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179 Sightings

  • Sharon Gray

    January heron

    • Date(s): January 12, 2021
  • Sharon Gray

    Thanks to Faith Michaels and Faithful Flowers, the formal garden planter looks festive.

    • Mike Sandman

      Bruce Wolff delighted us with his camera by capturing wildlife, including the heron that regularly patrols Hall’s Pond. Here’s to the heron and to the spirit of Bruce that inhabits the pond.

      • Date(s): Photo taken 12/5/2020
    • Fred Bouchard

      hi folks!
      i visited HP for a quick burrito with birding buddy Shawn Carey on this balmy Veterans Day. You’d see lots more kids (playing volleyball and hanging out in the uplands) and dog walkers than birds, not unusual in the shoulder seasons. Here’s my short list; JW also reported GB Heron and Carolina Wren early this morning. Add two Red-eared Sliders sunning themselves on snags in the pond.

      Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
      Nov 11, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
      Protocol: Traveling 0.8 mile(s)
      Checklist Comments: 73F, sunny to gray; Shawn Carey & I enjoy Anna’s burritos by field. Plentiful masked volleyballers and strollers. Just 7 species.

      Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2 dozing by big yellow willow
      Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7 4-5 mobbing (an owl?) at Chilton Street fence; 1 cracking an acorn
      Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
      American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 7
      Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 4
      Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
      Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1

      View this checklist online at

      • Date(s): 11/11/2020
    • John Shreffler

      Autumn on the pond

      • John Shreffler

        Summer Green

        • Sharon Gray

          October beauty

          • Sharon Gray

            The formal garden in fall dress

            • Geoff Kronik

              Double-crested Cormorant shaking off after fishing at Hall’s Pond 9.25.20

              • Date(s): 9.27.2020
            • 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