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127 Sightings

  • Jasper

    Palm warbler. First warbler of the year.

    • Date(s): 04/09/19
  • Alex Beck

    Alex Beck. Lots of turkeys at Hall’s Pond 1/29/19. Photo by my husband Jerry Feuer

    • Date(s): Jan 29
  • Jasper

    Raccoon near the Beacon St overlook.

    • Date(s): 1/15/19
  • Fred Bouchard

    Solstice Silence at the Pond.
    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Dec 19, 2018 3:10 PM – 3:40 PM
    Walking 0.7 kilometer.
    Comments: p/c, 40F, light s/w breeze, dusky. A rare happenstance when people (15, including 5 teens seated, chatting by the formal garden bench) outnumber birds (12). 18 squirrels, 3 cottontails.

    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
    Barred Owl (Strix varia) 0
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 7
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 0

    View this checklist online at

    • Date(s): 12/21/18
  • Alex Beck

    Dec. 19 Healthy looking stout great blue heron sunning on the side of the pond today.

    • Date(s): 12/19/18
  • fred bouchard

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Nov 27, 2018 10:50 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling 0.8 kilometer
    Comments: Gray, spitting, 45F, westerly breeze freshening, clearing. Paths flooded with wet leaves. Chinese man catching carp (2). 15 species. Birders, watch for winter finches! (see grid in newsletter).

    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2 pair dozing by turtle logs
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2 1180 beacon street
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
    Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 3
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 cruising over beacon street, 11:30
    Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1 wide-eyed from midway up largest upland pine
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1 at eye-level on its parking lot nest maple
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8 active and noisy, two giving yoo-HOO alternate call
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 4 active and noisy, maybe 5
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 22 a few foraging on amory swale, most in flyover flock
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 15 roosting in tallest dead deciduous tree
    Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 3
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1 in its winter reed patch
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 8 amory street, puddle bathing

    View this checklist online at

    • Date(s): 11/27/18
  • Anne Shreffler

    Duck and turtles in a row, sunning themselves

    • Date(s): Oct. 19, 2018

    Great Blue Heron
    October 14, 2018

    • Fred Bouchard

      I’m reposting PP’s E-bird list from MassBird, just for the record. Fred B

      Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2018 00:36:04 +0000 (UTC)
      From: Paul Peterson
      I hit the Muddy River Brookline, Hall’s Pond, and then Lost Pond. All birds were at Lost Pond unless noted.

      Great Blue Heron 2 river
      Wood Duck 1 river
      Wild Turkey 3 Hall’s Pond
      Solitary Sandpiper 2 one Muddy River
      CHIMNEY SWIFT 24 numbers kept increasing as evening progressed; presumed flycatching
      Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Hall’s Pond
      Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
      Palm Warbler 2
      Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
      Common Yellowthroat 1
      Blackpoll Warbler 6 three Hall’s Pond
      Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
      Swamp Sparrow 3
      White-throated Sparrow 2
      Chipping Sparrow 1 Hall’s Pond
      Dark-eyed Junco 1 Hall’s Pond
      Indigo Bunting 2

      Paul Peterson

      • Date(s): 10/5
    • Jerry Feuer

      Great blue and cormorant sharing a branch at dusk

      • Date(s): September 15th
    • Photo Fran

      Male and Female Eastern Forktail Damselfly

      • Photo Fran

        Common Green Darner Dragonfly – it’s the large one they hardly ever stops flying over the pond

        • Date(s): August 25, 2018
      • Photo Fran

        Male Eastern Forktail Damselfly

        • Date(s): August 25, 2018
      • Jasper

        The barred owl was perched down low today, making for some spectacular views.

        Full checklist:

        • Date(s): 8/16/18
      • Photo Fran

        Thread-waisted Wasp seen near the shore in the corner of the pond closest to the Beacon St. entrance

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

        Cherry-faced Meadowhawk was only seen on shoreline near nesting box at the Beacon St gate.

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

        Cherry-faced Meadowhawk

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

        Male Blue Dasher Dragonfly on twig

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

        Barred Owl at rest

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

        Barred Owl

        • Date(s): August 16, 2018