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105 Sightings

  • Photo Fran

    Barred Owl, right off the boardwalk

    • Date(s): August 16, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Barred Owl, August 16, 2018. Right off the boardwalk at eye level!

    • Date(s): August 16, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Male and female Common Whitetail Dragonfly seen near the large platform.

    • Date(s): August 15, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Female Blue Dasher Dragonfly

    • Date(s): August 15, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Male and female Eastern Forktail Damselfly from main viewing platform

    • Date(s): August 15, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Twelve-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly seen near the large platform.

    • Date(s): August 10, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Eastern Amberwing Dragonfly seen near the large platform.

    • Date(s): August 10, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Male Common Pondhawk Dragonfly seen on shore near the duck nesting box at the Beacon St entrance

    • Date(s): August 10, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Female Common Pondhawk Dragonfly seen on shore near the duck nesting box at the Beacon St entrance

    • Date(s): August 10, 2018
  • Photo Fran

    Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly

    • Date(s): August 10, 2018
  • Jasper

    Great blue heron caught a large catfish and went to shore to try and swallow it. However, it got too close to the red-winged blackbird nest and the male attacked the heron. The red-winged blackbird landed on the heron’s back and pecked it.

    See full bird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46565782

    • Date(s): 6/15/18
    • Deborah

      What a fabulous drama and amazing that you caught the Red Wing on the heron’s back. Thanks.

      • Date(s): June 19, 2018
  • Deborah

    LOST AND FOUND:
    I found a hood for a telephoto lens by the edge of the pond.
    If you lost one, send a reply to this post with the make.

    • Date(s): June 5, 2018
  • Deborah Stone

    Red Maple in the formal garden in all its glory.
    photo by my brother David M. Stone (c)2018

    • Date(s): June 5, 2018
  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    May 25, 2018 6:30 AM – 9:10 AM
    Protocol: Traveling 1.8 mile(s)
    Comments: Sunny, cool, 55-68F, near calm. Contributors: M. Badger, M. Howard, J. Weinberg, D. Torrey.
    35 species

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 10 teensy ducklings with mom; other 3 adults preening on logs in water.
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1 left early
    Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 3 early flyovers
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
    Barred Owl (Strix varia) 0 grackle-hassle triangulation failed
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 5
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1 probable late migrant, tussling briefly with RBWO; prominent white scapular
    Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
    Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1 called early
    Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 3
    Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 2
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
    Veery (Catharus fuscescens) 1
    Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 25 16 on field when dogs dispersed
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 5
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 4
    Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 0 reported all week but no sign today
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
    American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
    Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 3
    Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 2
    Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) 1
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1 along iron fence behind 190 ivy
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
    Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 5
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 18
    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 20

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46009242

    • Date(s): 5/25/18
  • Fred Bouchard

    hello, you hall’s pond birders!
    today louis sokolow saw the northern waterthrushes by the pond’s edge, or was it in the amory wetspot?
    here’s his e-list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45986776
    i will try tomorrow morning early, because i’ve missed the waterthrush(es) every time i’ve been there.
    all are welcome to join me. there are still a few other warblers passing thru…
    fred b

    • Date(s): 5/24/18
  • Jasper

    Barred owl being mobbed by crows, 5/9/18

    • Date(s): 5/9/18
  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    May 17, 2018 6:20 AM – 9:20 AM
    Protocol: Traveling 3.0 kilometers
    Comments: Gray, cool 55F, brief raindrops. Early drizzle of warblers dries up. Sun never peeks out. Good turnout: Pat, Neil, Andrew, Justine, Judy and Tim. An anonymous birder confirmed some sightings.
    45 species

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6 Crowded: 2 on nest, 2 on lawn, 2 over fields.
    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 3 in and out and over
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 2
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2 1 fishing successfully, 1 in trees and all around
    Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
    Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1 detected finally by ‘grackle sonar’ in same ivy st. pine
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 0
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
    Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
    Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
    Veery (Catharus fuscescens) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 18
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 5
    Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1
    Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1 fide Neil Gore
    Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
    Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
    American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
    Cape May Warbler (Setophaga tigrina) 1 in willow by phragmites porch
    Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3
    Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 2
    Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 1
    Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
    Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 1
    Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 6
    Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 1
    Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 1
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3 phragmites residents — plus one?
    Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
    Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 7
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 6
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 22
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 8

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45767339

    • Date(s): 5/17/18
  • Fred Bouchard

    This just in from Chao Wu of BU. Looking good for Thursday!
    I sincerely hope to see some of you Friends and Board Members on the walk at Hall’s Pond tomorrow.
    Anytime between 6:15 and 8:30…

    Hello Fred,
    Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the walk tomorrow. However, I birded the place this morning [Wed] and it was FANTASTIC!!! Keep an eye out for the Wilson’s and Canada in Amory. I also had two Blackburnians near the South entrance foraging next to a Cape May!!! The Barred Owl also is still around and the thrush activity was pretty decent. I had an Orange-crowned there a few days ago but I couldn’t relocate it today.
    Here’s the checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45734162
    Best of luck tomorrow and happy birding!

    • Date(s): 5/16/18
  • Fred Bouchard

    This report taken from Mass-Bird was posted by Paul Peterson, a veteran Boston birder:

    I birded this wonderful place from 12:00-1:50.
    Do also check out the very nearby woods on Amory St. opposite Knyvet Park.
    One end of Hall’s Pond area abuts Amory St., where you’ll find the drive-in entrance.

    BAY-BREASTED WARBLER 1 singing near garden area just inside the entrance gate, off on your right.
    Magnolia Warbler 3
    Ovenbird 1
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Black-throated Blue 1
    Black-throated Green 1 woods opposite very nearby Knyvet Park on Amory St.
    Blackburnian Warbler 1 ditto
    Black and White Warbler 2
    Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
    Northern Waterthrush 3
    Northern Parula 4
    warbler sp. 1

    Paul Peterson
    petersonpaul63@yahoo.com

    • Date(s): 5/15/18
  • Fred Bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    May 10, 2018 6:15 AM – 9:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling 3.0 kilometers (loops)
    Comments: Grey, chilly (53-60F). With Bob Martell (Brookline), Chao Wu (Kansas), and Catherine (Quebec). Holding pattern on migrants.
    36 species

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 on ball field
    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2 flyovers and back
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
    Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
    Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
    Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1 quiet in Ivy St. pine (viewable behind large dead oak by pond); we were alerted by harassing crows
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
    Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 3
    Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) 2
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4 includes two singing in Mason Square
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
    Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) 1
    Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1 seen by Bob Martell
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 18
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 4
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3
    Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 2
    American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 1
    Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 5
    Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 2
    Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 4
    Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 1
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 2
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
    Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) 3
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 16
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 9

    View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45519940

    • Date(s): 5/10/18