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279 Sightings

  • Thomas Michel

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Oct 4, 2023 7:00 AM – 7:35 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.3 mile(s)
    25 species

    Canada Goose 8
    Mallard 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
    Mourning Dove 2
    Herring Gull 3
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Hairy Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 4
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Blue Jay 8
    Black-capped Chickadee 1
    Tufted Titmouse 3
    White-breasted Nuthatch 2
    Carolina Wren 1
    American Robin 4
    Cedar Waxwing 2
    American Goldfinch 2
    Song Sparrow 1
    American Redstart 2
    Pine Warbler 2
    Northern Cardinal 3

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S151423462

  • Kalman Zabarsky

    Great Blue Heron walking on two turtles. 9/17/2023

    • Francesca Stark

      Amazing photo. I am showing it to my class (5S at Driscoll) before we head to Hall’s pond this Wednesday. We study birds and ecosystems.

  • Thomas MIchel

    No sign of the Wood Ducks this morning. But a Solitary Sandpiper put in an appearance (see photo)
    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Aug 29, 2023 7:10 AM – 7:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.3 mile(s)
    24 species

    Mallard 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
    Mourning Dove 4
    Solitary Sandpiper 1
    Ring-billed Gull 2
    Herring Gull 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 1
    Blue Jay 6
    Black-capped Chickadee 2
    Tufted Titmouse 2
    House Wren 1
    European Starling 3
    Gray Catbird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    American Robin 13
    Cedar Waxwing 3
    House Sparrow 3
    American Goldfinch 2
    Common Grackle 4
    Northern Cardinal 2

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S148367568

  • Thomas MIchel

    The two juvenile Wood Ducks (brother and sister?) who have been at the Pond for several months are still paddling about. The third sibling is nowhere to be found, and the parents were not seen this morning. An unusual sighting was an immature Black-crowned Night Heron (see photo). The eBird report is below.

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Aug 21, 2023 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.3 mile(s)
    23 species

    Wood Duck 2
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
    Mourning Dove 2
    Chimney Swift 3
    Ring-billed Gull 2
    Herring Gull 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 2
    Eastern Kingbird 1
    Blue Jay 5
    American Crow 1
    Carolina Wren 1
    European Starling 5
    Gray Catbird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    American Robin 11
    House Sparrow 5
    Common Grackle 2
    Northern Cardinal 2

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S147842802

  • Thomas Michel

    Here’s a close-up of the juvenile female WODU

  • Thomas Michel

    Here’s a close-up of the juvenile male WODU

  • Thomas MIchel

    The three Wood Duck ducklings that have spent their entire lives at Hall’s Pond have been joined by two more ducklings. The adult male and female ducks are also at the Pond; their ducklings have started to develop secondary sexual characteristics and are almost as large as their parents. The posted photo shows the five juvenile ducklings: 3 females and two males.

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Jul 24, 2023 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.3 mile(s)
    30 species

    Wood Duck 7
    Mallard 2
    American Black Duck 3
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
    Mourning Dove 2
    Chimney Swift 3
    Herring Gull 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 2
    Eastern Kingbird 2
    Warbling Vireo 2
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 2
    Black-capped Chickadee 3
    Tufted Titmouse 2
    White-breasted Nuthatch 2
    European Starling 5
    Gray Catbird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    American Robin 5
    House Sparrow 6
    American Goldfinch 2
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 2
    Common Grackle 4
    Yellow Warbler 2
    Northern Cardinal 3

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S145530010

  • Fred Bouchard

    This keen birder with sharp instincts has become a reliably steady monitor of sightings around Hall’s Pond.

    https://ebird.org/profile/MzIzMTYwOQ/US-MA

  • June 20 Last duckling…the snappers started it but this turtle finished.

  • Fred Bouchard

    Here’s a careful observer’s census of the pond’s birdlife mid-June: https://ebird.org/checklist/S141761509

  • Thomas MIchel

    From week to week, one can see the three Wood Duck ducklings grow- yet they are still very cute. And they are not shy!

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Jun 1, 2023 6:50 AM – 7:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.3 mile(s)
    25 species

    Canada Goose 3
    Wood Duck 5
    Mallard 2
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
    Mourning Dove 2
    Chimney Swift 4
    Herring Gull 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Kingbird 2
    Warbling Vireo 3
    Red-eyed Vireo 2
    Blue Jay 4
    Black-capped Chickadee 2
    Tufted Titmouse 4
    European Starling 5
    American Robin 7
    Cedar Waxwing 2
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 3
    Baltimore Oriole 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 5
    Common Grackle 9
    Ovenbird 1
    Northern Cardinal 3

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S140122409

  • Thomas MIchel

    Wood duck with two of her three ducklings (May 30, 2023)

  • Thomas MIchel

    Wood duck (female), posing for photos on May 30, 2023

  • Thomas MIchel

    Bird Walk on Tuesday May 30 2023 with Friends of Hall’s Pond, led by Neil Calabro and Thomas Michel

    eBird report:
    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    May 30, 2023 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.3 mile(s)
    Checklist Comments: Friends of Hall’s Pond Bird walk
    28 species

    Canada Goose 3
    Wood Duck 4
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
    Mourning Dove 4
    Chimney Swift 4
    Herring Gull 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Least Flycatcher 2
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Warbling Vireo 3
    Red-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 3
    Tufted Titmouse 2
    White-breasted Nuthatch 1
    Carolina Wren 1
    European Starling 6
    Gray Catbird 4
    American Robin 9
    Cedar Waxwing 3
    House Sparrow 4
    Song Sparrow 3
    Baltimore Oriole 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 5
    Common Grackle 9
    Northern Waterthrush 1
    Northern Cardinal 1

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S139893464

  • Michele Parker

    Had never been acquainted with Wood Ducks before coming to Hall’s Pond! My bird education continues…

  • Thomas MIchel

    another glorious morning at Hall’s Pond. See my eBird list below. The Wood Duck ducklings are paddling around the pond, sticking close to their mother.

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    May 18, 2023 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.4 mile(s)
    35 species

    Canada Goose 2
    Wood Duck 4
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
    Mourning Dove 2
    Herring Gull 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Warbling Vireo 3
    Blue Jay 5
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Wren 1
    European Starling 4
    American Robin 5
    House Sparrow 4
    American Goldfinch 2
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 3
    Baltimore Oriole 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 4
    Common Grackle 6
    Ovenbird 4
    Northern Waterthrush 1
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Common Yellowthroat 2
    American Redstart 3
    Magnolia Warbler 2
    Yellow Warbler 4
    Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
    Black-throated Blue Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
    Black-throated Green Warbler 1
    Canada Warbler 2
    Northern Cardinal 2

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S138237417

  • Fran Perler

    Ovenbird, May 16,2023. Hall’s Pond Bird Walk

  • Fran Perler

    Black-throated Blue Warbler, May 16,2023. Hall’s Pond Bird Walk

  • Fran Perler

    Wood Ducks Fledged, May 16,2023. Hall’s Pond Bird Walk

  • Thomas Michel

    Only one photo per post is allowed, but I wanted to show the proud dad as well as the mom and their three ducklings (previous post).