Warblers, nuthatches and more in Holyoke’s Pulaski Park

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

I had the day off, which basically led to an all-out birding bender in downtown Holyoke.

The Black-throated Green Warbler above, which I spotted in Pulaski Park a little after 7 a.m., was one of many highlights. I took walks through the park in both the morning and afternoon, and saw a good variety of birds.

There were Black-and-white Warblers in the park both early in the morning and at mid-afternoon. This one was hanging around in a back corner of the park near VFW Post 351:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

There were several Yellow-rumped Warblers in the woods between the park and the river:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

A White-breasted Nuthatch was munching on spiders and other goodies:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

I was hoping to spot some of the Savannah Sparrows that I found in the park the other day, and this White-throated Sparrow almost tricked me — until I got close enough for a good look:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

There have been several Northern Cardinals in the park on my last few visits:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

And, today, there were quite a few Chipping Sparrows. This one was part of a small flock outside the VFW:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

Elsewhere in the city, Canada Geese were hanging around Slim Shad Point:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

There were House Finches in Heritage State Park:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

More Chipping Sparrows at a brownfield site that’s being cleaned up on Appleton Street:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

The male American Kestrel found a meal near the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

I spotted this Common Grackle near the old Parsons Paper Mill on Sargeant Street:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

And, this female Downy Woodpecker was foraging in a vacant lot on Lyman Street:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

Here’s my full list from Pulaski Park today:

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