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Mt Holyoke - Skinner State Park

Mt. Holyoke - Skinner State Park

May 21, 2023

Tim Carter and Beth Spirito

We began our walk under overcast skies with a light mist and temps in the mid-50s.  All 13 members who gathered for the trip were anxious to see the target species for Skinner Mtn—namely, Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers.  Both were seen multiple times with great views! Other warblers spotted this morning walk include Tennessee, Blackpoll, Black-and-white, Ovenbird, Northern Parula, American Redstart, and Black-throated Green.  On the way down the mountain, almost at the end of the walk, we heard a Mourning Warbler.

Other Skinner Mtn colorful specials spotted were Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Three different vireos were identified: Red-eyed, Blue-headed, and Yellow-throated.  Soaring birds were Black and Turkey Vultures, Ravens, Crows, Red-tailed Hawk, and 3 beautiful Bald Eagles.

Other birds spotted included Wood Thrush, Carolina and Winter Wrens, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Pewee, Phoebes, Hummingbird, Veery, Great Crested Flycatcher, and many more!  The total species count by the time we were back at our cars was 49.  It was a great morning of birding—Skinner Mtn did not disappoint!