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240 Sightings

  • Fred Bouchard

    Walkers at Halls Pond should keep on the lookout for wintering bird species reported this last week, including Merlin, Barred Owl, and four different woodpeckers: Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, and an unusual over-wintering (or very late migrant) Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Happy Holidays!

  • Ellen

    Blue heron

  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Oct 11, 2022 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM
    Protocol: Traveling 0.9 mile(s)
    Checklist Comments: Sunny, still. Leps = 0. Herps: Red-eared Slider 2, E.P. Turtle 4. 19 species

    Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1 descending sharp peek in amory
    Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
    Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 6
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 5
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2
    Veery (Catharus fuscescens) 1 small, brick-red cartharus on path between cattails and ivy st. iron fence
    Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 8 foraging with grackles on leafy floor of uplands
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5 amory st
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 2 near formal garden
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 7
    Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) 1 pond willows
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 3 pond willows

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  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Sep 27, 2022 1:10 PM – 2:15 PM
    Checklist Comments: 75F, clear, still. Leps: MONARCH, MOURNING CLOAK, CABBAGE WHITE.
    Large clumps of bright yellow Jack O’Lantern [Omphalotus Illudens] mushrooms in Amory Woods. Danger!
    Many darling and durable dog-walkers.
    13 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 3, spooked from shore foliage
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1 gobbles near ivy street
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
    Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
    Catharus sp. (Catharus sp.) 1 uplands
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5
    Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1 silhouetted on shoreline
    Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1

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  • Fred B

    Rare bird at the pond! David Lowe spotted a Pied-billed Grebe this morning. Watch for it!

  • julia herskowitz

    It looks like some kind of gas is bubbling up in the pond, quite near to the outlook nearest Freeman St.

  • May 20,2022 3:35 PM

    • Fred B

      hey sam! that is a solitary sandpiper you photographed. most unusual sighting at Hall’s Pond! (in fact, probably a first, or second, ever.) thanks for sharing. hope it sticks around. fred bouchard

  • Peter Lowy

    This very rare sighting of an American Bittern was recorded just past 7 am on May 17, 2022. According to Neil Gore, it was first sighted at Hall’s Pond on Oct. 6, 2003.