WIR 7/22-7/28

Wednesday 7/22: Quiet at College Pond.

Thursday 7/23: Could hear a Marsh Wren in Pantry Brook from Round Hill but otherwise quiet.

Friday 7/24: Nothing at Nine Acre. Three Least Sandpipers and a Solitary at the Pelham Island Rd bridge.

Saturday 7/25: Virginia Rail and not much else (but 35 species) from the tower at Great Meadows, nothing on the res, and the same stuff at the duck ponds as the other day.

Sunday 7/26: Went to check out the shorebird scene at Horn Pond. Found 3 Solitary, 2+ Least, 2 Spotted, and a Lesser Yellowlegs plus some number of Killdeer. Also had Bank Swallows, a young Hooded Merganser, and a few other things but nothing terribly exciting.

Monday 7/27: Hit 40 at Forest Grove for the first commute in a month or two I think. Two families of turkeys (together) were only my second turkeys along the river plus river FOY Barn Swallow(?!) and Green Heron.

Tuesday 7/28: Raven, slightly out of place gnatcatcher, and a juvenile Eastern Towhee at BBN (plus a bunch of unidentified emeralds). Haven’t had a towhee there since April (and not at Mackerel Hill then), so where did that come from?

WIR 7/15-7/21

Wednesday 7/15: Wild Indigo Duskywing and a raven at Prospect Hill.

Thursday 7/16: Coyote, deer, and not much else at BBN.

Friday 7/17: Monarch, young bluebirds, not much else at Rock Meadow. Nothing at the duck ponds.

Saturday 7/18: Started at Great Meadows. No mud but yellowlegs, Solitary, and Least plus a waterthrush. Knox Trail pond was full, so headed home. Pulled over passing Flint’s and picked up the loon. Got out to scope, couldn’t find that at first but 3 juv Hooded Mergansers were more interesting.

Sunday 7/19: Tried Assabet before the heat got too much without much of anything. Stops at Fort Pond Brook and Warner’s Pond didn’t have a whole lot more.

Monday 7/20: Big buck at BBN plus FOY Lance-tipped Darner and Wandering Glider.


Tuesday 7/21: About the same as last week at Rock Meadow. Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers at the duck ponds.

WIR 7/8-7/14

Wednesday 7/8: At least 4 Red-bellied Tiger Beetles at Prospect Hill but it got rainy before I could look for anything else.

Thursday 7/9: Mantisfly on the doorway. Nothing at Saw Mill Pasture.


Friday 7/10: Nothing much at Great Meados.

Saturday 7/11: Concord Butterfly count. In Wayland and Lincoln with Wayne and Mark. Nothing too exciting in the bugs (beyond another mantispid) but Yellow-throated Vireo was nice.

Sunday 7/12: West Meadow and duck ponds both were quiet (and filled with mosquitoes).

Monday 7/13: More or less the usual at Purgatory Cove. Didn’t bring the camera so the mating Leptogasterinids got away.

Tuesday 7/14: Mosquitoes and robins at Dunback.

WIR 7/1-7/7

Wednesday 7/1: Too rainy.

Thursday 7/2: Striped Hairstreak at BBN.

Striped Hairstreak

Friday 7/3: Went to the river walk for the first time in awhile for bluets and dancers. Got Blue-fronted, Stream, and Skimming but not much else.

Saturday 7/4: Out in Otis. Did a 5 mile loop of the state forest in the rain, lots of Blackburnians, BT Blues, etc but rather wet.

Sunday 7/5: Got home earlier enough to catch the end of the ode walk at the Cranberry Bog. Lots of sprites, first Elegant Spreadwings of the year, not a whole lot else at first. Did a loop by myself after to get the Sphagnum Sprites and found Eastern Red Damsels almost back at the car, unfortunately long after everyone else left.

Eastern Red Damsel

Monday 7/6: Nothing exciting at Lone Tree Hill, only one hairstreak which appeared to be Banded. Warbling Vireo from the yard in the evening.

Tuesday 7/7: Fawn Darner and little else at the duck ponds.

WsIR 6/10-6/23

Two weeks as my laptop was dead in the middle.

Wednesday 6/10: Singing redstart and nothing else at Purgatory Cove.

Thursday 6/11: Ended up at Farm Meadow: 20ish Bobolinks, Veery.

Friday 6/12: Dunback had an Alder Flycatcher but no Red-headed Woodpecker.

Saturday 6/13: Checked Fawn Lake in Bedford briefly (nothing terribly exciting), then the river crossing on 225 (YB Cuckoo) while heading to the ode walk at the Cranberry Bog. Think 27 species there, all the expected ones but no luck with Carolina Saddlebags. Twelve-spotted Tiger Beetles, a Pileated, and BB Cuckoo too.

Sunday 6/14: Minuteman survey, fisher was the best thing by far.

Monday 6/15: Tired and rainy.

Tuesday 6/16: Purgatory Cove had 3 BC Night-Herons.

Wednesday 6/17: Nothing exciting at BBN.

Thursday 6/18: FOY Banded Hairstreak at Prospect Hill.

Friday 6/19: Two Pileated, a kestrel, and 3 deer in the middle of the upper impoundment at Great Meadows.

Saturday 6/20: Ashby to Townsend to Groton to Carlisle. Spatterdock Darners in Ashby, Twin-spotted Spiketail and Louisiana Waterthrushes in Groton, first meadowhawks in Carlisle.

Sunday 6/21: Too rainy.

Monday 6/22: Nothing overly exciting at College Pond.

Tuesday 6/23: Nothing overly exciting on the trails behind Farm Meadow.

WIR 6/3-6/9

Wednesday 6/3: Nothing exciting at Nine Acre Corner.

Thursday 6/4: Late(ish) Blackpoll and lots of mosquitos at BBN.

Friday 6/5: Pileated and Delta-spotted Spiketail at Saw Meadow in Lincoln.

Saturday 6/6: Rock Meadow and the duck ponds were quiet.

Sunday 6/7: Foxes and little else at Prospect Hill. Was about to turn on the tennis when Simon called asking for directions to the spiketail. Easier to show than to describe, so I went back out. Surprisingly, the first bug at the first opening was another one although it didn’t cooperate. Pileated and Broad-wing further on plus a few Cyrano Darners. Continued to Nine Acre where we checked on the Cliff Swallows and then the Bobolinks. Several expected FOY odes plus a less expected Bronze Copper.

Bronze Copper

Monday 6/8: College Pond had the Barred Owl, a BB Cuckoo, more Boreal Bluets, and a few other things. Fishfly on the deck when I got home at night.

Barred Owl

Tuesday 6/9: Stopped for the loon at Flint’s and then got the Alder Flycatchers at Meriam’s along with an Orchard Oriole.

Orchard Oriole

WIR 5/27-6/2

Wednesday 5/27: Nothing beyond an Orchard Oriole at BBN.

Thursday 5/28: Boreal Bluets and a Harlequin Darner at College Pond.

Friday 5/29: Nothing at Great Meadows.

Saturday 5/30: Ran out to Townsend. Decent numbers of dragonflies including my first Beaverpond Clubtail and Elfin Skimmers for the county. Would have liked the additional whitefaces to show better, suspect I saw all 5 but couldn’t confirm the 2 better ones. Also had an Arctic Skipper here and a few Silvery Blues out in Ashby.

Arctic Skipper

Silvery Blue
Sitting outside late afternoon had the returning Broad-wing, a vulture, FOY saddlebags and Prince Baskettail, and first for the yard Little Wood Satyr.
Sunday 5/31: BBC/MBC trip to Great Meadows. Slow start but nice flyby of Least Bittern and calling PB Grebe towards the end.
Monday 6/1: Rainy, nothing at Heard or the res.
Tuesday 6/2: Still rainy, still nothing at Heard.

WIR 5/20-5/26

Wednesday 5/20: Heard only Mourning Warbler at Forest Grove plus Willow Flycatchers, pewee, and a raccoon.

Thursday 5/21: Prospect Hill had a decent selection of warblers, highlighted by 2 Blackburnians plus a deer and a fox. Two young deer on the way home.

Friday 5/22: Lots of Bobolinks at Heard Farm plus an American Lady and a good number of Common Baskettails.

Saturday 5/23: BBN/Rock Meadow had 12+ warblers (including Tennessee, Wilson’s, and Canada) plus BB Cuckoo. Stopped at the duck ponds, added Blackpoll and a mammal.

Sunday 5/24: Walked Lot 1 and the West Meadow. FOY Green Heron and Swainson’s Thrush plus patch FOY Spotted Sandpiper, Pine Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, and DC Cormorant. First ringlets too.

Monday 5/25: Started at Great Meadows where I heard one of two Least Bitterns. Continued to the Cranberry Bog even though it clouded up. A few New England Bluets but not much else. Quick check of Fort Pond Brook had a few more FOY odes, nothing terribly exciting.

New England Bluet

Spangled Skimmer
Tuesday 5/26: Prospect Hill was quiet beyond a Stream Cruiser.