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Stanley Park, Westfield

Stanley Park, Westfield

May 4, 2019

Janice Zepko

Showers threatened as our group of 23 began the walk into the trail system at Stanley Park.  What was advertised as a two-hour walk turned into a five-hour adventure for some birders, who lingered when they hit a warbler wave on the way back to the parking area.  In all, the trip reported 53 species with highlights including five raptor species, Osprey, Sharp-shin, Broadwing, Red-tail and a Barred Owl calling.  

Among the usual woodpecker species, we identified two Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers.  There was a Great Crested Flycather “wheeping,” the “che-bek” of a Least Flycatcher, five Blue-headed Vireos, three Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Veery and a couple of Wood Thrushes.  Catbirds were abundant, as were Blue Jays, Black-and-white Warblers, Yellows and Yellow-rumps.  Other warbler species were three Ovenbirds, two each of Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes, a Blackburnian, a Chestnut-sided, two Pine, two Black-throated Greens and an American Redstart.  All-in-all a great day with very little rain, and well worth the effort!