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162 Sightings

  • Sharon Gray

    Around the pond…

    • Fred Bouchard

      Well, Alex, as you say — E-bird reports that the Canada Goose and Mallard families departed Hall’s Pond on or around June 4 or 5. They (or other waterfowl) may well make reappearances in the fall, or sooner. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer! So many turtles, dragonflies, (a few) butterflies and other pond denizens to observe — not to mention the marvelous flora.

      • Date(s): 6/20/20
    • What happened to the geese family? They are gone as of June 4th.

      • Fred B

        Migration seems to have peaked; there could be another spurt before June 1, weather depending. Fred B.
        Bird report from May 21, 2020 7:40 AM – 9:00 AM
        Checklist Comments: Sun, chill, 50F. “More birders than birds…” (Neil, Turga, Leo, Ed, MLK, et al.) “0” = reported, but Fred missed it. 29 species

        Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6, includes goslings
        Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
        Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
        Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 3
        Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
        Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
        Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
        Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 4
        Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1 over ivy school yard
        Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
        Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
        Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
        Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 1
        White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
        European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 7
        Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
        Veery (Catharus fuscescens) 0
        Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1
        American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20
        House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 15
        American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
        White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 0
        Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
        Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 3
        Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
        Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 9
        Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
        Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 1 60″ study of singing male over ivy school driveway
        Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
        Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1
        Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
        Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) 0
        View this checklist online at

        • Date(s): 5/24/2020
      • Sharon Gray

        Fall Community Day bulb plantings in bloom.

        • Date(s): May 17, 2020
      • Fred Bouchard

        Hello, Hall’s Ponders!
        We’re reaching peak migration for all you bird lovers. You can look and share while wearing masks and maintaining CDC-recommended distance. Especially since the very best hours are 6-10am and a distant second best say, 4-7pm. A few species, however, may encroach a bit into your personal space, such as B&W Warblers, trip-over White-throated Sparrows, and cheeky Ovenbirds. Heh heh. Fred B

        Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
        May 15, 2020 7:10 AM – 8:35 AM
        Protocol: Traveling 1.1 mile(s)
        Checklist Comments: Grey to p/c, 55F, light sw breeze.
        44 species

        Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 5
        Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 1
        Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 3 1160 beacon
        Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
        Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
        Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 flyover
        Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 1 amory woods, 1 amory street maples
        Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 2
        Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
        Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) 1
        Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
        Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 2
        Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
        Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
        Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
        Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 2
        White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3 1 by pond, 2 amory st. oaks
        Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 6
        Veery (Catharus fuscescens) 1
        Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) 1
        American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 18
        House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 20
        Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 3 amory st
        White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 6
        Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
        Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 2 ‘camptown races’ virtuoso and his understudy
        Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 10
        Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 2
        Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 2
        Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 3
        Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) 1
        Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 7
        American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 1
        Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3
        Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 1
        Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
        Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 1
        Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1
        Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 4
        Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) 1
        Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 1
        Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) 1
        Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1
        Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
        Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 2

        View this checklist online at
        This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

        • Date(s): 5/15/2020
      • Fred Bouchard

        HP nature fans:
        I finally got over to the Pond early Friday for a 3-round solo walk checking on bird migration; other masked regulars included Ed, David, Jasper, and a young Indian lady. My written results below, with no camera.
        You’re encouraged to go look — bring bins and book and your sharp vision! May thru early June are best!
        Fred B
        PS: Diane, click ebird checklist link, then click Baltimore Oriole — was that the bird you queried yesterday?

        Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
        May 8, 2020 6:15 AM – 8:35 AM
        Protocol: Traveling 1.7 mile(s)
        Checklist Comments: Sunny, 48-50F, se/variable winds kept canopy birds away or down. Leps: 0. Herps: 0. Venturing into the uplands in a vain search for thrushes, I encountered a skanky skunk in the yard of the Ivy St brick house. When he ran straight at me, right under the chainlink fence, I hightailed it before he could.
        33 species

        Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6 parents and four goslings
        Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
        Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
        Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
        Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 arrived after 8
        Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 circled at 6:30 but thought better of landing
        Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 circling at 8:30, attacked by redwing
        Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
        Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
        Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4 in amory apple trees
        Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 4
        White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
        European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 15
        Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
        American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 30 pervasive, relentless
        House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 20 some jumping on grubs in ballfield
        House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1 singing high in amory street oaks
        American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
        Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
        Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 1 late-season surprise, by amory chainlink fence
        White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 6 scattered in woodsy litter
        Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1 near second base
        Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
        Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 1 high tentative song
        Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 7
        Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 25 oy vey!
        Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 2 one heard, one seen well
        Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 2 amory swale and main pond
        Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 2 point blank range pond-side
        Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 1 5″ in amory apple tree
        Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1 last bird, from amory entry ramp
        Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
        Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1 faint song from ivy street

        View this checklist online at
        This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

        • Date(s): 5/9/2020
      • Diane

        Wednesday 5/6 saw bright orange and black bird with black beak. Smaller and brighter than a robin. I think either and Easten Towhee or American Redstart. Can anyone help??

        • Date(s): 5/6/2020
      • Fred Bouchard

        The migrant warblers and other species are arriving, and JW’s finding them!

        • Date(s): 5/3/2020
      • Jim Perrin

        Super close sighting of a young red-tailed hawk – bombarded by pairs of blue jays and red-winged blackbirds constantly barraging with direct flights to hawk’s head and back! Hawk did move around a bit, but seemed to take it in stride.
        Also saw a pair of great blues a couple of days earlier, male in breeding plumage. Weren’t there yesterday.

        • Date(s): 4/29/20
      • Fred Bouchard

        Birders visiting Hall’s Pond this week should keep on the alert for spring migrants (Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hermit Thrush) and summer residents (B. Oriole, Sapsucker, Kingfisher, Northern Waterthrush).
        Your sightings and E-bird reports are welcome here!

        • Date(s): 4/22/2020