WIR 10/7-10/13

Wednesday 10/7: Pretty quiet at BBN and West Meadow.

Thursday 10/8: Rock Meadow had 3+ siskins, a sapsucker, a pipit, and 2+ Nashvilles.

Friday 10/9: Danehy was pretty birdy, starting with a sharpie and harrier going over. Flock of pipits around plus siskins moving. No interesting sparrows or warblers, Swainson’s Thrush was nice too.

Saturday 10/10: Decided to work on siskin town lists. Started at McClennen Park in Arlington where I had a Field Sparrow, 4 siskins, and a raccoon. Arlington Res had 2 Ring-necks and a big flock of siskins. Sandy Beach had another big flock, plus B+W and BT Blue Warblers and a sharpie. Found siskins walking in at Horn Pond but still looped the gardens, Lesser Yellowlegs the most interesting. Wind was really picking up but a quick stop at Mary Cummings had a White-crowned Sparrow and 2 flyover siskins there, so I added them to 4 towns today. Gave the res a quick buzz on the way home, which was not so quick with a big Ring-neck flock that had at least 1 scaup, a Red-necked Grebe, a few Ruddy, and a few coot.

Sunday 10/11: Did a semi western loop. Rock Meadow Pond had finches, tons of Yellow-rumps and White-throats, pipits, teal, and a few other things I needed for Ayer. Oxbow was quietish, just added Savannah Sparrow and had a leucistic White-throat. Fitch’s Bridge Rd was quiet too, plus one of the fields was being plowed.

Monday 10/12: More siskin hunting on the holiday. Started at Hanscom (and got one from Gaining Ground walking over). Couple good-sized flocks plus a ton of robins and a RB Nuthatch that was a big gap for Bedford. Continued to the Cranberry Bog and had a few more plus teal and a Merlin. Weather was getting worse, so gave up.

Tuesday 10/13: Nasty out but there was a White-winged Scoter on Hardy. Nothing elsewhere in a pond/field loop.