WIR 12/16-12/22

Wednesday 12/16: Yellow-rump and a flyover redpoll were it at Dunback.

Thursday 12/17: Nice out.

Friday 12/18: Made a lunchtime run down the Charles, one Bufflehead about it. A few mergansers on Hardy.

Saturday 12/19: Semi-attempted CBC scouting. Checked whether the road at Prospect Hill was cleared, then gave the res a quick buzz. Or would have been quick had a Tundra Swan not stuck its head out. Waltham #222, res #182! Didn’t really check much beyond that.

Sunday 12/20: CBC, but with covid protocols it was easier to do solo sections. Falzone had 2 Hermit Thrushes, a Purple Finch, and a Winter Wren. Hardy was frozen, Paine reminded me why we don’t go anymore (although I did hear the geese that the eagle apparently flushed from the field station), and a few Mallards by the Y. Graverson had another Winter Wren and a few sparrows. Afternoon attempt to find some active feeders failed pretty miserably.

Monday 12/21: Gave the res a quick scan, swan on the commute list (236 overall, 189 for this year). Had enough time after for the duck ponds, one of which was somehow mostly open. Just geese and Malllards and not much in the trees.

Tuesday 12/22: Nothing particularly interesting at Forest Grove.

WIR 12/9-12/15

Wednesday 12/9: Red-shoulder, Marsh Wren, Yellow-rump at BBN.

Thursday 12/10: Crossbills at College Pond.

Friday 12/11: Pair of Great Horned at Habitat.

Saturday 12/12: Jamaica Pond once the fog burned off, took a minute or two but the Eared Grebe showed really well. Nothing too exciting with it. Continued out to Wellesley for the chat, no luck with that but a few ducks at least.

Sunday 12/13: Foggy again. Couldn’t see much at the res. Nine Acre had 500+ geese but nothing else. South end of Nagog was clear, north end not so much, nothing particularly interesting. Decided to try Rocky Hill in Groton, Winter Wren the only thing of note. Nagog was foggier somehow on the way back.

Monday 12/14: Two grackles, 5 Red-wings, and a probable northern Red-tail at West Meadow, nothing much at Falzone.

Tuesday 12/15: Nothing by Moody St. Two eagles at Mt. Feake, nothing different at Hardy.

WIR 12/2-12/8

Wednesday 12/2: Sapsucker at Prospect Hill.

Thursday 12/3: Pacific-slope put on a good show this morning (‘commute’ #235). Had enough time for Blair Pond too, but they were working on the train tracks so nothing beyond a kinglet and bunch of Hoodies there.

Friday 12/4: Heard a couple crossbills at Kaveski, no redpolls or White-crown but did have a sharpie and harrier.

Saturday 12/5: Rather nasty, quick run around the res had an eagle going after the coots but nothing else close enough.

Sunday 12/6: Dunback had a vulture, 6 redpolls, and a Winter Wren. Nothing but Canada Geese at Nine Acre and the usual ducks at the res, although more scaup than there had been.

Monday 12/7: Tried to the very late Spotted Sandpiper at Menotomy Rocks without success. PB Grebe and cormorants were the best at Spy Pond after.

Tuesday 12/8: 20 Redpolls at Cookson, not much else there or Watertown Square.

WIR 11/25-12/1

Wednesday 11/25: Started early at Fresh Pond but no sign of the Western Flycatcher. Second run later in the day missed the bird by about 5 minutes.

Thursday 11/26: Nastier than I hoped, did a res-Flint’s-NAC run without much of note.

Friday 11/27: Started at BBN where I finally got a Marsh Wren for Waltham (and a second later). Also a late catbird, a crow/raven/Red-shoulder group mobbing a Great Horned Owl and jays mobbing a Barred Owl, and a couple Yellow-rumps. Back to Fresh Pond. Bird was slightly cooperative, although not vocalizing. Not a ton else in a full loop.

Saturday 11/28: Decided a trip up Rt. 3 was a good idea. Lake Mascuppic zero birds, so on to a quick check of River Front Park. That was pretty dead but at least I got some common stuff I needed for Tyngsborough. Two Pileated over High St on my way to Amos Kendall. One distant crossbill and a siskin but not much else. Arched Bridge was even quieter (even though it was getting sunny), but I had a couple more crossbills close enough to record just before leaving. Quick check of Waltham St on the way home had nothing.

Sunday 11/29: Started at Alewife/Thorndike (after a Merlin eating breakfast on Lexington St). Not much there. Continued to Torbert McDonald, which wasn’t bad. Flyover redpoll and a Yellow-rump to start, then a few more redpolls at the far end. Started to cut back across and noticed something among the geese, which turned out to be a meadowlark! Couldn’t make it a Western, but not a bad bird for here. Another 20 redpolls went over while watching it.

Next stop was Draw Seven, email check before I got out had me scanning for Jonathan’s Brant. No luck with that but the Surf Scoter was present and another redpoll flew over. I moved on to the Wellington Greenway to check further up the river and noticed that it had moved to Sylvester Baxter, so I got the scope out. And couldn’t find it. Lots of geese visible in the water back at Torbert, so I went back there instead of getting the scoter for Everett too. No Brant visible but the meadowlark was still hanging around.

Monday 11/30: Falzone was pretty quiet.

Tuesday 12/1: Evening Grosbeak, lots of waxwings, few flyover redpolls at Dunback.

WIR 11/18-11/24

Wednesday 11/18: Nothing in the cold and wind at Fresh Pond.

Thursday 11/19: RC Kinglet and a couple flyover siskins about it at Forest Grove.

Friday 11/20: Red-breasted Nuthatches and ravens were about it at Great Meadows headquarters.

Saturday 11/21: Not much at Cold Spring to start (missed the crossbill flock of multiple types). No bluebirds or finches at Millennium and Brook Farm, did get ravens for #100 at Millennium. Was going to stop at Kendrick Pond but too many people so just did Hobbs Brook and saw nothing.

Sunday 11/22: Decided to give coastal Boston a swing, mostly hoping for Cave Swallow. No luck with that and it wasn’t very nice out. Deer Island had almost no passerines but did have the large scoter/eider flock. Out at the tip, I was panning through another eider flock and picked up a guillemot! It dove and gave me a slightly panicked few seconds before it came back up and I could manage a few photos. It then took off, which at least gave me slightly better photos. Surprisingly, my first in MA away from Essex county.

Next stop was the Winthrop Greenway and Belle Isle Cemetery. Nothing too exciting, a couple of late yellowlegs and a Common Merganser the most interesting. On to Earhart. Walked out the little grassy point and the Glaucous Gull was back. Gave the casino grounds a brief look then zipped over to Draw Seven to get the gull in Somerville. Almost couldn’t find it at first, it was climbing up onto the rocks at the fishing platform, allowing for full frame photos. Also a Merlin and a raven here. Last stop was Spy Pond where Jonathan had found and Iceland Gull earlier. No sign at Linwood, but I decided to give the park a quick check and had the gull in the scope pretty quickly. Not the day I expected, but one I’ll definitely take.

Monday 11/23: Yuck

Tuesday 11/24: Redpolls and a Rusty at Dunback.

WIR 11/11-11/17

Wednesday 11/11: Couldn’t hit the highs of previous Veteran’s Days. Started at Ell Pond which had a nice selection of waterfowl but just about no land birds. Did a run through Wakefield next, siskin in the cemetery the only moderately interesting thing. Horn Pond was also pretty quiet, although I didn’t check the lagoon or main pond other than as as drive by. Work going on by Winter Pond so I skipped that and too many cars at Spy Pond. Res had a lot of ducks but the sun came out just as I got to the last group, so nothing interesting among them.

Thursday 11/12: Quick early run around the res had good views of the whole duck flock and an eagle. Just short of nothing on Hardy.

Friday 11/13: Loon at the res but too rainy to get out and look through the duck flock. Nothing at Flint’s, Nine Acre, or Hardy.

Saturday 11/14: Squantum run. Siskin over Squaw Rock but not too much else other than what were presumably Snow Buntings that I didn’t get quite enough on to eliminate larks. Squantum Point Park was fairly dead. Passaganeset had the redpoll I was looking for and a Palm. Checked Draw Seven and Earhart on the way home. Nothing at Draw Seven and not much at Earhart until I got back into the car and watched a flock of redpolls drop in.

Sunday 11/15: Initial plan was to check Great Meadows and then Fresh Pond but it was too nice for that, so I started at October Farm instead. Very quiet until (again) back at the car when some number of crossbills went over. Decided to continue to Foss Farm and loop around there. Started well with some Horned Larks flying around, then a Red-shoulder over the river. Down at the other end another crossbill went over, then Ring-necks and a Pied-billed Grebe were on the pond (plus 2 ravens overhead and 2 Pileateds in the woods just beyond). Heading back, the shrike that had been at Foss Farm earlier this month popped up (presumably the same one). Quick stop on the way home got the Redheads at Winter Pond.

Monday 11/16: Not a thing at Great Meadows beyond bluebirds. Quick check of Elm Brook and the res had nothing either.

Tuesday 11/17: Couple redpolls and lots of geese and Mallard at BBN.

WIR 11/4-11/10

Wednesday 11/4: Danehy was pretty quiet most of the way around. Got up sparrow hill and a bunch of juncos were on the ground before a Lark Sparrow dropped out of the juniper! Likely a Pileated flying over Rt. 2 on the way home too.

Lark Sparrow

Thursday 11/5: Redpolls and Sharpie at BBN.

Friday 11/6: 3 Chipping Sparrows at Dunback but not a ton else and the redpolls didn’t come in until after I left.

Saturday 11/7: Chase day. Started with a quick check of the res (both RT and Common Loons, lots of ducks but not in a great spot). Couple chases, but other than the targets not much else at either site (Monarch with the cuckoo). Did a quick swing down Norumbega to Angleside without noting much on the way home.

Sunday 11/8: Went west hoping for boreal stuff. Climb up Watatic was pretty quiet, no grouse, one siskin. Crossbills at the top. Too hazy for any raptors and the wrong wind. Also Horned Larks and siskins as county birds. Walked over to Nutting Hill but didn’t add anything beyond a bluebird. Walk down was equally quiet beyond a sulphur by the car. Blood Hill next, a couple crossbills and Red-breasted Nuthatches everywhere. Quick check of the reservoirs had 3 loons and a few ducks.

Monday 11/9: Quick check of Cookson and the Charles didn’t have too much, creeper and Hermit Thrush new for me at Watertown Square.

Tuesday 11/10: Finally got Evening Grosbeak for the valley at Kaveski, plus Horned Lark (‘commute’ year bird), a White-crowned, and a catbird among other things.

WIR 10/28-11/3

Wednesday 10/28: Too rainy to look for the Townsend’s, so another check of the res. Loon was in real close and a Red-breasted Merganser was #170 for the Cambridge Region ‘commute’. Ring-neck flock was way out though. Flint’s had a couple Ring-necks and Hoodies but little else. Quick scan of Nine Acre had little and nothing at Hobbs Brook.

Thursday 10/29: Tried for the Townsend’s at Habitat. No luck with that but a big flock of siskins and a smaller flock of Evening Grosbeaks were nice.

Friday 10/30: Actually had to run to the office, but snowing too hard to really bird (could barely see any of the ponds). Did have an eagle fly over on the way out.

Saturday 10/31: Too foggy at the res, too bright at Hobbs Brook (but a White-crowned flew off the road as I drove off down Mill St). Redpolls and a flyover Lapland Longspur at Great Meadows plus FOF Tree Sparrows. Nothing much of note at Barrett’s Mill or School St. Loon and FOF Common Mergansers at Flint’s.

Sunday 11/1: Started at Heard. Pond looked quiet. Conservation land wasn’t terribly busy either, lots of Purple Finches and a few flyover pipits about it. Nothing much at the swamp, so I stopped at the community gardens to check for finches. Nothing of note there. Continued to the Rt. 27 bridge, which was a bit overgrown. Did have a few duck flocks go over with a Gadwall in one. Was planning on Round Hill and Great Meadows headquarters but saw the report of a Long-tailed Duck in Concord so headed that way (via the res, loon and the Ring-necks in less than ideal spots). No Long-tail or much else.

Monday 11/2: Arlington Res was very quiet. One siskin was about it for land birds. Three coots were actually a full commute year bird and a Pied-billed Grebe was nice. Quick check of Hardy didn’t have much beyond cormorants and a kingfisher.

Tuesday 11/3: Went to Great Meadows hoping for Evening Grosbeak for the valley list. No luck with that, but a Peregrine flushed the Dunlin as I walked in and a couple Snow Buntings were bouncing around.