Wednesday 11/13: Pond loop had a few Ring-necks at the res and nothing elsewhere.
Thursday 11/14: Nothing much at Purgatory.
Friday 11/15: Yellow-rump and a late Phoebe at BBN.
Saturday 11/16: Too cold for much, so another pond loop. Lots of Ring-necks and Hoodies at the res. First bird I saw at Flint’s was some sort of Hooded Merganser hybrid that’s still under debate.Nothing at Nine Acre or the prison fields. More mergs at Nagog and more of the same at Hardy.
Sunday 11/17: Plan was to poke around a bit then hope for better photos of yesterday’s thing. Res had more Ring-necks and a few wigeon. Nothing at Spy Pond. Red-necked Grebe and a loon at Fresh Pond. Nothing at Earhart. Decided to go to Millennium for the Audubon’s Warbler. PB Grebe and lots of sparrows as I walked over, warbler showed briefly immediately then disappeared (MA #384.5). Saw the White-fronted Goose report so headed to Nine Acre on the way to Flint’s. Got the geese and a harrier, but no duck at Flint’s (without getting out of the car).
Monday 11/18: Nothing new at the res. Duck was back at Flint’s, geese were still at Nine Acre, nothing at Heard.
Tuesday 11/19: Too rainy to do anything but another pond loop. Usual at Hardy. RT Loon at the res, nothing at Heard.
Took a week to work up the energy, but it hung around.
About time for this one. Couldn’t have been in a weirder place.
Thanks Jeanie and Tom!
Was nice enough to hang around this year.
Wasn’t quite nice enough to pose on the ground though (brief scope view wasn’t bad, glad I lugged it).
Side note: last year was good, 6 state birds and 3 lifers by now.
Both thanks to Marj and Renee
Couldn’t get 381 and 382 but can’t complain with these two (plus a Sedge Wren).
Avoided traffic on the way to work this morning with a bit of a detour.
Hopefully a couple more posts like this in the next few days.
Wednesday 6/22: Red-bellied Tiger Beetle at Prospect Hill along with a Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Thursday 6/23: Nothing exciting in Lincoln.
Friday 6/24: Rough-winged Swallows and a Redstart at Lot 1 plus FOY Black Saddlebags.
Saturday 6/25: Wandered down to Fairhaven for the Clapper Rail(s) that have been reported regularly. One was calling for pretty much the entire hour and a half I was there, but never got a view. Pretty birdy otherwise, nothing too exciting. Continued to West Island, which padded out the Bristol county list a bit, highlighted by a pair of Oystercatchers. Started for Freetown State Forest but decided on Myles Standish instead. Bad move, some sort of bike ride going on and I didn’t want to stop along the road (ponds were way low too, would have been tough to access many). Stopped at the river walk briefly, BC Night-Heron below the waterfall but no Blue-fronted Dancers or anything else of note.
Sunday 6/26: Started with the Little Blue Heron at Knox Trail (first adult in the county in years(?)). On to Hugh Cargill, which had a few Bog Coppers but no Elfin Skimmers. Cranberry Bog had the usual, first meadowhawks, amberwings, and Skimming Bluets of the year but no Lilypad Clubtails. Continued to Horn Pond where the kestrels were showing off but not much else.
Monday 6/27: Took a chance on another Little Blue reported in Lexington. No luck (and likely wasn’t), but first time at Parker Meadow. Looked good for butterflies at least.
Tuesday 6/28: Tower at Great Meadows was fairly quiet.
Couple photos of the incredible Yellow-billed Loon from Race Point last weekend:
Center with Common on the left, Red-throated on the right.
And a couple of the Common Gull:
Makes up for not driving to Race Point.