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211 Sightings

  • Jasper

    4/28/21-A big influx of warblers this morning: yellow-rumped, black-and-white, palm, and northern parula.

    • Date(s): 4/28/21
  • Fred B

    Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
    Apr 28, 2021 7:00 AM – 9:10 AM
    Protocol: Traveling 1.1 mile(s)
    Checklist Comments: Friends of Hall’s Pond birdwalk. Drizzle to gray to p/c, 48-54F. First warbler wave strikes through damp Amory-side canopy. Others reported Hermit Thrush and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This week, more species [28] than participants [14] !

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2 on pond and bank, not nest
    Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2
    Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4 boys’ club
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1 heard from ivy street
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
    Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 1
    Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
    Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3
    White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
    Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1 seen by group near gazebo
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 22
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 3
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 3
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
    Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2 post-walk; pair foraging by garden overlook
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2 Type A and B males by main overlook
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 13
    Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 3
    Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 3 seen and heard by many
    Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) 3 silhouettes characterized by tail-bobbing
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 18
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2

    View this checklist online at

    • Date(s): 4/28/2021
  • Peter Lowy

    Wood duck

    • Date(s): April 24, 2021
  • Peter Lowy

    Friends of Hall’s Pond

    • Date(s): April 24, 2021

    Great Blue Heron

    • Date(s): April 20, 2021

    Wood Ducks

    • Date(s): April 20, 2021
  • Neil Gore

    A very successful first of the year official FOHB Birding Tour. We had an ENORMOUS NUMBER of participants: 20 to 25!! Thanks to all Board Members who posted announcements in many places, especially social media, especially the Town Facebook page. We viewed about the same number of bird species as we had human participants. Early spring migrants are starting to come through. New sightings in the past few days include Hermit Thrush, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Swamp Sparrow, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker and Eastern Towhee. Red-Bellied Woodpecker was observed in a likely tree nesting cavity in Amory Woods. A Red-Tailed Hawk was coursing and stooping back and forth in pursuit of prey. Wood duck couple is still here, and are considering the nesting box. In the woods, the Lesser Celandine ground cover (“green and gold”) is absolutely spectacular right now.

    • Date(s): 4/21/2021
  • Peter Lowy

    Red-bellied woodpecker seen April 21,2021, near western end of boardwalk (near Amory Street).

    • Date(s): April 21, 2021
  • Sanguinaria canadensis, bloodroot

    • Jeffersonian dyphylla, twinleaf named for Thomas Jefferson

      • Date(s): 4/18
    • Asarum canadense, American ginger just emerging

      • Date(s): 4/6
    • Ellen

      Great day for a stroll in the sanctuary. Sun shining ad LOTS of people
      Wood ducks present

      • Date(s): 4/18
    • Linda

      It took nearly 10 minutes before the heron was able to swallow this fish.

      • Date(s): April 14, 2021
    • Fred B

      hey folks!
      meredith’s turtles [below] were not in evidence early in this chilly day.
      we are of the same mind that we hope the wood ducks stay to nest.
      here is the scorecard for the first of five consecutive wednesday bird-walks at the pond. expect warblers!
      let’s not forget some blooms: scilla, daffodils, dandelions, mica mushrooms, lesser celandine (widespread in Amory Woods), fawn lilies (uplands), skunk cabbage…
      if you see something…. say something [right here]!
      fred bouchard

      Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
      Apr 14, 2021 6:50 AM – 8:30 AM
      Protocol: Traveling 1.3 mile(s)
      Checklist Comments: P/C, 48F, light E breeze. FOHP Dry Run Spring Walk: N. Calabro, N. Gore, J. Shreffler, A. List, F. Bouchard, late invite to Meredith & Betsy.
      27 species

      Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 7 resident pair chases off 5 interlopers
      Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 2 in trees and on pond — but inhabiting the box?
      Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 4 pairs on pond and in amory swale
      Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2 1120 beacon
      Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
      Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
      Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2 flew out from pond trees towards charles
      Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
      Downy Woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) 4
      Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
      Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
      Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
      Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
      Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3 formal garden, pond side, amory apples
      White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
      Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
      European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
      American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 20 dodging ball-field dogs by 7:30
      House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4 ivy school parking lot
      House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 0
      American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3 high in amory buds
      Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2 individuals at amory swale and upland
      White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
      Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2 boardwalk reed denizens
      Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
      Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 1
      Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 22 chuckling everywhere!
      Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4

      View this checklist online at

      • Date(s): 4/14/2021
    • Meredith Joy

      A box turtle was relaxing on a log at one end of the pond, painted turtle across the way. Great Blue Heron was making the way around the pond. The Canada Goose continues nesting and the pair of wood ducks are continuing- they even came up onto the grass by the back gate with the daffodils and blooming trees. Several rabbits were hopping about. It is a lot of nature in one small area. I am also hoping the wood ducks will stay and breed at Hall’s Pond!

      • Date(s): 4/13/2021
    • Neil Gore

      Beautiful day at the Sanctuary today; many signs of spring: turtles are sunning, cormarants are cormoranting. Bluebells coming up rapidly in the garden, one is almost blooming.
      There are a pair of Wood Ducks, coexisting peacefully with the nesting Canada Goose. Maybe this will give them an idea? Let’s all keep an eye on the Wood Duck nesting box this spring.

      • Date(s): 4/4/2021
    • Fred B

      thanks, sharon! is that lenten rose (hellebore)? pussy willows and those yellow things should be out next…

      • Date(s): 3/24/2021
    • Sharon Gray

      Signs of spring…

      • Date(s): March 9, 2021
    • Fred Bouchard

      Hall’s Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
      Feb 26, 2021 7:40 AM – 8:00 AM
      Checklist Comments: Sunny, 28F. Three dog walkers, two joggers, three body-building women.

      Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 13 parading along Amory St., shepherded along by puffed-up Tom
      Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
      Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
      Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
      American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 14 mobbing and/or socializing in big spruce @ ivy street school
      Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
      Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 one loud singer over frozen pond; #2 echoing from uplands
      American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3

      View this checklist online at

      • Date(s): 2/27/2021
    • Fred Bouchard

      Hello, Hallsponders! Recent e-Bird reports from the sanctuary include: Carolina Wrens (perhaps nesting again?), Hermit Thrush, Juncos, White-throated Sparrows, Downy and Redbellied Woodpeckers. Check the pines for possible return of Barred Owl and Screech Owl.

      • Date(s): 2/2/2021