WIR 8/15-8/21

Wednesday 8/15: North end of Cambridge Res was pretty quiet.

Thursday 8/16: West Meadow: 2 deer, family of RB Grosbeaks, and Fiery Skipper (3rd butterfly patch tick in 2 weeks).


Friday 8/17: Busy day. BBN before work: lots of warblers, mostly redstarts but Black-and-white, couple Yellows, and a Chestnut-sided. Also Red-breasted Nuthatches, gnatcatcher, and a Bobolink. Duck ponds at lunch were quiet (and flooded, especially the path below). Sitting outside at home in the afternoon, I looked up from the laptop and was stared down by a hummingbird (#97 for me in the yard).

Saturday 8/18: RB Nuthatch flyover down the street. Eventually wandered to Great Meadows where I got both the Snowy Egret and Little Blue Heron (nice views of the egret but the heron did its best to keep as far away as possible) but nothing else. Quick stop at the Cambridge Res on the way home had 4 Least, 1 Solitary, 1 Spotted, and 4 Killdeer along the road and a couple more killdeer elsewhere.

Sunday 8/19: Dunback: Wilson’s, 4+ Yellow, 3+ Redstart, Olive-sided Flycatcher, grosbeaks and hummingbirds everywhere.

Monday 8/20: BBN: couple Chestnut-sideds on the hill were overshadowed by a Broad-winged Hawk circling with a Red-tail at the top (patch #150!). Another Chestnut-sided and a Blue-winged down below.

Tuesday 8/21: Prospect Hill had a stunning fresh Blackburnian plus a BT Green and Black-and-white. Vulture over the yard followed eventually by 2 nighthawks.