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179 Sightings

  • Linda

    It took nearly 10 minutes before the heron was able to swallow this fish.

    • Date(s): April 14, 2021
  • Fred B

    hey folks!
    meredith’s turtles [below] were not in evidence early in this chilly day.
    we are of the same mind that we hope the wood ducks stay to nest.
    here is the scorecard for the first of five consecutive wednesday bird-walks at the pond. expect warblers!
    let’s not forget some blooms: scilla, daffodils, dandelions, mica mushrooms, lesser celandine (widespread in Amory Woods), fawn lilies (uplands), skunk cabbage…
    if you see something…. say something [right here]!
    fred bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Apr 14, 2021 6:50 AM – 8:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling 1.3 mile(s)
    Checklist Comments: P/C, 48F, light E breeze. FOHP Dry Run Spring Walk: N. Calabro, N. Gore, J. Shreffler, A. List, F. Bouchard, late invite to Meredith & Betsy.
    27 species

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 7 resident pair chases off 5 interlopers
    Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2 in trees and on pond — but inhabiting the box?
    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4 pairs on pond and in amory swale
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2 1120 beacon
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2 flew out from pond trees towards charles
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
    Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 4
    Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3 formal garden, pond side, amory apples
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20 dodging ball-field dogs by 7:30
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4 ivy school parking lot
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 0
    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3 high in amory buds
    Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2 individuals at amory swale and upland
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2 boardwalk reed denizens
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 22 chuckling everywhere!
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4

    View this checklist online at

    • Date(s): 4/14/2021
  • Meredith Joy

    A box turtle was relaxing on a log at one end of the pond, painted turtle across the way. Great Blue Heron was making the way around the pond. The Canada Goose continues nesting and the pair of wood ducks are continuing- they even came up onto the grass by the back gate with the daffodils and blooming trees. Several rabbits were hopping about. It is a lot of nature in one small area. I am also hoping the wood ducks will stay and breed at Hall’s Pond!

    • Date(s): 4/13/2021
  • Neil Gore

    Beautiful day at the Sanctuary today; many signs of spring: turtles are sunning, cormarants are cormoranting. Bluebells coming up rapidly in the garden, one is almost blooming.
    There are a pair of Wood Ducks, coexisting peacefully with the nesting Canada Goose. Maybe this will give them an idea? Let’s all keep an eye on the Wood Duck nesting box this spring.

    • Date(s): 4/4/2021
  • Fred B

    thanks, sharon! is that lenten rose (hellebore)? pussy willows and those yellow things should be out next…

    • Date(s): 3/24/2021
  • Sharon Gray

    Signs of spring…

    • Date(s): March 9, 2021
  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Feb 26, 2021 7:40 AM – 8:00 AM
    Checklist Comments: Sunny, 28F. Three dog walkers, two joggers, three body-building women.

    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 13 parading along Amory St., shepherded along by puffed-up Tom
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
    Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 14 mobbing and/or socializing in big spruce @ ivy street school
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 one loud singer over frozen pond; #2 echoing from uplands
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3

    View this checklist online at

    • Date(s): 2/27/2021
  • Fred Bouchard

    Hello, Hallsponders! Recent e-Bird reports from the sanctuary include: Carolina Wrens (perhaps nesting again?), Hermit Thrush, Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Downy and Redbellied Woodpeckers. Check the pines for possible return of Barred Owl and Screech Owl.

    • Date(s): 2/2/2021