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281 Sightings

  • Hall’s Pond and Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    May 6, 2024 10:40 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling 0.8 mile(s)
    Checklist Comments: 68F, sunny. 28 species

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolina) 2
    Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
    Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
    Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 2
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 5
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 12
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10
    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 2
    Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 10
    Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
    Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) 2
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 deck reed-patch
    Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 5 1 seen, four more heard
    Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S172450406

  • Neil Gore

    Migration is slow in coming, but there are rewards:
    4/24–my first Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher at H.P., well-seen and heard.
    4/22–Lots of drama around the Canada Geese couple.
    4/22—A tiny drama around Great Blue Heron, then 2 turtles, all trying to perch on an unanchored log, which kept rolling them off

  • Thomas Michel

    My first bird walk at Hall’s Pond since the fall. The Wood Ducks are back!!!
    Hall’s Pond and Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Feb 27, 2024 7:30 AM – 7:50 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.3 mile(s)
    20 species

    Canada Goose 3
    Wood Duck 2
    Mallard 4
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    Herring Gull 3
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Blue Jay 5
    American Crow 2
    Black-capped Chickadee 3
    Tufted Titmouse 3
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
    American Robin 2
    House Sparrow 5
    American Goldfinch 2
    Dark-eyed Junco 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 2
    Northern Cardinal 2

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S163085809

  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond and Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Feb 26, 2024 12:00 PM — 12:24 PM
    Protocol: Traveling 0.6 mile(s)
    Checklist Comments: Sunny, 50F. No birds on the ground except two dog-chased robins.
    11 species (+1 other taxa)

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 7
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2 1120 beacon
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 hunkered in the reeds by the willow deck
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 sky-high
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3 amory street edge, calling like tree-frogs
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 2
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 2
    passerine sp. (Passeriformes sp.) 1

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S163020226

  • Fred Bouchard

    Happy 2024, Halls Pond Naturalists!
    Unseasonably warm weather has kept around a few favorites (Great Blue Heron, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker), and old friend Barry Barred Owl has been seen in the huge spruce in the uplands since Christmas. Drop by, say hi, but don’t annoy him, please.
    https://ebird.org/checklist/S157699218

  • Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Nov 7, 2023 10:58 AM – 12:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling 0.9 mile(s)
    Comments: Sunny, 62F, quiet. HERPS on cormorant log: 4 E. Painted Tortoise, 1 Red-eared Slider.
    9 species

    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 6 1060 Beacon St
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 fide (ie, observed by) John Shreffler
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 Amory St
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 4
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 10 1100 Beacon St
    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S153988349

  • Sapsucker alert! Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers have long been visitors and residents, historically along Amory Street entrance. Family group spotted by a visitor yesterday. https://ebird.org/checklist/S153540319

  • Thomas Michel

    This Great Blue Heron is looking regal as it hunts along the edges of Hall’s Pond.