WIR 5/9-5/15

Wednesday 5/9: Blackburnians at Prospect Hill plus FOY Black Swallowtail.

Thursday 5/10: More of the same at College Pond, BT Blue was new for Weston.

Friday 5/11: Pair of GW Teal and a YT Vireo at BBN. Pileated flew over 128 on the way to work.

Saturday 5/12: Bird-a-thon. Lousy weather, got about 93. Highlights included Cerulean in Medford, Cape May in Winchester, and the usual.

Sunday 5/13: Led the Mt. Auburn trip. Still lousy weather, more Cape Mays and the like but hard work. Wandered to Earhart after and had 10 warblers there. Quick stop at the Mystic Lakes didn’t turn up much and Meadowbrook had a parula and too many people visiting graves.

Monday 5/14: House Wren in the yard, eagle, turkey, a few warblers, etc at Forest Grove.

Tuesday 5/15: Had to renew my license, so got a few hours in at Mt. Auburn first. Twenty warblers (missing yellowthroat(!)) including 2 Cape Mays, a few Bay-breasted, a Tennessee, etc. Missed Olive-sided and a few other things but not bad at all.

WIR 5/2-5/8

Wednesday 5/2: Went back to Arlington Res to get the grosbeak for May and for the commute. Took more effort than I had hoped but I did get it. Also FOY Baltimore Orioles and Green Heron plus a ton of Yellow-rumps. Sitting outside in the evening had an Osprey go over.

Thursday 5/3: Got up early to go to Nobscot but a text from Tim as I was leaving saying it was slow had me head to BBN instead. Good decision, lots of yearbirds including catbird, parula, Black-and-white, RB Grosbeak, Blue-winged, and my first spring Orange-crowned. 

Friday 5/4: Drizzled enough that I abandoned plans for Prospect Hill and went to Heard Pond instead. Early Blackpoll, GC Flycatcher, etc.

Saturday 5/5: Suffolk county run. Goal was to hit 200 (starting at 191). Deer Island was hopping (finally), 12 warblers (Waterthrush, BT Blue, Prairie, Wilson’s all targets), plus gnatcatcher, Swainson’s Thrush, oystercatchers, tons of sparrows, and more. Piping Plover and nothing else at Winthrop Beach. Greenway had another waterthrush and a calling Least Flycatcher plus FOY Common Green Darner (presumably). Belle Isle was pretty dead. Did get a Veery and FOY Chimney Swift. Missed the Hooded Warbler in Mission Hill but did get a thrasher (199) plus Blue-winged and a few other things. Made up for that at Millennium. Not a whole lot else there but did get to 80 on the day.

Sunday 5/6: Swainson’s Thrush was 168 for the res on the new trail at Hobbs Brook. Also redstart and Prairie, FOY Scarlet Tanager and Spotted Sandpiper, and a few other things. Wasn’t quite lousy enough at Great Meadows but did have a couple yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers go over. Solitary and Spotted along the river plus another Blackpoll and most of the usual residents. White-crowned in the yard late in the day was the first in 10 years.

Monday 5/7: Another Swainson’s, this time at Lot 1 plus probably a pair of Broad-wings.

Tuesday 5/8: Made the drive out to Westborough for a little change. Nothing overly exciting, filled the White-crowned Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, and Orchard Oriole gaps in Worcester county.

WIR 4/25-5/1

Wednesday 4/25: Nothing in the rain at the res, Flint’s, Nine Acre, or Heard.

Thursday 4/26: Thrasher (new for Lincoln) and House Wren at Lindentree.

Friday 4/27: Warbling Vireo, not a lot else at Farm Pond. Turkey running around at work.

Saturday 4/28: Too sunny at the res (couldn’t look at the water), nothing at McClennen. Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, 2 thrashers in addition at Arlington Res. Nothing at Meadowbrook, 1 Mourning Cloak but no elfins or azures at Arlington Great Meadows.

Sunday 4/29: BBC Mt. Auburn trip had GH Owl, turkeys, and not much else. Great Meadows was a waste beyond FOY Marsh Wren and BH Vireo (in a downpour). Nothing at the res.

Monday 4/30: Chased a reported Audubon’s (that wasn’t) at Sudbury Great Meadows. FOY Ovenbird and a few other things.

Tuesday 5/1: BH Vireo and not much more at Forest Grove.

An Odd Duo

Nice surprise at Arlington Res today. Did have a brief Hammond’s flashback when it flew away from the farm and disappeared before anyone else arrived but fortunately it went to the edge of the res and spent the day there. Guessing there aren’t too many photos of this combo (or with a Mallard which I also have).


Blue Grosbeak


And much better views when first found

Blue Grosbeak

WIR 4/18-4/24

Wednesday 4/18: Lot 1 had a Field Sparrow.

Thursday 4/19: Too snowy(!). Palm and some cormorants were about all I could see at the res. Did finally get a Rough-winged Swallow at Heard Pond on the way home.

Friday 4/20: Nobscot had a sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, couple towhees, etc.

Saturday 4/21: Joined the MBC walk at Horn Pond, which was quiet beyond the kinglets. Drove a bunch of loops around Ipswich not seeing White-faced Ibis. Did run to Gloucester in between and had a sapsucker and Merlin.

Sunday 4/22: Looped Hanscom which wasn’t too bad. First Sharpie for Bedford plus 4 or more kestrels, a meadowlark (singing just slightly out of place which had me baffled for a minute), lots of Hermit Thrushes, etc. Full loop of Great Meadows had a loon (first one I’ve had on the water there I think), PB Grebe, and plenty of the usual. Brief run around the duck ponds had FOY Cabbage White. Kinglet singing in the yard early was nice.

Monday 4/23: Field Sparrow, Kestrel, etc at Heard.

Tuesday 4/24: Winter Wren(s), Barn Swallow, Gnatcatcher, Mourning Cloak, not much else new at BBN.

WIR 4/11-4/17

Wednesday 4/11: PB Grebe about it at Forest Grove.

Thursday 4/12: Palm Warblers and Chipping Sparrows were in at BBN and finally got a Fish Crow there.

Friday 4/13: FOY kingfisher and a somewhat surprising gnatcatcher at College Pond.

Saturday 4/14: Chipping Sparrow and little rabbit in the yard. Menotomy walk at BBN had 25-30 Palms, a Pine, a few Yellow-rumps, a sapsucker, 2 GW Teal, a Solitary Sandpiper, and more. Got the BW Teal and Greater Yellowlegs at Arlington Res but no gulls or other shorebirds. More of the same at the duck ponds and nothing at Cambridge Res or Hardy Pond.

Sunday 4/15: Quick res loop had a chickadee and a Hermit Thrush. Palms and a Ring-neck down by Rt. 2 then a Barn Swallow among the Trees at Hobbs Brook. Kestrel by Hanscom, nothing elsewhere.

Monday 4/16: Awful weather. Looped Hardy (nothing), the res (nothing), Mystic Lakes (4 Great Cormorants), Arlington Res (nothing), then went for a haircut and looped the res again. This time 3 Bonaparte’s Gulls dropped in but didn’t stay long enough for anyone else.

Tuesday 4/17: 28 GW Teal, 4+ Snipe, a kestrel, and 18+ Savannah Sparrows at Meriam’s Corner.

WIR 4/4-4/10

Wednesday 4/4: Usual at Arlington Res.

Thursday 4/5: Heard a Pine Warbler (only one) at Prospect Hill plus a Fox Sparrow.

Friday 4/6: FOY Hermit Thrush and Swamp Sparrow at Dunback plus 2 more Fox Sparrows.

Saturday 4/7: Few Tree Swallows, a cormorant, and a phoebe at the res but little on the water. Nothing at Flint’s or Nine Acre. Alewife had a cleanup crew and was quiet. Thorndike Field was quiet too, as was McClennen.

Sunday 4/8: Started in Squantum. Usual birds at Squaw Rock. Got the gannet I wanted and first egrets (both Snowy and Great) at the marshes. Decided to skip Squantum Point and Wollaston and went to Nut Island. Far too windy but there were a few Long-tailed Ducks visible. Went inland from here (picking up Gadwall on Black’s Creek as a driveby), trying Turner’s Pond which didn’t have any of the ducks that had been there the day before. Headed towards home, deciding to stop at Cutler Lake on the way. No luck with the Pine Warbler I expected but did get a creeper. When I started, there was exactly one gull on the water, by the time I was halfway around, it was closer to 100. A bit further down, the bright white of a Glaucous jumped out, and reviewing photos of that, I picked out the Lesser Black-backed that had been around too. Buzz of the res on the way home had 2 Greater Scaup and just short of nothing else.

4 Gulls

Monday 4/9: Too windy at Great Meadows. Did hear a Virginia Rail before I bailed for the woods, where I had a Pine Warbler (and a Yellow-rump by the inner parking lot).

Tuesday 4/10: Another Yellow-rump at the Pelham Island Rd swamp. Real surprise was a Cliff Swallow on Heard Pond.

Cliff Swallow

WIR 3/28-4/3

Wednesday 3/28: Great Meadows had the usual. Highlight was actually a Mallard that landed up in the trees next to the tower.

Thursday 3/29: Same at BBN.

Friday 3/30: Phoebe finally at Rock Meadow plus patch FOY Great Blue Heron and Wood Duck. Also some peepers.

Saturday 3/31: Went west. Lots of Common Mergansers and an eagle at Fitchburg Res, Hooded Merganser at Ashby Res. Ruffed Grouse (presumably) flushed on Watatic and probably heard a crossbill. Tree Swallow driving to Townsend State Forest (plus Wood Frogs) which was pretty quiet beyond an Eastern Comma. Phoebe at Townsend Hill WMA. Fish Crow at Fitch’s Bridge, raven,GH Owl nest, and a garter snake at Rocky Hill, larks and several Fish Crows at School St.

Sunday 4/1: Lesser Scaup at the res. Same stupid dog owner at Mill Pond and no obvious ducks so didn’t linger. Osprey, Tree Swallows, Greater Scaup at Horn Pond. No Rough-leg around Hanscom but lots of Tree Swallows. Yellowlegs still at Kaveski. Snipe and Savannah Sparrow at Waltham St and lots of Ruddy at Hardy Pond for 50 species on the day.

Monday 4/2: Tree Swallows, DC Cormorant, usual at Purgatory/Forest Grove.

Tuesday 4/3: Nothing new at BBN.

WIR 3/21-3/27

Wednesday 3/21: 2 Killdeer, 3 Fox Sparrow at BBN.

Thursday 3/22: Yuck morning, nothing at Heard or Nine Acre on the way home.

Friday 3/23: Usual at Arlington Res.

Saturday 3/24: 16+ Iceland Gulls and an interesting molting eider at Deer Island. No oystercatcher at Pico. Gadwall and what was probably a heard-only phoebe at Belle Isle. Greater Scaup and not much else at Winthrop Beach. Red-necked Grebe at Draw Seven.

Sunday 3/25: Nothing at the duck ponds or Concord Ave. Fox Sparrows at Lot 1 and West Meadow.

Monday 3/26: Bufflehead at College Pond was my 100th species there, nothing much else.

Tuesday 3/27: Expected stuff at Heard Farms.