WIR 8/4-8/10

Wednesday 8/4: Was heading to BBN but a couple odd birds that appeared to drop towards Hardy Pond turned out to be Glossy Ibis! Drove over to the other side to try to find them with no luck, but yard #117 and Waltham #225! Green Herons and a Hooded Merganser were nice at BBN.

Thursday 8/5: Went to Nine Acre for egrets and anything the rain might have put down. Found a Night-Heron flying off and that was it. Headed for a pond loop after but it started pouring again, so didn’t see much of anything.

Friday 8/6: Osprey at Flowed Meadow was a commute patch year bird (finally). Also a Zabulon Skipper and calling Virginia Rail or two.

Saturday 8/7: Eaten alive at Belle Isle with not much to show, FOY Lesser Yellowlegs, SB Dowitcher, and Broad-winged Skipper but no phalarope. Earhart had the usual in a quick stop.

Sunday 8/8: Quick check of Arlington Res had nothing. Went with a group down to Borderland State Park for odes. Little too cloudy but did get my state Scarlet Bluet and lots of Martha’s and Banded Pennants, plus a great Syrphid, Spilomyia longicornis.

Monday 8/9: Moderate diversity at Lindentree, Green Herons and 120+ Mourning Dove the most interesting.

Tuesday 8/10: Almost nothing along the Charles in Watertown, first Spotted Sandpiper(s?) in quite some time were it.

WIR 7/28-8/3

Wednesday 7/28: Couple Night-Herons at Cookson, nothing east of the square.

Thursday 7/29: Pretty dead at Prospect Hill, no tiger beetles.

Friday 7/30: Lot around at Hanscom although nothing much of interest.

Saturday 7/31: Started at Water Row, a few things flying around but nothing terribly exciting. Went to GM headquarters next, as much to see if the bathrooms were open as to bird, very little there. Back to the northern end of Water Row where a Red-shoulder was a Sudbury bird. Gave Pelham Island Rd a quick spin with nothing worth noting. Got home and almost immediately had a call from Marj about a White Ibis that had been in Wayland the night before. Ran back out but not surprisingly didn’t find it. Up to Gloucester in the afternoon, where I eventually walked over to Magnolia Point and got an Oystercatcher (somehow an Essex county bird) and a few other things.

Sunday 8/1: Ode walk in Carlisle, so started by going to Two Rod first. Not overly birdy, but Winter Wrens on either side of the town line were nice (new August bird after not getting a July bird) plus a Hermit Thrush and some bluebirds. Only inhaled one mosquito too. On to the Cranberry Bog, which was pretty quiet. Unanimous agreement was that the best odes were two Virginia Rails.

Monday 8/2: Weston Station Pond had the usual, 2 Spotted Sandpipers the most interesting unfortunately.

Tuesday 8/3: A few things of mild note at Cookson included a cormorant, RB Grosbeak, and phoebe. Nothing much along the river.

WIR 7/21-7/27

Wednesday 7/21: Nothing along the river.

Thursday 7/22: Finally got the ‘commute’ patch year list going again with a Spotted Sandpiper at Forest Grove. Also a Night-Heron and a little more but nothing exciting. Spent a little while bashing bushes for Vesper Bluet without any luck.

Friday 7/23: College Pond had usual stuff, RB Nuthatch and singing creeper about the most interesting.

Saturday 7/24: Started with a group of turkeys walking through the yard, then chased a Grasshopper Sparrow report in Shirley with success. Continued to Oxbow where I got to 100 in Ayer (GH Owl, woodcock, pewee, GC Flycatcher) plus a new genus of robber with Stichopogon trifasciatus. Tried Rock Meadow Pond too but quiet.

Sunday 7/25: Decided it was too rainy to go far. Great Meadows was quiet. Egret and 20+ Great Blues at Nine Acre, not much elsewhere.

Monday 7/26: Marsh Wren still singing at BBN.

Tuesday 7/27: Redstart at Dunback was definitely dispersing if not outright migrating. Also finally found Atomosia puella.

WIR 7/14-7/20

Wednesday 7/14: RB Grosbeak and a phoebe were both a bit odd along the Charles in Watertown.

Thursday 7/15: Mostly the usual at Rock Meadow/duck ponds. Purple Finch went over, but too weird to count without a better view.

Friday 7/16: Kaveski/Meriam’s/Brooks Village loop had 5 Least Sandpipers at Meriam’s and a Blue-winged Warbler.

Saturday 7/17: Nothing unexpected at Horn Pond, redstart was mildly interesting. Egret at Nine Acre was obvious in a nonbirding drive later.

Sunday 7/18: Wanted to go to the coast but was rainy enough to not bother. Few sandpipers at School St, not much at Great Meadows. Checked for Kathy’s Least Bittern on Cambridge Turnpike, no luck and just missed a Sora too.

Monday 7/19: Orchard Orioles and a Green Heron at West Meadow, nothing along Concord Ave.

Tuesday 7/20: Tried Cambridge Turnpike again. Two Virginia Rails but no bittern or Sora. Reasonable amount of other stuff although nothing exciting.

WIR 7/7-7/13

Wednesday 7/7: Nothing east of Watertown Square or at Gore.

Thursday 7/8: Busy but nothing out of the ordinary at Lindentree/St. Anne’s.

Friday 7/9: Tried to beat the rain and check the res but it was too foggy.

Saturday 7/10: Tons of terns at Draw Seven and Earhart but nothing much else. Osprey at the res in the afternoon.

Sunday 7/11: Concord 4th of July count, low numbers but not too bad with species. Also GH Owl and the usual odes.

Monday 7/12: Too rainy.

Tuesday 7/13: Quick walk around the Hardy Pond neighborhood had nothing.

WIR 6/30-7/6

Wednesday 6/30: Tanner’s Brook had the usual.

Thursday 7/1: Night-Herons on both sides of the square were about it in Watertown.

Friday 7/2: Eagle at the res for the first time in a little while. Nothing at Flint’s. Heron with a rodent at Nine Acre, usual at Hardy.

Saturday 7/3: Went out to Wayland in the mist. Couple Marsh Wrens, a YT Vireo, and a new bird for me at Heard (pigeon!). More vireos at the pond. Water Row had a Willow Flycatcher and the res had nothing on the way home.

Sunday 7/4: Went to Alewife to work on the Cambridge year list. Trail was completely flooded (went up to the top of my boot just trying to cross the first bridge), so did the ponds then went to Fresh Pond. Loon there called a couple times. Also Orchard Oriole carrying food, Willow Flycatcher, and lots of waxwings.

Monday 7/5: Great Meadows was fairly quiet. Stopped at Mattison Field on the way home, tons of gliders and monarchs but not much else.

Tuesday 7/6: Marsh Wren was singing at BBN. Also Black-shoulderd Spinylegs and a Monarch.

WIR 6/23-6/29

Wednesday 6/23: Nothing at Dunback, no interesting insects either.

Thursday 6/24: Nothing on the river.

Friday 6/25: Weston Station Pond  had 40+ herons and a bunch of Indigos but no shorebirds.

Saturday 6/26: Led a BBC walk in Ashby. Willard Brook was quietish, but we had great views of multiple Louisiana Waterthrush. Didn’t get deep into the woods however. Watatic had multiple sapsuckers, a cooperative Prairie, and lots of ants. Quick stop at Fitchburg Res had distant loons.

Sunday 6/27: Hop Brook into the Desert and Assabet had nothing terribly exciting, few robbers and other insects.

Monday 6/28: Nothing much at Lone Tree Hill or the duck ponds.

Tuesday 6/29: Usual at BBN.

WIR 6/16-6/2

Wednesday 6/16: Went back to Hartwell to look for the GWWA songster. No sign on the way down, Alder singing at the boardwalk turns out to be new for me in Lincoln. Started back and the warbler was singing. Pinned it down to the treeline along the edge of the park and waited 30 minutes for a Blue-winged to come out (as expected).

Thursday 6/17: Went out to Round Hill and Great Meadows headquarters to pick up some summer residents for Sudbury. Got 20 I think, Veery, BG Gnatcatcher, etc about the most interesting.

Friday 6/18: Nothing along the river.

Saturday 6/19: Sandy Beach was pretty quiet. Went to AGM after, mostly for bugs. Bit cloudy, but a few good things.

Sunday 6/20: Went to Ponkapoag. Swamp Spreadwing on the way to the boardwalk, Elfin Skimmers on the boardwalk plus what I assume are Mantled Baskettails, then a Comet Darner at the pond. Few weird gaps (no whitetail(!) too. Got home, started to look at photos and got a text that there was a Bar-winged Skimmer on the boardwalk… Oh well.

Monday 6/21: Falzone was quiet, although did finally get Green Heron for the ‘commute’ patch list as well as a few interesting flies.

Tuesday 6/22: Great Meadows was quiet except for what sounded like a martin and FOY Blue-fronted Dancers.

WIR 6/9-6/15

Wednesday 6/9: Started at Hobbs Brook. Chestnut-sided sang and flew past me not too far from where one seemed to set up a couple years ago. Prairie was singing at the power lines. Did the Shade St trails after, nothing of note there. Still had a few minutes so stopped at Hardy and had a Ruddy.

Thursday 6/10: Hanscom had the usual.

Friday 6/11: Nothing at Cookson, the merganser was back at the dam.

Saturday 6/12: Started at Belle Isle (well quick stop at the res had a loon). Redstart was singing near the parking lot, got the expected year birds plus the thrasher that has been hanging out and an ibis. Earhart next, Great Egret and a pewee or two were the most interesting. Grosbeak in the yard for dinner.

Sunday 6/13: Minuteman survey, about as expected (pending confirming an odd song as just a Blue-wing). Loop of Kaveski after, nothing of note, then 2 loons on Flint’s on the way home.

Monday 6/14: BBN had the expected stuff (mostly, mowing at Mackerel and rain starting limited things a bit). Indigo was #120 on the commute patches year list and a Slender Spreadwing finally posed after getting multiple spreadwing sp elsewhere this year.

Tuesday 6/15: Bunch of Night-Herons at Purgatory plus a Virginia Rail almost at the bridge through Flowed Meadow.

WIR 6/2-6/8

Wednesday 6/2: Nothing much at Falzone or West Meadow.

Thursday 6/3: Had a work thing, so tried for crossbills again. No luck, not too much else there either. Quick check of Heard Pond had nothing.

Friday 6/4: Pretty quiet around Watertown Square, redstart the only thing of interest. Water level was too high for the merganser’s rock, hope it’s still around.

Saturday 6/5: Did a Worcester county run. Started at Bolton Flats. The shorebird show had moved on but got the bittern and the overdue county Willow Flycatcher plus Bank Swallow, Hooded Merganser, etc. Continued to the Pine Hill Grasslands where both Vesper and Grasshopper Sparrows were fairly easy. Also lots of raptors and a few butterflies and dragonflies. Decided to try for the hybrid warbler in Upton next, although it was getting hot and was a bit further away than I realized. Heard but not seen unfortunately. Ton of odes around including a Swamp Darner. Then traffic going home.

Sunday 6/6: Winchester was the lowest of my local towns year list project (apparently hadn’t been there since March), so went to boost that a bit today. Started at the North Reservoir in the Fells. Fairly decent variety including two holes in the overall town list (Ovenbird and RB Grosbeak, I said holes). Also lots of Stream Cruisers and stuff. Went to Sandy Beach next, but the parking lot was overflowing, so I just went to Arlington Res instead. No shorebirds there and nothing around Cambridge Res.

Monday 6/7: Early loop of Rock Meadow was pretty quiet. FOY Monarch and European Skippers.

Tuesday 6/8: Nothing unexpected at College Pond.