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Mt. Holyoke – Skinner State Park

Mt. Holyoke - Skinner State Park

May 15, 2016

Janet Orcutt

The walk was a huge success for nine participants who saw 29 species, including the target birds, Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers!  One Cerulean was very vocal with a textbook perfect song; the other rather abbreviated and laid back. We missed seeing the female Cerulean by minutes.  Other highlights were at least three Scarlet Tanagers, some Baltimore Orioles and Indigo Buntings.  A male Black-throated Blue Warbler also showed up for all the cameras that we birders had brought along to record what were life birds for quite a few.  The wind was strong as we ascended the road, but nothing like the blasts that pelted us on the porch of Skinner House, reminding one of Mt. Washington.  The descent was a happy and snappy walk after seeing such fine birds.