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215 Sightings

  • Fred Bouchard

    We Two Kinglets! Watch for these cuties on your holiday walk around the Pond.

    • Date(s): 12/25/2021
  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts
    Nov 30, 2021 10:30 AM – 11:16 AM
    Protocol: Traveling 0.9 mile(s)
    Checklist Comments: Clear, bright, 32F; frozen rime on pond; few dogwalkers; guy sacked under gazebo shelter.
    9 species

    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 5 hens wandering chilton street
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2 beacon street
    Barred Owl (Strix varia) 0 no luck in uplands to find reported 11/25 Barred Owl for kids and chaperones.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7 scattered, noisy
    Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1 pished in from above jo’s stone bench in formal garden
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 15 skittering through golden amory maple leaf wrack; eating bittersweet near boardwalk
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6 tennis courts

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    • Date(s): 11/30/2021
  • attention, hall’s ponders! turkeys on the loose! brandish your blunderbusses, or better — bow and arrows!

    • Date(s): 11/23/2021
  • Fred Bouchard

    More plants in the ground than birds in the trees on this nippy Friends’ Planting Day. Twenty volunteer diggers unpotted dozens of ferns and flowers, shouldered their shovels and mattocks, and planted them in The Meadow, Formal Garden, and Amory Woods near the new Bruce’s Bench, just in time for coming rains. Folks got to chat as they toiled in the chiaroscuro sun/shade, while bench-sitters and joggers soaked up the bright rays, kids played softball, and dog-walkers cooed over their canines. New plants selected and delivered by Ellen Forrester included Shenandoah Red Switch Grass, Pink Turtlehead aka “Hot-Lips”, Bee Balm, Royal Fern, Purple Coneflowers. Eye-catching mushrooms noted were bright yellow chanterelles by Bruce’s Bench, curly white lactaria in the shelter of the mostly-rotted grand oak stump, and pearly white turkey-tail polypores dotting an uplands sapling.

    • Date(s): 10/24/2021