WIR 10/18-10/24

Wednesday 10/18: 2 PB Grebes not much else at Forest Grove.

Thursday 10/19: Field Sparrow and sharpie were the most interesting things in the Wayland Community Gardens. Two coots on the res on the way home.

Friday 10/20: Farm Pond had 30 Ring-necks, a coot, a snipe, a GH Owl, and 2 Peregrines.

Saturday 10/21: Nothing much at the res (finally got a Ring-neck), 2+ Dickcissel at Waltham St, 18 Pecs and 50+ teal at Hobbs Brook. BBC fall meeting was in Reading, so headed out to the Reading Town Forest on the way. Wooded area in late October may not have been the best idea, but 2 Winter Wrens and a Hermit Thrush were nice.

Sunday 10/22: Squantum run. Squaw Rock Park had a feeding frenzy of gulls offshore, 6+ Hermit Thrush, and a late (maybe) yellowthroat. The marshes were quiet, but 40+ Red-throated Loons were off the hummock and 3 Caspian Terns were on the sandbar just beyond. The canoe launch had one probable Nelson’s and a raven. Passanageset had 6 Brant and a few sparrows. And all spots had hundreds of cormorants. Decided to check Great Pond on the way home and had a Vesper Sparrow and Marsh Wren on the causeway plus many raptors and another few hundred cormorants. Res on the way home had first of fall Common Merganser.

Monday 10/23: Rock Meadow had a sapsucker, Merlin, and not too much else.

Tuesday 10/24: Arlington Res was pretty quiet. Found the Pecs and some snipe on my last scan. Fought traffic to work and saw Bob had Dunlin at Hobbs Brook, wrong choice.

WIR 10/11-10/17

Wednesday 10/11: Nashville and little else at Rock Meadow and nothing at the duck ponds.

Thursday 10/12: Less than last week at Meriam’s.

Friday 10/13: Late Magnolia, Nashville, usual at BBN on the parkway.

Saturday 10/14: Started by leading the MBC walk at Waltham St. Too cloudy and not overly birdy. Rusty, poorly seen White-crown, Bobolinks about it. Continued after to West Meadow, which was very quiet. Walking back by the ball courts at BBN to get to the car, kicked up yesterday’s Nashville and a Field Sparrow. Arlington Res had 3 pipits and not much else. Hairy at McClennen, eagle at Spy Pond, another pipit at Hobbs Brook.

Sunday 10/15: Did a Worcester county swing. Finally got Savannah Sparrow and mockingbird(!) at Westborough where the highlight was a huge flock of House Finch. Pectoral Sandpipers at Bartlett Pond, nothing at Wachusett, not much at Sterling Peat.

Monday 10/16: Field Sparrows and a Pileated at College Pond.

Tuesday 10/17: Sora at Great Meadows and Black Scoters at the res (commute #208).

WIR 10/4-10/10

Wednesday 10/4: Went to Rock Meadow. No luck with Anna’s Dickcissel but a Yellow Warbler was my first in October and a Grasshopper Sparrow was patch #168. Two ravens over the Pike later.

Grasshopper Sparrow

Thursday 10/5: White-crowned and other sparrows at Round Hill.

Friday 10/6: Couldn’t find the Clay-colored at Arlington Res but another White-crowned or 3 and a flyover pipit were nice. About 13 Ruddies on the res on the way home.

Saturday 10/7: Started with the MBC walk at Waltham St. Dickcissel, Clay-colored, and adult White-crowned were nice but the rail and vireo that got away would have made things better. Continued to Hobbs Brook where I finally got the Pec and there were lots of Yellow-rumps. Tried Hanscom, couldn’t find anything new for Bedford.

Sunday 10/8: Plymouth run. Had hopes of a big set of county additions but the forecast got worse. Figured I’d have a few hours before the rain but didn’t count on the wind. Gannets, lots of Laughing Gulls and Tree Swallows, and not much else at Ellisville Harbor. Great Herring Pond had boats and no birds. Manomet Point had wind but from inside the car I got Cory’s and Great Shearwaters along with lots more gulls, gannets, and cormorants before the rain hit. Nothing at Nelson Field in the downpour. Figured it might be over by the time I got to Cumberland Farms but it picked up again right as I arrived, so I bailed and checked Hobbs Brook, which was essentially the same as Saturday.

Monday 10/9: Went to Great Meadows to see if anything came in on the storm. Did get first of fall harrier and pintail, plus a White-crowned and the Clay-colored but not a whole lot else.

Tuesday 10/10: Finally got a towhee in Wayland at Heard Farm, not a whole lot else (Slender Spreadwing and Slaty Skimmer were nice too actually). Ran out at lunch for the Brant at Farm Pond.

WIR 9/27-10/3

Wednesday 9/27: Fairly quiet at Lindentree, very late pondhawk the most interesting.

Thursday 9/28: Nothing at Forest Grove.

Friday 9/29: Nashville, BT Blue, Parula, Lincoln’s Sparrow, etc at the Wayland Community Gardens plus Ruddies on Heard Pond.

Saturday 9/30: Zip at the res.

Sunday 10/1: Started at Danehy. Got 40 species, including 5+ warblers, a sapsucker, and a few sparrows. Continued to Earhart with 2 redstarts and a few more sparrows. Night-heron from the Somerville side. Usual at Hobbs Brook.

Monday 10/2: Finally got a Swainson’s Thrush for the commute at BBN (#207). Also first of fall Winter Wren, a creeper, and a few warblers.

Tuesday 10/3: Lots at Meriam’s including first of year pipits, a Red-shoulder, first of fall Rusties, and a Pileated.

WIR 9/20-9/26

Wednesday 9/20: Black-and-white at Great Meadows, nothing storm-related.

Thursday 9/21: Dunback was frustrating with the got away list bigger than the seen list. Did have first of fall BH Vireo. Nothing new at Hobbs Brook.

Friday 9/22: Rather nasty out, nothing much at Heard (the farm before work, the pond at lunch).

Saturday 9/23: Started with a quick check of the res. Was hoping to confirm the Ring-necks that I kept having to drive past but instead was shocked to find 12 Red-necked Grebes. Only 1 previous September record for the county that I could dig up quickly and previous high count was 4! Checked Flint’s for any further sign of a waterbird fallout then headed out to Ashby. Three loons on Fitchburg Res but nothing else there. Spent 2 hours hawkwatching at Blood Hill. Was mediocre but the main sites were equally bad so not sure yet. Did have a kestrel, sharpie, few Broad-wings, eagles, lots of vultures and ravens, Yellow-rumps, a Palm, a couple kinglets, and a sapsucker. Quick check of Ahsby WMA didn’t add anything.

Sunday 9/24: Palm, Yellow-rump, Pine, usual sparrows at Waltham St. Just about nothing at Dunback but as I was about to turn around a Philadelphia Vireo popped up and a towhee called on the way out. A few more Tringa at Hobbs Brook and the teal were still in too lousy light to be sure of any Blue-winged.

Monday 9/25: Two cowbirds and a GC Kinglet at BBN.

Tuesday 9/26: Pretty quiet at Westborough WMA.

WIR 9/13-9/19

Wednesday 9/13: Red-shoulder, Least Flycatcher, and a Savannah or two at Kaveski. Surprisingly, the Least was new for Concord.

Thursday 9/14: Worked BBN for Ryan Doherty’s Golden-wing with Marshall and Ryan S. No luck with that but plenty of other warblers and a Philadelphia Vireo.

Friday 9/15: Tried BBN again. Did the parkway first, first Lincoln’s Sparrow of the fall among lots of Chipping. Little less activity elsewhere, warblers were probably close to screech-owled out but did have a BT Blue that we didn’t have yesterday.

Saturday 9/16: Started working Cambridge and Arlington. Danehy fairly dead but a Bobolink and pewee were Cambridge additions. Alewife was also fairly quiet, couple Parula and another pewee. Spy Pond was dead. Tried Mt. Pleasant/Meadowbrook. Only did the area around the stream and added 2 birds to the site ebird list: Canada Warbler and Solitary Sandpiper. Also had a Prairie for Arlington. Continued to McClellen, which had Wood Duck, Green Heron, and another Solitary. Very little at Hobbs Brook (10 Killdeer, 2 Least, 1 kayaker). Waltham St. was quiet, eventually did turn up the expected Dickcissel. Catbird in the yard was the first in a while.

Sunday 9/17: Led the MBC walk at BBN. Fog never really cleared and the scold tape attracted nothing but chickadees. Did have a few uncooperative Nashvilles, a Blackpoll, a couple grosbeaks, and an oriole. Renee and I continued to Dunback to look for Marj’s MacGillivray’s. Nothing doing with that or the Connecticut further down. Did have 2 Broad-wings on the way out. Checked Hobbs Brook again, Solitary and Lesser Yellowlegs plus a bunch of teal (all Green-winged I think).

Monday 9/18: Went back to Dunback. Two Merlins but little else around the MacGillivray’s spot. Was told that Chris Floyd had the Golden-winged on the way out, so doubled back for 30 seconds without any luck.

Tuesday 9/19: Early oil change meant I had time to scan the 2 cormorants and 7 geese at the res. Buzzed Heard Pond on the way home and added 5 more cormorants.

WIR 9/6-9/12

Wednesday 9/6: Fairly quiet at College Pond, few redstarts, a Black-and-white, etc.

Thursday 9/7: Too much traffic to get to Wayland, so stopped at Lindentree. Pretty quiet, Merlin probably a good part of the reason why.

Friday 9/8: Magnolia, raven, not a lot else at Heard Farm.

Saturday 9/9: Made another Suffolk county run. Deer Island was a disappointment, one redstart the extent of the land birding and nothing much on the water. Flythrough Sanderling was technically a county bird. Continued to Fisherman’s Bend Park where it took an hour for one of the Marbled Godwits to come out. Good number of Black-bellied Plovers, SB Dowitchers, oystercatchers, and turnstones too. On to Winthrop Beach. Not a ton of variety but more (or the same) oystercatchers and a Western Sandpiper were nice.

Sunday 9/10: Parula and 5 Field Sparrows about it at the Massport trails. Eagle and nothing at Great Meadows. Little bit of mud at Hobbs Brook, both yellowlegs, a Least, and first of fall wigeon. First of fall White-throat at Waltham St.

Monday 9/11: Bay-breasted, Parula, bunch of redstarts and Black-and-whites at BBN. Then went running. Unfortunately not for a Common Ringed Plover but for 2 Mute Swans going over.

Tuesday 9/12: Red-shoulder at Forest Grove, between the landscapers, the water chestnut machine, and everything else, it was a bit too noisy otherwise.

WIR 8/30-9/5

Wednesday 8/30: Quiet at Great Meadows other than one large plover that called a couple times.

Thursday 8/31: Olive-sided at Nobscot.

Friday 9/1: After struggling for any migrant warblers beyond Redstart and Black-and-white all August, there was a big flock at BBN this morning included 2 Parula, 1 Blackburnian, 1 BT Green, 1-2 Magnolia, and a Chestnut-sided plus 3 redstart, a Black-and-white, a yellowthroat, 3 gnatcatchers, and a flyover Osprey. Five BW Teal at Flint’s on the way home.

Saturday 9/2: A few warblers at Dunback in the morning. Afternoon walk around Otis State Forest had 10 including Cape May, 2 Tennessee, and a Bay-breasted.

Sunday 9/3: Got stir-crazy and made a quick trip to Colebrook River Lake. Connecticut side was moderately birdy with a Great Egret and Bald Eagle on the lake and Blackburnian among the warblers on the road. Nothing on the MA side though. Too rainy after that.

Monday 9/4: Horn Pond had a few yellowlegs, a BW Teal, and a Wilson’s Warbler. Nothing exciting at Mary Cummings and nothing at Mill Pond. Went back out in the afternoon to look for the Golden-wing at Nahanton. Nothing much there, but a bunch of shorebirds, some nighthawks, and an eagle at Millennium were nice.

Tuesday 9/5: Prospect Hill gate was closed so had to hike up. Multiple BT Greens, a few redstarts, and not much else.

WIR 8/23-8/29

Wednesday 8/23: GW Teal at Forest Grove, little else.

Thursday 8/24: Surprisingly little at BBN, 3 Solitaries in the marsh finally.

Friday 8/25: Greater Yellowlegs was the highlight at Heard Farm.

Saturday 8/26: Went out to Townsend. Seven warblers in the state forest, although all but redstart were ones I have had in summer before. Flushed Ruffed Grouse was easily bird of the day. Side trip to NH without finding any quick sites worth checking, so back to Townsend Hill WMA. The woods were fenced off but an eagle over as I walked in was nice.

Sunday 8/27: Joined the MBC walk at Horn Pond. Ten Woburn year birds and first Common Nighthawk overall but fairly quiet. There were a few sandpipers by the gardens. Continued to Earhart where there were a ton of Semipalmated Sandpipers but not much else. On to Winthrop Beach, tide was totally wrong so other than a couple Laughing Gulls and one Spotted Sandpiper there was nothing of interest. Belle Isle was equally dead, so I went down to Squantum where there had been a Wilson’s Phalarope. Found that pretty quickly, worked down to the end of the marshes and did a quick email check. Caspian Terns on the spit opposite some street. There’s a spit, and there’s a Caspian Tern. And an oystercatcher. And among the other things I checked, a Red-necked Phalarope was also at the pans earlier (what was the one that dropped towards the back just before the Wilson’s came in?). Walked back and found Linda, and then Vin and company. Added 2 White-rumps and 2 Westerns but no Red-neck.

Monday 8/28: Kicked myself for not checking ebird alerts yesterday afternoon, so no phalarope at Forest Grove. Osprey over Comm Ave at least.

Tuesday 8/29: Rock Meadow was on the quiet side. Lots of Song Sparrows and finches, a few vireos, a couple redstarts, and a flyover kingfisher. Quick run around the duck ponds had a Solitary and a waterthrush.

WIR 8/16-8/22

Wednesday 8/16: Nobscot, couple gnatcatchers, couple redstarts, Blue-wing.

Thursday 8/17: Black-and-white and not much else at Prospect Hill.

Friday 8/18: Dunback had 2-3 Least Flycatchers, a waterthrush, and a few Bobolinks.

Saturday 8/19: Started with Blair Pond (4 Least), then Alewife (Blue-winged Warbler, not a lot else). Continued to Assembly Square where a Common Tern was fishing in close and a Least Sandpiper flew over (bet there was stuff there at low tide). Debated working towards home or Belle Isle and saw the Black Tern report from Winter Pond, figured there was a slight chance it moved to the Mystic Lakes. No luck with that but a few more Least and some Spotted plus the waterthrush and a hummingbird at Sandy Beach.

Sunday 8/20: Hop Brook was fairly quiet, got a few Sudbury year birds but nothing exciting. Very quiet at the Desert. Continued west to Sterling Peat which had 4 Green Heron, a Great Egret, a bunch of common shorebirds, and a Prairie Warbler. Nothing in a quick stop at the duck ponds.

Monday 8/21: Started at Round Hill, which was on the quiet side beyond lots of swallows over Pantry Brook. Had a few minutes, so stopped on Water Row and had a snipe buzz over.

Tuesday 8/22: Canada Warbler was the highlight at College Pond.