Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Mother's Day Weekend at Hasty Brook

We spent the most beautiful weekend up north at Hasty Brook. We arrived Saturday morning to temps around 70 and perfect breezes. The trees and sky were FULL of birds! The low areas around the creek held huge bunches of blooming marsh marigolds. They glowed even more brightly in the dappled sunlight.

I found many patches of Wood Anemone. They are also called Mayflowers. Most of them have a single white bloom but I found an occasional pink too. The trout lilies were up but not blooming yet. In fact I noticed that the lilacs up there were not open yet but they're nearly done here at home.A pair of yellow-bellied sapsuckers were very busy drilling. The pair was quite loud and vocal with each other. I took 20 pictures of this one hoping it would pop down a bit below the obscuring branch, but no.
Here's an action shot that I liked. If you click to enlarge, check out the feet. Cool!
On to warblers. There were plenty of them in the tree-tops but my frustration got the best of me. So I tried just focusing on the ones that came more readily into view. Here is a Palm Warbler that let me watch for quite a bit while he caught insects in the spruce branches. Other warblers that I got firm id's on

Black and White Warbler

Nashville Warbler


Chestnut-sided Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

The Nashville and Palm Warblers are new for me!

On Saturday afternoon we filled the old bear-bitten feeders to see who might come in for a snack. No takers until Sunday morning when this jewel turned up. I had heard them singing off in the woods. This male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was quite bold, singing and eating just a few feet away from our camp chairs.

I have never noticed the spots before.

A group of 4-5 Red-breasted Nuthatches were the first to notice the seed. These are funny little birds to watch. They too were fearless of us being nearby. A flock of chickadees soon found the seed too. The chickadees were the most fearless of them all. They would grab a seed ,then fly to the picnic table or a camp chair to crack it open. They weren't bothered by our activities at all- in fact one perched about 3 feet away while Art chopped wood.

This White-throated sparrow sang for us all weekend from a birch nearby. He was happy to pick at the seed fallen below the feeders and even came close to check out some potato chips that fell to the ground.

Evening at Hasty Brook is my favorite time. The sounds of veeries and hermit thrushes singing as the sky darkens are quite simply heavenly to me. Saturday evening we were treated to the peents and twitterings of woodcocks! We could hear grouse drumming just beyond the clearing and the loons were yodelling as the flew in to their lakes for the night. I really wish you all could join me there. Hasty Brook really does feed my soul.

My weekend Hasty Brook list:

American Crow

American Robin

Bald Eagle

Black and White Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee

Common Raven

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Phoebe

Great Blue Heron

Hairy Woodpecker

Hermit Thrush

Nashville Warbler

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-tailed Hawk

Tree Swallow

Turkey Vulture


White-breasted Nuthatch

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Northern Harrier

Palm Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler


Red-breasted Nuthatch

White-throated Sparrow

Ruffed Grouse (heard not seen)

American Woodcock (heard not seen)


Wood Duck


mon@rch said...

Great list of birds you had their and love your sapsucker photos! Bravo!

MojoMan said...

I glad you had such a great weekend. You have no idea how much I envy you, having a place in the country like that. Amazing photos!

Mary said...

I'm so happy for you! A great weekend, with lots of birds, and awesome photos! That grosbeak is beautiful - oh, they are ALL beautiful. I can't pick just one.

Hasty Brook must be divine.

Happy Mother's Day, Lynne!

Liza Lee Miller said...

What a treat! Looks like you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! Yay!

NatureWoman said...

Oh Lynne, I was wondering when you were going to Hasty Brook - looks like you had a great Mother's Day weekend up there!

Body Soul Spirit said...

Beautiful pictures, Lynne! And what an impressive list of birds.

LauraHinNJ said...

Nice to see you were treated this Mother's Day with so many great birds and memories to make you want to go back to Hasty Brook. It sounds just wonderful!

Larry said...

Beautiful photos and a nice list of birds.

Lynne said...

Mon@rch- the sapsuckers were pretty entertaining.

Mojoman- If you make your way to northern Minnesota, my place is yours!

Mary- it was a terrific weekend. Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Liza- It was fabulous! I hope yours was too!

Pam- You know how I love that place.

Ruth- thanks, it was a lucky birding weekend.

Laura- it's my favorite place, birds or no.

Larry- thanks, it's such a special place to me.

Susan Gets Native said...

That grosbeak must have been a youngin', if he still had spots.
Glad you had a great Mother's Day!!!

Jayne said...

Oh, what a wonderful weekend Lynne! What a list too! I wish we could all be there with you as well. A very special place indeed. :c)

Deb said...

Wow- I've only heard black and white warblers here so far, none of the other ones you mentioned. Did you have veeries singing yet? They've only been calling here.

LauraO said...

What beautiful photos and a great list of birds! I was particularly happy to see the marsh marigolds - I've been searching for them around here but haven't found them yet. I'm hoping they're just a little late this year - they used to grow profusely in our swampy places.

LauraO said...

What beautiful photos and a great list of birds! I was particularly happy to see the marsh marigolds - I've been searching for them around here but haven't found them yet. I'm hoping they're just a little late this year - they used to grow profusely in our swampy places.

Sandy said...

What a good weekend you had, and I'll bet you didn't even have to cook! I have never seen the rose breasted grosbeak close up. Hope to someday. Great post!

pablo said...

I don't think I could even name that many birds, much less be able to identify them, and even less to be able to see and photograph them.

Okay, so I'm envious!

Cathy said...

Lynne - The pictures had me smiling (Oh! Grosbeaks - With Spots!) But then I got to the end where you related the song - the sounds around Hasty Brook and I was Green. Lucky, blessed lady! Veery!? Thrush?! Loon!? Grouse!? Ohhhhhhh . . .