WIR 5/17-5/23

Wednesday 5/17: Nobscot had an Olive-sided, BB Cuckoo, a few warblers, etc.

Thursday 5/18: Couple Canadas among others at Prospect Hill. Good variety of butterflies and a Stream Cruiser too.

Friday 5/19: Mink at Great Meadows.

Saturday 5/20: Started at Watatic with a bunch of warblers, Bay-breasted being the highlight. Also some whitefaces, Silvery Blues, and an American Emerald. Went to Heald Orchard in Pepperell next, great place. Even with a noon start, there were birds all over including 2 BB Cuckoos, several empids, and double digit warblers.

Sunday 5/21: Quiet at Mt. Auburn, did get Swainson’s Thrush finally. Quick check of the duck ponds had another.

Monday 5/22: BB Cuckoo, Willow Flycatcher, waterthrush at Forest Grove plus over 60 Chimney Swifts on the cove.

Tuesday 5/23: Bit nicer than expected so BBN. First bird out of the car was a flyover loon. Fairly quiet after that, although quite a few patch first of years still trickling in (BB Cuckoo the best).

WIR 5/10-5/16

Wednesday 5/10: BBN was quieter than I hoped. FOY Nashville, a few other warblers, an Orchard Oriole about it.

Thursday 5/11: BT Blue, Wilson’s, etc at Dunback.

Friday 5/12: Blackpoll at Purgatory, few others at Forest Grove.

Saturday 5/13: Slow MBC bird day, just 85 species. Did clear 100 in Burlington finally and just about there in Winchester (which would be well over if I split the Fells properly).

Sunday 5/14: Res in the rain had the Ruddies that were missing yesterday and a Green Heron. Afternoon check of School St had a single Least Sandpiper and Great Meadows had 4 yellowlegs and a couple Cliff Swallows.

Monday 5/15: Fairly quiet at Heard, swallow sweep and a Marsh Wren.

Tuesday 5/16: Arrivals at BBN included a Bay-breasted, BT Green, Wood Thrush, and Red-eyed Vireo.

WIR 5/3-5/9

Wednesday 5/3: Few new things at BBN highlighted by an Indigo Bunting. Better were the bugs with a presumed Spot-winged Glider and a Tiger Swallowtail. Quick buzz of Flint’s on the way home had 6+ Bufflehead still.

Thursday 5/4: Tanager and more warblers at Prospect Hill.

Friday 5/5: Cliff Swallow and raven at Heard Pond but little else.

Saturday 5/6: Great Meadows was a bit disappointing, Bank Swallow and Wood Thrush were new but no storm-related birds. School St had a few shorebirds but nothing exciting. Bufflehead still at Flint’s, nothing obvious on the res. Went back to Belle Isle in moderately good conditions. Two Least and a Common Tern, lots of peep including 1 Semi, oystercatchers, both yellowlegs, a harrier, 80+ Brant, etc. Would have been nicer if the Bank Swallow made a second pass and the Saltmarsh Sparrow sang again. Started raining, so I went to Revere Beach quickly and had 4 Manx Shearwaters before giving up.

Sunday 5/7: BBC trip at Mt. Auburn had a Least Flycatcher, lots of orioles, etc but few warblers. Good portion of the group went to Fresh Pond where the Prothonotary took an hour plus to show. Green Heron, Green Darner, Bald Eagle, House Wren, a few other things were all good too.

Monday 5/8: Duck ponds had a Green Heron, Solitary Sandpiper, and singing and posing Northern Waterthrush.

Tuesday 5/9: Magnolia the best at College Pond (assuming a mutt of a goose doesn’t count).

WIR 4/26-5/2

Wednesday 4/26: Eagle and 20 Ruddy but nothing storm-related at the res. Gadwall at Hardy.

Thursday 4/27: Usual at College Pond plus brief views of an otter.

Friday 4/28: 2-3 beavers at Arlington Res plus FOY Baltimore Orioles, Warbling Vireo, and Chimney Swift.

Saturday 4/29: Started at Nobscot. Grosbeak singing as I got out of the car, then a GC Flycatcher started. Black-and-whites and Ovenbirds all over, and a Least Flycatcher as I was ready to leave. Continued on to Hop Brook, which had a waterthrush, yellowthroat, and freshly emerged baskettail. Fairly quiet at Assabet, Springtime Darner and Broad-wing about it. Desert had 3 species of tiger beetle.

Sunday 4/30: Plan was to hit the coast a bit, but started at Mt. Auburn. Good number of warblers plus a Scarlet Tanager and my first Hooded Merganser and raven for the cemetery. Finally wandered off to Belle Isle and immediately had a call from Bob asking if I knew about the Summer Tanager. Made a quick loop (it was too windy anyway) with a Snowy Egret about it before heading straight back. Quiet at the tanager location, but it eventually popped up, along with a redstart. Started raining so I didn’t spend time looking for any of the thrushes seen.

Monday 5/1: Orchard Oriole singing in the front yard first thing. Great Meadows was pretty quiet, FOY kingbird about it.

Tuesday 5/2: Lots of new stuff at Purgatory and Forest Grove. Prairie was new for the Charles (162), but the best was a late American Wigeon.

Prairie Warbler

WIR 4/19-4/25

Wednesday 4/19: Field Sparrow at Prospect Hill.

Thursday 4/20: Barn and Rough-winged Swallows at Purgatory/Forest Grove along with a bunch of Yellow-rumps but not much else.

Friday 4/21: Ruddies at the res, Bufflehead at Flint’s, swallows, Rusties, and a late Tree Sparrow at Heard.

Saturday 4/22: No egret at Alewife but a slightly early Yellow Warbler. Osprey at Mystic Lakes, GH Owl out in the open at Sandy Beach. Cliff Swallow and a (the?) egret at Arlington Res, then a Surf Scoter at Cambridge Res.

Sunday 4/23: Led the Mt. Auburn walk. Didn’t get shut out on warblers for a change, 2 Pines (but couldn’t find the Wilson’s). Not a whole lot else, turkeys everywhere, kinglets everywhere, and a Red-tail that had a squirrel but somehow let go and lost it. Picked up the night-herons on the Charles by Watertown Square after and then had nothing terribly exciting at Chandler Pond.

Monday 4/24: BH Vireo and Gnatcatcher at BBN.

Tuesday 4/25: Bit too rainy at Farm Pond. Raven was about the only thing of interest.

WIR 4/12-4/18

Wednesday 4/12: Back to NH. Sun was lousy at Hampton Beach but a few Brant, 2 Piping Plovers, and lots of loons were highlights. Ended up at the Former Weapons Storage Area of Great Bay NWR after and had a few warblers (Louisiana Waterthrush the best). 

Thursday 4/13: Forest Grove/Purgatory had all 3 expected warblers but not a ton else.

Friday 4/14: Field Sparrow and the usual at Arlington Res.

Saturday 4/15: Poked around Burlington and got the town list to 99 (+Field Sparrow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Palm Warbler, Cooper’s Hawk, really tough ones). Three snipe at Waltham St.

Sunday 4/16: Led an MBC walk at BBN, few Palms and Yellow-rumps but not much else. Checked duck ponds and Arlington Res after without much.

Monday 4/17: Round Hill had nesting creepers and a good flock of Rusties. The Desert was pretty quiet. About 30 Ruddies on the res (and Barn Swallows earlier).

Tuesday 4/18: Quiet at Dunback.

WIR 4/5-4/11

Wednesday 4/5: Had to run up to NH so poked around a bit. Picked up 5 easy state birds then read a report of Bohemians right where I was. Took 495 down to get to work, which let me try Hager Pond again. Eurasian Wigeon right out in the open plus a bunch of Americans, other ducks, and an eagle. Quick check of the res on the way home had a DC Cormorant and the usual ducks.

Thursday 4/6: Nothing at Flint’s. First bird I got bins on at at Nine Acre was a Eurasian Teal (with 60 Green-wings plus a Pied-billed Grebe). Cormorant at Heard which was just about to flood the road.

Friday 4/7: Calling Rusties at College Pond were my first in Weston, quiet otherwise beyond FOY Chipping Sparrow. Quick res check on the way home had a pintail way out and an immature eagle.

Saturday 4/8: Great Meadows was flooded but had FOY Pine Warblers in the woods and what appears to be my first turkey at GM proper as well. Hanscom trails were wet and not very birdy, kestrel being the highlight. Fawn Lake had lots of Ring-necks and a Pileated.

Sunday 4/9: Worked on the Bristol county list. Moderately successful with 8 additions, mostly obvious holes. Started at Gooseberry with the usual sea birds plus a catbird, Yellow-rump, and Ipswich Sparrow. Allen’s Pond had most of the dabbling ducks I needed, a phoebe, and lots of egrets and Osprey. Stop at Broad Cove in Somerset made me glad I got the ducks earlier (did have a Cabbage White at least). Woodcocks and an odd vocalization at BBN in the evening.

Monday 4/10: BBN had Chipping Sparrows, a Hermit Thrush, flickers all over, a Mourning Cloak, a Comma, and a few other local FOYs.

Tuesday 4/11: Nobscot was disappointingly quiet.

WIR 3/29-4/4

Wednesday 3/29: Couldn’t find the wigeon again but had the Rough-winged Swallow. Snuck out at lunchtime and had 2 eagles at Heard Pond and a BW Teal by the town building.

Thursday 3/30: My no chasing before work policy lasted 0 days. No Ipswich Sparrow in Framingham. No Iceland Gull on the pond either, but fortunately it had flown over the car while approaching. Also FOY Phoebe finally.

Friday 3/31: Rusty and the usual at Heard Farm, BW Teal and shoveler at the marsh.

Saturday 4/1: Too nasty.

Sunday 4/2: Rusty and the usual at BBN. Nothing much at Rock Meadow. Lesser Scaup at Arlington Res, Redhead still at Cambridge Res. Phoebes just about everywhere.

Monday 4/3: Six Fox Sparrows at Lindentree.

Tuesday 4/4: Too rainy but a few Ruddies at the res.

WIR 3/22-3/28

Wednesday 3/22: Nothing at Dunback.

Thursday 3/23: Pond loop was pretty quiet. Lot at Heard for a change although nothing exciting.

Friday 3/24: DC Cormorant at Purgatory. PB Grebe at the res on the way home.

Saturday 3/25: Great Meadows was quiet beyond a kestrel and got rather wet. Drove around a bit, lots of geese but not much else School St to Nagog to Nine Acre. Rain stopped so walked around Waltham St but no snipe.

Sunday 3/26: Bear Creek. Four Short-ears, a snipe, 3 meadowlarks beyond the longspur.

Monday 3/27: Couldn’t find the Eurasian Wigeon in Marlborough. Did have the shoveler there and some Tree Swallows on the way over.

Tuesday 3/28: Quiet at Great Meadows beyond a singing Fox Sparrow and Tree Swallows.



Was nice enough to hang around this year.


Wasn’t quite nice enough to pose on the ground though (brief scope view wasn’t bad, glad I lugged it).


Side note: last year was good, 6 state birds and 3 lifers by now.