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135 Sightings

  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Sep 9, 2019 4:25 PM – 5:55 PM
    Traveling 1.0 kilometer.
    Comments: One circuit (missing usual suspects) then empty CONI watch. Grey, 70F. Andres’ BU ecology class observe, take notes. Herps: 2 E. Painted, 3 Red Sliders, 1 Snapping Turtle. School Facilities Manager sharply warns me for trespassing (‘snooping’) in parking lot.

    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
    Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) 0
    Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 perched on snag but circled pond periodically
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 late flyover
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3 all audio
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 young male by pond platform jewelweed
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1 lively male low in upland by stucco garage
    View this checklist online at

    • Date(s): 9/9/19
  • Fred Bouchard

    If you’re around the Sanctuary towards dusk, listen for the sounds or sights of Common Nighthawks, reported to Ebird 7/1 by Ben Cromartie. They might be nesting on flat-topped roofs nearby and feed actively at night.

    • Date(s): 7/2/19
  • Fred Bouchard

    6/3/19, 4pm: On uplands trail, fresh butterflies: Question Mark and Red Admiral.
    On pond, 5 muddy Red-eared Slider turtles and unidentified dragonflies.

    • Date(s): 6/3/2019
  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Jun 3, 2019 3:55 PM – 4:55 PM
    Traveling 1.2 kilometers; no avoiding rap boom-boxes and construction drilling.
    Comments: Clear, 67F, strong n/w winds. Warm-up to annual meeting.
    14 species (+1 other taxa)

    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 15 (two pair + 11 chicks)
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
    Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
    Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
    woodpecker sp. (Picidae sp.) 1
    Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) 1 small, pale, eye-ring, wing bars, brief look above amory woods boardwalk.
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 18
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 1
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 13
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4
    View this checklist online at

    • Date(s): 6/3/2019