WIR 4/8-4/14

Wednesday 4/8: Sapsucker (Charles #156) at Forest Grove among lots of the usual.

Sapsucker

Thursday 4/9: Nothing on any of the ponds.

Friday 4/10: Still nothing on the ponds.

Saturday 4/11: Nothing at Flint’s on the way to Meriam’s Corner. Got nice views of the ibis flock and a bonus Vesper Sparrow. Lots of blackbirds and robins and not much else. On to Great Meadows, which was far too windy. Lots of Tree Swallows, 3 Osprey, 3 eagles. Res opened overnight but nothing much on it.

Sunday 4/12: Prospect Hill for the first time this year. Ravens had young, although I couldn’t get a count. Also first of year Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Pine Warbler, and Red-breasted Nuthatch, plus tons of GC Kinglets and Chipping Sparrows, several Hermit Thrushes and Fox Sparrows, and a few other things. Nothing much at any of the ponds (Ruddy at Hardy was about it). Still a Tree Sparrow at Purgatory Cove in the afternoon.

Monday 4/13: Field Sparrows and lots of Rusties at BBN.

Tuesday 4/14: Nothing terribly exciting on a pond check in the morning (Pine and Palm at Flint’s and Heard plus a singing Winter Wren at Flint’s). Did the res again in the afternoon and had a Horned Grebe.

WIR 4/1-4/7

Wednesday 4/1: Squeezed in a quick stop at the School St fields where the Greater Yellowlegs was still wandering around. Good number of larks and enough wind and traffic backing up on Rt. 2 that I didn’t spend much more time scanning.

Thursday 4/2: Turned rather cold and raw as I was heading to Heard Farm. Managed a couple Rusties but not much else.

Friday 4/3: Close to an hour at the platform at Great Meadows had lots of blackbirds and geese plus a few goldeneye and a snipe.

Saturday 4/4: Rough-winged Swallows and a Pied-billed Grebe at Norumbega. Purgatory Cove had a scaup, phoebe, etc. Forest Grove added another phoebe, a Palm Warbler, a Fox Sparrow, and another(?) Pied-billed. Res still frozen. Lots of snipe and blackbirds at Waltham St.

Sunday 4/5: Too windy at BBN, but another Fox Sparrow, a Kestrel, and 8+ Rusty Blackbirds were good. Tried some car birding, with snipe, 2 pintail, and a Horned Lark at School St, lots of teal at Nine Acre, and an eagle at Hardy Pond.

Monday 4/6: Car work, so no field time. Raccoon wandered through the yard though midmorning.

Tuesday 4/7: Quick run through Nine Acre had a male harrier, tons of teal, and a brief view of an otter.

WIR 3/25-3/31

Wednesday 3/25: Stopped at Purgatory Cove for a few minutes scanning the river. At least 6 teal and a pintail among the normal stuff.

Thursday 3/26: Cowbirds in the yard.

Friday 3/27: Too rainy in the morning, exactly nothing at River Rd on the way home.

Saturday 3/28: Killdeer and Horned Larks at School St, more Killdeer at Nine Acre. And a mammal. Crows appeared to be working on a nest in the yard this morning too.

Sunday 3/29: Started with a quick check of Rock Meadow, where a towhee was a nice surprise. Nothing much at the duck ponds on the way home. After pancakes, off to Great Meadows. Turkey Vulture came in and landed, harrier and kestrel over, and not much else.

Vulture on ice

Towhee

Monday 3/30: Tons of ducks on the river by Purgatory Cove plus a flyover kingfisher and a Great Cormorant. Double-crested at Norumbega.

Tuesday 3/31: Stopped at BBN on the way in. Only had time for the parkway and a bit of the path by the marsh, but phoebe overhead and 2 Fox Sparrows were nice.

Fox

Wandered a bit in the snow this afternoon without finding much, ending at Nine Acre Corner. Headed down 117 to head home and noticed a fox in the field just after the bridge, so I pulled in to snap a photo.

Fox

It trotted across the road, entered the field right next to me, and quickly pounced.

Fox

Fox

Fox

Not satisfied with that, it put the food down and made another dive into the snow.

Fox

Fox

Unsuccessful, so it picked up the other and continued on.

Fox

Unfortunately at an angle where I couldn’t get any more photos, it put the rodent back down, jumped in again, and this time came up with another. It took them both and trotted into the woods (and crossed the road again as I was pulling out).

WIR 3/18-3/24

Wednesday 3/18: Very quick afternoon check of River Rd had 65+ Ring-necks.

Thursday 3/19: Same old

Friday 3/20: Tree Swallows at River Rd looked cold.

Saturday 3/21: Wandered the river a bit midafternoon. Nothing exciting around Shaw’s. Lots of Wood Ducks, Bufflehead, Ring-necks, a few GW Teal, and a Turkey Vulture at Forest Grove. Lesser Scaup at Norumbega (side note, finally looked at the map and noticed how that’s all Weston, which takes my Weston list to 100 and only drops 4 from my Newton list).

Sunday 3/22: Tried Dunback in the wind. Great Horned with a squirrel was about it. Drove through NAC after but nothing more than a handful of mergansers.

Monday 3/23: No luck with Common Teal at the town building, wigeon was new at least.

Tuesday 3/24: Nothing different.

WIR 3/11-3/17

Wednesday 3/11: Another quick check of the town building added another Wood Duck or two, a few more mergansers, and a Ring-neck. Probably had a good-sized flock of grackles heading home.

Thursday 3/12: Got the coot I missed at the building plus more Wood Ducks. River Rd had Ring-necks and Hoodies.

Friday 3/13: Zipped through Nine Acre Corner and Water Row without much of anything. Finally had a grackle from the yard though.

Saturday 3/14: Got ready to head up, opened the door and heard the rain, went back in.

Sunday 3/15: Fish Crow(s), 1 Cedar Waxwing, 8 Ring-necks, 4 Bufflehead, 2 Common Mergansers at the river walk. Four Wood Duck, 1 Common Merganser at Forest Grove. Eagle and more mergs at Norumbega. Grackles and/or Red-winged Blackbirds everywhere. Res and Hardy still frozen.

Monday 3/16: Turkey Vulture in Lincoln, usual ducks plus some land birds and a heron at the town building.

Tuesday 3/17: Too nasty in the morning, but pulled throug the town building driveway on the way home and added a couple GW Teal.

WIR 3/4-3/10

Wednesday 3/4: Found a few ducks at the town building, nothing exciting among them. Presumed GW Teal with some mallards flying over Smith St on the way home.

Thursday 3/5: Some Common Mergansers on Pelham Island Rd but nothing new at the town building.

Friday 3/6: Nothing new at the town building.

Saturday 3/7: Indoors all day.

Sunday 3/8: Wandered the West Meadow to Lot 1. GH Owl on the way over was about it, but a few turkeys on the way back and a singing Red-winged Blackbird eventually made it worthwhile.

Monday 3/9: Made a quick stop to get the waxwing on the commute list, fortunately one was still there (by itself). Also had a Peregrine fly over but nothing much in the ducks below the dam.

Tuesday 3/10: Two Wood Ducks at the town building but the good sighting for the day was a Woodchuck crossing Heard Pond.

WIR 2/25-3/3

Wednesday 2/25-Friday 2/27: Eh

Saturday 2/28: Besides the waxwings, the scaup and Green-winged Teal were around along with an adult eagle.

Sunday 3/1: Went to Revere Beach for a change. Nice Iceland and Glaucous but nothing else exciting. Brief stop at King’s Beach had nothing shortly before the Mew Gull turned up (fortunately I’ve been told it wasn’t there until later).

Monday 3/2: Eh

Tuesday 3/3: Stopped at Wayland Town Building, still frozen and nothing but geese.

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