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Southwick/Suffield WMA


June 11, 2023

John Weeks

Seventeen participants gathered for the walk around this beautiful grassland habitat. The list below is in taxonomic order and comprises 44 species.  For certain birds, I noted the WMA they were found in. The numbers for some of the usual grassland birds were on the low side (for instance, a single Song Sparrow).  During multiple visits to the WMA, however, I’ve noticed that the number of singing birds can fluctuate dramatically from one day to the next.  The two Blue Grosbeaks, together with the excellent views we had of species like Prairie Warbler, made for a great morning of birding on a beautiful June day.

Mourning Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Suffield, at the parking lot)

Great Blue Heron (flyby, Suffield)

Red-shouldered Hawk

Broad-winged Hawk (immature)

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Northern Flicker

American Kestrel

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Willow Flycatcher (2; one in Suffield, one in Southwick)

Eastern Phoebe

Yellow-throated Vireo (Chris heard)

Red-eyed Vireo

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallows (2)

Barn Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

Eastern Bluebird (4)

Veery (2)

American Robin (4)

Gray Catbird (2; one in Suffield, one in Southwick)

Brown Thrasher (3)

Northern Mockingbird (3)

European Starling

American Goldfinch (4)

Grasshopper Sparrow (2; one in Suffield, one in Southwick)

Chipping Sparrow

Field Sparrow (2; one in Suffield, one in Southwick; a low count there for this species)

Song Sparrow

Eastern Towhee (2)

Orchard Oriole (2; both adult males; one in Suffield, one in Southwick)

Baltimore Oriole (heard)

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird (3)

Blue-winged Warbler (heard by Janice and others [names?])

Common Yellowthroat (2)

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Prairie Warbler (3)

Scarlet Tanager (2; one in Suffield, one in Southwick)

Northern Cardinal (2)

BLUE GROSBEAK (2; both first-summer singing males; they exhibited discernibly different plumage patterns).

Indigo Bunting (4)