Birdwalk Highlights for 5/22: Spear Farm Estuary Preserve, Yarmouth.

**Please not that this will be the last birdwalk until Saturday July 17th...More information will follow in the next post**

With another pause on our Saturday Morning Birdwalks - due to scheduling and logistics and thankfully, not because of Pandemic data - we wanted to go out with a bang. Unfortunately, we found Spear Farm to be rather slow - especially for the third week of May!

In fact, the only passage migrants were single fly-over LESSER YELLOWLEGS and COMMON LOON. A GREAT EGRET was also high-flying, but heading southbound.

Otherwise, our list was dominated by the local breeders. We did have a great CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER show however, with at least 6 seen and/or heard, including a battle between three males that was watched over carefully by a female. Of the three BALTIMORE ORIOLES, our best observation was of a pair courting and copulating.

While a SWAINSON'S THRUSH stepped out in the open for only a split-second, a VEERY never did show itself, but did grace us with its amazing song. BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS were quite visible, with 4 seen, but other warblers all played hard to get: 4 PINE WARBLERS, 3 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, 2 OVENBIRDS, 1 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, and 2 AMERICAN REDSTARTS.

GRAY CATBIRDS (7+) were conspicuous, as was the HOUSE WREN actively building a nest in an old birdhouse at the entrance field. Two GREAT BLUE HERONS were in the marsh, while a RED-TAILED HAWK was escorted upriver by AMERICAN CROWS.

We then stopped at the nearby Yarmouth Town Landing, where an OSPREY put on a good show and was rewarded with a good-sized Pogie. Two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS worked the shoreline, while a few DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS stood guard in the harbor. Here, the edge hosted another Chestnut-sided Warbler, 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, 6 more Gray Catbirds, one briefly-singing BLACKPOLL WARBLER, and overhead, 4 swirling CHIMNEY SWIFTS.

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