WIR 8/16-8/22

Wednesday 8/16: Absolutely nothing at Cookson or east of the square.

Thursday 8/17: Canada among 6 warblers at Hanscom.

Friday 8/18: Pileated calling was it in the near dark at Great Meadows HQ. Raining too hard to check Nine Acre, lightened enough at the res to see there was a grebe but then picked up so no scoping to confirm it was just a Pied-billed.

Saturday 8/19: Sandplover! We stopped at Betty’s Neck after and had a few Saffron-winged Meadowhawks that were very flighty.

Sunday 8/20: Ended up watching the soccer so didn’t get to Nobscot until 8:30 or so. Broad-wing over was a good start. Woods were fairly quiet, Chestnut-sided on the way back got things going. And as always, I should have just stayed on the road. Cape May (long overdue SRV bird!) buzzed through, then a Canada, 6 kingbirds, and a few other things.

With Framingham at 98, I figured it wouldn’t be too hard to get to 100 and also hoped for Dusky Dancer somewhere. Started at the Carol Getchell Trail, which was covered in mosquitoes. That made birding tough, nothing of note. Lots of Blue-fronted and a few Powdered Dancers but no Duskies. Farm Pond next, worked the more wooded bits first and had nothing. Went out the causeway more for odes (nothing unusual) and had a Black-and-white just before reaching it. So got 1 but could’t find a second. Tried the fishing access at Cochituate on the way home but the gate was closed.

Monday 8/21: Dunback had 3 turkeys, a Canada, a couple Redstarts, and a Great Blue hunting on the path.

Tuesday 8/22: Harrier was about it at Great Meadows.