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Rail Trail Evening Walk

Rail Trail, Amherst

May 9, 2019

Harvey Allen

Fourteen participants met to enjoy an evening walk of 1.5 miles on the Rail Trail.  We garnered 28 bird species, but highlights included a mink and, later, a beaver nearly at our feet.  One of the best sightings was a Common Nighthawk that flew directly across the water low over our heads at dusk, with white wing bars clearly visible.  The entire group got great looks at that one.  

Other highlights included 3 Woodcock, 2 Solitary Sandpiper, a Great Blue Heron, a Cooper’s Hawk, a Great Crest Flycatcher, numerous Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows, 2 Wood Thrush, 3 Catbirds, 2 Swamp Sparrows, a Baltimore Oriole, and warblers, 2 Ovenbird, a Black-and-white, a Yellowthroat, a Parula, a Blackburnian, 4 Yellow-rumped and a Black-throated Green.  Last on the list were two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, always beautiful to behold!