a gorgeous spring morning suggested we needed wide trails and large edges to all see birds together, and there's no better place to do that than the OTP. And it did not disappoint.


Beginning and ending with BOBOLINKS, of course (20+), is always a highlight here, and the males put on a good performance today - especially for two recently-arrived females. A distant singing BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO was an unexpected highlight - very early, and often not present here until early June in most years.


Passage migrants were few, but the stunning male CAPE MAY WARBLER that perched right above us was a real crowd-pleaser. A single SOLITARY SANDPIPER was also heading north after pausing in the marsh, while a few overhead migrants included a small flock of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS.


3 OVENBIRDS sang from the woods, a VEERY echoed from a thicket, and a fly-by NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was a bit of a surprise here as well.


But it was those wide, sunny edges where our attention was focused, and many of the local breeders are now arriving. 12+ YELLOW WARBLERS, 8+ GRAY CATBIRDS, 6+ COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, and 4 EASTERN KINGBIRDS led the way, followed by two each of ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK (including one particularly long and stunning view), LEAST FLYCATCHER, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and SPOTTED SANPIPER. Single BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, WARBLING VIREO, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS were also detected.

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