Happy International Migratory Bird Day!!!

indigo bunting stick cropped  And what a day it was!  I along with a few other hardy souls braved a morning drizzle (maybe we weren’t all that hardy) at the old Bri Mar Stables on Moody Bridge Road in Hadley, now part of the Silvi0 O. Conte Fish and Wildlife RefugeKestrel Land Trust, along with Trust for Public Lands and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked tirelessly to preserve this land, which could have been a 140 house subdivision.  Now it is a hot spot for migratory birds looking for food, mates, and a safe harbor on their journey north.  As part of a Kestrel sponsored outing, we had the great opportunity to celebrate the day with one of the Valley’s best naturalists, Dave King.  Amazing!  We saw or heard almost 50 different species of birds including a brown thrasher, indigo bunting, baltimore and orchard orioles, rose breasted grosbeaks…the list goes on and on!  Here’s some pictures from the day.  Remember to click on them to enlarge:

baltimore oriole 2

A balitmore oriole with not much light for photography.

bobolink 2

Check out the markings on this bobolink! Yes, they are back in the fields by Bri Mar!

brown thrasher

A Brown Thrasher was telling everyone he is single and hip!

female rose breasted grosbeak

A female rose-breasted grosbeak was collecting materials for a nest.

field sparrow

So was a cute little field sparrow who will make its home at Bri Mar.

great crested fly catcher

This is my first great crested fly catcher!

indigo bunting from back

Indigo buntings never disappoint. Although they are usually shy, this one really wanted his picture taken, click!

mirtle 2

And a myrtle warbler, you may want to click on the image to make it bigger, to truly enjoy its markings.


Here is a very cute nashville warbler,p ronounced nashvull if you live below the Mason-Dixon line...

Here is a very cute nashville warbler, pronounced nashvull if you live below the Mason-Dixon line…

Veery thrush

A very veery thrush, probably up from South America! Now that’s a commute…

migratory bird group

When we weren’t looking up, we were looking down at all the wildflowers at our feet!


false halibore

This is a false hellebore. Its very poisonous so no eating any of it

wood anenomes

wood anemone….country folk of old concluded that woodland fairies nestled within the curled-up petals, having first pulled the curtains around themselves.

jack in the pulpit

Aha, Jack and the pulpit!

trout lilies close up

and one of my favorites, trout lilies…

There is a new group forming to help manage this incredible refuge!

There is a new group forming to help manage this incredible refuge!

About John Body

I live in Western Massachusetts, in the incredibly beautiful Connecticut River Valley. I've been hiking, kayaking, and tracking wildlife throughout the Valley with lots of photos and videos that people may like to see. Whenever I travel I also take my cameras just in case I see great scenery or wildlife. My passion is wildlife conservation so I try to attend wildlife workshops and land preservation events (Habitat, Habitat, Habitat!). When I get a chance, I videotape the experts, they're just so knowledgeable and inspiring. I hope you enjoy my posts.
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