Recent Central Mass Bird Sightings

Sightings are listed in reverse chronological order. The email address of birders submitting reports, as well as other Central Massachusetts birding info can be found via the Central Mass Bird Update homepage.

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Bird Sightings:

8/13/17 -- Sterling Peat, Sterling
There was 1 Great Egret here today.
  • Also, on 8/5 on the North Dike of Wachusett Reservoir there were 5 Kestrels feeding: 1 male and I assume 1 female and 3 juveniles.
    (report from Bart Kamp).

  • 8/13/17 -- Ware River Watershed IBA, Barre/Oakham
    Today we birded the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA, concentrating mostly on the forested sections of the western edge of this IBA. Bird song continues to decrease with only some vireos, Hermit Thrushes, and peewees singing. Warblers were mostly seen in mixed species flocks often with chickadees and titmice. These birds were mostly immature birds of the year of breeding species. Still no sign of a big push of fall migrants. One large flock of over 60 birds moved quickly over head in the upperstory while we were in deep forest and most of that flock was unidentified. Numbers of phoebes are being seen along water courses. Highlights:
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Green Heron (1); Canada Goose (41); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Wild Turkey (5); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); N Flicker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • E Wood Peewee (11); E Phoebe (23); E Kingbird (11); Warbling Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (27); Tree Swallow (3); Barn Swallow (20+); Red-breasted Nuthatch (11); Hermit Thrush (18).
  • WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (2); Black-throated Blue (3); Yellow-rumped (1); Black-throated Green (5); Blackburnian (1); Pine (5); Black and White (14); A Redstart (2); C Yellowthroat (21).
  • Scarlet Tanager (1); E Towhee (13); Swamp Sparrow (12); Indigo Bunting (1 f feeding a just out of the nest young. This young bird had no tail and could not fly); A Goldfinch (13).
  • PLUS: A really nice display of the orchid DOWNY RATTLESNAKE PLAINTAIN. Other orchid species we looked for were past blooming. Cotton grass is peaking and dragonflies include good numbers of meadowhawks.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/12/17 -- downtown Worcester
    There was 1 Peregrine Falcon soaring overhead, then diving toward the former Bancroft Hotel.
    (report from Bart Kamp).

    8/11/17 -- Winchendon-South Royalston
    We spent this morning birding (and butterflying and odonate-ing) in the OTTER RIVER SP-BIRCH HILL DAM ACE parcel (Winchendon-South Royalston). We only had breeding species, and few of them. Many breeders seem to have already moved out. Highlights:
  • Great Blue Heron (8); Wood Duck (45); Cooper's Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (3); Killdeer (7); Black-billed Cuckoo (2); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (2); Barred Owl (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (4); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4).
  • E Phoebe (20); E Kingbird (4); Blue-headed Vireo (10); Warbling Vireo (2); Red-eyed Vireo (23); Common Raven (family of 5: we watched and listened to these birds for 15+ minutes. An amazing vocal repertoire!); Tree Swallow (10+); Barn Swallow (20+); Red-breasted Nuthatch (49); House Wren (3); Hermit Thrush (32: many still singing); Cedar Waxwing (8).
  • WARBLERS: Yellow (2); Yellow-rumped (4); Black-throated Green (2); Pine (5); Black and White (5); A Redstart (4); C Yellowthroat (23); Canada (1).
  • Scarlet Tanager (1); E Towhee (7); Swamp Sparrow (9); White-throated Sparrow (25+: single flock of immature birds working through forest); Baltimore Oriole (3); Purple Finch (5).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/9/17 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    We spent a few hours this morning birding mostly along and off 1 road in the south/central section of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. As I have mentioned before, birdsong is down to a few vireos, some peewees, and few other odd birds. Many warblers were in 2 mixed species flocks composed mostly of newly fledged birds. Sheila got some nice shots that I will post on my Facebook page. Highlights:
  • Great Blue Heron (3); Wood Duck (9); Mallard (7); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (2); Barred Owl (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); N Flicker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • E Wood Peewee (6); E Phoebe (16); E Kingbird (9); Yellow-throated Vireo (2); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (2); Red-eyed Vireo (30); Tree Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (16); Veery (3); Hermit Thrush (5).
  • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (4); Chestnut-sided (9); Yellow-rumped (2); Black-throated Green (4); Blackburnian (3); Pine (18); Black and White (4); A Redstart (3); Ovenbird (6); C Yellowthroat (18); Canada (2).
  • E Towhee (13); Field Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (2imm: NB: this species does not breed here); Baltimore Oriole (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/4/17 -- Coes Pond, Worcester
    This evening along the shore about 20 feet from the parking lot of the bicycle shop on Coes Street; there was an adult Black-crowned Night Heron perched on a dead branch. (report from Bart Kamp).

    8/3/17 -- Rice City Pond, Uxbridge
    There were 11 white egrets in Rice City Pond on Hartford Ave., Uxbridge about 2:15pm today. I had no binocs, so maybe someone else will confirm all were Great Egrets. The most I have seen at this location in the past 25 years is 5 (3 Great, 2 Snowy). (report from Beth Milke)

    7/20/17 -- Clinton
    A small group of ravens has been seen for a few days, usually early in the morning, near the Congregational church in Clinton. (phone report from Drew Thornblad).

    6/30/17 -- Winchenden-South Royalston
    Today we birded the OTTER RIVER SP-BIRCH HILL DAM parcel in Winchenden and South Royalston. Highlights included:
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Turkey Vulture (2); Wood Duck (9ad+4 yg. Nb: the young were still flightless, but unaccompanied by adults); Northern Goshawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (5); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ruffed Grouse (1ad w/4 very young birds); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1).
  • E Wood Peewee (3); Alder Flycatcher (2); Least Flycatcher (4); E Phoebe (9); E Kingbird (8); Blue-headed Vireo (12); Warbling Vireo (2); Red-eyed Vireo (89); Red-breasted Nuthatch (10); Brown Creeper (2); Winter Wren (1); Golden-crowned Kinglet (1); Veery (5); Hermit Thrush (19); Cedar Waxwing (19).
  • WARBLERS: Nashville (2); Yellow (10); Chestnut-sided (15); Black-throated Blue (5); Yellow-rumped (11); Black-throated Green (31); Pine (49); Prairie (2); Black and White (4); Ovenbird (63); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (53).
  • Scarlet Tanager (3); E Towhee (7); Swamp Sparrow (25); White-throated Sparrow (11); Indigo Bunting (3); Purple Finch (4).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6//25/17 -- Elm Hill Sanctuary, Brookfield
    This morning we conducted another point count of bird species at ELM HILL MAS. This is part of a larger monitoring effort to census woodland birds on the sanctuary. Our count points are all in the northern sections of the sanctuary. Afterwards, we also birded southern sections of the sanctuary. Highlights included:
  • Turkey Vulture (3); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Black-billed Cuckoo (3); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (3) NB: the caterpillars are bad here; Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • E Wood Peewee (7): Willow Flycatcher (2); Least Flycatcher (1); E Phoebe (2); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); E Kingbird (2).
  • Yellow-throated Vireo (3); Warbling Vireo (6); Red-eyed Vireo (51); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2); Veery (40); Wood Thrush (13); Gray Catbird (26).
  • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Yellow (4); Chestnut-sided (8); Pine (8); Black and White (2); A Redstart (15); Ovenbird (37); C Yellowthroat (28).
  • Scarlet Tanager (20); E Towhee (1); Swamp Sparrow (3); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Indigo Bunting (9); Bobolink (15+); Baltimore Oriole (4).
  • NB: there was a good flight of certain species of dragonflies: Common Whitetail; Window Skimmer; Slaty Skimmer; Spangled Skimmer; Four-spotted Skimmer; Common Pondhawk.
  • After, we briefly checked for the Yellow-throated Warbler at Quabog WMA and AGAIN did not find it, nor did the two other birders who were already there.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/25/17 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    Highlights of the Forbush Bird Club trip around the Wachusett Reservoir IBA this morning were the wood island Common Loon pair with an adult on the nest and Bald Eagle pair with 2 very large young on the nest. Great looks were had at 2 yellow-billed cuckoos, bufflehead (non-breeding at cemetery island), orchard oriole, and a huge movement of young American toads moving through the forest floor.
  • Selected sightings: 1 Bufflehead (Previously reported and photographed by Bette Robo); 7 Common Loon (6 adults, 1 immature. 1 adult on wood island nest raft. Other nest rafts seen were empty); 1 Cooper's Hawk; 4 Bald Eagle (2 adults, 2 young on wood island nest); 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoo; 1 Belted Kingfisher; 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker; 2 Hairy Woodpecker; 9 Eastern Wood-Pewee; 1 Great Crested Flycatcher; 7 Eastern Kingbird; 4 Warbling Vireo; 8 Tree Swallow; 5 Barn Swallow; 3 Veery; 6 Wood Thrush; 11 Cedar Waxwing; 16 Ovenbird; 3 Black-and-white Warbler; 4 Common Yellowthroat; 3 American Redstart; 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler; 14 Pine Warbler; 2 Prairie Warbler; 1 Savannah Sparrow; 11 Eastern Towhee; 5 Scarlet Tanager; 5 Rose-breasted Grosbeak; 1 Orchard Oriole; 12 Baltimore Oriole.
    (report from Kevin Bourinot).

  • 6/18/17 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we birded the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. We did NOT do Prison Camp Road and marshes or Barre Falls Dam, but instead concentrated on the more northern and western sections. Highlights:
  • Double-crested Cormorant (1imm); Great Blue Heron (3ad+13 young in 5 nests. Another rookery that did have 6 active nests earlier in the season was now empty); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Chimney Swift (2 low over the deep forest. During the Breeding Bird Atlas II, one of the most sought after nests were Chimney Swifts NOT nesting a human made structure, like a cave or hollow tree (where they nested before the arrivals of the Europeans). Whenever I see swifts far from human habitation during the breeding season, I always HOPE to see them nesting in a tree, but so far: no luck); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • E Wood Peewee (8); Alder Flycatcher (3); E Phoebe (5); Great crested Flycatcher (3: including 1 bringing food to a nest hole in a stub in a wooded marsh); E Kingbird (4).
  • VIREOS: Blue-headed (4); Warbling (7); Red-eyed (69).
  • Common Raven (3); Red-breasted Nuthatch (8); Brown Creeper (6); Veery (29); Hermit Thrush (29); Wood Thrush (4).
  • WARBLERS Blue-winged (1); Yellow (1); Chestnut-sided (26); Magnolia (1); Black-throated Blue (15); Black-throated Green (14); Pine (31); Prairie (3); Black and White (10); A Redstart (6); Ovenbird (84); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (31).
  • Scarlet Tanager (20); E Towhee (12); Swamp Sparrow (13); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Baltimore Oriole (4).
  • PLUS: Lots of dragonflies including our first ELFIN SKIMMERS of the season; Snapping and Eastern Painted Turtles laying Eggs.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/10/17 -- Elm Hill MAS, Brookfield
    We started the day conducting a series standard point counts of Elm Hill MAS as part of their survey efforts. Our count points were all in the wooded, northern sections, little visited by birders. We then stayed and birded a few other sections of the sanctuary. Highlights:
  • Black-billed Cuckoo (9); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (5) (major outbreak of Gypsy Moth caterpillars); E Screech Owl (1); Barred Owl (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • E Wood Peewee (6); Willow Flycatcher (3); Yellow-throated Vireo (6); Warbling Vireo (2); Red-eyed Vireo (34); Veery (23); Wood Thrush (15).
  • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (3); Yellow (12); Chestnut-sided (8); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (5); Black and White (5); A Redstart (24); Ovenbird (38); C Yellowthroat (18).
  • Scarlet Tanager (7); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5): Indigo Bunting (9); Bobolink (6).
  • Non-bird highlights included an ARROW-HEAD SPIKETAIL, a very local uncommon dragonfly, and a "lifer" for us.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/4/17 -- Petersham
    Highlights from a morning spent birding just in PETERSHAM:
  • Great Blue Heron (1 on a nest); Killdeer (1); Black-billed Cuckoo (6: including 1 walking around on a dirt road scarfing up bugs); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (2) NB: the caterpillars are really doing damage in several areas and the frass is raining down.; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (11); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
  • E Wood Peewee (18); Alder Flycatcher (6); Least Flycatcher (17); Yellow-throated Vireo (5); Blue-headed Vireo (16); Warbling Vireo (6); Red-eyed Vireo (156); Veery (29); Hermit Thrush (29); Wood Thrush (2).
  • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (2); Yellow (8); Chestnut-sided (46); Magnolia (2); Black-throated Blue (11); Yellow-rumped (9); Black-throated Green (48); Blackburnian (3); Pine (13); Prairie (3); Blackpoll (6); Black and White (7); A Redstart (29); Ovenbird (103); Northern Waterthrush (2); Louisiana Waterthrush (3); C Yellowthroat (52); Canada (4).
  • Scarlet Tanager (14); E Towhee (16); Field Sparrow (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6); Indigo Bunting (11); Bobolink (6); Baltimore Oriole (11); Purple Finch (2).
  • PLUS: Ebony Boghaunter, "life ode" for me.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/1/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights from a complete walk-through:
  • Wood Duck (2 males and 1 female); Great Blue Heron (2 - bird on nest at Heron Pond); Green Heron (1 calling); Broad-winged Hawk (1 calling); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Black-billed Cuckoo (1 calling near Wilson Swamp); Chimney Swift (9); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1 calling from powerlines); Eastern Wood-Pewee (6); Eastern Phoebe (2 - pair by culvert; catching and carrying food to nest); Great Crested Flycatcher (3); Willow Flycatchers (3); Eastern Kingbird (5); Warbling Vireo (5); Red-eyed Vireo (4); Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2); Tree Swallow (22); House Wren (3); Carolina Wren (1); Veery (1); Cedar Waxwing (19 ? several collecting material); Ovenbird (2); Blue-winged Warbler (1); Black-and-white Warbler (1); Common Yellowthroat (11); American Redstart (3); Yellow Warbler (9); Blackpoll Warbler (1); Prairie Warbler (3); Eastern Towhee (6); Field Sparrow (4); Scarlet Tanager (3); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Indigo Bunting (1); Baltimore Oriole (10).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 5/30/17 -- Lake Chauncy, Westborough
    Did a little birding on this somewhat gloomy (overcast) day and was treated to courtship feeding by a pair of yellow-billed cuckoos. The cuckoos have been around in the Westborough State Hospital property, aka Lake Chauncy, in Westborough for some time. The particular location is to walk through the gate to the second right-hand intersection. They frequent the area both to the right and straight ahead.
  • The behavior was interesting. I first heard what turned out to be the female call once behind me. I turned to be surprised to see it in a tree where it hadn't been moments before. It raised its tail in a provocative gesture and lowered it again. I later saw that the male flew by her to a tree on the other side at this point. She reversed her direction and faced the other way and again pumped her tail into the air. This time he came and landed on her back with a dragonfly which she took from him. He flew off and a few moments later so did she.
  • 1st of 4 cuckoo photos of the behavior
  • Also had nice looks at several American redstarts there.
    (report from Garry Kessler).

  • 5/23/17 -- Bolton Flats
    In the afternoon, highlights were:
  • Great Blue Heron (1); American Bittern (2); Canada Goose (12); Mute Swan (2); Mallard (15+); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Virginia Rail (6); Sora (1); Semipalmated Plover (15+); Killdeer (5); Greater Yellowlegs (1); Lesser Yellowlegs (1); Solitary Sandpiper (4); Spotted Sandpiper (21); Semipalmated Sandpiper (10+); Least Sandpiper (150+); White-rumped Sandpiper (3); Black-billed Cuckoo (2); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1).
  • Alder Flycatcher (1); Willow Flycatcher (8+); E Phoebe (1); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); E Kingbird (9); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (14); Red-eyed Vireo (3); Blue Jay (1 stealing eggs from Warbling Vireo and Robin's nest); Marsh Wren (1 heard); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1)
  • Besides the ubiquitous Yellow and Common Yellowthroat warblers, we also had Magnolia (1) and A Redstart (1); Scarlet Tanager (1).
  • Among the frogs heard were several LEOPARD FROGS.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/23/17 -- Bolton Flats
    Shorebird highlights of an afternoon trip to Bolton Flats from the Route 117 parking lot were: 8 Semipalmated Plovers, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper, 30-40 Least Sandpipers, 5 Dunlin, and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper. (report from Bart Kamp).

    5/22/17 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning in rain and (sometimes) wind, we did a very brief survey of the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). Highlights:
  • Common Loon (1ad); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (17: 9 occupied nests); Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (8+pr w/3yg); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (5m); WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (3m at Quabog); Hooded Merganser (1f); Red-tailed Hawk (1): Wild Turkey
  • E Kingbird (9); Yellow-throated Vireo (4); Warbling Vireo (6); Red-eyed Vireo (10); Common Raven (1);
  • SWALLOWS: there were many hundreds of swallows hawking for insects over the 4 major ponds, most over Lashaway and Wickabog. Most were un-identified, but I did tally: Tree Swallow (90+); N Rough-winged Swallow (10+); Bank Swallow (25+); Barn Swallow (80+).
  • Wood Thrush (3); Brown Thrasher (2);
  • WARBLERS: Yellow (18); Chestnut-sided (1); Black-throated Green (1); A Redstart (3); Ovenbird (2); C Yellowthroat (14).
  • Bobolink (8); Baltimore Oriole (11).
  • Plus: River Otter (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/18/17 -- Bolton Flats
    Highlights of my Thursday evening Forbush Bird Club trip to Bolton Flats from Route 117 parking lot and Pine Hill WMA were:
  • Bolton Flats: American Bittern, Green Heron, KING RAIL, 6 species of shorebirds, Osprey picking up and carrying nesting material, Black-billed Cuckoo and Wilson's Warbler.
  • Pine Hill WMA: Woodcock, Whip-poor-will, Grasshopper Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. (report from Bart Kamp).

  • 5/17/17 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded a loop around some of the sections of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. For most of the morning we had lots of migrant breeders, but no real sign of birds migrating through. UNTIL we got to the spruces. Here we saw/heard a number of Swainson's Thrushes, Olive-sided Flycatchers, Cape May and Bay-breasted Warblers and lots more. It was one of my better single spot migration days in Central Mass. Partial list:
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (1: we did not check any of the rookeries this morning); Turkey Vulture (1); Mute Swan (pair, 1 on nest); Wood Duck (1); Hooded Merganser (1f seen flying into Wood Duck box); Broad-winged Hawk (4: 1 seen carrying nesting materials); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher (1: very vocal); E Wood Peewee (2); Least Flycatcher (9); E Phoebe (5); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); E Kingbird (3).
  • VIREOS: Yellow-throated (5); Blue-headed (8); Warbling (4); Red-eyed (44).
  • Common Raven (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (16); Brown Creeper (4); Golden-crowned Kinglet (4: breeder); Gray-cheeked Thrush (1); Swainson's Thrush (minimally 6: very vocal, singing and calling. Some flew up into nearby oaks to feed); Hermit Thrush (5); Wood Thrush (8).
  • WARBLERS; Blue-winged (5); Nashville (1); Yellow (21); Chestnut-sided (33); Magnolia (9: nb: some stay to breed); Cape May (2); Black-throated Blue (7); Yellow-rumped (16); Black-throated Green (13); Blackburnian (4); Pine (22); Prairie (3); Bay-breasted (5); Black and White (4) A Redstart (10); Ovenbird (89); Northern Waterthrush (3); C Yellowthroat (34) Canada (2).
  • Scarlet Tanager (14); Swamp Sparrow (11); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (9); Bobolink (8); Baltimore Oriole (15); Purple Finch (1).
  • ALSO: Hudsonian Whiteface (4+); Brown Elfin (1); Fringed Polygala (many); Rhodora. WARNING: the Black Flies were brutal.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/17/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    I walked the Troiano/Heron Pond Loop. Although it was the afternoon and although it really got hot after a while, there were still a good number of migrants around.
  • Highlights: Canada Goose (6 - 2 adults w/ 4 young); Wood Duck (1 male); Great Blue Heron (1 - on nest); Sora (1 - heard once in location along Troiano Trail); Solitary Sandpiper (1 - Heron Pond); Black-billed Cuckoo (1 - calling); Chimney Swift (15 ? maybe more); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Willow Flycatcher (2); Least Flycatcher (6 - maybe more; I also got my first record for this species at Worcester Academy earlier in the day); Eastern Phoebe (3); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); Eastern Kingbird (6); Warbling Vireo (6); Red-eyed Vireo (3); Northern Rough-winged Swallow (4 - including 2 recently fledged birds chasing an adult); Tree Swallow (8); House Wren (2); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); Eastern Bluebird (1 male); Wood Thrush (2); Cedar Waxwing (2); Ovenbird (1); Blue-winged Warbler (4); Black-and-white Warbler (1); Common Yellowthroat (14); American Redstart (2); Northern Parula (2); Yellow Warbler (5); Chestnut-sided Warbler (5); Yellow-rumped Warbler (5); Prairie Warbler (1); Black-throated Green Warbler (3); WILSON'S WARBLER (1 male); Field Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (4); Song Sparrow (9); LINCOLN'S SPARROW (1 - passing through the woods along the service road; I submitted 2 photos on eBird); Eastern Towhee (2); Scarlet Tanager (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (9); Baltimore Oriole (9).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 5/15/17 -- Brookfields and Spencer
    A check of the major ponds (and a few other spots) in the QUABOG IBA this morning had the following:
  • Common Loon (4: 2 pairs of adults); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (5); Green Heron (1); Canada Goose (15); Wood Duck (1); Mallard (8); WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (1m: Lake Quabog); Wild Turkey (4); Virginia Rail (7); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • There was a good show of swallows at the four ponds: Tree (c.310+); Bank (15+); N Rough-winged (2); Cliff (4+); Barn (110).
  • On the way home at STILES RESERVOIR, SPENCER: Double-crested Cormorant (12); Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (6+pair w/3yg); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (1); Killdeer (1); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Least Sandpiper (4); Semipalmated Sandpiper (1). There were c.200 swallows, most were Trees and Barns. Nb: The east side of the reservoir was inaccessible because of construction.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/15/17 -- Millbury
    An Orchard Oriole has been singing here in Millbury for a week. Looks like it may stay to nest. (report from Susan LaBree).

    5/12/17 -- Winchendon-Royalston
    We spent this morning birding the OTTER RIVER SP-BIRCH HILL DAM ACE parcel on the border of Winchendon and Royalston. There were an Ok number of birds, but of only a few species and no sign of "migration". Species found in Worcester have yet to arrive here yet, like Eastern Kingbird. Red-eyed Vireos have apparently only just started to arrive. Most of the birds we tallied were possible breeders. Highlights:
  • Double-crested Cormorant (1); American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (17); Mallard (6); Common Merganser (1f); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Ruffed Grouse (2); Killdeer (2); Spotted Sandpiper (7); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1);Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • Least Flycatcher (7); Eastern Phoebe (8); Blue-headed Vireo (13); Warbling Vireo (2); Red-eyed Vireo (6); Common Raven (2); N Rough-winged Swallow (6); Red-breasted Nuthatch (33); Brown Creeper (9); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); E Bluebird (2); Veery (2); Hermit Thrush (11).
  • WARBLERS: Nashville (4); N Parula (1); Yellow (34); Chestnut-sided (19); Magnolia (1); Black-throated Blue (6); Yellow-rumped (21); Black-throated Green (41); Blackburnian (1); Pine (32); Prairie (3); Black and White (10); Ovenbird (110); Northern Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (52); Canada (1).
  • Scarlet Tanager (1); E Towhee (19); Swamp Sparrow (21); White-throated Sparrow (23: nb: common breeder here); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Baltimore Oriole (2); Purple Finch (16).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/12/17 -- Gate 43, Quabbin Reservoir
    Today there were two Sandhill Cranes feeding in the shallow water. They "flushed" quickly and took off together in a loud and boisterous departure. (report from Jeff Smith).

    5/11/17 -- City of Worcester cemeteries
    Today when we woke up we found a White-crowned Sparrow (ad) at our feeder, so hoping for some kind of migrant fall-out, we headed to the 4 cemeteries in the SW corner of the city. NB: By 8AM the mowers were out in force at all the cemeteries (Mother's day is this weekend) and clouds and wind picked up a bit and birding slowed down a bit, but it was still good all morning. Highlights:
  • HOPE CEMETERY: A nice selection of species and decent numbers.
    • Turkey Vulture (1); Canada Goose (2); Wood Duck (2); Chimney Swift (18); E Kingbird (4); Blue-headed Vireo (2); Warbling Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (1); House Wren (4); Ruby-crowned Kinglet ; Cedar Waxwing (flock of 12 chowing down on apple blossoms).
    • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Tennessee (3); Nashville (5); Northern Parula (11); Yellow (7); Magnolia (3); Cape May (1); Black-throated Blue (1); Yellow-rumped (61); Black-throated Green (1); Blackburnian (2); Prairie (1); Bay-breasted (1); Black and White (3); A Redstart (3); Worm-eating (1); Ovenbird (1); Wilson's (1).
    • Lincoln's Sparrow (1: feeding on a piece of lawn around the gravestones); White-crowned Sparrow (6ad: loose flock also feeding on the lawn initially, then they flew up and fed in oaks and sang); White-throated Sparrow (3); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Orchard Oriole (1AdM); Baltimore Oriole (3).
  • NOTRE DAME CEMETERY:
    • Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (2); Mute Swan (pr w/5yg); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (1); Osprey (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Belted Kingfisher (1);
    • Warbling Vireo (4); House Wren (2).
    • WARBLERS: Yellow (4); Yellow-rumped (6); Pine (2); A Redstart (1); C Yellowthroat (1).
    • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Baltimore Oriole (2).
  • ALL FAITHS/LEESVILLE POND:
    • Mute Swan (pr w/6yg); Canada Goose (2); Wood Duck (4m); Mallard (4m); Chimney Swift (6);
    • E Kingbird (1); Warbling Vireo (6); House Wren (1).
    • WARBLERS: N Parula (1); Yellow (3); Yellow-rumped (6).
  • ST. JOHN'S CEMETERY:
    • Red-tailed Hawk (1); Solitary Sandpiper (4); Warbling Vireo (7); Red-eyed Vireo (3); House Wren (1).
    • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); N Parula (6); Yellow (5); Chestnut-sided (1); Yellow-rumped (22); Black and White (3); A Redstart (2);
    • Baltimore Oriole (11: we watched 1 female nest building).
  • BANCROFT TOWER HILL: On the way home we stopped at this spot where we have birded many times in the past.
    • E Phoebe (1); Red-eyed Vireo (4); House Wren (1);
    • WARBLERS: Nashville (2); Tennessee (2); N Parula (9); Black-throated Blue (3); Yellow-rumped (20); Black-throated Green (3); Black and White (1); A Redstart (3); Ovenbird (1)
    • Scarlet Tanager (1); Indigo Bunting (1m).
    Whew!
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/11/17 -- Oxbox NWR, Harvard
    Highlights of a late morning-mid day walk:
  • 1 Black-billed Cuckoo, 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 1 House Wren, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers (one pair), 1 Veery, 1 Hermit Thrush, 2 Warbling Vireo, 4 Yellow Warbler, 4 Am Redstart, 2 Ovenbirds, 1 N. Waterthrush, 3 C Yellowthroat, 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak (m&f), 1 E Towhee, and 3 Baltimore Orioles.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 5/10/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights today along the Troiano Trail/Heron Pond Loop: Canada Goose (7 - 2 adults with 5 young); Wood Duck (5 - including 2 pairs); Green Heron (1); SORA (1 - heard several times doing the weee-up call; located in the wet meadow, across the brook from Troiano trail); SOLITARY SANDPIPER (1 - Heron Pond); BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO (1 - calling constantly); Chimney Swift (4); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); PILEATED WOODPECKER (1, maybe 2; saw and photographed a bird in the ?Woodpecker Tree?, then heard one on the opposite end of Troiano 15 minutes later); Eastern Kingbird (2); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (3); Northern Rough-winged Swallow (4); Barn Swallow (8); House Wren (2); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2 - pair); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Wood Thrush (1); Blue-winged Warbler (1); Common Yellowthroat (4); American Redstart (1); Northern Parula (1); Yellow Warbler (3); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); Black-throated Green Warbler (3); White-throated Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (7); Eastern Towhee (4); Scarlet Tanager (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6); Bobolink (2 - males singing high in tree); Baltimore Oriole (5).
    (report from John Liller).

    5/10/17 -- River Bend Farm, Uxbridge
    Highlights this evening: Baltimore Oriole (many), Common yellowthroat (2), Black billed cuckoo, yellow warbler (many), rose breasted grosbeak (many), swamp sparrow (2), savannah sparrow, (4), and woodcock (calls). (report from Bill Sartorelli).

    5/10/17 -- Dodge Park, Worcester
    Highlights from the past 3 days at this park in the NE part of Worcester:
  • Today: 1 RT Hummingbird, 1 Nashville Warbler (good habitat for this species -- may nest here), 5+ Yellow Warblers (I've already found a pair nesting here), 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (including a pair that seemed to be gathering nesting material), 1 Common Yellowthroat, and 1 Baltimore Oriole (f).
  • 5/9/17: 1 E Phoebe, 1 House Wren, 5+ Gray Catbirds (these are ridiculously conspicuous...), 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 4+ Yellow Warblers (nest found), 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroats, 2 Baltimore Orioles, and 1 Least Flycatcher (seen well, calling continuously).
  • 5/8/17: empid sp. (Traill's type -- saw well, although it was silent as I watched it for some time. I heard the sound of fitz-bew just before I saw it, but there are many catbirds around, and they do this call quite well.)
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 5/7/17 -- Ware River IBA
    We spent just a few hours this morning birding the southern section of the WARE RIVER IBA. The birding conditions weren't ideal: breezy, cool and mostly cloudy (first thing). Still there were some birds. Highlights:
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (4 occupied nests); Canada Goose (9); MUTE SWAN (2. This pair has been here for a few weeks now and yesterday I watched a family feeding them, likely meaning that they are here to stay, at least till freeze-up); Mallard (3 drakes. Females on nests?); Wild Turkey (2); Virginia Rail (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (2)
  • E Phoebe (3); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); Yellow-throated Vireo (2); Blue-headed Vireo (1). NB: no Red-eyes yet at this location. Brown Creeper (5); House Wren (3); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); Veery (1); Hermit Thrush (3).
  • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (2); Nashville (2); Yellow (14); Chestnut-sided (5) Cape May (1); Black-throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (34); Black-throated Green (4); Pine (12); Prairie (2); Black and White (6); Ovenbird (91); Northern Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (25).
  • Scarlet Tanager (4); E Towhee (29); Field Sparrow (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (7); Bobolink (8).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/4/17 -- Dodge Park, Worcester
    Highlights in mid-morning:
  • 1 Carolina Wren, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Hermit Thrush, 2 Gray Catbirds, 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 1 Nashville Warbler, 1 N. Parula, 3+ Yellow Warblers, 1 Chestnut-sided Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Palm Warbler, and 1 Common Yellowthroat.
  • While birding there, I ran into Bette Robo, who was scouting the area for an upcoming Forbush Bird Club trip this coming Sunday (see forbushbird.org)
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 5/4/17 -- St. Philips Cemetery, Grafton
    A few notable sightings on my lunchtime walk:
  • 2 Osprey circling & calling, 2 Little Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Nesting Mute Swans, Nesting Canada Geese, King Birds, Tree Swallows, Eastern Blue Birds, 3 pair Baltimore Orioles, King Fisher, Warbling Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped warbler, Palm warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Hairy Woodpecker, Song, Chipping & Swamp Sparrows.
    (report from Susan LaBree).

  • 5/3/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon, starting with the Troiano/Heron Pond Loop and then the Frog Pond and Wilson Swamp trails.
  • Wood Duck (2 - pair); Wild Turkey (1); Great Blue Heron (2 - including one on nest); Green Heron (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Chimney Swift (31 - approximately 25 were at Heron Pond); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Northern Flicker (1); Eastern Kingbird (1); Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2); Tree Swallow (26 - including one at nest hole); House Wren (2); Carolina Wren (1); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); Eastern Bluebird (1); Gray Catbird (8); Black-and-white Warbler (1); Common Yellowthroat (2); Northern Parula (3); Yellow Warbler (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); Field Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (4); Song Sparrow (8); Swamp Sparrow (1); Eastern Towhee (3); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Baltimore Oriole (3).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 5/3/17 -- SW cemeteries, Worcester
    This morning we quickly birded the adjacent cemeteries in the SW corner of Worcester : Hope, Notre Dame, All Faiths/Leesville Pond. By 9 the mowers were out and birding became more difficult. Highlights:
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Green Heron (1); Canada Goose (9); Mute Swan (2: 1 on nest); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (1m); Osprey (1); Killdeer (5: 1 on nest); Chimney Swift (14); Belted Kingfisher (1).
  • Eastern Kingbird (7); Warbling Vireo (21); Red-eyed Vireo (1); House Wren (5).
  • WARBLERS: Nashville (1); N Parula (10); Yellow (16); Chestnut-sided (2); Magnolia (1); Yellow-rumped (35); Pine (1); Black and White (1); A Redstart (7); Northern Waterthrush (1); Common Yellowthroat (1).
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Orchard Oriole (1); Baltimore Oriole (6); Purple Finch (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/2/17 -- Millbury
    A Prairie Warbler is singing here today!! (report from Susan LaBree).

    5/1/17 -- Millbury
    Baltimore Orioles have returned. (report from Susan LaBree).

    5/1/17 -- Westborough
    There was a Sandhill Crane (photo) in the corn fields behind the Westborough State Hospital land. Also early migrants along the water's edge - palm, yellow-rump, redstart, black and white, yellow warbler, yellow-throated vireo, warbling vireo, ...
    (report from Garry Kessler).

    4/30/17 -- Uxbridge
    Today a Yellow-throated Vireo was seen singing on the Park side of the bridge below West Hill Dam in Uxbridge. (report from Beth Milke)

    4/30/17 -- Auburn
    At 10:00 AM on top of Pakachoag Hill, I heard the "croaks" of the ravens, and observed a kettle of 20 ravens spiraling high above my house. The direction the ravens headed was towards the Worcester Airport. (report from Deborah Norling).

    4/30/17 -- Northboro
    I just had my first ruby throated hummingbird of the season at my feeder. (report from Henry Squillante).

    4/30/17 -- Worcester
    My first two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds of the year appeared at my feeder at the same time this afternoon. (report from Bart Kamp).

    4/29/17 -- Leicester / Paxton
    Highlights from the Forbush Bird Club trip:
  • Mulberry Street - Chestnut Sided Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Blue-Winged Warbler, Common Yellow Throat, Eastern Meadow Lark, Eastern Blue Bird, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Louisiana Water Thrush, Ovenbird, American Kestrel, Broad-Winged Hawk, Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Turkey, DC Cormorant and Common Loon (fly bys).
  • Muir Meadow - Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black & White Warbler, Yellow warbler, Common Yellow Throat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Field Sparrow, Ovenbird, Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbirds, C. Grackles, Great Blue Herons, Northern Flicker and Red Bellied Woodpecker.
    (report from Susan LaBree).

  • 4/29/17 -- Worcester/Holden line
    This morning, a Blue Headed Vireo was calling along with Yellow-bellied Sapsucker tapping in the background.
  • Yesterday (4/28) around 5 pm, yard birds included Broad-Winged Hawk and Barred Owl; I saw and heard the Broad Wing while the Barred Owl was calling.
    (report from Lisa Hennin).

  • 4/29/17 -- Quabog IBA
    We spent this morning birding around the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields (Worcester County). It was amazing to see and hear how many migrants put in during the last few days. Yesterday in Royalston we searched in vain for an Ovenbird and had only (1) House Wren and (2) catbirds. See those species numbers below. Highlights:
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (15: 8 occupied nests); Turkey Vulture (4); Canada Goose (43); Mute Swan (3: now established in this part of the County); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (8: all drakes); Ring-necked Duck (pair); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (14); Virginia Rail (4); Killdeer (5); Solitary Sandpiper (2).
  • Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (5); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • E Phoebe (9); E Kingbird (2); Blue-headed Vireo (2); Warbling Vireo (14); House Wren (17); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (6); E Bluebird (4); Wood Thrush (2); Gray Catbird (32); Brown Thrasher (2).
  • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (2); Yellow (17); Chestnut-sided (3); Yellow-rumped (51); Black-throated Green (4); Pine (27); Palm (6); Black and White (11); A Redstart (4); Ovenbird (18); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (5).
  • Scarlet Tanager (2); E Towhee (7); Field Sparrow (4); Savannah Sparrow (2); Swamp Sparrow (36); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Baltimore Oriole (4); Purple Finch (2).
  • PLUS: an amazing show of calling American Toads.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/28/17 -- Royalston
    This morning we birded a few areas in ROYALSTON (extreme NW corner of Worcester County. Highlights included:
  • Turkey Vulture (3); Canada Goose (10); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (1); Cooper's Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (8); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (1); Killdeer (4); Spotted Sandpiper (3).
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (16); Pileated Woodpecker (4).
  • Least Flycatcher (4); E Phoebe (19); Blue-headed Vireo (17); Common Raven (2); Tree Swallow (39); N Rough-winged Swallow (3); Red-breasted Nuthatch (7); Brown Creeper (1); House Wren (1); Winter Wren (1); Hermit Thrush (7); Gray Catbird (2).
  • WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Yellow (2); Yellow-rumped (48); Black-throated Green (8); Pine (26); Black and White (4); Northern Waterthrush (4).
  • Eastern Towhee (11); Savannah Sparrow (20: most of which were on one section of lawn at Birch Hill Dam next to one of the building. This indicates a possible "fall-out") Swamp Sparrow (43); White-throated Sparrow (17: breeds here); Purple Finch (16).
  • On the way back to Worcester we stopped by a small cemetery in PETERSHAM to look for dragonflies and butterflies. WE dipped on those, but did have: Double-crested Cormorant (high-flying flock of 5 heading directly east); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Cooper's Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (6); COMMON NIGHTHAWK (2 migrating NE); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Lousiana Waterthrush (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/28/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon walking the Troiano/Heron Pond Loop and then went to the Frog Pond Trail and along Wilson Swamp. Unfortunately, I went during the heat of the day, so activity was down.
  • Great Blue Heron (2 at Heron Pond); BROAD-WINGED HAWK (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (2 - pair doing courtship dance); Northern Flicker (1); PILEATED WOODPECKER (1 - I finally recorded this species on the Sanctuary; I did not see it, though I tried to track it down after hearing it twice along the Frog Pond Trail); Eastern Phoebe (3); Tree Swallow (14); Carolina Wren (1); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (2); Eastern Towhee (1); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (13); Swamp Sparrow (1); Brown-headed Cowbird (2); BALTIMORE ORIOLE (1).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 4/28/17 -- Bolton Flats
    This afternoon in the puddle at the Center Bridge Road section of Bolton Flats there were 6 Least Sandpipers and 1 Solitary Sandpiper. (report from Bart Kamp).

    4/28/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights in early afternoon included 1 Gray Catbird (FOY) and 6 Yellow-rumped Warblers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/27/17 -- Ware River IBA
    This morning we birded the southern portion of the WARE RIVER IBA: Highlights:
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (14: 10 occupied nests); Canada Goose (20); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (9); Hooded Merganser (1f+3m); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ruffed Grouse (1); Wild Turkey (1: despite a number of hunters around); Virginia Rail (3); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4).
  • E Phoebe (5); Blue-headed Vireo (18); Common Raven (2); Brown Creeper (6); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (6); Hermit Thrush (20.
  • WARBLERS: Black-throated Blue (1m); Yellow-rumped (54); Pine (46); Black and White (2).
  • E Towhee (30); Swamp Sparrow (31); Purple Finch (31: mostly female)
  • PLUS: great display of Bloodroot ad Partridgeberry.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/24/17 -- Brookfield
    At Lake Quaboag there was 1 D.C. Cormorant, 3 Greater Scaup, 2 Ring-necked Ducks and1 Bufflehead. Also there were 2 Fish Crows in the parking lot at the boat ramp. Walking up the railroad tracks at Brookfield Station there were 2 Virginia Rails, 12 Swamp Sparrows and little else. At home in Paxton we had an early Rose-breasted Grosbeak and yesterday a House Wren arrived. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    4/24/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon included 1 DC Cormorant, 1 GB Heron, 2 Mute Swan (1 on nest), 1 Warbling Vireo (silent), 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Savannah Sparrows, and 2 Song Sparrows. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/22/17 -- South Quabbin Reservoir
    This morning we birded the South Quabbin area. The weather was cloudy, cool, dank, at times raw. But that didn't stop the many fishermen out on their boats. It must have been cold out on the water.
  • Common Loon (4); Great Blue Heron (9: 8 flying north as a group); Canada Goose (3); Wood Duck (2); Green-winged Teal (4); Hooded Merganser (1f); Bald Eagle (3ad+1imm); Merlin (1); Wild Turkey (11); Mourning Dove (9).
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (8); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • E Phoebe (5); Blue-headed Vireo (3); Blue Jay (10); A Crow (9); C Raven (2); Tree Swallow (40+); Black-capped Chickadee (14); Tufted Titmouse (13); White-breasted Nuthatch (9); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); Hermit Thrush (3); A Robin (75+).
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (2); Pine Warbler (18); Louisiana Waterthrush (3).
  • E Towhee (24); Chipping Sparrow (74); Song Sparrow (2); N Cardinal (4); Red-winged Blackbird (29); C Grackle (18); Brown-headed Cowbird (21); Purple Finch (2); House Finch (5); A Goldfinch (4).
  • PLUS: White-tailed Deer (4); Porcupine (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/21/17 -- Uxbridge
    There was a male Purple Finch singing in a maple tree this morning. (report from Beth Milke)

    4/20/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 4 pm were 1 DC Cormorant, 1 Mute Swan (neck thickened and somewhat yellowish, held straight up), 1 Killdeer, 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Pine Warbler, and 3 Palm Warblers.
  • Yesterday (4/19) there were also 3 Tree Swallows, 5 N Rough-winged Swallows, and 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 4/20/17 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    At Wachusett Reservoir this AM:
  • Red-throated Loon (1); Common Loon (13) (nb: the nesting platforms are out, but the water levels are very high still); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (13); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (8); Greater Scaup (3); Lesser Scaup (1); Common Merganser (1f+pair); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (1); A Kestrel (1); Wild Turkey (2); Killdeer (2); Ring-billed Gull (only 2); Belted Kingfisher (1).
  • Passerines were generally unremarkable, but we did see: Tree Swallow (36); n Rough-winged Swallow (7); Barn Swallow (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2); American Pipit (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (19); Pine Warbler (17); Palm Warbler (4); E Towhee (6); Field Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (1).
  • The only non-bird of note was one of the old Red-eared Sliders off Gate 17.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/19/17 -- North Brookfield
    I had the 1st whip-poor-will of the season at 8:10PM tonight along the Five Mile River in North Brookfield.
  • The Five Mile River Corridor is in North Brookfield MA and has been a great spot to hear whip-poor-wills in Central MA for many years. Most of the land is posted along the river but you can still hear them in the gravel pits from the road. For the past 4 years I've been keeping track of the first Whip-poor-wills call in April and this year it was the 18th which is 3 days earlier than what I've found as the norm of April 21.
    (report from Jeff Smith).

  • 4/19/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon, walking the Troiano/Heron Pond Loop and then the Frog Pond Trail and along Wilson Swamp:
  • Wood Duck (2 males and 1 female together at Heron Pond); Great Blue Heron (4 - it looks as though there may be two nests on the same tree at Heron Pond, as one bird brought nesting material to a partially built nest adjacent to the previous nest); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (2); Northern Flicker (4); NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW (at least 10 at Heron Pond); Tree Swallow (6 - all at Heron Pond); Carolina Wren (1); BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER (2); RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET (2); Eastern Bluebird (1); PALM WARBLER (1); EASTERN TOWHEE (1); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (6)
    (report from John Liller).

  • 4/18/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    At noon highlights were 1 DC Cormorant, 2 Tree Swallows, 6 N. Rough-winged Swallows, 1 RC Kinglet, 10+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Pine Warbler, and 3+ Palm Warblers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/18/17 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded around the QUABOG IBA and nearby areas of SPENCER and had the following:
  • Pied-billed Grebe (1); Horned Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (8 birds/6 occupied nests).
  • Canada Goose (62: 1 on nest); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (10); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (15); Ring-necked Duck (16); Greater Scaup (2); Bufflehead (3); Common Goldeneye (1); Common Merganser (1f).
  • Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (3); Ring-billed Gull (1); Mourning Dove (5); Belted Kingfisher (6); Downy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (4).
  • E Phoebe (15); Blue-headed Vireo (2); Blue Jay (42); A Crow (14); Tree Swallow (99); Barn Swallow (1); Black-capped Chickadee (40); Tufted Titmouse (31); White-breasted Nuthatch (5); Brown Creeper (2); Winter Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (12); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 91); E Bluebird (1); A Robin (117); N Mockingbird (2); Brown Thrasher (3).
  • WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (26); Pine (26); Palm (10); Louisiana Waterthrush (3).
  • SPARROWS: E Towhee (2); Chipping (76); Savannah (13); Song (39); Swamp (22).
  • N Cardinal (28); Red-winged Blackbird (130+); C Grackle (45+); Brown-headed Cowbird (4); Purple Finch (2); House Finch (16); A Goldfinch (11).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/15/17 -- Worcester Cemeteries
    Highlights were Osprey, 7 Palm Warbler, 5 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, White-throated sparrows and 4 Wood ducks.
  • Also on 4/13 in Millbury, Field sparrow and Eastern Towhee have returned.
    (report from Susan LaBree).

  • 4/15/17 -- Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton
    Highlights in a mid afternoon walk to Brown Hill: Turkey Vulture (8, several seemed to be migrants); Cooper's Hawk (1); American Kestrel (2, m/f, hunting successfully in meadow just north of sanctuary building); N. Flicker (2 -- hiding in bush while Cooper's Hawk was around); E Phoebe (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Blue-headed Vireo (1 seen and heard singing). (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/15/17 -- Bolton Flats, Bolton
    Among the birds seen today at BOLTON FLATS during a quick visit were:
  • Double-crested Cormorant (1); GLOSSY IBIS (1); Turkey Vulture (1); Mute Swan (3, including 1 on nest); Canada Goose (47); Wood Duck (7); American Wigeon (2); Gadwall (1m); Mallard (31); A Black Duck (2); Green-winged Teal (45+)Killdeer (19); Wilson's Snipe (8) (NB: 2 yellowlegs had just been seen, but we missed them). Among the 150+ gulls there was an ICELAND GULL.
  • Passerines included Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Swamp Sparrows are back.
  • NB: The Rt. 117 entrance still has a water hazard to get into the parking lot, but it is navigable by high carriage vehicles. WALKING in the main trail, you will need wellies to cross the stream. PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH THE BIRDS! Hang back and scope them from the edge of the woods. Be sure to check other impoundments, like along Rt.110 and along Neck Road (where we had the wigeon and Gadwall).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/15/17 -- Gardner
    This morning, an Osprey was circling Wampanoag WS, and plenty of Tree swallows, but no warblers here yet.
  • Yesterday (4/14), 27 Common mergansers (21f and 6m) made for a colorful parade on Crystal Lake.
    (report from Dick Knowlton).

  • 4/14/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    At noon there was an Osprey circling over the pond, as well as 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Pine Warbler, and 2 Palm Warblers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/13/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights of a noontime walk that yielded several FOY birds:
  • 1 DC Cormorant (adult, breeding plumage), 2 Mute Swan, 2 N. Flicker, 3 Tree Swallow, 1 N. Rough-winged Swallow, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Pine Warbler (singing), 2 Palm Warblers, 3 Chipping Sparrows (silent), and 1 Song Sparrow.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 4/12/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon, while walking the Troiano/Heron Pond Loop, the Frog Pond Trail, and along Wilson Swamp:
  • Wood Duck (4 males in Wilson Swamp); Great Blue Heron (3 - 2 on branches near old nest, 1 in Wilson Swamp); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Belted Kingfisher (1 - Wilson Swamp); Hairy Woodpecker (5 - including a pair doing an emphatic courtship dance); Eastern Phoebe (2 - bringing material into the culvert at south end of Troiano); Tree Swallow (4 - all at Heron Pond); Carolina Wren (3); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (13); White-throated Sparrow (1); Dark-eyed Junco (8)
    (report from John Liller).

  • 4/12/17 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded in and around the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. All of the gates to the dirt roads are still closed, so we had to bird the periphery.
  • Great Blue Heron (7 (5 occupied nests); Turkey Vulture (19); Canada Goose (6); Wood Duck (4); Ring-necked Duck (6); Hooded Merganser (pair); Wild Turkey (3)' Mourning Dove (3).
  • Belted Kingfisher (3); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Downy Woodpecker (5); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • Eastern Phoebe (22); Blue Jay (16); A Crow (9); C raven (1 attending nest); Tree Swallow (35+); Black-capped Chickadee (17); Tufted Titmouse (11); Red-breasted Nuthatch (2); White-breasted Nuthatch (2); Brown Creeper (7); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4); Eastern Bluebird (2); A Robin (87); N Mockingbird (1); Pine Warbler (36); Chipping Sparrow (58); Song Sparrow (23); Swamp Sparrow 92); N cardinal (14); Red-winged Blackbird (50); C Grackle (55); Brown-headed Cowbird (6); Purple Finch (4); A Goldfinch (19).
  • One the way home we hit QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR and had: Canada Goose (2); Gadwall (3: 2m+1f); Lesser Scaup (3); Bufflehead (4); Common Merganser (18); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Palm Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (7).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/10/17 -- Quabog IBA
    Today despite still being under the influence of this flu "thang" I took some (over the counter) meds and birded the morning in the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields. We also hit a few spots in adjacent WARREN. Highlights included:
  • Great Blue Heron (15 w/9 occupied nests); Canada Goose (29); Wood Duck (15); Mallard (14); A Black Duck (pair); Ring-necked Duck (31); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (67).
  • Turkey Vulture (32); Black Vulture (3); Osprey (2); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (4); A Kestrel (1).
  • Wild Turkey (11); Ring-billed Gul (only 3).
  • Belted Kingfisher (4); Red-bellied Woodpecker (7); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); N Flicker (7); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
  • E Phoebe (67); Tree Swallow (80); Brown Creeper (2 singing); Carolina Wren (3); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3); E Bluebird (9); Pine Warbler (16: including 1f on the ground gathering nesting materials while being closely watched by male); Chipping Sparrow (7); Vesper Sparrow (1).
  • PLUS: MOURNING Cloak (7); E Garter Snake (2); Spotted Turtle 93); E Painted Turtle (100+); Spring Peeper (even more).
    NB: Don't get this flu!. (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/5/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
  • Highlights walking the Troiano/Heron Pond Loop and then the Frog Pond Trail and Wilson Swamp: Wood Duck (7 - includes pair on Heron Pond); American Black Duck (3); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (5); Eastern Phoebe (3 - including one seen by wooden bridge over brook where Phoebes have nested before); Eastern Bluebird (3 - male and two females at Heron Pond); American Robin (19 - many singing loudly); Field Sparrow (1 - powerlines near Heron Pond); Song Sparrow (22); White-throated Sparrow (2); Dark-eyed Junco (6); Red-winged Blackbird (31); Common Grackle (65); Brown-headed Cowbird (1 male)
  • The Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers were very noisy at the southern end of the wetlands along the Troiano Trail.
    (report from John Liller).

  • 4/5/17 -- Lancaster/Wachusett Reservoir/Indian Lake
    This morning we hit a few spots in eastern Worcester County:
  • BOLTON FLATS: This place is very flooded and the main Rt.117 parking lots only accessible with high carriage vehicles and then the flats need willies. After Thursday's rain, it will be even more flooded. But we birded the periphery areas both north and south of Rt.117 and had the following:
      Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (95); Wood Duck (24); Green-winged Teal (57); Mallard (123); A Black Duck (16); Hooded Merganser (3); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (2); E Phoebe (1); Tree Swallow (30+); Red-winged Blackbird (1500+); C Grackle (160+)
  • LANCASTER: DEXTER DRUMLIN AREA: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (408); Mallard (4); Black Duck (17); Green-winged Teal (8); Ring-billed Gull (550+); Herring Gull (58); Tree Swallow (80+); Red-winged Blackbird (400+); C Grackle (200+). NB: we got some of our best views from the Rt.70 side near the Thayer conservatory, parking in the canoe launch lot and crossing street.
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR (quick loop): Common Loon (11); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (13); Mallard (4); Bufflehead (4); Common Goldeneye (10); Common Merganser (12); Bald eagle (1ad); Tree Swallow (110+).
  • INDIAN LAKE, WORCESTER: Canada Goose (9); Mallard (5); Hooded Merganser (2); Common Merganser (43)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/3/17 -- Barre Falls / Bolton Flats
    Highlights
  • Barre Falls Dam Hawk Watch: Tree Swallow 8; Cowbirds 5; Meadowlark 1; Killdeere 1; Redtail Hawk 7; Coopers Hawk 1; Redshoulder Hawk 1
  • Bolton Flats: Mallard Duck 52; Black Duck 12; Ring-necked Duck 8; Green Winged Teal 49; Am. Widgen 16; Northern Shoveler 11; Wood Duck 2; Blue Winged Teal 1; Pintail 3; Phoebe 3; Song Sparrow 11; Killdeere 16;
    (report from Dave Grant).

  • 4/3/17 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    Today we birded the QUABOG IBA and had the following totals:
  • Great Blue Heron (10: 3 occupied nests so far); Canada Goose (47); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (19); A Black Duck (10); Mallard (48); Green-winged Teal (36); Ring-necked Duck (78); Greater Scaup (7); Lesser Scaup (4); Bufflehead (4); Common Goldeneye (1); Hooded Merganser (13); Common Merganser (311); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 that flew off.barely.with a robin); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (3: 1 carrying sticks to a nest); Wild Turkey (1); Killdeer (1); Ring-billed Gull (55); Mourning Dove (17); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Downy Woodpecker (7); hairy Woodpecker (1); N. Flicker (1); E Phoebe (23); Blue Jay (8); A Crow (18); Fish crow (1); Tree Swallow (141: most over the marshes NOT ponds); Black-capped Chickadee (40); Tufted Titmouse (29); White-breasted Nuthatch (6);Eastern Bluebird (19); A Robin (1013); N Mockingbird (2); PINE WARBLER (2 males singing); Fox Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (87); Dark-eyed Junco (55); N cardinal (32); Red-winged Blackbird (148); C Grackle (108); Brown-headed Cowbird (4); House Finch (15); A Goldfinch (6).
  • PLUS: Spring Peepers calling.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/3/17 -- Uxbridge
    A Pine Warbler was heard singing and seen near the bridge at the field below West Hill Dam in Uxbridge today. Also, A Fox Sparrow has been seen off and on in my Uxbridge yard since March 5, lurking in evergreens or below the seed feeders. (report from Beth Milke)

    4/1/17 -- Chaffin Pond, Holden
    There were Tree swallows in large flocks all over chaffin pond this icy morning. (report from Scott Matthews).

    3/31/17 -- Stump Pond, Jefferson
    Observed at Stump Pond today were Tree Swallow (13), Great Blue Heron (1), and Common Mergansers (9). (report from Anne Greene)

    3/30/17 -- Millbury
    First Eastern Phoebe of the season today. (report from Susan LaBree).

    3/29/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights today at noon were 2 Mute Swan, 6 Hooded Mergs, 30 Common Mergs, and 1 Brown Bat skiming over the surface of the pond near the apartments on the west side. (report from Rick Quimby)

    3/29/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    I recorded the following highlights this afternoon at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. I began by walking the Troiano/Heron Pond Loop and then went to the Frog Pond Trail and along Wilson Swamp.
  • Highlights: Wood Duck (9 - includes pair on Heron Pond and pair on Wilson Swamp); American Black Duck (7); Hooded Merganser (pair on Heron Pond); Killdeer (2 - flying over; first of the year); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Northern Flicker (1); Eastern Phoebe (1 - near Heron Pond; first of the year); Carolina Wren (1); Golden-crowned Kinglet (2); Eastern Bluebird (4 - 2 pairs at Heron Pond); Song Sparrow (5); White-throated Sparrow (2); Dark-eyed Junco (12); Red-winged Blackbird (33 - all males); Common Grackle (37); Brown-headed Cowbird (1 male).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 3/28/17 -- Athol / Royalston
    This morning, feeding in a field along the road from Athol to Royalston, there was a flock of 20 Snow Geese. I think it's the largest flock of Snow Geese that I've seen on the ground in the County. (report from Bart Kamp).

    3/26/17 -- Douglas to Westboro
    Highlights from a morning birding some ponds in Worcester County:
  • DOUGLAS: Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (2); Mallard (5); Lesser Scaup (2); Ring-necked Duck (238); Bufflehead (3); Common Goldeneye (23); Hooded Merganser (4); Common Merganser (110); Bald Eagle (2imm);Red-tailed Hawk (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (1); Brown-headed Cowbird (30).
  • NORTHBRIDGE: Mute Swan (9: 1 on nest); Mallard (7); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (6);
  • MENDON: Canada Goose (53); Mallard (1); Common Merganser (5).
  • SUASCO, WESTBORO: Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (84); Canada Goose (13); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (1); Ring-necked Duck (10); Hooded Merganser (4); Bald Eagle (1ad); TREE SWALLOW (200+).
  • CHAUNCY LAKE, WESTBORO: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (4); Ring-necked Duck (6); Bufflehead (2); Hooded Merganser (61); Common Merganser (157). No sign of the Canvasback.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/26/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    My wife, Kim Kastler, and I recorded the following highlights at Broad Meadow Brook this morning. We did the loop that includes the Troiano Brookside Trail, the powerlines, and Green Heron Pond.
  • Wood Duck (1 - male flushed from brook); Turkey Vulture (3); Cooper's Hawk (1 - perched for several minutes; calling constantly); Common Raven (10 - flying over in one group; this is a new Sanctuary species for me, although there have been several reports by others); Song Sparrow (9); Dark-eyed Junco (4); Red-winged Blackbird (21); Common Grackle (10). (report from John Liller).

  • 3/25/17 -- Brookfields/ Charlton
    On the Forbush Bird Club trip through the Brookfields and Orlando's in Charlton, highlights of the 42 Species recorded were:
  • Turkey Vulture 1, Wood Duck 37, Black Duck 33, Green-winged Teal 4, Ring-necked Duck 55, Bufflehead 5, Hooded merganser 28, Common Merganser 45, Northern Harrier 1 male, Bald Eagle 1 imm, Red-tailed hawk 2, Killdeer 2, Common Snipe 1, Belted Kingfisher 2, Red-bellied Woodpecker 2, Horned Lark 60, Tree Swallow 4, Carolina Wren 1, Bluebird 3, Robin 125, Song Sparrow 12, Junco 1, Red-winged Blackbird 40, Grackle 25, Brown-headed Cowbird 2, House Finch 2.
  • On the way home I had 3 Wild Turkey and 5 Rusty Blackbirds on Slab City Road in North Brookfield.
    (report from Rodney Jenkins)

  • 3/25/17 -- South Quabbin/Quabog IBA
  • At SOUTH QUABBIN area we had the following: Common Loon (1); Great Blue Heron (1); A Black Duck (4); Greater Scaup (3); Ring-necked Duck (4); Common Goldeneye (1m); Hooded Merganser (19); Common Merganser (8); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Bald Eagle (2: 1ad+1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2); Common Raven (1).
      PLUS: River Otter (1); White-tailed Deer (8)
  • At QUABOG IBA (Brookfields): Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (6); Wood Duck (27); Mallard (49); A Black Duck (15); Green-winged Teal (7); Ring-necked Duck (14: Bufflehead (3); Hooded Merganser (20); Common Merganser (153); Bald Eagle (3ad); Killdeer (3); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Carolina Wren (1); TREE SWALLOW (4); E Bluebird (6); Fox Sparrow (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/23/17 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    A quick survey this morning of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA found a decent number of migrant waterfowl. Ice covered the bays of the main reservoir, part of East Waushacum and Coachlace, most of Sterling Peat and all of the Quag
  • Common Loon (1); Canada Goose (68); Mallard (4); Greater Scaup (18); Ring-necked Duck (141); Bufflehead (5); Common Goldeneye (11); Hooded Merganser (22); Common Merganser (32); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (87); Herring Gull (50); Iceland Gull (1); Great Black-backed Gull (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/23/17 -- Uxbridge
    I've been seeing a Fox Sparrow lurking in evergreens or under the seed feeders--when blackbirds and jays aren't around--from time to time the past couple of weeks. I suspected there was a second one. This morning, three Fox Sparrows are scratching for seed under the feeders. (report from Beth Milke)

    3/20/17 -- Quabog IBA / South Quabbin Reservoir
    This morning we birded the QUABOG IBA in in the Brookfields, concentrating on the river and ponds/lakes. Lake Wickabog, Lake Lashaway, and Lake Quabog were all mostly ice-covered (again), but Lake Quacumquasit was ice free and had lots of waterfowl. The river also had lots of waterfowl.
  • Quabog birds: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (99); Wood Duck (27); Green-winged Teal (2); Mallard (49); A Black Duck (13); Ring-necked Duck (85); Bufflehead (3); Hooded Merganser (195); Common Merganser (176); Turkey Vulture (1); Bald Eagle (6: 3ad+1 sub-ad+2immature); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (22); Ring-billed Gull (137).
      Passerines included: Eastern Bluebird (4: including pair looking for nest hole); Carolina Wren (1); Fox Sparrow (4).
  • Earlier at SOUTH QUABBIN, we had: Common Loon (1); Turkey Vulture (6); Mallard (2); Bufflehead (1m); Hooded Merganser (2); Common Merganser (78); Bald Eagle (3: pr ad/1 on nest+another adult); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (24: some very actively kleptoparasitizing fish from the Common Mergansers).
      Passerines included: Pileated Woodpecker (1); Common Raven (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/19/17 -- Chauncy Lake, Westboro
    The drake CANVASBACK continues at Chauncy Lake, Westboro in the open water adjacent to the northern shore (where the soccer fields are). The birds are wary and too close an approach could flush them. The Canvasback was with c.25 Ring-necked Ducks and c. 50 Hooded Mergansers and a single drake Bufflehead as well as a few swans and geese. The Hoodies are in hormone overdrive, and it was very interesting watching them display and emit these croaking/snoring sounds.
  • Do be careful of the dirt roads: what was once slush has now re-frozen, so the roads are icy and have not been plowed, and unless you have a high carriage vehicle it could get a bit dicey. After we spotted the bird and Sheila got some nice but distant shots (we were very careful not to flush any birds, so we kept our distance), we then went to Lyman Street along the southern shore, where there is a sandy pull-off next to the chain-link fence. Here, with a scope and some careful searching, I was able to definitely see the Canvasback.
  • RE: Canvasback in the County. I have a number of records since the 1970s of Canvasback in Worcester County, most often from Wachusett Reservoir or Sudbury Reservoir in Southboro. Other locations in the County where I have seen Canvasbacks include Lake Quinsigamond, Flint Pond, Lake Wickabog and even in tiny Bart's Pond. Other nearby locations I have seen Canvasback in the past include Fort Meadow Pond in Marlboro (several used to show up every fall, though not recently) and Barton Cove, Gill on the Connecticut River. My maximum count in the County has been (8) at Wachusett Reservoir on 3-25-79, and another (8) on Sudbury Reservoir on 10-30-05. There were (4) on the Lake Quinsigamond/Flint Pond area last year and I saw them on 1-27-16. Probably the best place to hope to see Canvasbacks are in the Acoaxet (Westport) ponds on Buzzard's Bay, and I have had double and even triple digit counts there (201) on 2-15-99.
  • BTW: nearby Bartlett Pond in Northboro had Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (52); Mallard (3); Ring-necked Duck (14).
    (report from Mark Lynch).
  • 3/16/17 -- Oakham
    A Song Sparrow was heard on Mill St in Worcester, and another one was seen under my feeder in Oakham. (report from Kathy Van Schoick).

    3/12/17 -- Milford
    An American Woodcock has been in my backyard the past two days. Here is a short clip showing the Woodcock probing through the snow. (report from Marybeth Gallant).

    3/12/17 -- Southboro/Northboro/Westboro
    This morning we birded some of the ponds and reservoirs in Southboro, Northboro and Westboro in cold temps and biting winds. Despite increasing ice, migrant waterfowl continue to build up.
  • SUDBURY RESERVOIR/SOUTHBORO: Mute Swan (7); Canada Goose (167); ROSS' GOOSE (1 w/Canadas on Fay School soccer fields); Mallard (22); Common Goldeneye (9); Ring-necked Duck (64); Hooded Merganser (4); Common Merganser (46); Fish Crow (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (1).
  • BARTLETT POND, NORTHBORO: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (72); Mallard (28).
  • CHAUNCY LAKE, WESTBORO: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (190); Mallard (18); A Black Duck (8); Green-winged Teal (7); Ring-necked Duck (222); Hooded Merganser (51); Common Merganser (27).
  • SuAsCo, WESTBORO: Mute Swan (89); Canada Goose (11); Wood Duck (6); Mallard (9); A Black Duck (10); Bufflehead (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/11/17 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we did a survey of the open bodies of water in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields);. The low temps and windy conditions made the "feels like" temps well below zero. The larger bodies still had open water, but ice was forming around all the edges and after tonight, my guess is that most of the water will once again be ice covered. Heat escaping from the open water meant that looking long distances over the water was distorted, so there may have been even more waterfowl.
  • Birds recorded: Canada Goose (125); Mallard (166); A Black Duck (2); N Pintail (pair); Ring-necked Duck (140); Bufflehead (7); Hooded Merganser (128); Common Merganser (201); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (67); Herring Gull (1). PASSERINES were few and generally typical, but we did have a flock of 120+ HORNED LARKS.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/10/17 -- Oakham
    A woodcock was heard peenting this evening. Previous sightings this year were two on 3/1 (one immediately behind the first in display flight), and one on 3/8. (report from Kathy Van Schoick).

    3/9/17 -- Hubbardston
    Spotted a Ruffed Grouse strolling across Rte 62 in Hubbardston today. Not far from Old Colony Road. (report from Marion Larson).

    3/5/17 -- Uxbridge
    Fox sparrow eating black oil seeds beneath feeder in Uxbridge early this morning. (report from Beth Milke).

    3/3/17 -- Wells State Park, Sturbridge
    I saw a flock of about 50 Ring-necked Ducks on Walker Pond at Wells State Park, Sturbridge, this morning. On one of the smaller ponds there were 5 Mallards, a Black Duck, and 4 Wood Ducks. (report from Robert Brady).

    3/2/17 -- Stuart Pond, Sterling
    Male and female common mergansers; 2 male and 1 female hooded merganser; 8 Canada geese
  • Also, several sightings over North Leominster (Abbott Ave on 3/5, Route 2 at exit 31 on 2/24) of a bald eagle. (report from Sharon Concannon).

  • 3/1/17 -- Saint John's Cemetery, Worcester
    The highlight was 4 Killdeer on the large lawn at the back of the cemetery. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    3/1/17 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    Went out this afternoon in the wind and showers to take a look at the ponds in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). Highlights: Canada Goose (18); Mallard (41); A Black Duck (10); Ring-necked Duck (38); Lesser Scaup (11); Hooded Merganser (9); Common Merganser (183); Turkey Vulture (2); Bald Eagle (5: 3imm+1 subAd+1ad: great show of eagles flying about in the high wind. There were 3 at Lake Quabog alone, two seen trying to catch a swimming muskrat!); Ring-billed Gull (127); Herring Gull (2); Great Horned Owl (1); Hundreds of Red-winged Blackbirds and grackles in flocks.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    2/26/17 -- Grafton
    We have a group of over over 300-400 birds in our yard, primarily Common Grackles, but also containing Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Many of them have been feeding under our feeders. (report from John Liller).

    2/24/17 -- Phillipston/Athol
    While traveling west on Rte 2 near the Phillpston/Athol line around 3:30, we spotted our first Turkey Vulture of the year wheeling in the air above us. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

    2/24/17 -- Whitins Pond, Whitinsville
    I went to Whitinsville after getting directions to Whitins Pond. Found the Ross's Goose with about 25 C. Geese. Up on Arcade Pond there were 13 Ringneck Ducks. Thanks to the birder who found the Ross's and thanks to Justin Lawson for better directions. (report from Scott Ricker).

    2/23/17 -- Westborough
    Two dozen Red-winged Blackbirds flew by the MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough at sunset. (report from Marion Larson)

    2/23/17 -- Arcade Pond, Whitinsville
    About 11:45 AM today, I observed an adult, white-morph, ROSS'S GOOSE in a patch of open water in the southeast corner of Arcade Pond in Whitinsville. Smaller than the Canada Geese it was with. Pure white except for black primary tips. Short neck, small, steeply sloped, triangular bill. No evidence of black "grin patch" or any Snow Goose hybrid traits. Very close views right off of Main Street and very good pictures. A number of other birders have gotten on the bird and confirmed the ID. (report from Ed Kittredge) 

    2/23/17 -- Gardner
    Just had approximately 50 Cedar waxwings come thru our yard. Largest flock we've seen in quite some time. (report from Dick Knowlton).

    2/23/17 -- Worcester
    Today in the backyard there was my 1st Fox Sparrow of the year feeding on the ground. There was a Common Grackle at my feeder. (report from Peter Morlock).

    2/22/17 -- Gardner
    There were 2 Common grackles at our feeders yesterday, and several more passing overhead in downtown Gardner this a.m. (report from Dick Knowlton).

    2/22/17 -- Barre
    There were 10 Cedar Waxwings in a yard in Barre....feeding on juniper berries on the ground...have not seen any all winter.....many many Robins also. Also 14 gold finches around afeeder in Barre, with a single Common Redpoll with the group. (report from Steve Meredith).

    2/22/17 -- Millbury
    Red Winged BlackBirds are back in Millbury. 27 around the feeder this morning. There has also been a Northern Mocking Bird here all winter. (report from Susan LaBree).

    2/21/17 -- North Grafton
    A COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (m) was heard and seen singing, high on a perch at waters edge of Hayes pond at 12:30 pm.
  • Details: made ID first by song 'witchetty witchetty witchetty witch' over and over. Bird was low at waters edge, on east street side of pond. I flushed it to a high perch. Bird looked brownish side-on, but black mask clearly seen. Size of a robust warbler, have seen many around here in summer, but never in winter.
    (report from Maureen Montague).

  • 2/19/17 -- Blackstone
    I stopped in a parking lot along the canal around 2:00 PM when I saw 50+ Crows calling in some trees. There were numerous Fish Crows among the American Crows. As I went back to the car I saw a flock of 6 Black Vultures flying overhead -- this was the most I've seen here. (report from Peter Morlock).

    2/19/17 -- Quabog River, Brookfields
    Today just along the Quabog River from Warren to the Brookfields: Mute Swan (5); Canada Goose (71); Mallard (35); A Black Duck (3); Hooded Merganser (64); Turkey Vulture (12: including 1 apparent leucistic that looked all pale gray); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (33); Belted Kingfisher (3). Passerines were typical, but we did have a flock of c.50+ robins flying down to the river to drink in Warren. (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    2/19/17 -- South Quabbin Reservoir
    A quick visit to SOUTH QUABBIN today had the following (highlights): Common Loon (2); Hooded Merganser (1); Common Merganser (32); Bald Eagle (adult pair at nest+another adult+a sub-adult); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (3). (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    2/18/17 -- Town Farm Road, Sutton
    I saw a flock of about 40 Horned Larks in the agricultural fields along Town Farm Road in Sutton this morning. (report from Robert Brady).

    2/15/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 2 pm (among 14 species recorded) were 2 Mute Swan (sitting on ice), 10 Hooded Mergansers, 5 Common Mergansers, and 1 Red-tailed Hawk (ad, perched) . (report from Rick Quimby).

    2/12/17 -- Quabog IBA / Worcester
    This morning we set off to get a few hours of birding before the storm started.
  • At the Rt.56 airport overlook fields (Leicester) we had a NORTHERN SHRIKE perched in a small bush right along the road. As we passed it, it flew off low right in front of our car and narrowly avoided getting hit. Also present: a Common Raven.
  • In the QUABOG IBA we concentrated on the river overlooks as the ponds were frozen. Highlights: Canada Goose (27); Mallard (17); A Black Duck (4); Hooded Merganser (22); Bald Eagle (1ad); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1)
  • On the way back to Worcester, we searched around the airport for the shrike, but could not turn it up.
  • At the far end of COES POND in Worcester, in a small pool of open water: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (12); Mute Swan (1)
  • NOTRE DAME CEMETERY: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (129); Mallard (2); A Black Duck (6); RING-NECKED DUCK (1m: photo'd); Hooded Merganser (3); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Fish Crow (1)
    It will be interesting to see if those heron can survive today's storm.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/6/17 -- MassWildlife Field Headquarters, Westborough
    Immature bald eagle flew by the back of the FHQ building at around 3:30 today--heading west from the east. 2 Red-tailed hawks were seen periodically throughout the day, often perched on the tree line near the Safety Zone signs. (report from Marion Larson)

    2/2/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 4 pm were 4 Mute Swans, 200+ Canada Geese, 26 Hooded Mergansers, and 5 Common Mergansers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    1/30/17 -- North Dike, Wachusett Reservoir
    My wife and I walked the North Dike just before noon today. We saw a half dozen gulls (the ones we could see clearly were Herring Gulls), three American Crows, and two Common Loons. The loons called back and forth briefly, an unexpected winter pleasure. The highlight was a flock of 25 Snow Buntings flying up and down the dike. (report from David Ammerman).

    1/29/17 -- Whalom Pond, Lunenburg
    A quick stop around 2pm yielded hundreds of gulls roosting on the ice, which included at least 3 first cycle Iceland gulls among them. I was short on time and many of the birds were huddled together with their heads tucked in, so could have missed some other interesting gulls. Certainly worth the look if you are in the area! (report from Josh Gahagan).

    1/29/17 -- All Faiths Cemetery, Worcester
    This afternoon Annie and I stopped by All Faiths Cemetery to look for water fowl. Not much happening. Shallow water was icy. For ducks, besides the mallards we only saw hooded mergansers. We watched the hoodies for a bit but they typically kept their distance. As we watched, some mallards decided to fly a bit farther up the lake. I looked around and saw that a young (2nd yr.) eagle (photo) had come in and was the cause of their disturbance. Interestingly, the hoodies seemingly paid no mind, given that they dive to avoid aerial assault. (report from Anne and Garry Kessler)

    1/27/17 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Midday today, I started at Bart's Pond and Coachlace Pond, with no waterfowl visible. Also, nothing seen off Scar Hill Road Beach. South Bay was more rewarding, with nine Common Goldeneye, three of which were females, and four Common Mergansers. An immature Bald Eagle was braving the wind and soaring over the reservoir. Over on the Thomas Basin, there were five more Common Mergansers. (report from David Ammerman).

    1/26/17 -- Leicester
    I observed a Red-shouldered Hawk in a tree by the road on Rt. 56 just North of the intersection of Stafford Street at 12:30 PM today. (report from Steven Sulzer)

    1/26/17 -- Quabbin Park/Quabog IBA
    We headed out to bird Quabbin Park this morning, but by the time we arrived, it was raining and checking weather maps, it looked like it was going to rain for awhile. Still, we persisted , but the only birds we had were from in front of the Administration building: a pair of adult Bald Eagles at the traditional nest, repairing it, and (11) Common Mergansers being kleptoparasitized by Ring-billed Gulls.
  • On the way home, we decided to hit some ponds and the river in the QUABOG IBA again. By now the rain had (surprisingly) stopped for the most part, and we had: (highlights) Canada Goose (22); Mallard (23); A Black Duck (3); Hooded Merganser (13); Common Merganser (3); Bald Eagle (2imm sitting on the gray ice at Lake Quabog); Red-tailed Hawk (6); Belted Kingfisher (1)
  • Passerines were typical EXCEPT the flock of 150+ Horned Larks with at least 5 Snow Buntings we had flying about on the Brookfield/Quabog "flats" right on Rt.9. Before we could thoroughly scan these for longspurs, they flew further out into the fields. NB: This is a tough place to check: it is definitely signed NO TRESSPASSING, so you need to stay on Rt.9, and there are several roiling hills in the field that are almost impossible to see over.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/25/17 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we checked out the ponds and river of the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields. Driving out there from Worcester, it was interesting to note that as we gained elevation in Leicester, it became obvious that they had a ice storm as the tops of the trees were all encased in ice. The ponds in the Brookfields have opened up a lot since just a few days ago and even small bodies had some open water. But the number and variety of ducks remains pretty much the same. Most of the waterfowl were on the river.
  • Highlights: Canada Goose (47); Mallard (70); A Black Duck (8); Hooded Merganser (71); Bald Eagle (1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (42); Herring Gull (2); Great Black-backed Gull (2adW).
  • Passerines were typical, but we did have (1) Pileated Woodpecker, (16) Eastern Bluebirds and (1) Hermit Thrush.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/22/17 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    We walked the Troiano Brookside Trail and also checked out the Wilson Swamp. All waterfowl were recorded at the latter).
  • Highlights: American Black Duck (11 - maybe more); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Carolina Wren (2); Golden-crowned Kinglet (5 - in one group); American Robin (3); American Tree Sparrow (16); Song Sparrow (3); White-throated Sparrow (4); Dark-eyed Junco (2).
  • Also, 2 muskrat swimming (one in each location)
    (report from John Liller).

  • 1/22/17 -- Bolton Flats/Wachusett Reservoir
    We spent most of the morning covering the BOLTON FLATS area, including Pine Hill (which had very few birds);.
  • Highlights: Canada Goose (87: all flying out just after dawn); A Black Duck (4); Mallard (2); N Harrier (2); Red-tailed Hawk (7);
      Rough-legged Hawk (1 lt: was originally seen perched from along the Rt.117 main entrance road. After 15+ minutes, the bird flew west, over the Nashua River. We thought that maybe it would end up at the Pine Hill property, and zipped over there, but did not relocate the bird. At one point we had a harrier harassing the perched hawk)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (8); Downy Woodpecker (5); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (5); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Northern Shrike (1); Blue Jay (86); Common Raven (1); Eastern Bluebird (15); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (only 3); N Mockingbird (4); Cedar Waxwing (7);
      SPARROWS: Tree (1); Song (9); Swamp (1); Dark-eyed Junco (41)
    Red-winged Blackbird (flock of 400+: photos); C Grackle ( flock of 300+ photos); Brown Headed Cowbird (20+); American Goldfinch (17);
  • AT DEXTER DRUMLIN TOR, Lancaster: Canada Goose (550+); Ring-billed Gull (20);
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: nb: we stooped twice en route to Bolton Flats and saw the Red-breasted Merganser then, but later in the early afternoon, could not refind it); Common Loon (12); Canada Goose (1); Mute Swan (4); Mallard (6); Bufflehead (6); Common Goldeneye (63); Hooded Merganser (18); Red-breasted Merganser (1f); Common Merganser (11); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (46); Herring Gull (1); Belted Kingfisher (2);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/16/17 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Highlights this afternoon:
  • From NW shore of reservoir: 1 C. Loon, 4 Common Mergansers, 5 Hooded Mergansers, 20 Snow Buntings
  • Bart's Pond: 2 Gadwall (m&f), 1 Common Goldeneye (f), 1 Brown Creeper.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 1/13/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 3:30 this afternoon: 1 GB Heron, 2 Mute Swans, ~150 Canada Geese, 24 Hooded Mergansers, 28 Common Mergansers, and 1 Belted Kingfisher. (report from Rick Quimby).

    1/12/17 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We did a quick low impact survey of WACHUSETT RESERVOIR this AM. Bays, including South Bay are still iced over, though it is now water over ice. The Quinapoxet River is mostly iced-over as is Thomas Basin. But much of the rest of the reservoir is open.
    Common Loon (2); Mute Swan (7); Canada Goose (1); Mallard (36); Gadwall (1m: "Bart's Pond"); Greater Scaup (12); Common Goldeneye (43); Hooded Merganser (22); Common Merganser (15); Bald Eagle (3: 1imm+2ad); Red-tailed Hawk (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    1/11/17 -- Dark Brook, Auburn
    I was thrilled this morning at 10:15 to see a bird with a large wingspan fly up from Dark Brook running through my backyard in Auburn MA. When it flew over my house and circled it, I could clearly see the white head and tail feathers and the yellow beak of a bald eagle. What a thrill. I think he flew down from the reservoir following the brook. (report from Loretta Watts).

    1/11/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 2 Mute Swan, 1 hybrid Mallard/Black duck, 1 Common Goldeneye (1st yr male), 24 Hooded Mergansers, 18 Common Mergansers, and 1 Belted Kingfisher. (report from Rick Quimby).

    1/7/17 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Walking through Institute Park this morning I saw Canada Geese, Common Mergansers, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, and a Great Blue Heron. (report from Robert Brady).

    1/1/17 -- Worcester
    On the annual New Year's Day trip of the Forbush Bird Club, highlights of the 21 species recorded were: Mute Swan 5; Black Duck 10 Common Goldeneye 61; Hooded Merganser 28; Great Blue Heron 2; Bald Eagle 1; Red tail Hawk 2; Kingfisher 3; Red bellied Woodpecker 1; Raven 1; Red breasted Nuthatch 1. The Peregrine falcon was not observed, but was known to be present in downtown Worcester. (report from John Shea, fide Deb Berard).

    1/1/17 -- Worcester and vicinity
    We started hours before dawn west of Worcester in some forested parcels doing some owling and managed: Great Horned (4); Barred (2); N Saw-whet (3). We spent the rest of the day at locations to the east of Worcester: Highlights:
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (2); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (1); Mallard (70+); Greater Scaup (39); Lesser Scaup (2); Common Goldeneye (59); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (8); Bald Eagle (3: 1ad+1subad+1imm: NB: there is a carcass (deer?) on the point with the lifeguard chair at South Bay; Red-tailed Hawk (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Northern Shrike (1); We got a SCREECH OWL in Northboro at a location I bird for the Worcester CBC.
  • CHAUNCY LAKE, WESTBORO: We went here twice. Once early in the morning when we got great views, and Sheila got some record shots, of a 2ndW Glaucous Gull. Late in the afternoon we returned hearing there was a SNOW GOOSE found there. When we returned we noticed that there was now a huge flock of hundreds of Canadas that were NOT there in the AM (there were c.60 there this AM and some of them flew out), and most of the gulls had now gone and the ice they had been resting on had shrunk considerably.Take away: birds move in and out of here frequently at this time of the year. Mute Swan (20); Canada Goose (813); Snow Goose (1imm); Mallard 92); Ring-necked Duck (6); Bufflehead (1f); Hooded Merganser (17); Common Merganser (2); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); American Coot (2)
      GULLS (in AM): Ring-billed (70++); Herring (40++); Great Black-backed (35++ most adW); Glaucous (1).
  • SUDBURY RESERVOIR, SOUTHBORO: mostly ice covered: Canada Goose (74); Common Goldeneye (6m).
  • SuAsCo: mostly ice-covered: Mute Swan (55); Canada Goose (11); Red-tailed Hawk (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/31/16 -- Lake Quinsigamond, Shrewsbury
    From the White City shopping center I could see 2 Green-winged Teal and a Pied-billed Grebe. (report from Peter Morlock).

    12/29/16 -- Bart's Pond , Clinton
    Today there were 3 Wood ducks and a M&F Gadwall at Bart's Pond. (report from Peter Morlock).

    12/28/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir and vicinity
    From 10:30- 1:30 we birded Wachusett Reservoir and Environs. Muddy Pond and W. Lake Waushacum in Sterling were ice-covered. At Wachusett Reservoir Causeway near Old Stone Church we saw American Mergansers(3); Common Loon (1); Mute Swan (2); Goldeneye(1); Scaup (40); Red-tail Hawk (1). On RIver Street- Kingfisher(1); Hooded Merganser (18); American Merganser (7); Canada Geese (84); Mute Swans (2); American Goldeneye (2); Titmice (2). At South Bay Bald Eagle (1 juvenile) on a deer carcass; Goldeneye (45); Blue Jay (1). No Barrow's to be seen. Scar Hill Road was a bust--lots of wind as usual. South Meadow Pond was mostly frozen but the shore across from the boat ramp had some open water with 100+ Mallards in the water or on the ice. North Dike: Common Loon (2); Hooded Mergansers (4); Ringbilled Gulls (10). E. Lake Waushacum is ice covered except for one shoreline but no birds. We then drove up to Davis Farm on Redstone Hill Road, Sterling where hundreds of Canada Geese flew overhead and landed in the field with the Highland cattle. Alas, nothing but Canadas (~500) and 1 Red-tailed Hawk. (report from Scott Handler and Marion Larson).

    12/26/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We started out today birding Wachusett Reservoir. Coves remain ice-covered, but the main body is still open. In the middle of covering the reservoir we looked at Sterling Peat, the Quag, East and West Waushacum. All of them were ice covered. A flock of gulls were sitting on the ice at East Waushacum. After seeing the large flock of Canada Geese on the A-fields in Clinton, we drove up to Davis Farmlands (Lancaster) and found 18 geese there and then over to Dexter Drumlin where there was almost 100 Canada Geese. There was no sign of the Cackling.
  • Here's the list for Wachusett Reservoir: Common Loon (8); Horned Grebe (1); Canada Goose (451: most on the Clinton HS A-field); Mute Swan (4); Mallard (105: most in Bart's Pond (the "pond that never freezes"). NB: Coachlace is now ice-covered with ice-fishermen out on it); Green-winged Teal (1m: River Road); Greater Scaup (34); Lesser Scaup (2); Bufflehead (7); Common Goldeneye (53); Hooded Merganser (52); Common Merganser (18); Bald Eagle (adult pair sitting next to each other on the nesting island); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Belted Kingfisher (1). Passerines were typical. But we did also note: Muskrat (1) and River Otter (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/20/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir and vicinity
    In Clinton at Bart's Pond there were 4 male and 2 female Wood Ducks and 100's of Canada Geese feeding in the baseball fields. In the Quinapoxet River at Oakdale there was one drake Northern Pintail and one drake Green-winged Teal. (report from Bart Kamp).

    12/20/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today around 3pm at the Clinton Dam I had a great sighting of one of the adult bald eagles at the reservoir. It appeared out over the water flying towards the dam, circled a few times over the dam which included right over my vehicle. It then continued down the shoreline and flew towards the courthouse. (report from Jeff Pingeton).

    12/16/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This afternoon we birded around WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. There is still a lot of open water on the main body, though smaller bodies of water and edges of bay are iced over. Coachlace was 90% ice covered. Visibility was affected by heat leaving the open water. There were concentrations of birds at Thomas Basin, South Bay and the sliver of open water at Coachlace. There were also a number of Mallards, and 1 Black, behind Wheetabix.
  • Common Loon (5: there could have been more, but distant visibility was an issue); Horned Grebe (1); Mute Swan (6); Canada Goose (947: with more than 700 in that sliver of open water at Coachlace); Cackling Goose (1: probably the same bird I had on the main body a week ago. This afternoon it was with the Canadas at Coachlace. It was just luck that it swam in an open area so I had decent views. Much of the geese were so piled up, I couldn't even count them properly so there might be other non-Canadas in there.); Mallard (71); A Black Duck (5); Common Goldeneye (36); Barrow's Goldeneye (1f); Hooded Merganser (104); Common Merganser (29); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Merlin (1: flying towards Worcester); Ring-billed Gull (65: nb: there was what appeared to be a smaller gull on a small bar with Ring-billeds, but the lighting and distance made any definite ID impossible. It could have been just another Ring-billed standing lower than surrounding birds. Or not); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Carolina Wren (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch).

  • 12/13/16 -- Bart's Pond, Clinton
    There were lots of ducks in the open water of Bart's Pond. Among them were Mallards, Black Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Wood Duck (4) and Northern Pintails M&F. (report from Peter Morlock).

    12/11/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    Today we birded some of the QUABOG IBA because this is the first day of "count week" and all of this area is in the STURBRIDGE CBC CIRCLE.
  • Details: Canada Goose (106); A Black Duck (22); Mallard (188); Hooded Merganser (28); [NB: last week I had hundreds of Common mergs in this same area, but today: none]; Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); [NB: No eagles despite searching]; Ring-necked Pheasant (3m at Quacumquasit WMA. Yes they are game release, Wild Turkey (27); Ring-billed Gull (468); Herring Gull (6); Great Black-backed Gull (1);
      NB: we had only 7 gulls on the ice at Quabog and only 1 on Wickabog and none at South Pond. But at LASHAWAY we had the rest of the gulls sitting on the ice!
    Rock Dove (179); Mourning Dove (8); Great Horned Owl (4); Barred Owl (3); N Saw-whet Owl (2); [NB: for the last hour of owling we concentrated on getting Screech and dipped badly!]; Belted Kingfisher (1);
      WOODPECKERS: Red-bellied (2); Downy (1); Hairy (2); Pileated (1: Elm Hill)
    Blue Jay (40); A Crow (19); Black-capped Chickadee (11); Tufted Titmouse (25); White-breasted Nuthatch (12); Eastern Bluebird (5); Hermit Thrush (1: Elm Hill); A Robin (9); Gray Catbird (1: great views at Coys Brook); E Starling (84); Cedar Waxwing (49); A Tree Sparrow (47: most at Elm Hill); Fox Sparrow (1 continues at Elm Hill); Song Sparrow (13); Swamp Sparrow (3: Quabog River marshes); White-throated Sparrow (11: Elm Hill); Dark-eyed Junco (174: at many locations); N cardinal (23); House Finch (5); A Goldfinch (36); House Sparrow (20). It turned out to be not a bad day for landbirds at all.
    (report from Mark Lynch).

  • 12/10/16 -- Quinapoxet Reservoir, Holden
    While scanning the Canada Geese on the shoreline I spotted 3 American Wigeon among them. (report from Peter Morlock)

    12/10/16 -- South Quabbin Reservoir
    This morning we did some birding in the South Quabbin area and had the following: Mallard (11); Common Merganser (2m); Bald Eagle (6: 5 immatures and 1 adult. 1 immature was missing all its secondary feathers on one side. Great eagle show at Enfield Lookout); Red-shouldered Hawk (1 attacked 1 of the eagles); Wild Turkey (33); Ring-billed Gull (3); Barred Owl (1 dead on Rt.9, Belchertown); Belted Kingfisher (3); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
  • Other passerines: Blue Jay (9); American Crow (16); Black-capped Chickadee (13); Tufted Titmouse (14); Dark-eyed Junco (41); Northern Cardinal (3).
  • PLUS: we watched a MINK swim and dive and catch a really large fish (at least for the size of the mink). It looked like a bass. It brought it up to shore and disappeared in the rocks.
  • GOT OUT HEARTS BEATING: while doing some scanning of the main bdy of Quabbin we were more than startled to hear the exact call of a BOREAL OWL. It called 6 times. It was somewhere in the pines in back of us and we began to frantically search the pines and other trees when it became clear that it was a weirdly creaking tree in the wind. I have heard Boreal Owls call, but never heard a damned tree mimic one.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/8/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we started on the west side of WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, then we went up into LANCASTER and then HARVARD then back along the east side of WACHUSETT.
  • HIGHLIGHTS FOR WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (9); Pied-billed Grebe (1: River Rd); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Canada Goose (548: off the southern end of the dike, first thing in the AM, was a large flock of geese that had put down overnight. They soon began to leave in flocks, flying north then east, but not before we found:); CACKLING GOOSE (1: seen well. Sheila took some shots, but they were far out. VERY small goose (ALMOST Mallard-sized); with short neck, stubby bill, small rounded head etc.); Mute Swan (2); A Black Duck (3); Mallard (16); Greater Scaup (48 at Coachlace); Lesser Scaup (2); Common Goldeneye (21); Hooded Merganser (18); Common Merganser (9); Ruddy Duck (3); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Belted Kingfisher (1); Carolina Wren (2 at Coachlace);
  • LANCASTER (and adjacent Davis Farmland); Canada Goose (771: at Davis Farmland; no sign of Cackling); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-necked Pheasant (m at Bolton Flats, game release); Mourning Dove (132 at Davis); Northern Shrike (1imm: Bolton Flats edge, from Rt.110 south of Rt. 117, between the bend in road and model airplane field. Nice scope views and then flew off.); Eastern Bluebird (5); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (28); N Mockingbird (2); Snow Bunting (4); Red-winged Blackbird (40 at Davis);
  • HARVARD -- BARE HILL POND: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (129); Mallard (22); A Black Duck (8); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); River Otter (1)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/8/16 -- Worcester area ponds
    Highlights:
  • Quinapoxet Basin: 16 H. Mergs, 12 Ring-necked Ducks
  • Choachlace pond: 94 Scaup sp.
  • South Bay: 3 Common Mergansers, 2 C. Goldeneye
  • N. Quinsiganond Lake: 13 Hooded Mergs
  • East Wauschacum pond: Bufflehead
    (phone report from Dave Grant).

  • 12/7/16 -- Auburn
    A mature Bald Eagle, perched on a dead snag just south of the Mass Pike overlooking Dark Brook Reservoir, Auburn, was observed at 10:30 am today from the east-bound lane of the Mass Pike. Awesome! (report from Bill Irvine and Sue Leschine)).

    12/6/16 -- Holden
    In the vicinity of village green lane and Newell road nature trail,I have been observing a northern harrier for a couple of days over the marsh area of Chaffin pond. The bird has been busy hunting and perching on the ground in and around the wood duck boxes and stumps near shore...also red breasted nuthatch and brown creeper today around 2pm. (report from Scott Corazzini).

    12/4/16 -- Ware River IBA
    Today we birded the southern sections of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. This is something we do every December even though birds are few and far between in the large forested parcels. During the deer hunting season, a number of roads that are typically gated are now open, allowing access to some remote areas of the area. Because this area is crawling with deer hunters typically, birders are recommended to only visit this IBA on Sundays in December. Today there were lots of people out on the roads, but we found enough areas to quietly bird. A few general observations: We had NO winter finches today indicating that (so far at least) this is NOT a flight year. Red-breasted Nuthatches and Golden-crowned Kinglets are in typically numbers, again it seems like there has been no major irruptions this year of these species. Today: jays were on the move, which was interesting to see. Most resident species were found in multi-species flocks moving through the forest.
  • Full list: Canada Goose (16); Mallard (pair); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Barred Owl (1: photo'd. This is a great place and time of the year to find this species during the day); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1: late); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (3); (NB: we found plenty of Pileated "work" but neither heard or saw any this morning); Golden-crowned Kinglet (11); Hermit Thrush (1); Black-capped Chickadee (33); Tufted Titmouse (25); Red-breasted Nuthatch (9); White-breasted Nuthatch (10); Blue Jay (64: including a flock of 53 birds working SW through the forest); A Crow (1); Song Sparrow (2); Dark-eyed Junco (12); American Goldfinch (3). Misses included Winter Wren and Brown Creeper.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/3/16 -- Gate 36, Wachusett Reservoir
    This afternoon there was a Lapland Longspur on the lower level of the dike a short distance from Gate 36 at Wachusett Reservoir. (report from Bart Kamp).

    12/3/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we birded the QUABOG IBA, concentrating on the ponds: Canada Goose (189); A Black Duck (16); Mallard (122); Hooded Merganser (132); Common Merganser (570); Ruddy Duck (16); Ring-Billed Gull (184); Herring Gull (11); Belted Kingfisher (1). Passerines were in decent numbers, but the most interesting bird seen was a FOX SPARROW in a flock of other sparrows (Tree, Song, White-throated and juncos).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    12/1/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR we had the following: Common Loon (16); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Canada Goose (107); Mute Swan (4); Mallard (4); Greater Scaup (52); Lesser Scaup (2m): (most of the scaup were at Coachlace. This AM they were close and in GREAT light); Surf Scoter (1f: gate 17); Long-tailed Duck (3m); C Goldeneye (9); Hooded Merganser (1); Ruddy Duck (2); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1). Passerines were typical, but we did have (4) Horned Larks and (1imm) White-crowned Sparrow.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    11/26/16 -- SuAsCo, Westboro
    Today we birded what long-time Central Mass birders call "Suasco", but other newer birders call Nichols Reservoir, Westboro. This is part of the Sudbury/Assabet/Concord water project. (see memorial stone at the boat launch side).
  • Birds seen and carefully counted included: Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (157: with at least 22 non-adult birds); Canada Goose (258); Mallard (11); Green-winged Teal (8); Ring-necked Duck (2); Ring-billed Gull (13); Great Black-backed Gull (2).
  • NB: Suasco has changed dramatically in the last several decades. After the area was flooded, the numerous dead trees attracted nesting Great Blue Herons and a sizeable rookery was a big feature here for many years. Every early spring a Great Horned Owl could be found using one of the heron nests. Gradually, the dead trees fell down. An Osprey pair started nesting here, and now the rookery is gone, but an erected platform has encouraged the Osprey to continue to nest. The area has always attracted waterfowl and even shorebirds when there is low water. There are a number of access points for viewing the area: the canoe launch off Arch Street; the boat launch off Mill Rd, and a nice series of trails found at the end of Andrews Street.
  • RE: Mute Swans in Worcester County. Mute Swans were rare in the County before the late 1990s. They apparently started to move into the County from along the Blackstone River, north from Rhode Island, and soon became regular in the city of Worcester, spreading east and north to Westboro, Northboro, Southboro and Marlboro (not Worcester County). They are not nearly as common to the west of the city of Worcester, but are regular in small numbers in the Brookfields (Quabog IBA). They have also attempted to nest (unsuccessfully) at Quabbin viewed from Gate 35 during the Breeding Bird Atlas II. It is possible those birds arrived via the population that centers around Barton Cove on the Connecticut River (west of Quabbin). Today, Mutes are a regular feature of Worcester city ponds, large (like Lake Quinsigamond. Today I had 12 there) and small (a pair nesting at tiny Institute Pond across from WPI). SuAsCo has been some kind of swan magnet for years now, most seen in the sw corner where the habitat gives them what they like.
    (report from Mark Lynch).

  • 11/23/16 -- Chaffin pond,Holden
    Highlights from today in the vicinity of Gail drive: 1 adult Bald Eagle,1 adult female northern harrier,1 male Cooper's hawk,20+ cedar waxwings,1 brown creeper,2 m+f hooded merganser,1 adult mute swan. (report from Scott Corazzini)

    11/23/16 -- North Central MA
    we spent today birding in north Central Massachusetts. Birds overall were scarce, even species like jays and chickadees. The best action was at feeders, which were few and far between. There was NO sign of a major "winter finch" invasion. Highlights:
  • ROYALSTON: Mallard (10); A Black Duck (2); Common Merganser (1f); Wild Turkey (16); PLUS: River Otter (1);
  • WARWICK: Hooded Merganser (1); Common Raven (1);
  • ORANGE: Canada Goose (20); Mallard (5); A Black Duck (5); Lesser Scaup (9); Red-tailed Hawk (1);
  • PETERSHAM: Canada Goose (9); Mallard (7); A Black Duck (30); Hooded Merganser (2); Wild Turkey (12);
  • GATE 41, QUABBIN: Canada Goose (24); A Black Duck (5); Bufflehead (3); Common Goldeneye (1); Hooded Merganser (17); Barred Owl (1 very vocal bird); Winter Wren (1); Tree Sparrow (1);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/23/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights today included: Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (3); Carolina Wren (3); Golden-crowned Kinglet (1); American Robin (6); American Tree Sparrow (7); Fox Sparrow (1 ? seen in the same place 3 times in 10 days); Song Sparrow (7); White-throated Sparrow (5); Dark-eyed Junco (28); Red-winged Blackbird (2 - male and female together).
    (report from John Liller).

    11/20/16 -- Chaffin pond, Holden
    Highlights from the vicinity of Gail drive: Male & female rusty blackbirds feeding on edge of pond for the past couple days. Also fox sparrow, red breasted nuthatch, Cooper's hawk. (report from Scott Corazzini).

    11/17/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon today: 1 Pied-billed Grebe and 20+ Hooded Mergansers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    11/16/16 -- Worcester
    My first Fox Sparrow of the season arrived in my yard this morning. (report from Bart Kamp).

    11/13/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights today: Northern Flicker (1); Carolina Wren (1); American Robin (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); FOX SPARROW (1). (report from John Liller).

    11/12/16 -- Brookfields/Holland/Wales
  • We started the day at HAMILTON RESERVOIR, in HOLLAND: Canada Goose (79); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (18); Greater Scaup (13); Bufflehead (25); Hooded Merganser (39); Common Merganser (32); Ruddy Duck (95); Hermit Thrush (1);
  • At LAKE GEORGE in WALES: Mallard (12); Hooded Merganser (8);
  • At the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields), Waterbirds are really starting to increase: Red-necked Grebe (1: Lake Lashaway); Great Blue Heron 94); Canada Goose (235); Mute Swan (3); A Black Duck (7); Mallard (283); Lesser Scaup (2); Bufflehead (3); C Goldeneye (pair); Hooded Merganser (101); Common Merganser (248); Red-breasted Merganser (1: Wickabog); Ruddy Duck (11); Bald Eagle (1imm); Ring-billed Gull (179: most adW); Great Black-backed Gull (2adW); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Common Raven (1); E Bluebird (9); A Tree Sparrow (2); Dark-eyed Junco (51);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/11/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 5 Hooded Mergansers, and 1 Hermit Thrush. The grebe has been there for the past week. (report from Rick Quimby).

    11/9/16 -- Petersham/Hardwick
    Today we birded some areas in Petersham and Hardwick.
  • Highlights: Canada Goose (17); Wood Duck (18); A Black Duck (2); Ring-necked Duck (3); Hooded Merganser (2); Bald Eagle (1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Wild Turkey (6); Barred Owl (1: see photo); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2); Golden-crowned Kinglet (7); Eastern Bluebird (12); Dark-eyed Junco (56); Snow Bunting (1: on Rt.32A, Petersham, near the intersection of Woodland Rd. This bird fed along the edge of the road or even on this busy road with deep forest on both sides. When a car came buy, it would fly up and perch on a branch of a tree); Pine Grosbeak (1 fly-over near Gate 37); Purple Finch (3);
  • PLUS: River Otter, Beaver, Meadow Vole and 1 melanistic Gray Squirrel.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/8/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    Today we got a late start (I was on the air till 1 AM THIS morning) and birded the QUABOG IBA. Nothing special, but the shorebirds seem to have moved on. The largest species variety was at the north end of Wickabog.
  • Totals: Great Blue Heron (3); Canada Goose (234); Mute Swan (3); A Black Duck (15); Mallard (51); Green-winged Teal (27); Hooded Merganser (13); Common Merganser (15); Ruddy Duck (17); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (8); Ring-billed Gull (114); Herring Gull (4); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-headed Woodpecker (1ad: beach lot area of Lake Lashaway. It flew low right across our field of vision giving great views and into a large woodlot. We tried for sometime to relocate it with no luck); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (6). Passerines were unremarkable, but we did have flocks of juncos in a number of places (109).
  • We also had (6) Autumn Meadowhawks and (2) Eastern Commas.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/6/16 -- Quabbin Park, Quabbin Reservoir
    We had a good trip to SOUTH QUABBIN with the Menotomy Bird Club and students from this MAS class, despite windy conditions and heat leaving the water which made water viewing tough. And song birds were hard to come by.
  • SOUTHQUABBIN/QUABBIN PARK: Common Loon (3); Horned Grebe (3); Canada Goose (95); A Black Duck (7); Mallard (7); Green-winged Teal (2); Long-tailed Duck (26); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (4); Bald Eagle (7: including 1imm+1 sub-ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3: nice looks at kiting); Golden Eagle (1ad: flew right overhead); Greater Yellowlegs (1); Ring-billed Gull (11); Rock Dove (2: racing pigeons?); Mourning Dove (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Blue Jay (11); A Crow (251: most migrating); C Raven (1); Black-capped Chickadee (21); Tufted Titmouse (2); White-breasted Nuthatch (4); E Bluebird (1); White-throated Sparrow (1); Dark-eyed Junco (63); White-winged Crossbill (1: overhead); Pine Siskin (4 overhead);
  • NEW SALEM OVERLOOKS: Common Loon (1); A Black Duck (3); Bald Eagle (1ad); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Ring-billed Gull (3); Great Black-backed Gull (1adW); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); A Crow (68); Common Raven (2); Black-capped Chickadee (6); Snow Bunting (5); A Goldfinch (12);
  • Plus: White-tailed Deer (2);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/5/16 -- Barre Falls Dam, Barre
    An Eastern Meadowlark, calling and foraging in the field, was the highlight of a dismal morning of hawk watching. One Sharp-shinned Hawk, 6 Cedar Waxwings, numerous Eastern Bluebirds, and our resident Pileated Woodpecker were also observed. (report from Donna Schilling)

    11/5/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today we birded around WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, making a number of stops, including Coachlace: Common Loon (25); Horned Grebe (4); Double-crested Cormorant (13); Canada Goose (185: most on Coachlace); Mute Swan (9); Wood Duck (4); A Black Duck (4); Mallard (8); Greater Scaup (58: not all on Coachlace); Surf Scoter (4f); Long-tailed Duck (2); Bufflehead (9); Common Goldeneye (pair); Common Merganser (8); Ruddy Duck (3); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (12); Belted Kingfisher (1). (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    10/31/16 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Today's count at the hawkwatch and season summary:
    -------------------------------------------------------------
    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Black Vulture                0              3              3
    Turkey Vulture               4            209            210
    Osprey                       0             10            165
    Bald Eagle                   2             26            156
    Northern Harrier             1              2             17
    Sharp-shinned Hawk           4             69            446
    Cooper's Hawk                2             27            105
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          4              7             15
    Broad-winged Hawk            0              2           6962
    Red-tailed Hawk             11             40             53
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
    American Kestrel             0             13            107
    Merlin                       1             10             32
    Peregrine Falcon             1              5             35
    Unknown Accipiter            0              3             33
    Unknown Buteo                0              2             19
    Unknown Falcon               0              0              0
    Unknown Eagle                0              0              0
    Unknown Raptor               0              5             71
    Swainson's Hawk              0              0              1
    
    Total:                      30            433           8430
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
  • Raptor Observations: Flights were low with the exception of the high flights of the Red-Shouldered Hawks. All migrants moving due South.
  • Local raptors: 2BE(1 ad, 1imm); 2 RT's.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Migrating: 8 DC Cormorants, 50 Canada Geese, 12 Rb gulls, 12 Snow Buntings. Locals: 17 Ravens.
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 10/31/16 -- Sterling/Clinton
  • Wachusett Reservoir, Route 110: 6 Common Loon; 1 Great Blue Heron; 2 DC Cormorant; 13 American Pipit; 1 Savannah Sparrow
  • Coachlace Pond, Clinton: 34 Lesser Scaup, 28 Ring-necked Ducks, 12 Ruddy Ducks, 79 Canada Geese.
  • East Waushacum, Sterling: 18 Bufflehead, 6 Common merganser, 1 Great Blue Heron, 1 DC Cormorant
  • West Waushacum, Sterling: 21 Wood Ducks
    (report from Susan LaBree).

  • 10/30/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon included 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 1 GB Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Am Black Duck, 4 Hooded Mergansers, and 2 Pine Warblers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    10/27/16 -- Worcester
    At about 1:00 PM this afternoon this Evening Grosbeak made a brief visit to my feeder. A new yard bird. (report from Bart Kamp).

    10/26/16 -- Quabog IBA
    We spent this morning birding the QUABOG IBA, concentrating on the ponds, but also making a stop at ELM HILL MAS. Highlights included: Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (10); Turkey Vulture (3); Canada Goose (27); A Black Duck (8); Mallard (133); Green-winged Teal (13); Ring-necked Duck (3); Bufflehead (2f); Hooded Merganser (8); Common Merganser (1); Ruddy Duck (2); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Wild Turkey (24); Killdeer (3); Greater Yellowlegs (6); Ring-billed Gull (51); Herring Gull (2); Great Black-backed Gull (1ad); Belted Kingfisher (1); Carolina Wren (1); Winter Wren (1); Hermit Thrush (1); American Pipit (1); Cedar Waxwing (19: all immature); Yellow-rumped Warbler (21); Palm Warbler (1); Rusty Blackbird (1)
  • PLUS; despite very chilly temps we found a Clouded Sulphur and had a number of Autumn Meadowhawks.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/26/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    I recorded the following highlights this morning on the Troiano Brookside Trail at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. It was frosty to begin with, and then the breeze picked up, so the birds seemed to be laying low. Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 - flying south along brook); Cooper's Hawk (1 - flying south along brook); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Northern Flicker (1); Carolina Wren (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2); Eastern Bluebird (1); Hermit Thrush (2); American Robin (8); Palm Warbler (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (6); Song Sparrow (6); White-throated Sparrow (7); Dark-eyed Junco (12); Red-winged Blackbird (2). (report from John Liller)

    10/23/16 -- Brookfields
    It was a very windy morning on the Forbush Bird Club trip, which, to say the least, made birding very difficult. We started at lake Quaboag, then to Orlando's in Charlton and through the major ponds and Slab City Road in the Brookfields.
  • Highlights from the 36 species recorded: D-C- Cormorant 2, Great Blue Heron 1, Turkey Vulture 4, Canada Goose 48, Wood Duck 2, Black Duck 16, Mallard 500+, Ring-necked Duck 12, Ruddy Duck 14, Bald Eagle 1 imm., Sharp-shinned hawk 2, Red-tailed hawk 3,Greater Yellowlegs 4, Ravin 1, Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5, Yellow-rumped Warbler 4, Savannah Sparrow 3, Song Sparrow 22, Swamp Sparrow 12, White-throated Sparrow 120, Junco 60, Red-winged Blackbird 1, Purple Finch 1, House Finch 4.
    (report from Rodney Jenkins)

  • 10/23/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we birded a few areas in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields) concentrating on the ponds. The wind was an issue often.
  • Double-crested Cormorant (4); Great Blue Heron (2); Turkey Vulture (7: having a very tough time aloft); Canada Goose (40); A Black Duck (3); Mallard (142); Green-winged Teal (1); Ring-necked Duck (13); Common Merganser (7); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (8); Greater Yellowlegs (4: 1 at Quabog; the other 3 at the north end of Wickabog); Ring-billed Gull (70). Passerines were tough because of the wind, but we still had good numbers of sparrows, including juncos.
  • Also: Clouded Sulphur (1); Black-tipped Darner (1photographed: our latest record in county) and still 1 Eastern Painted Turtle out.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/22/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we got in some birding time at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. The morning started in heavy mist and poor visibility, then started to clear and we even saw some blue sky, then temps began to drop and it started to mist again. We did not do any of the long hikes because of the weather, but we did stop at Coachlace in Clinton. We had NO raptors and NO gulls, which was weird, and only 1 goose. Passerines were typical for this time of the year.
  • Common Loon (15); Red-necked Grebe (2); Double-crested Cormorant (29); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose ( only 1); Mute Swan (5); Gadwall (1); Mallard (13); Greater Scaup (27); Lesser Scaup (2); Ruddy Duck (3); Wild Turkey (38); Belted Kingfisher (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/19/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We birded WACHUSETT RESERVOIR for just a few hours "before work" and had the following (NB: 2 DCR boats were out and zipping all over, so birds were flushed often): Common Loon (21); Horned Grebe (2); Red-necked Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (54); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (34); Mute Swan (3); Gadwall (2); A Black Duck (4); Green-winged Teal (9); Surf Scoter (2m); White-winged Scoter (1m: very photogenic); Common Merganser (7); Ruddy Duck (3); Bald Eagle (1 sub ad. We watched this bird for 15 minutes trying to eat an Eastern Painted Turtle. It wasn't pretty); N Harrier (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Cooper's Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (4).
  • Passerine highlights included: Common Raven (4); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (6); E Bluebird (4); hermit Thrush (2); American Pipit (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (9); Purple Finch (10)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/19/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    I recorded the following highlights early this afternoon. It was not the best time of day to go, but there did seem to be a movement of Palm Warblers.
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Hermit Thrush (3); Northern Mockingbird (2); Palm Warbler (7); Yellow-rumped Warbler (6); Song Sparrow (10); Swamp Sparrow (2); White-throated Sparrow (9)
    (report from John Liller).

  • 10/18/16 -- West Millbury
    In addition to the usual birds at the feeder today, I had 2 male and 1 female Purple Finches. Also a Red-breasted Nuthatch. (report from Alan Marble).

    10/17/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir, Clinton
    Early this afternoon from the Clinton section of Wachusett Reservoir I saw: 10 White-winged Scoters, 5 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 Male Bufflehead. (report from Bart Kamp).

    10/16/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Highlights from the 47 species recorded on the Forbush Bird Club trip: Red-breasted Nuthatch 3; Double-crested Cormorant 42; Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 37; Golden-crowned Kinglet 3; Ruddy Duck 18; Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2; Common Merganser 12; Osprey 2 (over Waushacum Ponds); Spotted Sandpiper 1; Carolina Wren 1; Red-winged Blackbird 25; Northern Flicker 1; Red-bellied Woodpecker 2; Pied-billed Grebe 2(1 on Muddy Pond, the other West Waushacum); Wood Duck 45; Turkey Vulture 2; House Finch 16; White-throated Sparrow 7; Belted Kingfisher 1; Cooper's Hawk 1; Common Loon 14; Common Raven 1; Sharp-shinned Hawk 1; Savannah Sparrow 4; Mute Swan 4; Eastern Bluebird 1; Great Black-backed Gull 1; Surf Scoter 1 (South Bay, probably 3); Eastern Phoebe 1.
    (report from Kevin Bourinot, fide Deb Berard).

    10/15/16 -- Princeton
    I had 3 common nighthawks grunting and peeping while flying from tree to tree this afternoon at my parent's house in Princeton. Almost looked like they were playing. (report from Susan LaBree).

    10/14/16 -- Scar Hill Boylston shoreline, Wachusett Reservoir
    Late this afternoon from the northern most tip of the Scar Hill shoreline at Wachusett Reservoir in Boylston I recorded: 1 Red-throated Loon, 2 Horned Grebes, a raft of scoters consisting of 5 male White-winged Scoters and 18 Surf Scoters (16 M, 2 F) and 2 Spotted Sandpipers. I saw the raft from the Scar Hill beach but had to walk about a half mile to get close enough to count and identify them.
  • Looks like there are going to be "lifeguards" at the reservoir. In the past week they've sent up 4 or 5 high white chairs at various locations around the reservoir.
  • In the past few days a Red-breasted Nuthatch, purple finches and juncos have joined the regulars at my feeders.
    (report from Bart Kamp).

  • 10/12/16 -- Gate 43, Quabbin Reservoir
    This afternoon in the cove at Quabbin gate 43 there were 18 American Pipits, and except for 4 Killdeer, no shorebirds. (report from Bart Kamp).

    10/11/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights on the Troiano Trail (aka "The Stretch") today: Hairy Woodpecker (1); Carolina Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (10); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (16); Swamp Sparrow (18); White-throated Sparrow (12); Red-winged Blackbird (7); Common Grackle (3); House Finch (1); Purple Finch (3). (report from John Liller).

    10/10/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir and Indian Lake, Worcester
    We took some time out to do a quick birding tour around (windy) WACHUSET RESERVOIR: Common Loon (9); Double-crested Cormorant (41); Canada Goose (12); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (1); Mallard (10); WHITE-WINGED SCOTER (12); Bald Eagle (1ad); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Passernes were tough to come by in the wind, but there were small flocks of Yellow-rumps and a Savannah Sparrow.
  • On the way home we stopped by INDIAN LAKE, WORCESTER looking from the Clason Street beach. Double-crested Cormorant (8); Mute Swan (pr w/3yg); Canada Goose (101); BLACK SCOTER (52) -- NB: we have had Black Scoters at Indian Lake several times in years past, always in October. As is typical of inland scoter flocks, all the scoter flocks were very aware and nervous, and periodically would fly up and resettle. At Wachusett they would resettle sometimes far from where they originally were. My experience with these large flocks of Black Scoters is that they are a one day event, and we have watched them leave at or just after sundown.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/9/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We spent a few hours in the QUABOG IBA this morning to see if the rain had brought down any birds. We visited the 4 largest lakes/ponds and made a brief visit to Elm Hill MAS. Highlights: Pied-billed Grebe (2); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (7); Great Egret (1: north end of Lake Wickabog); Canada Goose (only 3); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (6); American Wigeon (3); A Black Duck (7); Mallard (56); Green-winged Teal (8); Hooded Merganser (1); Bald Eagle (2ad sitting next to each other, Lake Quacumquasit (South Pond); N Harrier (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); A Golden Plover (1 still at Lake Quabog!); Greater Yellowlegs (8); Pectoral Sandpiper (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); E Phoebe (7); Yellow-rumped Warbler (5); Palm Warbler (1); Red-winged Blackbird (190);
  • PLUS: about a dozen GIANT PUFFBALLS (Calvatia gigantean);.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/6/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    We had just a few hours this morning before work to bird and we birded in the SE corner of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. An "ok" number of sparrows but only a few warblers.
  • Totals: Wood Duck (1); Mallard (3); Sharp-shinned Hawk (2); Killdeer (6); Solitary Sandpiper (2); Mourning Dove (2); Belted Kingfisher (1);
      WOODPECKERS: Red-bellied (4); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Downy (6); Hairy (7); Pileated (1)
    E Phoebe (2); Blue-headed Vireo (4 singing); Blue Jay (72); A Crow (2); C Raven (1); Black-capped Chickadee (61); Tufted Titmouse (25); Red-breasted Nuthatch (4); White-breasted Nuthatch (21); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (7); E Bluebird (1); Hermit Thrush (15); A Robin (18); Gray Catbird (7); Cedar Waxwing (12);
      WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (38); Palm (9); Blackpoll (2); A Redstart (1); C Yellowthroat (4)
      SPARROWS: E Towhee (14); Song (47); Lincoln's (2); Swamp (41); White-throated (32); Dark-eyed Junco (17)
    N Cardinal (6); Rusty Blackbird (1); Purple Finch (6); A Goldfinch (3)
  • PLUS: River Otter (3)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/5/16 -- Gate 43, Quabbin Reservoir
    This afternoon I walked down the east side of the cove at Quabbin gate 43. Observed was 1 Black-bellied Plover, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs and 1 juvenile Western Sandpiper. I had to get within six feet of the sandpiper in order to see its long slightly drooping bill and rufous upper scapulars. It was feeding by probing; similar to the way White-rumped Sandpipers and Dunlin feed. At times its bill was submerged right up to its eyes. (report from Bart Kamp).

    10/5/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Today there seemed to be a good number of sparrows, and if I had had more time, my counts of sparrows would have been higher, and might have included one or two other species. Highlights included: Wood Duck (14 -- mix of males and females, all together); Great Blue Heron (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (3); Eastern Phoebe (2); Golden-crowned Kinglet (6 - feeding in a group. Could it be a good year for this species?); Gray Catbird (4); American Redstart (1); Palm Warbler (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (5); Eastern Towhee (1); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (14); Swamp Sparrow (6); White-throated Sparrow (15).
    (report from John Liller).

    10/5/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 1 Pied-billed Grebe, 2 GB Herons, 1 Green Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Killdeer, and 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler. (report from Rick Quimby).

    10/3/16 -- Zenith Drive, Worcester
    Feeding on a small road kill on Zenith Drive was a bird that at first I thought was a turkey. When I drove slowly closer, I recognized that it was a Black Vulture. Almost a yard bird. (report from Bart Kamp).

    10/3/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We spent just a few hours in the QUABOG IBA this morning, spending most of our time at Lake Quabog and Elm Hill MAS. Highlights: Double-crested Cormorant (5); Great Blue Heron (6); Canada Goose (46); Wood Duck (just 1); Mallard (26); Sharp-shinned Hawk (3: we watched 2 harass and attack a flying Coop!); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Merlin (1); Wild Turkey (18); AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER (1 continues (was found Saturday) at Lake Quabog. Today we got to see it fly several times and hear it call many times); Greater Yellowlegs (4); Pectoral Sandpiper (1: hanging with the plover); Mourning Dove (92: most at Elm Hill); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2); Eastern Phoebe (6); House Wren (3); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3); E Bluebird (7); Gray Catbird (21); American Pipit (1); Palm Warbler (2); Blackpoll Warbler (1); C Yellowthroat (5); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Indigo Bunting (6);
  • PLUS: butterflies: Cabbage White (18); Clouded Sulphur (10); Pearl Crescent (1);. Lots of Autumn Meadowhawks and still a few Spring Peepers calling.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/30/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We spent the morning birding the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). Migrants were in a few pockets, but absent from many other places.
  • Great Blue Heron (5); Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (59); Mute Swan (3); Wood Duck (6); Mallard (55); Green-winged Teal (5); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Greater Yellowlegs (2: at Lake Quabog); Ring-billed Gull (20); Mourning Dove (71); Belted Kingfisher (1); Downy Woodpecker (6); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (2); E Phoebe (16); Blue Jay (49); A Crow (24); Black-capped Chickadee (13); Tufted Titmouse (3); White-breasted Nuthatch (9); Brown Creeper (1); House Wren (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); E Bluebird (23); A Robin (8); Gray Catbird (14); Cedar Waxwing (11);
      WARBLERS: Orange-crowned (1: Elm Hill MAS); Yellow-rumped (8); Northern Waterthrush (1); Connecticut (1imm); C Yellowthroat (4);.
      SPARROWS: Savannah (6); Song (68); Lincoln's (1); Swamp (85); White-throated (51)
    N Cardinal (13); Indigo Bunting (4); House Finch (4)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/29/16 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Raptors today and season summary:
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    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Black Vulture                0              0              0
    Turkey Vulture               1              1              1
    Osprey                       5            152            155
    Bald Eagle                   2            127            130
    Northern Harrier             0             15             15
    Sharp-shinned Hawk          14            369            377
    Cooper's Hawk                4             75             78
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0              8              8
    Broad-winged Hawk            2           6935           6960
    Red-tailed Hawk              0             13             13
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
    American Kestrel             3             91             94
    Merlin                       0             21             22
    Peregrine Falcon             0             29             30
    
    (report from Rod Chase).

    9/26/16 -- Winchendon-South Royalston
    Today we birded the wooded parcel between OTTER RIVER STATE PARK (Winchendon) and BIRCH HILL DAM (South Royalston). Staring temps hovered around freezing and frost was in many areas. Eventually it warmed up to the high 50s. Birds were in scattered groups, with long stretches with few birds.
  • Complete list: Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (5); Turkey Vulture (4); Canada Goose (just 1!); Wood Duck (14); Bald Eagle (2 adults); Broad-winged Hawk (kettle of 5); Ruffed Grouse (1); Northern Bobwhite (1 seen and photo'd. Likely a game farm escape); Rock Dove (2: tough in this parcel. Found at the dam); Mourning Dove (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (8); N Flicker (19); Pileated Woodpecker (3); E Phoebe (31); Blue-headed Vireo (12); Blue Jay (54); A Crow (6); C Raven (3); Black-capped Chickadee (74); Tufted Titmouse (9); Red-breasted Nuthatch (48); White-breasted Nuthatch (16); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (6); Hermit Thrush (4); A Robin (62); Gray Catbird (30); Cedar Waxwing (20);
      WARBLERS: Magnolia (2); Yellow-rumped (29); Pine (18); Blackpoll (4); C Yellowthroat (14)
    E Towhee (16)
      SPARROWS: Chipping (7); Song (32); Lincoln's (2); Swamp (36); White-throated (59); Dark-eyed Junco (6)
    Indigo Bunting (1); Purple Finch (26: small flocks in several locations); A Goldfinch (18);
  • PLUS: odonates were mostly different Meadowhawk species; butterflies consisted of single Clouded Sulphur; E Tailed Blue and Pearl Crescent.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/25/16 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors today and season summary:
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    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Black Vulture                0              0              0
    Turkey Vulture               3              3              3
    Osprey                       6             74             74
    Bald Eagle                   1             48             48
    Northern Harrier             0              6              6
    Sharp-shinned Hawk          26            129            129
    Cooper's Hawk                1             19             19
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
    Broad-winged Hawk            6           3040           3040
    Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
    American Kestrel             0             27             27
    Merlin                       1              6              6
    Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
    
    (report from Tom Pirro).

    9/25/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we birded a loop in the southern section of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Starting temps were in the low 30s and there was fog. Birding was slow for the first hours or so, but eventually we came across 2 decent groups of migrants. Still, numbers and variety of species for this location for this time of the year was low.
  • Birds recorded: Great Blue Heron (4); Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (3); Wood Duck (51); Mallard (8); Sharp-shinned Hawk (3); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Ruffed Grouse (1 in the road); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (5); N Flicker (10); Pileated Woodpecker (5); E Wood Peewee (1 still calling); E Phoebe (11); Blue-headed Vireo (14); Blue Jay (58: at every stop); Black-capped Chickadee (44); Tufted Titmouse (21); Red-breasted Nuthatch (3: numbers have dropped); White-breasted Nuthatch (11); Brown Creeper (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3); E Bluebird (10); Swainson's Thrush (2: great views); Hermit Thrush (8); A Robin (15); Gray Catbird (21); Cedar Waxwing (flock of 5);
      WARBLERS: N Parula (9); Black-throated Blue (1); Yellow-rumped (6); Black-throated Green (6); Pine (7); Palm (4); Blackpoll (3); C Yellowthroat (3)
    Scarlet Tanager (3); E Towhee (18);
      SPARROWS: Chipping (36); Song (12); Swamp (29); White-throated (32)
    Northern Cardinal (3); Purple Finch (6); A Goldfinch (5)
  • PLUS: only herps we saw were Green Frogs; odes consisted of only Autumn Meadowhawks; butterflies: Cabbage White; Pearl Crescent and Viceroy.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/25/16 -- Bolton Flats WMA
    Highlights of the Forbush Bird Club trip this morning included:
  • Bolton Flats (Rt. 117 entrance): 5 Wood Duck; 3 Double-crested Cormorant; 2 Northern Harrier; 3 Sharp-shinned Hawk; 3 Cooper's Hawk; 1 Bald Eagle; 1 Broad-winged Hawk; 4 Eastern Phoebe; 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch; 2 House Wren; 12 Gray Catbird; 18 Cedar Waxwing; 1 Nashville Warbler; 18 Common Yellowthroat; 9 Palm Warbler; 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler; 1 Black-throated Green Warbler; 4 Chipping Sparrow; 2 White-throated Sparrow; 7 Savannah Sparrow; 16 Song Sparrow; 9 Lincoln's Sparrow; 46 Swamp Sparrow; 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak; 3 Bobolink; 162 Red-winged Blackbird
  • Lancaster WMA - Pine Hill Rd.: 1 Cooper's Hawk; 2 American Kestrel; 2 Eastern Phoebe; 1 Field Sparrow; 1 Vesper Sparrow; 4 Savannah Sparrow
  • Bolton Flats (110 Entrance): 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk; 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER -- Adult; 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker; 9 Eastern Phoebe; 2 Red-eyed Vireo; 11 Gray Catbird; 14 Common Yellowthroat; 2 American Redstart; 2 Palm Warbler
    (report from Kevin Bourinot).

  • 9/24/16 -- Gate 35, Quabbin Reservoir
    This afternoon I walked down to the Petersham part of Quabbin gate 35. On the island west of the gate 35 road a flock of 15-20 Greater Yellowlegs landed in the shallow water at the northern tip of the island. Feeding among the rocks at the northern tip were at least 7 Black-bellied Plovers. There were a lot of fishermen on the water today. They like to fish the shallow water around the islands. The birds probably did not stay very long in any one place. (report from Bart Kamp).

    9/24/16 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors today at the hawk watch: Osprey 15 ; Bald Eagle 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 29 ; Cooper's Hawk 2 ; Broad-winged Hawk 497 ; American Kestrel 16 ; Merlin 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: a few dozen TV's (perhaps a few migrating), Non-Migrant RT, BE and a fine look at a Juv. NG
  • Non-raptor Observations: 15-20 Ravens, RT Hummingbird, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, A few dozen migrant Canada Geese, 5 or 6 Northern Flickers, DC Cormorants, 3 Herring Gulls.
    (report from Tom Pirro).

  • 9/24/16 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Raptors today at the hawk watch: Osprey 20 ; Bald Eagle 13 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 51 ; Cooper's Hawk 15 ; Broad-winged Hawk 2281 ; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 28 ; Merlin 6 ; Peregrine Falcon 2 .
  • Raptor Observations: Beautiful day with NNE to NW winds and post cold front 54-62 deg. F brought the late morning push of Broadwings (and Kestrels) which then softly waned. With the NW winds at their back most raptors came by at a high rate of speed -- falcons still even faster!
  • Non-raptor Observations: 1 Monarch; 22 Can. Geese.
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 9/22/16 -- Scar Hill Beach, Boylston
    Observed from Scar Hill Beach at Wachusett Reservoir in Boylston late this afternoon were 3 male scaup species and a raft of ducks consisting of 16 Black Ducks and 2 male White-winged Scoters. (report from Bart Kamp).

    9/21/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
    After a summer in Maine, I returned to Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester yesterday afternoon. The time of day was not the best, but I did have the following highlights: Wood Duck - 1 (female calling); Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2; Hairy Woodpecker - 2; Eastern Phoebe - 2; Blue-headed Vireo - 1; Carolina Wren - 1; Gray Catbird - 14; Nashville Warbler - 1; Common Yellowthroat - 1; Northern Parula - 1; Wilson's Warbler - 1; Eastern Towhee - 2; Song Sparrow - 7; Red-winged Blackbird - 1. (report from John Liller).

    9/20/16 -- St. Philips Cemetery, Grafton
    Today there were 6 Eastern Blue Birds, 4 Green Heron, 3 Great Blue Heron, 17 Wood Ducks, 12 Mallards, 43 Chipping Sparrows. (report from Susan LaBree).

    9/19/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we did a quick circuit around WACHUSETT RESERVOIR amid periodic showers. Common Loon (24); Double-crested Cormorant (55+1 dead in the middle of the road in gate 17); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (137); Mute Swan (1); Mallard (7); Cooper's Hawk (1); Killdeer (6); Ring-billed Gull (38); Herring Gull (7); Belted Kingfisher (2);
  • NB: with this weather, it is possible that other 'ropes and maybe even terns could briefly set down at Wachusett, so check again this afternoon.
    (report from Mark Lynch).

  • 9/18/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we birded some of the ponds and river overlooks of the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields. It was a dismal day weather-wise, with showers and overcast conditions. All shorebirds were at Lake Quabog. We saw: Pied-billed Grebe (1: Quabog River); Double-crested Cormorant (4); Great Blue Heron (16); Great Egret (2: 1 at L. Quabog and 1 at Lake Wickabog); Canada Goose (only 13); Wood Duck (18: all on the river); A Black Duck (4); Mallard (51); Hooded Merganser (1); Bald Eagle (2: 1ad+1imm both at L. Quabog); Wild Turkey (6); Killdeer (3); Greater Yellowlegs (5); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (6); Belted Kingfisher (4)
  • NB: swallows were flying low at Quabog and I estimated Tree (30+) and Barn (40+).The only butterfly we saw all morning was (1) worn Bronze Copper at Lake Quabog (photos).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/16/16 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Raptors today at the hawk watch: Osprey 17 ; Bald Eagle 16 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Broad-winged Hawk 89 ; Red-tailed Hawk 1 ; American Kestrel 4 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 2 .
  • Raptor Observations: Local merlin, approx 5 local Bald Eagles
  • Non-raptor Observations: hummingbird 1; Monarchs 8
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 9/15/16 -- High Ridge WMA, Gardner
    A quick early morning walk here today gave us our first Lincoln's Sparrow for the fall season, along with several C yellowthroats, 4 A redstarts, 1 Nashville warbler, 1 Black-throated green, 12 E phoebes, 2 GB herons, 4 Wood ducks, 1 Pileated woodpecker, lots of Chickadees, Catbirds, Song sparrows, etc. (report from Dick & Peg Knowlton).

    9/15/16 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Raptors today at the hawk watch:
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    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Osprey                      12             60             63
    Bald Eagle                  15             57             60
    Northern Harrier             6              8              8
    Sharp-shinned Hawk          25            124            132
    Cooper's Hawk                6             27             30
    Northern Goshawk             1              1              1
    Red-shouldered Hawk          3              6              6
    Broad-winged Hawk         1581           2998           3023
    Red-tailed Hawk              1              4              4
    American Kestrel             6             14             17
    Merlin                       0              5              6
    Peregrine Falcon             5             14             15
    
  • Raptor Observations: Non-Migrating - 7 Red-Tailed Hawks, 12 Turkey Vultures
  • Non-raptor Observations: 17 Ravens, 2 Juncos, 2 Chimney Swifts
    (report from Steve Olson).

  • 9/15/16 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors today at the hawk watch:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Osprey                       2             28             28
    Bald Eagle                   3             34             34
    Northern Harrier             0              3              3
    Sharp-shinned Hawk           6             51             51
    Cooper's Hawk                1             10             10
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
    Broad-winged Hawk         1699           2374           2374
    Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
    American Kestrel             3              5              5
    Merlin                       0              2              2
    Peregrine Falcon             0              2              2
    
  • Raptor Observations:
  • The first four digit day of the season was a welcome sight! The optimal conditions proved true as Broad-wings were able to gain altitude and head south without impediment. Huge streams were extremely high over the summit - most birds were counted today as they passed "out of the blue" and through the center of some well placed cumulus clouds.
  • Super-streams were the bulk of the count - including 300+ around 11:15am, 325+ at 12:30pm, and another 325+ at 4:30pm EDT. Bald Eagles and Ospreys regularly escorted the Broad-wings, sharing the thermals. Almost every stream was exceptionally high - making for a lot of likely sore necks tomorrow.
  • Other raptors kept low around the summit, per the individual species' typical flight paths.
  • Non-migrants 16 Turkey Vulture 5 Red-tailed Hawk
  • Non-raptor Observations: 34 Common Raven 4 Monarch Butterfly
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/14 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we birded the southeast quadrant of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. It was an unusually poor morning for migrants, and numbers and variety were low -- except for a short list of species: catbirds (near the river), phoebes, and a very few others. For the last week or so, I have been getting up by 3AM and listening for migrants calling overhead till 4AM. This morning was the first time I heard NOTHING in the entire hour.
  • Birds recorded: Great Blue Heron (3); Wood Duck (23); Mallard (2); Sharp-shinned Hawk (3imm, each one accompanied by a retinue of jays that were chasing it or vice versa); NORTHERN GOSHAWK (2ad: this species breeds in this IBA); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Mourning Dove (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (1);
      E Wood Peewee (2 still calling: when I talked with Donald Kroodsma last week (interview podcasted on www.wicn.org under "Inquiry"); I asked him about these late calling flycatchers and he said many were likely young born this year )
    E Phoebe (33); Red-eyed Vireo (5: still some song first thing); Blue Jay (66); A Crow (2); C Raven (1); Black-capped Chickadee (72); Red-breasted Nuthatch (8: low); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); Brown Creeper (2); House Wren (4); E Bluebird (3); A Robin (18); Gray Catbird (51: especially near the river); Cedar Waxwing (37);
      WARBLERS: N Parula (1); Yellow-rumped (7); Pine (17: very low); Blackpoll (2); Connecticut (1imm vicinity of prison camp); C Yellowthroat (11)
    E Towhee (11); Chipping Sparrow (24); Song Sparrow (4); Swamp Sparrow (18); White-throated Sparrow (6); N Cardinal (12); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Purple Finch (9); A Goldfinch (5);
  • ALSO: E Painted Turtles ; Gray Tree Frogs, Spring Peepers, Green Frogs. Butterflies included 2 fresh looking Great Spangled Fritillaries, and E Tailed Blue, an American Lady and 2 Monarchs. Odes including a large number of meadowhawks, some ovipositing, and a number of Spreadwings Sheila is id-ing from photos. We finally found some decent blooms of Closed Gentian (most that we had seen here up till now had been shrunken and/or wilted because of the drought)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/13/16 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Raptors today at the hawk watch: Osprey 9 ; Bald Eagle 4 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 929 ; American Kestrel 1 .
    (report from Steve Olson).

    9/13/16 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors today at the hawk watch: Osprey 7 ; Bald Eagle 7 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 11 ; Cooper's Hawk 3 ; Broad-winged Hawk 254 .
  • Raptor Observations: Morning flight was strong, as Broadwings were leaping up from the green forests of New Hampshire and Massachusetts throughout the morning hours. After lunch, flight patterns went high in the blue once again as Broadwings streamed past the mountain. We were lucky to catch two decent sized kettles in a thermal high over the East Summit - one of 35 birds and a second of 42. Surely many groups were missed as they passed over the top.
  • Best look of the day came right at 8:30 in the bog directly across from the Mt. Watatic parking area on Route 119. I've scoured the dead trees in this stretch of highway every time I drive past it, and today found an adult Broadwing not far from the road. It posed handsomely as it searched for a meal to start its day. A photo of the perched Broad-winged Hawk is up at https://flic.kr/p/LeZTcE
  • Non-migrants: 14 Turkey Vulture; 4 Red-tailed Hawk;
  • Non-raptor Observations: 23 Common Raven; 2 Barn Swallow; 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/12/16 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors today at the hawk watch:
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    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Osprey                       3             19             19
    Bald Eagle                   4             24             24
    Northern Harrier             2              3              3
    Sharp-shinned Hawk          12             34             34
    Cooper's Hawk                2              6              6
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
    Broad-winged Hawk          315            350            350
    Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
    American Kestrel             1              2              2
    Merlin                       1              2              2
    Peregrine Falcon             0              1              1
    
  • Raptor Observations: Today's count was already shaping up to be the season's best thus far, but a surprise ending really made it worth the hike. The season's first Broad-winged Hawk kettles formed over Watatic's east summit around 11am this morning - yes! A few dozen-strong kettles popped up throughout the day, but around 4:20pm EDT, I caught the front edge of a very long peel of Broadwings as they streamed southward. For the next half-hour, over 200 Broadwings went past the summit in multiple streams, both off the east and west sides of the summit, high up in the blue. The longest continuous stream was 66 individuals. One of the most satisfying ends of any hawkwatch that I've experienced, turning a good day into a great one.
  • The most unique raptor of the day (and the season-to-date) was an adult male Northern Harrier that approached the summit in a high glide from the northeast. Here is a photo of the Gray Ghost Earlier in the day, I observed the first "touchdown" of the fall as a juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk perched up in one of the bald trees at the true summit, resting for just a few moments before departing southward.
  • Non-raptor Observations: 44 Common Raven; 3 Cedar Waxwings
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/12/16 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Raptors today at the hawk watch:
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    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Osprey                      12             27             30
    Bald Eagle                  16             31             34
    Northern Harrier             1              2              2
    Sharp-shinned Hawk          19             91             99
    Cooper's Hawk               12             21             24
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2              2
    Broad-winged Hawk          358            421            446
    Red-tailed Hawk              0              3              3
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
    American Kestrel             3              7             10
    Merlin                       0              5              6
    Peregrine Falcon             5              8              9
    
  • Raptor Observations: Non- migrating - 6 red-Tailed Hawks, 11 Turkey Vultures
    (report from Steve Olson).

  • 9/11/16 -- Lake Quabog, Brookfields
    We returned to LAKE QUABOG this AM JUST after the front and the rain stopped, hoping that (perhaps) the storm had put something down. Initially there were very few shorebirds, then some others flew in (see below).
  • Double-crested Cormorant (flock of 4 on water); Great Blue Heron (3); Great Egret (1: on far side); Canada Goose (93: initially there were only a handful of geese, and then over 30 minutes the rest flew in in small flocks); Mallard (37); Green-winged Teal (3); Bald Eagle (1ad+1imm); Merlin (1: initially seen perched atop a tree far along the shore, calling. see below); Killdeer (3); Greater Yellowlegs (4: initially there was only 1, then the other 3 flew in from various directions at different times); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (5: see below);
      BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1: while watching the few Leasts and yellowlegs, we heard the distinctive unique harsh "reeeeep" (several times) of a Baird's and watched it as it flew in and landed on the flats in front of us!...for all of about 15 seconds (great views) when all of a sudden, it flew off in a hurry. As we were watching it to see where it would go, we saw the MERLIN whiz by, chasing a flock (20+) of un-identified peep (non-calling). These peep had apparently been on the other side of the boat launch from where we started and were still standing. The Merlin pursued the peep up and out and we lost sight of the peep and Merlin and totally lost the Baird's in the chaos. Subsequent searches revealed none of them).
    Ring-billed Gull (11); Common Raven (2: initially seen harassing the adult Bald).
  • NB: NONE of the other lakes/ponds of the Brookfields have any low water/exposed mudflats.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/10/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA and Lake Quabog, Brookfields
    Today we started birding the southern half of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA, and only along a few roads at that. We stumbled across 4 really good waves/movements of passerines. They were all moving RAPIDLY to the east or southeast. I missed c. 80% of the birds because as I was focusing on 1, 8 more would flit by. It was frustrating, but that's forest birding. We also spent just a little time with the hawkwatchers at Barre Falls Dam.
  • Highlights: Double-crested Cormorant (flock of 4 seen at hawkwatch); Turkey Vulture (1); Wood Duck (1); Common Nighthawk (flock of 8: initially spotted by Bill Lafleche, they whizzed by right over our heads mid-morning, heading south); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (3); Olive-sided Flycatcher (1); E Wood Peewee (2); Least Flycatcher (2); E Phoebe (22);
      VIREOS: Yellow-throated (1); Blue-headed (12); Philadelphia (1); Red-eyed (27)
    Common Raven (2); Red-breasted Nuthatch (18); House Wren (1); Winter Wren (1); Hermit Thrush (5); Cedar Waxwing (29);
      WARBLERS: N Parula (1); Yellow (2); Magnolia (1); Cape May (1); Black-throated blue (2); Black-throated Green (12); Blackburnian (2); Pine (39); Blackpoll (4: our first of this fall); Black and White (9); A Redstart (8); Ovenbird (4); C Yellowthroat (20)
    Scarlet Tanager (1); E Towhee (9); C Grackle (flock of 200++ working through forest);. Purple Finch (4);.
  • It started to rain by late morning, so we left the Ware River IBA and headed to Lake Quabog to see if the rain put anything down. Despite there being a major kayaking event going on, we had: Double-crested Cormorant (3); Great Blue Heron (8); Green Heron (1); Canada Goose (101); Mallard (27); Cooper's Hawk (1); Semipalmated Plover (4); Killdeer (7); Greater Yellowlegs (9); Lesser Yellowlegs (1); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Semipalmated Sandpiper (2); Least Sandpiper (11)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/5/16 -- Ekblaw Sanctuary/Eames Pond, Paxton
    Have had some interesting sightings on Eames Pond during the period September 2-5. The pond is very low and choked out with lilly pads. There are many areas with small muddy islands and careful scoping is revealing several shorebird and dozens of painted turtles. Some of the highlights were 2 Great Egrets (9/2), (life bird #200 for the Town of Paxton), 4 Great Blue Herons, a maximum of 62 Wood Ducks, 1 Green -winged teal, 2 Blue-winged Teal, 2 Pectoral sandpipers (9/2), 2 Solitary sandpipers, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 10+ Least sandpipers and 2-3 Semipalmated Plovers(9/5). (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    9/5/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today we birded around WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. There was nothing earth-shattering but we did see: Common Loon (22); Double-crested Cormorant (59); Great Blue Heron (2); Turkey Vulture (1); Canada Goose (58); Mute Swan (3); Mallard (9); Bald Eagle (1ad); Cooper's Hawk (1imm); A Kestrel (1); Wild Turkey (13); Killdeer (3); Greater Yellowlegs (1 fly-over); Least Sandpiper (2 fly-over); Laughing Gull (1 juv: still here); Ring-billed Gull (30+); Herring Gull (2); Belted Kingfisher (3). Passerines were in low numbers and all typical. NB: People with dogs are really starting to be a problem in several areas of Wachusett where they are clearly (signed) prohibited. Walking out to the Scar Hill Bluff overlook, I passed 3 dogs (with owners). Including off leash. Then I stepped in dog crap. So be forewarned.
    (report from Mark Lynch).

    9/5/16 -- Sterling
    We heard a Common Loon calling as it flew over our house on Redstone Hill in Sterling around 7:30AM today. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler).

    9/4/16 -- Notre Dam cemetery, Worcester
    There were two immature black crowned night herons this morning on the beaver dam in the back of Notre Dame Cemetery. (report from Paul Dufault).

    9/1/16 -- Gate 37, Wachusett Reservoir
    There was an adult Common Tern and 2 Red-necked Phalaropes seen from Gate 37 at Wachusett Reservoir this evening. The phalaropes were spotted by Bart Kamp earlier in the afternoon. I could not relocate the Buff-breasted Sandpiper found by Bette Robo earlier in the day. (report from Kevin Bourinot).

    9/1/16 -- Dark Brook Reservoir, Auburn
    This morning we heard an Osprey calling. We walked through the woods to get to the opposite side of the cove in order to see the Osprey. We did not see the Osprey, but we did see an Olive-sided Flycatcher hawking insects at the tops of the trees. The woods were loaded with insects there, and we think there were at least 2 Olive-sided Flycatchers there. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    8/29/16 -- Worcester
    Here's a photo of a new yard bird, taken about 6 pm at my house in Worcester. You will note that is has plenty of food to eat if you look at the chipmunk's pouches. (report from Bart Kamp).

    8/29/16 -- Sterling Peat
    At 4:00 PM this afternoon there were 2 Blue-winged Teal sleeping on a log on the east side of Sterling Peat. (report from Bart Kamp).

    8/28/16 -- Otter River State Park/Birch Hill Dam ACE, Winchendon/South Royalston
    Today we birded the OTTER RIVER SP-BIRCH HILL DAM ACE area between Winchendon and South Royalston. At dawn there were a few small groups of breeders feeding and moving, but soon after birds became scarce until as we were winding up our route in the early afternoon and we again found 2 mixed species flocks moving along Millers River. These birds were likely not migrating per se, but more like "staging" for migration, moving around in an area, feeding, picking up new birds in their flock.
  • Highlights: Great Blue Heron (3); Turkey Vulture (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1ad); Cooper's Hawk (1imm); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (5: attracted to the areas of Cardinal Flower along Otter River); Pileated Woodpecker (4); Eastern Phoebe (49); Eastern Kingbird (2: getting scarce); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Blue-headed Vireo (4); Red-eyed Vireo (45); Red-breasted Nuthatch (79: at almost every stop); House Wren (4)
      WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (1); Pine (66); Black and White (7); A Redstart (1); C Yellowthroat (37);
    White-throated Sparrow (8); Indigo Bunting (3imm); Baltimore Oriole (3).
  • PLUS: nice show of odonates that included several Dragonhunters; Black-shouldered Spinylegs and nice views of a Canada Darner ovipositing. Afterwards, we headed to a small ecological park in downtown Athol and had great views of 6 AMERICAN RUBYSPOTS.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/24/16 -- Gardner
    This morning about 10:00 a.m. a flock of 25-30 Common nighthawks circled over our house for about 15 minutes. They then drifted off to the northeast. (report from Dick Knowlton).

    8/24/16 -- Paxton
    The Snowy Egret continues at Kettle Brook in Paxton. I first reported this bird as a Little Blue Heron based on binocular observation at fairly close range and was shocked when I read Lynch's report of Snowy Egret. I did not see any yellow near the base and the bill appeared to be very pale at the base with black toward the tip. I could see no hint of yellow on the feet although that is not usually obvious in immature Snowy. Oddly, when Mary and I looked at the Snowy tonight, her comment was that the "beak looks different on this bird," That being said, what are the odds of a different bird being present in the same spot? A lesson learned. I should have gone back with a scope to make absolute confirmation before reporting this sighting. I guess a piece of humble pie is in order and I apologize for my error. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    8/24/16 -- Scar Hill Beach, Boylston
    At Wachusett Reservoir, late this afternoon from Scar Hill Beach in Boylston I observed on the water a juvenile Bonaparte's Gull. It was either flying (feeding) or resting between Sholan and Davenport Points while I was there. (report from Bart Kamp).

    8/24/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Today at noon highlights were: 1 DC Cormarant, 2 GB Herons, 1 Green Heron, 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron (imm), 2 Belted Kingfishers, a Gray Catbird, and 2 Cedar Waxwings. (report from Rick Quimby).

    8/24/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    WE birded WACHUSETT RESERVOIR this morning, including hikes through Gate 17, along the dike, dam, Thomas Basin, and in Gate 13.
  • Highlights: Common Loon (14); Double-crested Cormorant (51: some catching some rather large fish); Great Blue Heron (3); Canada Goose (85); Mute Swan (3); Mallard (14); Bald Eagle (1ad); Wild Turkey (4ad w/13yg+4ad w/3yg); Killdeer (14: all around the high school); Spotted Sandpiper (1);
      LAUGHING GULL (1 juv. Much to our surprise, this bird is still here. I assume it's the same bird. First seen flying around from the shore of Gate 13, then later, from the dike near the building, out on the water. Soon, it took off and flew south again. NB: DCR folks were out in force: driving the dike particularly near the building AND on the water in one of their boats. For those reasons, gulls were scattered and all over but NOT perched near the building.);
    Ring-billed Gull (61); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1); E Wood Peewee (2); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (4); Barn Swallow (30+); Pine Warbler (5); E Towhee (4);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/23/16 -- West Hardwick
    On the evenings of 8/21-8/23, we enjoyed good numbers of Common Nighthawks moving overhead. On 8/21 the birds were pretty consistently traveling in a southerly direction. We didn't keep count but saw perhaps 35-40 individuals--many in the distance--before dark. But on 8/22 and 8/23 we couldn't figure out any way to count individuals because they were headed in various directions and also circling repeatedly, actively feeding over our pond and neighboring wetlands. It was really enjoyable watching their graceful, sometimes bat-like flight. There were easily dozens of birds, but I would hesitate to put an actual number on it. The exception was the observation of one "kettle" of about 25 nighthawks riding a thermal and heading south at about 4:45 p.m. on 8/23. Interestingly, I noticed the kettle because one nighthawk called a few times as it passed overhead to join the flock. On all three evenings 15-20 Tree Swallows were also present, along with a few Barn Swallows and at least one Chimney Swift, although these species were hunting insects on a lower level. On 8/24, only two Common Nighthawks were noted here. (report from Wendy Howes & Alan Rawle)

    8/21/16 -- Holden/Paxton/Worcester
    Highlights from some local birding:
  • QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR, HOLDEN: Great Blue Heron (19); Great Egret (11); Bald Eagle (2imm);
  • KETTLEBROOK#4, PAXTON: Snowy Egret (1: continues in exact spot as before. Easily seen without trespassing. I hope this bird is OK, it's not moving); Hooded Merganser (2); Solitary Sandpiper (1);
  • STUMP POND, HOLDEN: Wood Duck (5); Mallard (8); No sign of the Great Egret that has been here.
  • NOTRE DAME CEMETERY, WORCESTER: Great Egret (1); Black-crowned Night Heron (1imm); Belted Kingfisher (1);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/18/16 -- Leominster
    I have received a report of 2 Peregrine falcons, 1 likely immature, on the steeple of St Cecelia's church on Mechanic St. in Leominster. (report from Dick Knowlton).

    8/18/16 -- Wastewater Treatment Facility, North Brookfield
    This morning I saw my first evidence of passerine migration along the tree line here at the plant. Seen in one pocket were 2 Warbling Vireos, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Blue-winged, 1 Chesnut-sided and 3 Prairie Warblers, 1 ovenbird, 1 Baltimore Oriole and 2 Rose-breasted grosbeaks. At the pumping station on Bigelow Street a Great Egret flew by over the farm field. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    8/17/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    There was a juvenile LAUGHING GULL at Wachusett Reservoir this evening. Seen very far out from gate 40 just south of cemetery island. Constantly in flight and never landed while I was there. It attempted to grab food about 4 times on the surface of the water. Watched it for about 25 minutes until it got too dark. (report from Kevin Bourinot).

    8/17/16 -- Paxton
    The Little Blue Heron continues at Kettle Brook Reservoir # 4 along with 3 Killdeer, 1 Greater Yellowlegs and a Solitary Sandpiper.
  • Also, at 7:30 pm a group of 12 Nighthawks migrated over our house. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

  • 8/17/16 -- Kettle Brook Reservoir, Paxton
    The juvenile little blue continues this afternoon, which I spotted while driving home from work along rt 56. (report from Josh Gahagan).

    8/16/16 -- Paxton
    At Kettle Brook Reservoir #4 ( the corner of Rt. 56 and Rt. 122) there was an immature Little Blue Heron at 6pm. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    8/14/16 -- Quinapoxet Reservoir, Holden
    This morning there were 8 Great Egrets on the reservoir. There were no close shorebirds but several could be seen at the furthest mud flats you can see, but too far to id any of the peep. I did see 1 Greater Yellowlegs and a Black-bellied Plover was heard and seen flying away. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    8/14/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we checked out WACHUSETT RESERVOIR to see if the storms put down any migrants, like terns. Short answer: NO. Plus there were far fewer loons than just a few days ago. Highlights were: Common Loon (5); Double-crested Cormorant (39); Canada Goose (147); Mute Swan (3); Mallard (10); Red-tailed Hawk (2: we watched 1 at the high school catch and leisurely eat a RAT! We have the pics to prove it); American Kestrel (1imm); Wild Turkey (7ad+ad pr w/6yg); Killdeer (1); Spotted Sandpiper (4); Ring-billed Gull (28);
  • Passerines were few in number and variety. We did have: E Wood Peewee (2); E Phoebe (2); E Kingbird (6). A few swallows were moving, all Trees and Barns. We did see (14) Eastern Bluebirds and (3) Baltimore Orioles. (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/13/16 -- Quabbin Gate 43
    In the cove at Quabbin gate 43 in Hardwick this afternoon, feeding with 15-20 Canada Geese, there were: 2 Great Blue Herons, 1 Great Egret and one huge Wild Turkey. There were also 18 Common Mergansers , 15 Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 2 Solitary Sandpipers , 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper and 1 Least Sandpiper. (report from Bart Kamp).

    8/11/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we got in a quick tour around WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. Highlights: Common Loon (20); Double-crested Cormorant (35); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (158); Mute Swan (4); Mallard (12: several were seen diving and coming up with looked like either small clams or snails); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Greater Yellowlegs (1 overhead calling); Ring-billed Gull (78); E Wood Peewee (2); E Phoebe (7); E Kingbird (3); Tree Swallow (10); Barn Swallow (1); E Bluebird (9); Hermit Thrush (1 just fledged)
  • really not much shorebird habitat at all or any bars for terns to land on.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/8/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We spent this morning birding the ponds of the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). There is still a small muddy edge at Lake Quabog and there were a few shorebirds found there. Very frustrating was arriving at the boat launch lot and seeing a flock of 20+ shorebirds (looked like peeps) fly up and out before they could be ID'd. Talking to a local fisherman, apparently a Great Egret has been putting in an appearance here, but we did not see it today. We also got reports of a very vocal loon and 2 eagles at South Pond (Quacumquasit) but we also did not find those species there.
  • Highlights: Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (12); Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (19); Wood Duck (11); Mallard (76); Hooded Merganser (1 imm); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Killdeer (12); Least Sandpiper (4); Belted Kingfisher (2); E Wood Peewee (4); E Phoebe (3); E Kingbird (28);
  • VIREOS: Yellow-throated (1); Warbling (3); Red-eyed (11);
  • SWALLOWS: Tree (427); Bank (2); Cliff (1); Barn (76);.
    Veery (2);
  • WARBLERS: Yellow (3); A Redstart (3); C Yellowthroat (10);.
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Bobolink (3 overhead); Baltimore Oriole (23)
  • NB: they are going to be treating some of the Lakes like Wickabog with algicide in the upcoming weeks.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/7/16 -- Winchendon/South Royalston
    Today we birded the OTTER RIVER SP-BIRCH HILL DAM wooded parcel in Winchendon and South Royalston. Bird song is down to the few persistent singers, like vireos, and even they were mostly singing only shortly after dawn. Very few warblers were seen compared to the numbers and variety that breed here. Spishing and Screech-owling had little effect. This is all very typical for forest birding at this time of the year. Highlights: Great Blue Heron (4); GREAT EGRET (3 in 1 small wooded marsh); Canada Goose (only 1!); Wood Duck (24); Bald Eagle (2 different adults); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1ad: breeder?); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (2young birds); Wild Turkey (17); Killdeer (2); Solitary Sandpiper (1 flushed by egret, otherwise we never would have seen it); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (4); Belted Kingfisher (3); Pileated Woodpecker (4); E Wood Peewee (1); E Phoebe (10); E Kingbird (20); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (25); C Raven (4); Red-breasted Nuthatch (35); Hermit Thrush (28); Wood Thrush (2); Cedar Waxwing (18: all adults); E Towhee (11: including 2 just fledged birds); White-throated Sparrow (6: including 1 just fledged bird. NB: this parcel hosts a decent breeding population of this species); Baltimore Oriole (1 non-adult male); Purple Finch (3).
  • PLUS: White-tailed Deer (2); not much in the way of butterflies, but some very nice odonates including 4 Dragonhunters and Sheila photoed a state-listed Zebra Clubtail. Nice day
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/6/16 -- Holden Ponds
  • Today at Eagle Lake there was a Great Egret on the right side of the causeway. There were also a lot of Barn Swallows.
  • At Quinapoxet Reservoir there was another Great Egret and 3 Ravens. There were no shorebirds, probably due to the fact of a Peregrine Falcon that was perched on a limb.
    (report from Peter Morlock).

  • 8/4/16 -- Worcester
    At 3:15 PM a red tail hawk was circling over the intersection of I-290 and Southbridge Street (near National Grid). It was quite apparent that jesses were attached to the hawk's legs. (report from Deborah Norling).

    8/4/16 -- Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester
    At 6:55 this evening there were 2 immature Black-crowned Night Herons standing side by side on the beaver dam at Notre Dame Cemetery. (report from Bart Kamp).

    7/31/16 -- High Ridge WMA and Winchendon
  • An afternoon walk at High Ridge WMA in Gardner, Ma. brought the following hilights: Wood Duck 12; American Bittern 1; Green Heron 2; Black-billed Cuckoo 2; Barred Owl 1. complete list
  • At Whitney Pond (Wichendon, Ma): Peregrine Falcon 1; Purple Finch 1;. Understandably , NO egrets or shorebirds. Complete list
    (report from Tom Pirro).

  • 7/30/16 -- Leominster/Westminster
    Loon survey in northern MA:
  • Notown Reservoir (Leominster, Ma): Common Loon (1 adult and 2 young) - details
  • Wachusett Lake (westminster, Ma.): Common Loon (2 adults and 1 young): details
    (report from Tom Pirro).

  • 7/30/16 -- Quabbin gate 43
    Late this afternoon in the cove at the end of the short paved road opposite the Quabbin Gate 43 porta-potty, there was 1 Greater Yellowlegs and an Immature Northern Goshawk. It was hawking insects while perched on the tree stumps on the east side of the cove, which have been exposed by the lowering water. It seemed to be successful, bending down to its talons several times as if to eat something. The water level is lower now than it was at the end of 2014 and 2015. (report from Bart Kamp).

    7/26/16 -- Whitney Pond, Winchendon
    Little Blue Heron (juvenile) continues this morning. Observed from 10:00 - 10:30 AM and was there when I left. It is on the large muddy area with vegetation to the northwest and north of the cemetery. (report from Ed Kittredge)

    7/26/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    Today we spent the morning birding the QUABOG IBA (staying mostly in the Brookfields). We concentrated on the major ponds and a few other areas. Nothing earth shattering BUT water levels are down a bit on Lake Quabog and there is now a muddy edge attracting a few shorebirds. In years past, this lake has produced some very interesting inland shorebird records, so birders should plan on checking this spot in the next month or so. A scope is required.
  • Highlights: Double-crested Cormorant (4); Great Blue Heron (7); Turkey Vulture (1); Canada Goose (135); Wood Duck (11); Mallard 6ad+1f w/4yg+1f w/5yg); Hooded Merganser (1 juv); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (12); Virginia Rail (1); Killdeer (16); Greater Yellowlegs (2); Solitary Sandpiper (2); Least Sandpiper (3); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); E Wood Peewee (5); Willow Flycatcher (2); E Kingbird (29);
      VIREOS: Yellow-throated (3); Warbling (19); Red-eyed (19)
    Tree Swallow (62); Barn Swallow (22); Brown Creeper (1); Yellow Warbler (only 4: no song!); Black and White-Warbler (1); C Yellowthroat (20); Swamp Sparrow (21: still singing); Indigo Bunting (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/25/16 -- Whitney Pond, Winchendon
    This noon there was a juvenile Little Blue Heron at Whitney Pond in Winchendon. I viewed the pond from the west side of Riverside Cemetery, on the west side Glen Allen Road just north of the junction with Rte 12. There is a little "herd path" down to the water on the SW side of the cemetery. Here are photos. Yesterday there were 2 Great Egrets. The water level is quite low. The pond can also be viewed from the bike path where there are several vantage points.. (report from Tom Pirro).

    7/24/16 -- West Boylston
    A flock of seven Great Egrets flew over the town common around 7:15 pm. (report from Scott Handler and Marion Larson).

    7/21/2016 -- Auburn
    At 3:15 PM an osprey was hovering and diving into Auburn Pond (next to Auburn Fire Department headquarters). (report from Deborah Norling)

    7/20/16 -- Quinapoxet Reservoir, Holden
    Shorebirds, including 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 5 Least Sandpipers, and 2 Great Egrets, have arrived at the Quinapoxet Reservoir in Holden.
  • The Glossy Ibis found by Ed Kittredge at Sterling Peat was still there at 3:30 PM.
    (report from Bart Kamp).

  • 7/16/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    We spent this morning birding along the dirt roads that run along the western edge of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. These roads are heavily forested and are less visited by other non-birding people. Bird song continues to drop off, and we saw a number of warblers that were uttering no vocalizations. Species still singing (as of this writing) included the vireos, Hermit Thrush, some Chestnut-sided, Pine, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green Warblers. Many tanagers were still singing. A few Ovenbirds did brief vocalizations, but we saw others that were silent. We did see a number of warbler species feeding just fledged young that were following them through the foliage. These included: Chestnut-sided, Pine, Prairie and Ovenbirds.
  • Highlights included: Great Blue Heron (4ad+5 yg in 2 nests. They looked ready to leave); Broad-winged Hawk (6); Killdeer (1); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1); Belted Kingfisher (4); E Wood Peewee (11); Alder Flycatcher (2 vocalized briefly and were also seen); E Kingbird (7); Blue-headed Vireo (6); Red-eyed Vireo (66); Red-breasted Nuthatch (10); House Wren (1); Winter Wren (1); Veery (5); Hermit Thrush (26); Wood Thrush (3);
      WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (11); Black-throated Blue (13); Yellow-rumped (7); Black-throated Green (16); Blackburnian (1); Pine (18); Prairie (3); Black and White (2); Ovenbird (10); C Yellowthroat (22)
    Scarlet Tanager (19); E Towhee (14); Swamp Sparrow (14); Indigo Bunting (4).
  • NB: we saw NO Red-winged Blackbirds in the marshes where they commonly breed. They are still "around" but many are no longer on their breeding areas. Many are coming to my feeders in the city.
  • BESIDES BIRDS: Great show of dragonflies including several BLACK-SHOULDERED SPINYLEGS and POWDERED DANCERS. Butterflies included a good flight of Great Spangled Fritillaries in the forest. The mammal highlight was seeing a LONG-TAILED WEASEL well. Blooms included a nice showing of the orchid WHITE-FRINGED ORCHIS. RATTLESNAKE PLANTAIN, another orchid, will be in bloom by next weekend or even before. Great day to be afield!
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/9/16 -- Glen Valley Cemetery, Barre
    Thank you to Lucy Allen for posting about a bird she was questioning (Merlin). That being a "non -breeder", Amy Johnson and I went to Glen Valley Cemetery in Barre. We quickly encountered an adult male Merlin, then a female. After 3 hours and many mosquito bites later we had 6 total Merlins!!!!! Lots of tree hopping going on by 4. Many photos, videos and audio recorded. I am no Merlin nesting expert but thats a lot of Merlins in Massachusetts in the summer or any time of the year in 3 trees!! I saw one adult Merlin mount a female. No physical nest was found, but I think we can assume that this is a first (?) reported nesting Merlin within Worcester County! Now can someone find a Mississippi Kite nest!?!? (report from Justin Lawson).

    7/8/16 -- Vaughn Hills, Bolton
    WE birded the VAUGHN HILLS CONSERVATION AREA in BOLTON. Highlights were: Great Blue Heron (3ad+6yng in 2 nests. 1 yng was a dramatic leucistic individual, white with a pale bill with some slight gray on remiges. Another bird in that same nest was a runt that looks like it may not survive); Mallard (1f); Barred Owl (1); Chimney Swift (6); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (5); Hairy Woodpecker (4); N Flicker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (2: 1ad trailed by a newly fledged yg); E Wood Peewee (3); E Phoebe (6); Great Crested Flycatcher (pair attending nest hole); E Kingbird (2); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (3); Brown Creeper (2); Hermit Thrush (2); Pine Warbler (2); Scarlet Tanager (2); E Towhee (7); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Baltimore Oriole (8 yng birds in loose congregation);
  • PLUS: White-tailed Deer (1) and Eastern Coyote (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/4/16 -- Sterling Peat, Sterling
    I stopped at Sterling Peat today and was surprised to find that the west side was almost empty of water. There were 30-35 Killdeer, 5 Spotted Sandpipers and 1 Solitary Sandpiper. I guess that the "Fall" migration of shorebirds has begun. report from Bart Kamp).

    7/3/16 -- Bolton Flats
    Early this afternoon I saw or heard at the farm pond in Bolton Flats 1 Sandhill Crane, 1 Northern Bobwhite and 1 Marsh Wren. The water level at the farm pond is down about 6 inches from a couple of weeks ago. The water looks too shallow for ducks north of the farm pond; but OK for wading birds and rails. (report from Bart Kamp).

    7/3/16 -- Heard St., Worcester
    We were in my backyard when a bald eagle flew low and slow right over the yard in the am, heading toward the auburn and Leicester vicinity. It was crazy. (report from vin Dacri).

    6/26/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Highlights of the Forbush Bird Club trip around Wachusett Reservoir this morning included a pair of Common Loons with 2 recently fledged young. Other highlights were: Wood Duck (1); Common Merganser (1); Common Loon (14; 11 adults, 1 juv, 2 recently fledged); Double-crested Cormorant (17); Cooper's Hawk (1); Spotted Sandpiper (7); Red-breasted Nuthatch (2); Brown Creeper (2); Eastern Bluebird (6); Veery (1); Wood Thrush (9); Cedar Waxwing (11); Ovenbird (18); Black-and-white Warbler (5); Common Yellowthroat (8); American Redstart (4); Yellow Warbler (2); Chestnut-sided Warbler (2); Pine Warbler (13; one feeding cowbird); Prairie Warbler (4); Chipping Sparrow (8); Field Sparrow (2); Savannah Sparrow (6); Scarlet Tanager (12); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6); Indigo Bunting (2); Orchard Oriole (1); Baltimore Oriole (6); Purple Finch (1).
    (report from Kevin Bourinot, fide Deb Berard)

    6/25/16 -- Brookfield
    Walked in on the rt.148 section of the railroad track for my annual Marsh Wren check. Being a few weeks later than usual I found it to be very quiet songwise. Highlight was a KING RAIL that flew about 30 feet and dropped it the marsh. I played a tape but it didn't respond. 30 minutes later I thought I could hear some faint ticking type noises but it never grunted like they can do. Other highlights were 1 Am. Bittern, 4 Virginia Rails, 4 Marsh Wrens (all these birds were on the North side) 2 Yellow-throated Vireos, 6 Warbling Vireos but no Willow or Alder Flycatcher which was surprising. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    6/22/16 Royalston
    Today we hiked to Long Pond, Royalston, but this time by hiking along the Tully Trail SOUTH from Rt. 68. This was a more interesting trail and included a fine cut through some power line habitats and offered good views of the marshes at the north end of the pond.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Wood Duck (4+1f w/5yg); Wild Turkey (1); Black-billed Cuckoo (3); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (12); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (2); E Wood Peewee (3); Alder Flycatcher (5); E Phoebe (2); Blue-headed Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (27); Blue Jay (3); A Crow (4); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (4); Black-capped Chickadee (18); Tufted Titmouse (6); Red-breasted Nuthatch (6); Brown Creeper (2); Veery (21); Hermit Thrush (8); A Robin (5); Gray Catbird (7); Cedar Waxwing (3+ 1 nest building);
      WARBLERS: Yellow (5);; Chestnut-sided (3);; Black-throated Blue (3);; Black-throated Green (6);; Pine (4);; Black and White (3);; A Redstart (1);; Ovenbird (13);; C Yellowthroat (14);
    Scarlet Tanager (7); E Towhee (2); Chipping Sparrow (15); Song Sparrow (5); Swamp Sparrow (7); Dark-eyed Junco (1); N Cardinal (3); Red-winged Blackbird (18); Purple Finch (4)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/20/16 -- Royalston
    Today, we hiked the trail to Long Pond in Royalston. This area is north of Tully Dam and Lake. Birds noted were: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (5); Wood Duck (1f); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Mourning Dove (6); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (7); Pileated Wodpecker (2); E Wood Peewee (8); Alder Flycatcher (2); E Phoebe (2); Blue-headed Vireo (7); Red-eyed Vireo (43); Blue Jay (19); Common Raven (3); Tree Swallow (5); Barn Swallow (1); Black-capped Chickadee (14); Tufted Titmouse (12); Red-breasted Nuthatch (16); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); Brown Creeper (3); Winter Wren (1); Veery (16); Hermit Thrush (11); A Robin (6); Gray Catbird (5); Cedar Waxwing (2); Scarlet Tanager (7); Chipping Sparrow (8); Song Sparrow (6); Swamp Sparrow (3); Dark-eyed Junco (1); Red-winged Blackbird (8); Baltimore Oriole (4); Purple Finch (2); A Goldfinch (3)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    6/15/16 -- Greenbrier Park, Oxford
    The first egg has hatched at the Osprey nest at Greenbrier. Viewing is available via the Osprey cam. There was some early morning activity with both parents deepening and adding to the nest. They are still sitting tight on the nest for the other 2 eggs. You do get occasional glimpses of the chick. I'm sure the nest will get busier as they now have to feed at least one chick. (report from Paul Meleski).

    6/11/16 -- Ware River Breeding Bird Survey
    From 4:42 am to 10:10AM I "ran" through the Ware River BBS route, consisting of 50 standardize point counts, 3 minutes each, spaced 1/2 mile apart. This 24.5 mile route meanders from east Petersham through portions of the Ware River Watershed including some of Rutland State Park. Calm conditions made for excellent listening conditions (start to finish) while the cool temps kept the biting insects in check. Dale Montette setup this route in 1993 and I have been pleased to keep it going for the past 5 years. (report from Tom Pirro).

    6/11/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We started today well before dawn birding in the Brookfields, mostly in the Quabog IBA. Here are some of our totals: Great Blue Heron (6ad+14yg in five nests in 1 rookery); Canada Goose (9+pr w/6yg); Wild Turkey (8); Virginia Rail (4); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (2); Whip-Poor-Will (11); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Eastern Peewee (14); Alder Flycatcher (1); Willow Flycatcher (7); Least Flycatcher (2); Eastern Phoebe (37); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); Eastern Kingbird (22);
  • VIREOS: Yellow-throated (4); Warbling (26); Red-eyed (37).
  • WRENS: Carolina (5); House (6); Marsh (3).
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2); Eastern Bluebird (6); Veery (37); Hermit Thrush (3); Wood Thrush (19);
      WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Yellow (43); Chestnut-sided (18); Black-throated Blue (1); Pine (9); Black and White (2); A Redstart (31); Worm-eating (1); Ovenbird (17); Louisiana Waterthrush (3); C Yellowthroat (37).NB: we could not relocate the singing Cerulean we found a week back.
    Scarlet Tanager (6); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (7); Indigo Bunting (1); Bobolink (12); Baltimore Oriole (11);
  • NB: we had a great before dawn mammal show including: E Cottontail, Striped Skunk, Raccoon, Bobcat, Red Fox and Star-nosed Mole.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/8/16 -- Wells State Park, Sturbridge
    Highlights from a morning hike around WELLS STATE PARK (Sturbridge): Broad-winged Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (3); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (3: pair seen mating); Belted Kingfisher (1); E Wood Peewee (3); Willow Flycatcher (2); Least Flycatcher (2); Red-eyed Vireo (17); Common Raven (1); Brown Creeper (3); Winter Wren (1); Veery (3); Hermit Thrush (2); Wood Thrush (1); Scarlet Tanager (4); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (7); Indigo Bunting (2); Baltimore Oriole (9); Purple Finch (4)
  • PLUS: 6 species of butterfly including Zabulon and Pepper and Salt Skippers; 12 species of odonates including Spangled Skimmer and Slaty Skimmer and Sedge Sprites.NB: the forest is infested with caterpillars and their frass is really falling.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/8/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
  • Highlights this morning: Wild Turkey (1); Great Blue Heron (1 - on nest); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Eastern Wood-Pewee (9); Willow Flycatcher (2); Eastern Phoebe (1); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); Eastern Kingbird (1); Warbling Vireo (8); Red-eyed Vireo (3); House Wren (4); Carolina Wren (1); Eastern Bluebird (5); Wood Thrush (1); Cedar Waxwing (2); Blue-winged Warbler (1); Common Yellowthroat (7); Yellow Warbler (7); Prairie Warbler (3); Field Sparrow (4); Eastern Towhee (7); Scarlet Tanager (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Baltimore Oriole (13 - including a male leaving a nest);
  • I also had 3 Northern Water Snakes and a good number of Garter Snakes.
    (report from John Liller).

  • 6/4/2016 -- Barre Falls Dam & Rutland State Park
    Highlights of the Forbush Bird Club's trip to the Ware River Watershed IBA included an Osprey, two Broad-winged Hawks, the Barre Falls Common Ravens, and stunning views of a Black-throated Green Warbler. Ten species of breeding warblers were observed. We recorded 58 species, including these selected totals: Osprey 1; Broad-winged Hawk 2; Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1; Cuckoo species 1; Alder Flycatcher 1; Willow Flycatcher 1; Least Flycatcher 3; Great Crested Flycatcher 1; Red-breasted Nuthatch 4; Veery 2; Hermit Thrush 1; Wood Thrush 1; Ovenbird 14 (minimum); Blue-winged Warbler 4; Black-and-white Warbler 1; Common Yellowthroat 18; American Redstart 1; Blackburnian Warbler 1; Yellow Warbler 9; Chestnut-sided Warbler 3; Pine Warbler 8; Black-throated Green Warbler 3; Swamp Sparrow 3; Scarlet Tanager 8; Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3; Indigo Bunting 3; Bobolink 6;
  • BUTTERFLIES: Dave Grant identified the butterflies seen during the trip and recorded eleven species
  • REPTILES: We were delighted to see a glorious Snapping Turtle laying her eggs at the Barre Falls Canoe Launch.
    (report from Donna Schilling and Dave Grant, fide Deb Berard).

  • 6/2/16 -- Barre Falls Dam / Ware River IBA
    Highlights recorded with Donna Schilling and Dave Grant: Wood Duck 3; Coopers Hawk 1; Sharp-shinned Hawk 1; Red-shouldered Hawk 1; Broad-winged Hawk 2; Spotted Sandpiper 1; Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2; Hairy Woodpecker 1; Eastern Wood-Pewee 1; Least Flycatcher 7+; Willow Flycatcher 4+; Eastern Phoebe 3; Great-crested Flycatcher 1; Eastern Kingbird 4+; Blue-headed Vireo 1; Red-eyed Vireo 11+; Warbling Vireo 2; Common Raven 2; Red-breasted Nuthatch 2; Brown Creeper 2; Veery 3+; Wood Thrush 1; Cedar Waxwings 14+; Blue-winged Warbler 3; Yellow Warbler5+; Chestnut-sided Warbler 4; Black-throated Blue Warbler 1; Black and White Warbler 6+; Black-throated Green Warbler 3; Pine Warbler 12+; Prairie Warbler 3; American Redstart 1; Ovenbird +; Common Yellowthroat 7+; Eastern Towhee 4; Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3+; Indigo Bunting 3; Bobolink 10+; Baltimore Oriole 7+; Purple Finch 1.
    (report from Bobbye Samdahl).

    6/2/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this morning: Green Heron (6 - including 2 being chased by Grackles; 4 in Wilson Swamp and 2 in Green Heron Pond); Spotted Sandpiper (1); American Woodcock (1 - flushed from edge of brook); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Eastern Wood-Pewee (9); Willow Flycatcher (4); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); Eastern Kingbird (1); Warbling Vireo (7); Red-eyed Vireo (2); House Wren (2); Carolina Wren (1); Eastern Bluebird (3 - including pair around nest box); Wood Thrush (4); Brown Thrasher (1); Cedar Waxwing (38 - probably more); Ovenbird (3); Blue-winged Warbler (2); Common Yellowthroat (4); Yellow Warbler (5); Prairie Warbler (5); Field Sparrow (5); Song Sparrow (20 - including bird feeding young Cowbird); Eastern Towhee (7); Scarlet Tanager (5); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Brown-headed Cowbird (3 - including young bird being fed by Song Sparrow); Baltimore Oriole (8). (report from John Liller).

    5/29/16 -- DCR Krstoff farm, West Boylston
    Highlights of 42 species seen or heard on the Forbush Bird Club trip: Black-billed cuckoo (heard), great views of Scarlet tanager (3) and Blue-winged warbler (3). Also Broad-winged hawk, American kestrel, Wild turkey (4), Eastern wood-pewee, Eastern phoebe, Great-crested flycatcher(2), Red-eyed vireo (many), Common raven(2), Veery(2), Wood thrush, Cedar waxwing(9), Yellow warbler(many), Chestnut-sided warbler(many), Black-and-white warbler(2), American redstart(3), Ovenbird, Common yellowthroat(many), Rose-breasted grosbeak(2), Indigo bunting(3), Baltimore oriole(2). (report from Peg and Dick Knowlton).

    5/29/16 -- GATE 40, Wachusett Reservoir
    At 2 PM today resting on one of the rocky sandbars that surround the bushy island near gate 40 at Wachusett Reservoir there was a Caspian Tern. The tern was still there at 5 PM. (report from Bart Kamp).

    5/26/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    I took a long walk this morning at Broad Meadow Brook. This is the first time in years that I have walked a loop around the whole Sanctuary, including visiting the Wilson Meadow, which was not part of the Sanctuary the last time.
  • Highlights: Canada Goose (13 - 3 adults together, with a total of 10 young); Wood Duck (female with 4 young); Gadwall (1 - same male that has been present for weeks, still quacking, but unaccompanied); Great Blue Heron (1 on nest); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (7); Hairy Woodpecker (3); Eastern Wood-Pewee (8); Willow Flycatcher (4); Eastern Phoebe (2); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); Eastern Kingbird (3); Warbling Vireo (5); Red-eyed Vireo (7); House Wren (2 - including one on nest box); Carolina Wren (1); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2); Eastern Bluebird (2); Wood Thrush (3); Gray Catbird (16); Cedar Waxwing (35 - probably more; several different groups); Ovenbird (1); Blue-winged Warbler (3); Black-and-white Warbler (1); Common Yellowthroat (13); American Redstart (5); Magnolia Warbler (1); Yellow Warbler (8); Blackpoll Warbler (2); Prairie Warbler (4); Black-throated Green Warbler (1); Canada Warbler (1 - singing continuously); Eastern Towhee (6); Field Sparrow (4); Scarlet Tanager (3); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (12); Indigo Bunting (1); Baltimore Oriole (11)
  • Also, a good number of Garter Snakes and 3 Northern Water Snakes, including one that was definitely over 3 feet in length, spooked off a rock wall adjacent to Green Heron Pond.
    (report from John Liller).

  • 5/25/16 -- Hope Cemetery, Worcester
    There was a Black-Billed Cuckoo with a caterpillar , and two Red-Tailed Hawks . I think the top one is an adult and the bottom one is a fledgling. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    5/25/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Here are highlights from this morning on a walk at Broad Meadow Brook. Please note that my primary purpose was to take photos, so I did not do a formal count on species with large numbers (thus the Xs). I also made the mistake of not staying in one place for an extended period of time, so I did not get that many good shots.
  • Gadwall (1 male following a female Mallard) Mallard (14 - 2 females, one with 9 young, the other being followed by a Gadwall, and 3 males); Great Blue Heron (1 - on nest); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Northern Flicker (1); Eastern Wood-Pewee (2); Alder Flycatcher (1 - giving distinctive call near Green Heron Pond); Willow Flycatcher (3 - I finally was able to confirm one bird that has been confounding me the past several trips); Eastern Phoebe (2); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); Eastern Kingbird (2); House Wren (2 - including one perched on a nest box); Carolina Wren (1); Eastern Bluebird (1 male); Wood Thrush (2); Cedar Waxwing (5); Blue-winged Warbler (1); Common Yellowthroat (X); American Redstart (1); Yellow Warbler (X); Field Sparrow (4); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (X); Baltimore Oriole (X); (report from John Liller).

  • 5/24/16 -- Lake Dennison/Otter River SF, Winchendon
    Highlights seen and/or heard during a lunch break today:
  • Common Loon ...1 (adult on Lake Dennsion); Killdeer... 2; Barred Owl (Northern)... 1 (calling); Ruby-throated Hummingbird... 1 (female); Pileated Woodpecker ...1; Alder Flycatcher 2; Least Flycatcher 1; Eastern Phoebe 1; Eastern Kingbird 3; Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2; Red-eyed Vireo 3; Tree Swallow 12; Bank Swallow 3; Barn Swallow (American) 2; Red-breasted Nuthatch 1; Veery 1; Hermit Thrush 1; Ovenbird 4; Nashville Warbler 1; Common Yellowthroat 6; American Redstart 1; Yellow Warbler (Northern) 5; Chestnut-sided Warbler 3; Pine Warbler 3; Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2; White-throated Sparrow 3; Swamp Sparrow 2; Eastern Towhee 2; Purple Finch (Eastern) 3.
    (report from Tom Pirro).

  • 5/23/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon on the Troiano-Heron Pond Loop: Wood Duck (1 female w/ 4 young); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Northern Flicker (2 - copulating); Willow Flycatcher (2); "Empidonax" species (1 - giving one-note call; likely a Willow); Eastern Phoebe (2); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); Eastern Kingbird (1); Warbling Vireo (6); House Wren (3 - one on box); Carolina Wren (1); Eastern Bluebird (3 - including pair); Wood Thrush (3); Gray Catbird (4 - including pair, one carrying material); Blue-winged Warbler (1); Common Yellowthroat (13 - including male chasing female); American Redstart (1); Yellow Warbler (8); Prairie Warbler (1); Eastern Towhee (3); Field Sparrow (3); Song Sparrow (14); Scarlet Tanager (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Indigo Bunting (1 female); Baltimore Oriole (9). (report from John Liller).

    5/21/16 -- Millbury
    On the Forbush Field Trip to the Millbury Bike Path and a portion of the Brierly Pond Conservation Area, highlights included: Black-billed Cuckoo-1; Hairy Woodpecker-1; Eastern Wood-Pewee-2; Eastern Phoebe-1; Great Crested Flycatcher-1; Eastern Kingbird-2; Warbling Vireo-3; Red-eyed Vireo-4; Northern Rough-winged Swallow-1; Veery-4; Cedar Waxwing-11; Ovenbird-3; Blue-winged Warbler-1; Common Yellowthroat-3; American Redstart-8; Pine Warbler-1; Scarlet Tanager-1; Rose-breasted Grosbeak-2; Orchard Oriole-2 (male and female)
    (report from Alan Marble).

    5/19/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    In a morning walk, the most interesting sighting may have been the male Gadwall in the Green Heron Pond who began following a female duck with 3 very young birds almost on her back. I did not get good looks at the female, so I am not sure if it was a Mallard or a Gadwall. Per the recently completed Breeding Bird Atlas, Gadwalls are known to breed near the coast in eastern Massachusetts, so if it is a female Gadwall, this would be a big deal. (If you are in the area of the Green Heron Pond, please keep an eye out for this female.)
  • Highlights: Gadwall (1 male + an unidentified female w/ 3 young; see above); Great Blue Heron (2 - one on nest); Green Heron (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Alder Flycatcher (1 - perched and calling); Willow Flycatcher (4 - all calling); Least Flycatcher (1); Eastern Phoebe (1 - around possible nest site in culvert); Great Crested Flycatcher (2 - pair); Eastern Kingbird (2); Warbling Vireo (6); Red-eyed Vireo (2); Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2 - could be nesting in wall across pond); House Wren (2); Carolina Wren (1); Eastern Bluebird (3 - including female carrying material); Wood Thrush (2); Gray Catbird (12 - including multiple pairs); Cedar Waxwing (4); Ovenbird (1); Blue-winged Warbler (2); Common Yellowthroat (10); American Redstart (1 male); Northern Parula (1); Yellow Warbler (7); Canada Warbler (1 - singing regularly; good looks); Eastern Towhee (3); Chipping Sparrow (2); Field Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (11); Scarlet Tanager (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (7 - including one pair); Baltimore Oriole (6).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 5/19/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded the southern sections of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA, driving a wide loop. Despite the clouds and morning showers, there was a good show of breeding species, though only a handful of migrants.
  • Highlights: American Bittern (2); Great Blue Heron (1: we did not check any rookeries); Canada Goose (4+pr w/2yg); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (4+1f w/8yg); N Goshawk (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Ruffed Grouse (2); Wild Turkey (1: despite presence of turkey hunters); Virginia Rail (4); Sora (1); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (4); E Wood Peewee (2); Least Flycatcher (18 nb: no sign yet of Alder or Willows both of which breed here); E Phoebe (11); Great Crested Flycatcher (3); E Kingbird (7);
      VIREOS: Yellow-throated (4); Blue-headed (5: decreasing as a breeder here); Warbling (7); Red-eyed (68).
    Red-breasted Nuthatch (17); Winter Wren (1); Veery (8); Hermit Thrush (37); Wood Thrush (4);
      WARBLERS: (nb: "*" indicates a species that breeds in the IBA): *Blue-winged (6); *Nashville (2); N Parula; *Yellow (30); *Chestnut-sided (62); *Magnolia (4); Cape May (1); *Black-throated Blue (14); *Yellow-rumped (16); *Black-throated Green (26); *Blackburnian (5: decreasing as a breeder); *Pine (24); *Prairie (9); Bay-breasted (1); *Black and White (24); *A Redstart (15); *Ovenbird (150); *Northern Waterthrush (5); *Louisiana Waterthrush (1: decreasing); *C Yellowthroat (78); *Canada (3).
    Scarlet Tanager (28); E Towhee (57); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (23); Indigo Bunting (3m); Bobolink (12: these birds attempt to nest in several grasslands where people play disc golf and run dogs. Their success is not great as you can imagine); Baltimore Oriole (13); Purple Finch (4)
  • Plus: Porcupine up a tree and a small showing of Painted Trillium.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/18/16 -- Gate 40, Wachusett Reservoir
    From Wachusett Reservoir Gate 40 in Clinton this afternoon, feeding on the rocky sandbars surrounding the bushy island were 3 Semi-palmated Plovers, 1 Dunlin and 3 Spotted Sandpipers. (report from Bart Kamp).

    5/18/16 -- Winchendon-South Royalston
    Today we birded the parcel between Otter River SP/Lake Denison and Birch Hill Dam (Winchenden to South Royalston). We had a lot of birds, but MOST of them were migrant breeders (except for the Tennessee, Parulas and Cape May). But some of the numbers of the breeding species were higher than typical.
  • Highlights: Great Blue heron (5); Canada Goose 6ad+4 goslings); Wood Duck (5); Mallard (7); Hooded Merganser (1f); Broad-winged Hawk (4); Ruffed Grouse (2); Killdeer (4ad+1yg); Solitary Sandpiper (5); Spotted Sandpiper (8); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (5); Alder Flycatcher (2); Least Flycatcher (13); E Phoebe (9); Great Crested Flycatcher (4); E Kingbird (11); Blue-headed Vireo (15); Warbling Vireo (7); Red-eyed Vireo (22); Common Raven (1); Tree Swallow (36); N Rough-winged Swallow (3); Red-breasted Nuthatch (31); Brown creeper (13); Veery (4); Hermit Thrush (24)
      WARBLERS: Tennessee (1); Nashville (5); N Parula (2); Yellow (24); Chestnut-sided (28); Magnolia (11); Cape May (1); Black-throated Blue (7); Yellow-rumped (33); Black-throated Green (46) Blackburnian (3); Pine (28); Prairie (6); Black and White (12); Ovenbird (109); Northern Waterthrush (3); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (84); Canada (2).
    Scarlet Tanager (4: low); E Towhee (37); White-throated Sparrow (23: this area is in the major breeding area for the County); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (8); Baltimore Orioel (11); Purple Finch ( 12: some doing great song/flight displays);
  • PLUS: 11 species of butterflies including (8) Cobweb Skippers; at least 7 species of dragonflies including (2) Springtime Darner; herps included a nifty Brown Earth/DeKay's Snake. Blooms included Fringed Polygala and Rhodora.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/17/16 -- Hodges Village, Oxford
    Highlights today in a 4 mile walk include: 2 Osprey (Town has set up a web cam of the nesting birds); 1 Solitary Sandpiper; 2 Spotted Sandpiper; 1 Greater Yellowlegs; 2 Brown Creeper; 3 Veery; 1 Swainson's Thrush; 2 Eastern Bluebird; 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher; 1 Black-billed Cuckoo; 2 Eastern Phoebe; 1 Willow Flycatcher; 1 Eastern Wood-pewee; 3 Great Crested Flycatcher; 4 Eastern Kingbird; 31 Gray Catbird; 2 Brown Thrasher; 8 House Wren; 15 Warbling Vireo; 3 Yellow-throated vireo; 3 Red-eyed Vireo; 8 Ovenbird; 2 Northern Waterthrush; 3 Black-and-white Warbler; 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler; 2 Black-throated Green Warbler; 18 Yellow Warbler; 9 Pine Warbler; 1 Northern Parula; 3 Prairie Warbler; 6 Yellow-rumped Warbler; 1 Magnolia Warbler; 34 Common Yellowthroat; 7 American Redstart; 16 Baltimore Oriole; 1 White-throated Sparrow; 5 Swamp Sparrow; 4 Field Sparrow; 16 Eastern Towhee; 4 Scarlet Tanager; 5 Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
    (report from Paul Meleski).

    5/17/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this morning from the Troiano - Heron Pond Loop: Wood Duck (3); Gadwall (1 male); Mallard (16 - including female with 10 young in brook); Great Blue Heron (2 - including one on nest at Green Heron Pond); Cooper's Hawk (1 - spooked blackbirds along brook); Spotted Sandpiper (1 - flushed along brook); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Eastern Wood-Pewee (1); Willow Flycatcher (1); Eastern Phoebe (2 - there is also a newly constructed nest in a kiosk on the power lines; no birds visible around it today); Great Crested Flycatcher (3 - including pair around hole at pond); Eastern Kingbird (2); Warbling Vireo (6); Red-eyed Vireo (2); Bank Swallow (2); House Wren (1); Carolina Wren (1); Wood Thrush (3); Gray Catbird (7); Cedar Waxwing (3); Ovenbird (3); Blue-winged Warbler (2); Common Yellowthroat (13); American Redstart (5); Northern Parula (7); Magnolia Warbler (1); Yellow Warbler (9); Black-throated Blue Warbler (1); Black-throated Green Warbler (3); Eastern Towhee (8); Field Sparrow (2); Scarlet Tanager (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (10 - including 2 pairs; one female was carrying material); Baltimore Oriole (10 - including pair active around newly constructed nest).
    (report from John Liller).

    5/15/16 -- Gates 35-43, Quabbin Reservoir
    Highlights of the 71 species recorded on the Forbush Bird Club trip (by auto) included Wood Duck 3 ; American Black Duck 2 ; Hooded Merganser 1 ; Common Merganser (North American) 1 ; Common Loon 2 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 ; Bald Eagle 5 ; Broad-winged Hawk 6 ; Spotted Sandpiper 6 ; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3 ; Pileated Woodpecker 2 ; Least Flycatcher 5 ; Great Crested Flycatcher 2 ; Eastern Kingbird 3 ; Blue-headed Vireo 3 ; Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2 ; Red-eyed Vireo 10 ; Common Raven 2 ; Bank Swallow 1 ; Barn Swallow (American) 3 ; Red-breasted Nuthatch 4 ; Brown Creeper 2 ; Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 ; Veery 46 ; Swainson's Thrush 2 ; Hermit Thrush 2 ; Wood Thrush 1 ; Ovenbird 39 ; Black-and-white Warbler 15 ; Common Yellowthroat 16 ; American Redstart 20 ; Magnolia Warbler 3 ; Blackburnian Warbler 5 ; Yellow Warbler (Northern) 12 ; Chestnut-sided Warbler 22 ; Black-throated Blue Warbler 22 ; Pine Warbler 15 ; Prairie Warbler 1 ; Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 14 ; Black-throated Green Warbler 14 ; Eastern Towhee 24 ; Scarlet Tanager 7 ; Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5 ; Baltimore Oriole 9 ; Purple Finch 3 .
    (report from Tom Pirro, fide Deb Berard)

    5/15/16 -- Quabog IBA
    After being layed-up sick Saturday, I HAD to get out for some low impact birding. Today we did the QUABOG IBA, concentrating of the WMAs and woodlots. Lots of migrant breeders, but very few, if any, "just migrants". The wind really picked up by late morning and became a problem.
  • Highlights: Common Loon (3ad on lake Quabog despite many boats out on the water ad wind surfers); American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (5 active nests in 1 rookery); Green Heron (1); Turkey Vulture (1); Canada Goose (11+6 pairs with a total of 30 goslings); Mute Swan (1 on nest); Wood Duck (4+1f w/10yg); A Black Duck 91); Mallard (2); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (8); Virginia Rail (3); A Woodcock (1); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (6); Least Flycatcher (3: no sign yet of Alder or Willow both of which breed in this IBA); E Phoebe (23); Great Crested Flycatcher (3); E Kingbird (15);
      VIREOS: Yellow-throated (8); Blue-headed (1); Warbling (21); Red-eyed (35).
    Common Raven (1)
      SWALLOWS: Tree (96); Bank (53) Cliff (2).
    House Wren (20); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4); E Bluebird (8); Veery (23); Wood Thrush (25);
      WARBLERS: Blue-winged (7); Yellow (66); Chestnut-sided (11); Magnolia (1); Yellow-rumped (2); Black-throated Green (2); Blackburnian (1); Pine (17); Prairie (2); Black and White (7); A Redstart (24); Worm-eating (1); Ovenbird (64); Northern Waterthrush (2); Common yellow-throat (79).
    Scarlet Tanager (17); Savannah Sparrow (7); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (23); Indigo Bunting (1); Bobolink (36); Baltimore Oriole (43);
  • PLUS: a number of sunning Banded Watersnakes and Eastern Garter Snakes; nice show of Dwarf Ginseng and Jack-In-The-Pulpit. NO butterflies or dragonflies.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/14/16 -- Central Cemetery, Millbury
    A Black Vulture flew low over me at 9:15 while I was in Central Cemetery. (report from Alan Marble).

    5/12/16 -- Barre/Bolton
  • At Barre Falls, the bobolinks are back.
  • In the evening at Bolton Flats, I had (with Bobbye Samdahl): Virginia Rail, 4 Bittern, Spotted Sandpiper, Woodcock, C. Nighthawk, Whiperwill, Kestrel (carrying nesting material), and Sandhill Crane (flying over). (phone report from Dave Grant).

  • 5/12/16 -- Auburn
    On the communication tower east of BJ's on Rt. 20 in Auburn there is an Osprey and a nest. It was there last year. It's a great spot, as about a 1/4 mile to the east is Eddy pond and that is loaded with fish. I viewed this from the Home Depot parking lot. (report from Alan Marble).

    5/11/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon: Mallard (10 - including female with 7 young); Great Blue Heron (2 - including bird on nest); Red-headed Woodpecker (1 - gave repeated emphatic "churr" after flying into woods across pond); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (2 - pair in area of bridge); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); Eastern Kingbird (1); Warbling Vireo (4); Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2); Tree Swallow (14); House Wren (1); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); Eastern Bluebird (2 - including male flying from box); Wood Thrush (1); Gray Catbird (6 - including 2 pairs); Ovenbird (1); Blue-winged Warbler (2); Common Yellowthroat (3); Yellow Warbler (3); Yellow-rumped Warbler (5); Eastern Towhee (6); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (9); Scarlet Tanager (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5); Baltimore Oriole (8 - including pair); (report from John Liller).

    5/11/16 -- Worcester
    Today we intended to bird the cemeteries in the SW corner of the city just for an hour before work, but before we could get going we got distracted by the CAPE MAY WARBLER singing in the front yard, as well as a number of other warblers. Sheila worked hard and got some nice record shots of the Cape May, then we were off to Hope, All Faiths and finally Notre Dame. As is typical, Hope Cemetery is best when there is a warbler fallout BUT you need to get there EARLY as the mowers start by 7:30AM and then birds get very hard to find. Also, for thrushes, you have to get there right at dawn. At Hope we found a number of warblers including 2 TENNESSEE singing away. At All Faith's (Leesville Pond) there was a fly-over Green Heron and 3 ORCHARD ORIOLES (1adM+2 1st yrM). They have nested here in years past, but not often at all. Finally at Notre Dame we had a Nashville Warbler and (3) Solitary Sandpipers.
  • Partial list for the 3 cemeteries: Green Heron (1); Turkey Vulture (2); Mute Swan (4); Wood Duck (4); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Killdeer (7); Solitary Sandpiper (3 together); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); Eastern Kingbird (9); Warbling Vireo (20); Red-eyed Vireo (1); House Wren (4); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2: at Hope: they have nested here in years past)
      WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Tennessee (2); Nashville (1); N Parula (4); Yellow (9); Chestnut-sided (1); Magnolia (3); Yellow-rumped (37); Black-throated Green (2); Blackburnian (1); Pine (2); Blackpoll (1); Black and White (5); A Redstart (5); Common Yellowthroat (1).
    White-crowned Sparrow (2ad); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Orchard Oriole (3); Baltimore Oriole (19).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/10/16 -- Ware River Watershed (North & West sections)
    Today we birded the more northern and western sections of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. These are areas NOT covered yesterday (5/9). Much of the area is hilly dense forest, but there are small marshes, beaver ponds and river habitat. One thing we noticed today was a definite movement of thrushes early in the morning. They flew low across the dirt path we were on, always east to west and always uphill. Many did not stop and went unrecorded, but luckily a number paused to feed, and we were able to ID those.
  • Select list: Great Blue Heron (5>3 occupied nests); Turkey Vulture (4); Canada Goose (12 w/4yg); Wood Duck (7); Mallard (8); Hooded Merganser (2f); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ruffed Grouse (3); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (13); Pileated Woodpecker (7: birds out and obviously looking for food for young in nest); Least Flycatcher (9); E Phoebe (13); Blue-headed Vireo (14); Warbling Vireo (4); Red-breasted Nuthatch (12); Brown Creeper (9: we watched 1 bringing nesting materials (pine needles) to its nest under some bark); House Wren (1); Winter Wren (5 singing birds); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3); Veery (6); Swainson's Thrush (4: all in 1 loose group); Hermit Thrush (19); Wood Thrush (2)
      WARBLERS: n Parula (3); Yellow (12); Chestnut-sided (28); Magnolia (3); Black-throated Blue (9); Yellow-rumped (68); Black-throated Green (36); Blackburnian (2); Pine (33); Bay-breasted (1); Black and White (15); Ovenbird (104: careful count); Northern Waterthrush (2); Louisiana Waterthrush (3); Common Yellowthroat (24).
    Scarlet Tanager (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Purple Finch (6).
  • Also: found Moose tracks; blooms included Purple Trillium and Dwarf Ginseng. There was a nice number of teneral Hudsonian Whiteface in 1 location; butterflies included lots of Azures and a few Juvenal's Duskywings.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/10/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 2 Mute Swan, 2 Green Herons (ad), 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, 1 Yellow Warbler, 1 Northern Parula, 3 Warbling Vireos, 1 Northern Waterthrush, and 2 Baltimore Orioles. (report from Rick Quimby).

    5/10/16 -- Lincoln Village, Worcester
    Today I had a ruby-throated hummingbird. (phone report from Dave Grant).

    5/9/16 -- Myrtle St, Worcester
    I had a Fish Crow at Callahan Fay Funeral Home parking lot. (report from Susan LaBree).

    5/9/16 -- Barre/West Boylston
  • In Barre today I had a Magnolia Warbler
  • At Thomas Basin at the mouth of the Quinapoxet River in West Boylston, I had 6 Northern Shovellers.
    (phone report from Dave Grant).

  • 5/9/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights today (* = new species for me this year at BMB):
  • Wood Duck (7 - female with 6 young); Gadwall (1 male quacking); *Osprey (1 - flyover); Chimney Swift (16 - probably more; feeding over Green Heron Pond); Red-headed Woodpecker (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (1); *Eastern Kingbird (2); *Warbling Vireo (2); Northern Rough-winged Swallow (6 - maybe more); Tree Swallow (17); House Wren (1); Eastern Bluebird (1 male); Gray Catbird (4); *Black-and-white Warbler (1); *Common Yellowthroat (3); *Yellow Warbler (5); Yellow-rumped Warbler (7); Eastern Towhee (5); Field Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (8); White-throated Sparrow (1); *Scarlet Tanager (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5); *Baltimore Oriole (6).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 5/9/16 -- Ware River IBA
    We spent the morning birding the southern roads of the WARE RIVER IBA. The wind was a constant problem and only got more so as the morning wore on. Still, there was lots of bird song. Temps were cool, but warmed to 50+ by 11AM. As is typical with this spot, it's is tough to say which are migrants and which are migrant breeders as almost all the warbler species found today breed in the IBA. The exceptions were the Palm and the Parulas.
  • Select list: American Bittern (1); Great Blue heron (2); Canada Goose (6); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (14); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Ruffed Grouse (2); Wild Turkey (1); Virginia Rail (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2: breeds); Pileated Woodpecker (3); Least Flycatcher (4); Eastern Phoebe (6); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); Eastern Kingbird (3);
      VIREOS: Yellow-throated (2); Blue-headed (9); Warbling (1)
    House Wren (3); Winter Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Swainson's Thrush (2: photo'd); Hermit Thrush (10); Wood Thrush (1);
      WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Nashville (1); N Parula (3); Yellow (19); Chestnut-sided (14); Magnolia (1); Black-throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (42); Black-throated Green (16); Pine (48); Prairie (2); Palm (1); Black and White (15); Ovenbird (93: at every stop we made, usually more than 1); Northern Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (18)
    Scarlet Tanager (1); Eastern Towhee (42); Field Sparrow (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (12); Bobolink (2); Baltimore Oriole (1); Purple Finch (18: we watched an amazing and wild sexual chase flight of 8 males pursuing 1 female).
  • PLUS: Butterflies included Spring Azure and Brown Elfin. An incredible display of Wood Anemone and Sessile Bellwort and still some trillium still in bloom.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/8/16 -- River Bend Farm, Uxbridge
    Male Orchard Oriole heard then seen at River Bend Farm about 3:45pm today, along with several Baltimore Orioles, including male and female together. The path going right from the nestbox on the right side of the lower mowed field is a good place to look for Orchard Orioles. A few Blue-winged Warblers are calling in different spots. (report from Beth & Paul Milke).

    5/8/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We managed to get in a few hours of birding WACHUSETT RESERVOIR before the rains began. In a few locations there was a modest movement of migrants.
  • Highlights: Common Loon (8); Double-crested Cormorant (11); Great Blue Heron (1); Turkey Vulture (3); Canada Goose (15); Mute Swan (7); Mallard (3m+1f w/8yg); Green-winged Teal (3); Cooper's Hawk (1: relentlessly harassing 2 crows); Black-bellied Plover (3: 2 breeding pl. Seen best on 2 of the sand bars off from the brick building); Spotted Sandpiper (8); Ring-billed Gull (70); Herring Gull (11); Great Black-backed Gull (2); Lesser Black-backed Gull (1 ad br); Chimney Swift (1); E Phoebe (3); E Kingbird (2); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Tree Swallow (50+); Barn Swallow (10+); House Wren (6); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Hermit Thrush (1); Wood Thrush (5); Gray Catbird (9).
      WARBLERS: N Parula (3); Chestnut-sided (1); Magnolia (2); Black-throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (13); Black-throated Green (5); Blackburnian (1); Pine (16); Black and White (4); Worm-eating (1); Ovenbird (18); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); Common Yellowthroat (2).
    Savannah Sparrow (8); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (10); Baltimore Oriole (4);
  • Bonus: Red Fox and Fisher.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/6/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
    In the mid afternoon I had the following highlights: 1 GB Heron on nest, 2 Green Herons, 2 Canada Geese with 6 goslings in tow, 2 Wood Ducks (m&f) with 7 young, 1 Gadwall (male -- heard it "quacking", which at first I thought was some type of frog!), 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 1 N Flicker, 1 E Kingbird, many Tree and N Rough-winged Swallows,, 1 E Bluebird, ~5 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 2 E Towhee, 1 Field Sparrow singing, and 4 Song Sparrows. Despite spending over 1/2 hour at the pond, I did not get the Red-headed Woodpecker today. (report from Rick Quimby).

    5/5/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today we birded Wachusett Reservoir. It was misty and visibility was not the best, but we did see: Common Loon (6: including a pair inspecting an island for nesting); Double-crested Cormorant (12); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (8); Mute Swan (3); Wood Duck (1); Mallard (4); Wild Turkey (1); Killdeer (1); Greater Yellowlegs (1); Lesser Yellowlegs (1); Spotted Sandpiper (3). Common Raven (1) Eastern Bluebird (2) Savannah Sparrow (5)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    5/4/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This afternoon we birded the lakes around the Quabog IBA (Brookfields) hoping to find some rain-driven seaducks or terns. We did not find any. We did not even find any gulls! We did have: Common Loon (1); Great Blue Heron (9 w/6 active nests); Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (9+ pair w/4yg); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (5); Mallard (6); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (1ad+1imm); Northern Harrier (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Solitary Sandpiper (2). SWALLOWS: Tree (1130); N Rough-winged (7); Bank (5); Cliff (1); Barn (55).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    5/4/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon: Wood Duck (1 male); GADWALL (1 male - still there and quacking); Great Blue Heron (1 - perched in tree with nest); Chimney Swift (1); RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (1 - still there); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); AMERICAN KESTREL (1 - flyover); Tree Swallow (24); Eastern Bluebird (1 male); Yellow-rumped Warbler (18); Eastern Towhee (4); Field Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (12); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4 - all singing); Brown-headed Cowbird (5). (report from John Liller).

    5/3/16 -- Millbury
    I have Baltimore Oriole singing in Millbury this morning. (report from Susan LaBree).

    5/2/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We checked the 4 major ponds/lakes of the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields) this morning. Heavy rain began at about 10AM. No signs of any tern fallout, but birders should check through the day as birds put down all along the day.
  • Birds seen included: Common Loon (2ad); Great Blue Heron (4); Mute Swan (2); Mallard (1+ 1f w/9yg); Bufflehead (3f); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (3); Least Flycatcher (3); Tree Swallow (130); N Rough-winged Swallow (1); Barn Swallow (2); House Wren (2); Gray Catbird (2); Brown Thrasher (1);
      WARBLERS: Yellow (6); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (14) Black and White (4); Ovenbird (2)
    Savannah Sparrow (3 at the Lake Quabog boat launch/parking area)
  • At SEVEN-MILE RIVER IN SPENCER: Wood Duck (pair); Mallard (19+pair w/9yg); American Wigeon (1m); Greater Yellowlegs (1); Solitary Sandpiper (1)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/1/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    We got a few hours of birding in Ware River Watershed IBA before the rain. As it was, the weather was cool, overcast and damp.
  • Highlights: American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (7+4 active nests in 2 small rookeries); Wood Duck (8); Hooded Merganser (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Ruffed Grouse (1); Wilson's Snipe (1 winnowing: NB: snipe have bred in the County before, but are rare breeders); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (5); Least Flycatcher (4); E Phoebe (6); Blue-headed Vireo (5); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2); Hermit Thrush (1);
      WARBLERS: Yellow (9); Chestnut-sided (1); Yellow-rumped (35); Black-throated Green (8); Blackburnian (1); Pine (22: NB: lots of interesting Pine Warbler behavior, including watching several females on the ground gathering nesting material and a pair trying to chase a cowbird off their nest); Black and White (16); A Redstart (2); Ovenbird (24); Northern Waterthrush (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); Common Yellowthroat (2).
    Eastern Towhee (16); Field Sparrow (1); Swamp Sparrow (16); Purple Finch (3); Evening Grosbeak (1: overhead calling);
  • No butterflies or dragonflies, but did have (1) Porcupine and a very weird YELLOW petaled Purple Trillium.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/1/16 -- Green Hill Park, Worcester
    This morning along the trail by the pond, highlights were 2 Warbling Vireo, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1 Baltimore Oriole, and 1 Prairie Warbler. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/30/16 -- Millbury
    Found this Louisiana waterthrush off in the woods near an old mill site. Couldn't get that close. Lots of nice red trillium there. (report from Garry Kessler).

    4/29/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
  • Highlights today: Wood Duck (4 - 3 males + 1 female); Gadwall (1 male); Great Blue Heron (1); Red-headed Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (2); Carolina Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Palm Warbler (4); Yellow-rumped Warbler (14); Eastern Towhee (1); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (10); White-throated Sparrow (1); Brown-headed Cowbird (3).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 4/29/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights of 22 species at noon today: 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 5 N. Flicker (all displaying and chasing in single tree, in their usual stiff and comical fashion -- a real Flicker Fest!), 3 Warbling Vireos, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Palm Warblers, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, and 1 White-throated Sparrow. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/28/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights on an afternoon walk at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. (* = new bird for the year for me at BMB).
  • Wood Duck (1); Gadwall (1 - male on Green Heron Pond); Red-tailed Hawk (2 - one feeding, other soaring); Chimney Swift (11); Red-headed Woodpecker (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Northern Flicker (1); Eastern Phoebe (1); *Winter Wren (1 - being typically mouselike); Eastern Bluebird (1 - male); Gray Catbird (1); Palm Warbler (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (10); Eastern Towhee (3); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (12); White-throated Sparrow (3).
    (report from John Liller)

  • 4/28/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 2 Mute Swan, 1 Warbling Vireo, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, and 1 Palm Warbler. (report from Rick Quimby)

    4/27/16 -- Princeton
    There was a Louisiana Water Thrush at my folks' Brook along Route 140, in Princeton. (report from Susan LaBree).

    4/27/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    New birds for the year for me on the Sanctuary are marked with *
  • Highlights today: Wood Duck (3); Gadwall (1 - male quacking); *Broad-winged Hawk (1); *Chimney Swift (7); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-headed Woodpecker (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (3 - bird flushed from nest); *Blue-headed Vireo (3); House Wren (2); Carolina Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2); Eastern Bluebird (4); Hermit Thrush (2); *Gray Catbird (1); Brown Thrasher (1); Palm Warbler (3); Yellow-rumped Warbler (9); Eastern Towhee (3); Chipping Sparrow (2); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (13); White-throated Sparrow (11)
    (report from John Liller).

  • 4/26/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Highlights from a cold and very wet morning at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (7); Double-crested Cormorant (7); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (8); Mute Swan (1); Mallard (5); Wild Turkey (4); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Bonaparte's Gull (1 ad br: off Gate 36); Ring-billed Gull (23); Herring Gull (11); Belted Kingfisher (1); Tree Swallow (257); N Rough-winged Swallow (1); Barn Swallow (6); Pine Warbler (6); Savannah Sparrow (2)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    4/25/16 -- Shrewsbury
    While bicycling through Shrewsbury, in vicinity of Dean Park, I had a Black and White Warbler. My first of the season. (report from Laura Lane).

    4/25/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights on a pre-work walk this morning at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. (* = new bird for the year for me at BMB).
  • Canada Goose (2 - bird on nest in Green Heron Pond); Wood Duck (7 - pair in Green Heron Pond and 5 flyovers); American Black Duck (2 - possible pair in Green Heron Pond); Great Blue Heron (3 - 2nd nest being built at Green Heron Pond); *Hummingbird species (1);
      I am not sure what kind of species of hummingbird I had today. I had the bird flying about 15' overhead as it zipped by. It was definitely a hummingbird, but all I saw was a silhouette, so I cannot be sure if it was a Ruby-throated.
    Red-headed Woodpecker (1 - still present); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Tree Swallow (14); *House Wren (2); Carolina Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); *Brown Thrasher (1); Palm Warbler (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); Eastern Towhee (3); Field Sparrow (2); *Savannah Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (13); White-throated Sparrow (1); Brown-headed Cowbird (9).
    (report from John Liller).

  • 4/24/16 -- Quabog IBA and New Braintree
    This morning we started birding spots in the QUABOG IBA. Later we hit just a few areas in neighboring NEW BRAINTREE. There was some kind of fishing derby on at Quabog, so there was almost nothing on the water there.
  • Here are the combined highlights: Great Blue Heron (14 birds, w/8 active nests); Turkey Vulture (4); Canada Goose (97); Mute Swan (5); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (13); Ring-necked Duck (6); Bufflehead (1m); Common Merganser (3f); Bald Eagle (2ad in close company); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (2); American Kestrel (1); Wild Turkey (10: hunting season begins tomorrow); Virginia Rail (5); Killdeer (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1); E Phoebe (13); FISH CROW (1); Common Raven (1 eating a road-killed squirrel, likely to bring home to the nest); Tree Swallow (100+: migrating flocks at Lake Quabog); Barn Swallow (3); House Wren (1); Winter Wren (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (14); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); Hermit Thrush (1);
      WARBLERS: N Parula (1); Yellow-rumped (68); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (21); Palm (17); Black and White (1)
    E Towhee (8); Swamp Sparrow (42)
  • We spent a short time at the great Mandel Hill East Quabbin Land Trust hawkwatch platform in Hardwick and had Turkey Vulture (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); A Kestrel (1). BTW: if you haven't tried this location out in migration, check it out. We have had nice movements of hawks and nighthawks and (at times) nice movements of passerines.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/24/16 -- Notre Dame & All Faith's Cemeteries, Worcester
    Highlights: 2 Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 3 pair Wood Duck, Tree Swallows, 1 pair Northern Flicker, Yellow-rumped warblers, Eastern Phoebe, King Fisher, Chipping, Song and Swamp Sparrows, Cooper's Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk. (report from Susan LaBree).

    4/24/16 -- Sibley Farm, Spencer
    Walked the White Oak and Midstate Trail loop this morning.  It was sunny and about 38 degrees, with only a slight breeze.  I had the following highlights:  Song Sparrow (12);   Eastern Towhee (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3);     Palm Warbler (4);  Broad-winged Hawk (1); Northern Harrier (1);  Tree Swallow (8);  Eastern Bluebird (2);  Savannah Sparrow (1);  Brown-headed Cowbird (3).     (report from Steven Sulzer)

    4/22/16 -- Rutland
    Heard and saw a Black and White Warbler in Rutland today. (report from Ted Purcell).

    4/22/16 -- Bolton Flats, Bolton
    Dave Grant and I spent a little time mostly in the rain at Bolton Flats from about 3:45 to 5:15 pm. Highlights were Blue Gray Gnatcatcher, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, female Kestrel, Killdeer, Wood Duck, Common Merganser, Swamp Sparrow, Wilson's Snipe (life bird for me today!), and Virginia Rail. (report from Bobbye Samdahl).

    4/22/16 -- Oxbow NWR, Harvard
    There was a Blue-headed Vireo here today. (phone report from Dave Grant).

    4/22/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Today at noon there was a Spotted Sandpiper. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/21/16 -- Pine Hill Road, Lancaster / Oxbow NWR, Harvard
    Today we started at the Pine Hill Road property (Lancaster) and had the following among other species: Great Blue Heron (1 overhead); Canada Goose (2); Mallard (4); American Kestrel (pair, but did not see them at the box); Wild Turkey (4); Belted Kingfisher (1); N Flicker (3); Eastern Bluebird (2); Hermit Thrush (1); Brown Thrasher (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (8); Palm Warbler (2); Eastern Towhee (3); Field Sparrow (5); Vesper Sparrow 93); Eastern Meadowlark (1);
  • THEN, at OXBOW NWR looking for herps, dragonflies and butterflies we found among other species of birds: Great Blue Heron (1); Wood Duck (8); Bald Eagle (1 imm circling low overhead); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Belted Kingfisher (4); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Brown Creeper (4); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (7); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1: we almost missed this, but finally found one on our way back out); Hermit Thrush (3);
      WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); N Parula (3); Yellow-rumped (26); Pine (10); Palm (8)
    Swamp Sparrow (15); Purple Finch (5);
  • ALSO: many Eastern Painted Turtles; Northern/Banded Watersnake; teneral Fragile Forktail and Beaverpond Basketail; butterflies included Pine and Henry's Elfin. Great Day!
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/20/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Note that the Red-headed Woodpecker is still present. Highlights today: Wood Duck (1) Gadwall (2 - male, quacking, and female at Green Heron Pond) Turkey Vulture (4 - low flyovers over Wet Meadow) Cooper's Hawk (1 - immature; mobbed by Jays, then seen chasing and being chased by Crows) Red-headed Woodpecker (1 - same bird in same location) Red-bellied Woodpecker (3) Hairy Woodpecker (1) Northern Flicker (4) Eastern Phoebe (2) Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2 - Green Heron Pond) Carolina Wren (1) Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3) Eastern Bluebird (1) Palm Warbler (8) Yellow-rumped Warbler (14) Eastern Towhee (1) Chipping Sparrow (1) Field Sparrow (3) Song Sparrow (11) White-throated Sparrow (2) Brown-headed Cowbird (7) (report from John Liller).

    4/20/16 -- Petersham
    Today we birded a few spots in PETERSHAM.
  • Highlights included: Turkey Vulture (4); Wood Duck (3); American Black Duck (4); Ring-necked Duck (4); Bald Eagle (1ad); Broad-winged Hawk (1); American Kestrel (1m); Ruffed Grouse (1); Wild Turkey (5); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (13); Eastern Phoebe (11); Blue-headed Vireo (6); Common Raven (3); Tree Swallow (41); Red-breasted Nuthatch (7); Brown Creeper (5); Winter Wren (4 singing birds); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (10); Hermit Thrush (3); Yellow-rumped Warbler (40); Pine Warbler (29); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); Field Sparrow 91); Eastern Meadowlark (1); Purple Finch (5)
  • On the way home, we made a brief stop at Thayer Pond, Rutland and had American Black Duck (1); Ring-necked Duck (26); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4); Yellow-rumped Warbler (15); Pine Warbler (7); Palm Warbler (2). NB: if you ht it right, small flocks of warblers can be seen working the dike here, offering some good views
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/18/16 -- Holbrook forest, Holden/Worcester
    Highlights were: 1 Barred Owl; 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker; 1 Hermit Thrush; 3 Pine Warbler; 1 Dark-eyed Junco; 2 Eastern Towhee; (report from Lisa Hennin).

    4/18/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    I walked the Troiano Brookside Trail and also checked out the Green Heron Pond. I did NOT get the Red-headed Woodpecker, even after 20 minutes of looking. All of the warblers, as well as the Kinglet, were in one group in the birches above the pond.
  • Highlights: Canada Goose (1 - on nest); Wood Duck (2 - pair); Great Blue Heron (2 - pair at nest at Green Heron Pond); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (3 - including pair); Tree Swallow (4); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Eastern Bluebird (1 male); Hermit Thrush (1); Palm Warbler (6); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); Song Sparrow (8); Brown-headed Cowbird (2);
    (report from John Liller).

  • 4/18/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    We birded in the morning in the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA, this time following a very different route than from a few days back. This included a dawn walk into the Ware River marshes. NB: as of today the major roads are still gated. This includes Prison Camp Road and Cold Brook Roads. So if you want to do any serious exploring, you need to hike.
  • Highlights: Pied-billed Grebe (1 very vocal. Possible breeder); American Bittern (1 pumping); Great Blue Heron (4 birds, 3 active nests in 1 rookery); Turkey Vulture (4); Wood Duck (13); American Black Duck (pair); Hooded Merganser (1m); Northern Goshawk (1ad); Broad-winged Haw (2); Ruffed Grouse (3); Wild Turkey (1); Virginia Rail (1); Belted Kingfisher (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (10); Pileated Woodpecker (3); E Phoebe (14); Common Raven (2); Red-breasted Nuthatch (11); Winter Wren (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (28); Eastern Bluebird (5); Hermit Thrush (16); Yellow-rumped Warbler (9); Pine Warbler (61); Palm Warbler (11); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); Swamp Sparrow (18); Purple Finch (20).
  • Later, at BIRCH HILL DAM in South Royalston: Northern Rough-winged Swallow (6).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/18/16 -- Hubbardston/Paxton/Rutland
  • Today there were White Throated Sparrows singing in Rutland and Paxton (Center School)
  • Yesterday there was an Osprey at Comet Pond Hubbardston. I am told it shows every evening.
    (report from Ted Purcell).

  • 4/17/16 -- Worcester
  • This afternoon at Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, there was a Broad-winged Hawk close to the visitor's center.
  • On 4/15/16 at Institute Park I had my FOY Chipping Sparrow.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 4/17/16 -- Muir Meadows, Leicester
    Took a walk thru Muir Meadows in Leicester this morning.  First time there.  Walked thru the field and then took the loop trail by the pond.  Highlights were Red-tailed Hawk (1);  Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Song Sparrow (5);  Brown-headed Cowbird (11);  Northern Flicker (3);  Pileated Woodpecker (2 males seen and possibly 2 others heard)  See photo on e-bird;  Wood Duck (4);  Scaup sp. (2, too far off to ID any better);  Great Blue Heron (1);  Tree Swallow (5);  Hairy Woodpecker (1). (report from Steven Sulzer)

    4/16/16 -- Warren and Sturbridge
    Today we birded WARREN in Worcester County. This town is little visited by birders, but our section of the Sturbridge CBC has a lot of Warren and we atlased several blocks in Warren and therefore have gotten to know the small "pocket areas" where it's best to look for birds. Though there are still some very wild and actually "tough to access" areas of the town (especially on the border with Palmer and Ware) , much of it is suburban and much of what open land there still is around the houses, is signed for development.
  • Highlights included: Great Blue Heron (6 birds and 2 active nests in a dwindling rookery); Turkey Vulture (5: likely breeders); Canada Goose (15); Wood Duck (5); Mallard (12); Ring-necked Duck (2); Osprey (pair at nest on microwave platform visible from Mass Pike); Bald Eagle (1ad); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); A Kestrel (1m); Ruffed Grouse (1); Wild Turkey (2); Virginia Rail (3); Eastern Phoebe (18); Tree Swallow (65); Winter Wren (1 singing where we confirmed them breeding during Atlas II); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (16); Yellow-rumped Warbler (23); Pine Warbler (21); Palm Warbler (42: at many locations ); Louisiana Waterthrush (pair where we found them breeding before); Swamp Sparrow (6);
  • THEN we went to STURBRIDGE to check on some breeding birds:
    1. pair of Ospreys back on nest atop microwave platform along Rt.84 near Connecticut border.
    2. Ospreys NOT found on microwave platform between Rt.20 and Mass Pike where they have nested before. NB: this nest was cleared by company in charge of tower. They CAN do this, IF they do it before they start nesting.
    3. Great Blue Heron Rookery: 18 active nests, no sign of Great Horned Owls.
    4. At WELLS STATE PARK, we hiked in to check on Spotted Turtles and had: Great Blue Heron (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); E Phoebe (5); Hermit Thrush (3) Yellow-rumped Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (8); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2); Field Sparrow (4), and: (4) Spotted Turtles; 3 species of butterflies (Spring Azure, E Comma and Mourning Cloak); and my first snake of the year (E. Garter).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/15/16 -- Dunn State Park, Gardner
    A mature Bald Eagle was sighted around 2:00pm, circling the lake. (report from David Norris).

    4/14/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we birded a few areas of the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields. Highlights included: Common Loon (1); Great Blue Heron (18: 9 active nests in 1 rookery); Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (21); Mute Swan (3); Wood Duck (18: a number were found up in trees in forest parcels, looking for nest holes); American Black Duck (6) Mallard (8); Ring-necked Duck (46); Bufflehead (9); Common Merganser (24); Ruddy Duck (2); Osprey (2); Bald Eagle (2imm); A Kestrel (1); Wild Turkey (5); Virginia Rail (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (19); Tree Swallow (33); Red-breasted Nuthatch (2); Brown Creeper (5); Golden-crowned Kinglet (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (10); E Blue bird (4); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); Pine Warbler (21); Palm Warbler (26); Eastern Towhee (2); Swamp Sparrow (9).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    4/13/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon: Wood Duck (3 - including pair in Green Heron Pond); Gadwall (2 - pair seen in Green Heron Pond; this is a new species for me at BMB); Great Blue Heron (1 - Red Maple Swamp); Cooper's Hawk (1, maybe 2); Red-headed Woodpecker (1 - same bird in same location since mid-December); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); Eastern Phoebe (5 - including pair, one with material); Tree Swallow (16); Brown Creeper (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); American Tree Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (3); Brown-headed Cowbird (1). (report from John Liller).

    4/12/16 -- Worcester
    Since the snows of April 3rd a Mockingbird has been visiting daily a feeder with store bought suet cakes . Today a Pine Warbler was gulping down bits of suet from the suet cakes. (report from Bart Kamp).

    4/11/16 -- Moreland Woods, Worcester
    Very windy conditions . Evidence of Pileated everywhere.
  • Highlights: 1 Cooper's Hawk; 1 Red-tailed Hawk; 1 Eastern Phoebe; 1 Brown Creeper; 1 Carolina Wren; 1 Dark-eyed Junco; 1 White-throated Sparrow; 1 Song Sparrow; (report from Lisa Hennin).

  • 4/11/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we spent the morning birding the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Almost all the gates are still closed, including Coldbrook, so we hiked a bit here and there including along the rail trail and in several gates. It was rainy for much of the morning but eventually became cloudy and windy.
  • Highlights included: Great Blue Heron (16 birds and 11 active nests in 3 small rookeries); Canada Goose (7); Wood Duck (23: several flushed from trees, a number prospecting for nesting boxes); American Black Duck (1); NB: though most birders consider this a common species, in fact it is a very rapidly declining breeder in the state and to our north. Keep an eye out for possible nesting pairs.); Mallard (12); Ring-necked Duck (5); Hooded Merganser (18);: also checking out nesting boxes and cavities in trees); Bald Eagle (1ad); Broad-winged Hawk (1: flushed from wooded trail and just sat in front of me); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ruffed Grouse (3); Wild Turkey (4); Barred Owl (1); Eastern Phoebe (26); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Tree Swallow (20); Red-breasted Nuthatch (13); Golden-crowned Kinglet (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Eastern Bluebird (6); Hermit Thrush (4); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); Pine Warbler (44); Palm Warbler (21); Eastern Towhee (1); Purple Finch (64: although this species was around most sections of the IBA, a hike in one road found a huge flock of over 50 birds working an area of mixed forest);
  • THEN, a trip along Muschopauge Road in Rutland had little but we did find a Killdeer (1) and Horned Larks (10).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/10/16 -- Saint Johns Cemetery, Worcester
    I have been searching for a Red-tailed Hawk nest which I know is here but so far I have been unable to locate. This Male Red-tailed Hawk vented his feelings this morning. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    4/10/16 -- Buffumville Reservoir, Charlton
    This morning I saw 2 Palm Warblers along the shore of Buffumville Reservoir in Charlton. (report from Robert Brady).

    4/10/16 -- Sudbury Reservoir, Southboro
    We started out today doing a pretty thorough survey of waterbirds at:
  • SUDBURY RESERVOIR, SOUTHBORO: Double-crested Cormorant (23 and 11 active nests); Great Blue Heron (21 and 9 active nests); Canada Goose (107); Mute Swan (7); Wood Duck (7); Mallard (9); Ring-necked Duck (31); Bufflehead (28); Common Goldeneye (4 f); Common Merganser (27); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (3); Eastern Phoebe (17); Tree Swallow (9); Eastern Bluebird (5); Pine Warbler (9);
  • THEN: BARTLET POND, NORTHBORO: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (7); Mallard (2); Ring-necked Duck (5);
  • LITTLE CHAUNCY POND, NORTHBORO: Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (4); Ring-necked Duck (36); Tree Swallow (25). NB: we had to skip Chauncy Lake because by the time we got there, a huge race/walk was proceeding around the area.
  • Finally, SUASCO in Westboro: Double-crested Cormorant (5); Great Blue Heron (3); Mute Swan (25 w/3 on nests); Canada Goose (10); American Wigeon (pair); Mallard(2); A Black Duck (1); Ring-necked Duck (29); Osprey (3: pair on nesting platform plus 1 fly-over); Eastern Phoebe (5); Tree Swallow (60)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/9/16 -- Oakham
    A Northern Waterthrush was heard by the river. (report from Kathy Van Schoick).

    4/9/16 -- Donker Farm and Cook's Brook, Worcester
    This is a fairly new Greater Worcester Land Trust property off Moreland Green Drive, with a mixed upland habitat of pasture, stream and wood. Well marked with Blue triangle blazes. There is also access to power lines and a water easement. Map link on www.hikeworcester.com.
  • Birds recorded: 1 Cooper's Hawk; 2 Mourning Dove; 2 Red-bellied Woodpecker; 2 Downy Woodpecker; 1 Hairy Woodpecker; 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted); 2 Eastern Phoebe; 4 Blue Jay; 4 Black-capped Chickadee; 2 Tufted Titmouse; 1 White-breasted Nuthatch; 1 Brown Creeper; 1 Carolina Wren; 1 American Robin; 1 Pine Warbler; 9 Dark-eyed Junco; 1 Song Sparrow; 4 Northern Cardinal; 1 Common Grackle; 1 Brown-headed Cowbird; 3 American Goldfinch;
    (report from Lisa Hennin).

  • 4/7/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we birded a few areas in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). The rains started by mid-morning, really affecting the birding.
  • Common Loon (3ad: 1 each at Lakes Quabog, Wickabog and Lashaway); Great Blue Heron (12 with 6 occupied nests in 1 rookery that we checked. There are minimally 3 other rookeries in this IBA); Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (16: all pairs); Mute Swan (3: 2ad+1imm); Wood Duck (8); A Black Duck (8); Mallard (9); Ring-necked Duck (98); Bufflehead (10); Common Merganser (78); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (1ad along Quabog mainstem); Red-tailed Hawk (2); A Kestrel (pair); Wild Turkey (3); Virginia Rail (1); Killdeer (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1); E Phoebe (11); Tree Swallow (85: most over Lashaway); Pine Warbler (11); Eastern Towhee (1); Swamp Sparrow (7); Before we started in the Brookfields, we checked just a few spots in SPENCER and had the following: Great Blue Heron (1); Wood Duck (13); A Black Duck (10); Mallard (3); Common Merganser (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Eastern Phoebe (9); Pine Warbler (11); Louisiana Waterthrush (3)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/6/16 -- Crow Hill, Leominster State Forest
    As we ascended the hill towards the ledges this morning, 5 Turkey Vultures flew out from atop the ledge. I suspect they were roosting there, and flew out at our approach. 2 Barred Owls called to each other. There was a pair of Eastern Phoebes repeatedly inspecting a crevice in the ledge. There were a few Tree Swallows flying over the nearby ponds. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    4/3/16 -- Bolton Flats, Bolton
    Despite the weather (bad, very bad), there was a brief Forbush Bird Club trip to Bolton Flats WMA this morning. We walked in the 117 entrance to scan the flood plains and had these highlights: Wood Duck  7; Blue-winged Teal  1; Northern Pintail  4; Green-winged Teal  110; Bald Eagle  1; Killdeer  8; Pectoral Sandpiper  6; Wilson's Snipe  55; Red-bellied Woodpecker  1; Tree Swallow  30; Song Sparrow  3. (report from Kevin Bourinot).

    4/3/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We attempted to do some birding this afternoon at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. The viewing conditions were less than perfect: high winds; white caps; and squalls of graupel. We were hoping to find some outfall of migrant waterfowl, but ducks were almost completely absent and we found no loons or grebes. But viewing conditions were sometimes very poor.
  • List is as follows: Great Blue Heron (1); Turkey Vulture (3: struggling in the wind); Canada Goose (5); Mute Swan (6); Common Goldeneye (1m); Common Merganser (16); Bald Eagle (2ad: having a fine time in this weather. Eagles thrive in conditions like this); Red-shouldered X Red-tailed Hawk (1: the resident hybrid bird but this time hunting right out on the main road); Ring-billed Gull (3); Tree Swallow (60+ over Coachlace. NB: there could be high mortality of this species of aerial feeder after today's and tomorrows weather. There often is after these conditions in early spring);
  • On the way home, we stopped by Indian lake in the city and had: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (18); Ring-billed Gull (84); Tree Swallow (40+).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/3/16 -- Auburn
    Adult Bald eagle seen over Mass Turnpike Worcester. I was approximately south of Lake Quinsigamond. (report from Michael Sharpe).

    4/2/16 -- Petersham
    This morning amid showers and just plain steady rain, we birded several ponds around PETERSHAM.
  • Highlights: Canada Goose (8: 1 on nest on beaver lodge); Wood Duck (24); A Black Duck (4); Mallard (pair); Ring-necked Duck (58); Common Goldeneye (4); Hooded Merganser (3); Common Merganser (3); Bald Eagle (2 immatures); Red-tailed Hawk (1); American Kestrel (1f); Wild Turkey (8); Killdeer (1); Barred Owl (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (11); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (9); Tree Swallow (46: having a very tough time hawking for insects low over ponds); Red-breasted Nuthatch (1); Brown Creeper (1); Pine Warbler (6); Purple Finch (1). Nb: large movements of robins and juncos.
  • PLUS; Beaver; White-tailed Deer (3); River Otter; Moose (tracks).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/1/16 -- Westboro
    Saw FOY osprey flying by the new DFW Field headquarters today! No foolin..... (report from Marion Larson).

    4/1/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Broad Meadow Brook has been hosting a new species for the Sanctuary this week, as 2-3 Ring-necked Ducks have been seen in the Green Heron Pond the past few days. Thanks to Bernard Kingsley (shot a video) and Martha Gach for their reports. I have yet to see them, though I hope to get a chance tomorrow. (report from John Liller).

    4/1/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We spent a few hours birding around the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields) mostly around the ponds. Highlights: Great Blue Heron (9: 5 occupied nests just off Rt.9); Turkey Vulture (3); Canada Goose (11); Wood Duck (3); A Black Duck (10); Mallard (16); Green-winged Teal (7); Ring-necked Duck (41); Bufflehead (7); Common Merganser (40); Wild Turkey (2); Virginia Rail (3); Killdeer (5); Ring-billed Gull (101: several migrant flocks); Belted Kingfisher (1); E Phoebe (45); Tree Swallow (22); Carolina Wren (4); E Bluebird (4); Pine Warbler (4); Swamp Sparrow (5: just starting to set up territories). (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    3/31/16 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we spent a few hours birding in the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. All the roads are still gated, so we poked in where we could, including hiking a bit on the Rail Trail. Highlights: Great Blue Heron (4: 3 occupied nests just off Rt.122); Canada Goose (10); Wood Duck (16: all pairs. We flushed 3 pairs from high up in trees); Mallard (10); Ring-necked Duck (12); Hooded Merganser (4: 2 pairs); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1: in known nesting area); Pileated Woodpecker (pair); Eastern Phoebe (22); Common Raven (1); Tree Swallow (9); Golden-crowned Kinglet (2: possible nesters); Hermit Thrush (1: migrant or over winterer?); Yellow-rumped Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (5); Purple Finch (3).
  • LATER, at Thayer Pond, Rutland: Wood Duck (12); A Black Duck (4); Ring-necked Duck (28).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/30/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights today: Wood Duck (3 males); Turkey Vulture (1 - flyover); Cooper's Hawk (1); RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (1 - same bird in same location); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Northern Flicker (1); Eastern Phoebe (9); Tree Swallow (21); Eastern Bluebird (1 male); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (10); Dark-eyed Junco (10); Red-winged Blackbird (18); Common Grackle (22). (report from John Liller).

    3/27/16 -- Hodges Village ACE, Oxford
    Highlights at Hodges Village ACE in Oxford included 10 Wood Duck, 5 Green-winged Teal, 1 Osprey (checking out the nesting platform-past years have been unsuccessful), 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 4 Killdeer, 1 Flicker, 9 Eastern Phoebe (they were calling up and down river), 1 Common Raven, 12 Tree Swallow, 6 Tree Sparrow, 4 White-throated Sparrow, 5 Fox Sparrow, and 1 Swamp Sparrow. (report from Paul Meleski).

    3/27/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Annie and I spent some time watching the (now adult) red-headed woodpecker as it went about daily life, flycatching, raiding its seed caches and going in and out of various of its holes. A photo can be seen here. Also seen were: wood ducks, tree swallows, phoebe, coopers hawk, tree sparrow, bluebird, downy woodpecker, red-bellied woodpecker (heard), hairy woodpecker, a muskrat, lots of painted turtles and wood frogs (heard). (report from Garry and Anne Kessler).

    3/27/16 -- Rutland
    In the old Grist Mill pond at the corner of Sassawanna and Charnock Hill Rd in Rutland there were herons on three nests in old dead trees and a phoebe hawking for insects. (report from Ted Purcell).

    3/26/16 -- Grafton
    My wife, Kim Kastler, and I had an Osprey flying in the vicinity of Lake Ripple in Grafton this afternoon. (report from John Liller).

    3/25/16 -- Quabog IBA
    Highlights from a few hours this afternoon birding in the QUABOG IBA in intermittent showers: Common Loon (1); Great Blue Heron (27: 16 occupied nests so far); Canada Goose (19); Mute Swan (4); Wood Duck (26); A Black Duck (4); Mallard (34); Ring-necked Duck (86); Hooded Merganser (2); Common Merganser (109); Bald Eagle (3imm); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (2); Killdeer (4); Ring-billed Gull (101: several large migrating flocks feeding on worms in fields); Herring Gull (5); Great Black-backed Gull (1ad); Eastern Phoebe (13); Tree Swallow (67). (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    3/25/16 -- Coes Reservoir, Worcester
    At 5:00 PM today, I had good looks at a pair of BLACK SCOTERS on the pond. Adult male with big orange knob at base of bill, and an adult female with large pale area on face. Seen from behind the former Birbeck's Waterfront Restaurant on Mill Street, across the street from the Elks. Very close offshore, and not moving around much. (report from Ed Kittredge)

    3/24 -- Westborough
  • I Spotted my FOY tree swallows (2) at the MacCallum WMA in Westboro today.
  • At Davis Farm in Sterling, we had an American kestrel -- a FOY for us.
    (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler).

  • 3/24/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    At noon highlights were 2 Mute Swans (mating!), 2 A Black Ducks, 16 Common Mergansers, and 2 E Phoebe. (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/24/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Highlights from a few hours birding WACHUSETT RSERVOIR today included: Common Loon (1); Turkey Vulture (4); Mute Swan (5); Canada Goose (23); American Wigeon (1m: chased by gull); Mallard (8); Greater Scaup (5); Common Goldeneye (17); Hooded Merganser (2f); Common Merganser (18); Bald Eagle (1imm+pair on breeding island); Red-tailed Hawk (1); E Phoebe (3); Tree Swallow (22); Fish Crow (1: flying over calling ); Snow Bunting (5)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    3/24/16 -- Kettle Brook, Auburn
    A couple hundred yards south of the dam and diversion tunnel off Southbridge Street there was a Male Northern Shoveler mixing with the 14 Mallards. The were 6 pairs of Wood Ducks, 2 Pairs of Black Ducks and a Red-bellied Woodpecker. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    3/23/16 -- Coes Pond, Worcester
    Stopped behind bowling alley on Mill St. about 5:00 pm to view Coes Pond. There were the usual Canada geese and Mallards, as well as 2 Mute Swans, 5 Common Mergansers, and a Pied-billed grebe that flew in. He swam cautiously for several minutes before diving. (report from Susan LaBree).

    3/20/16 -- Nashua River Watershed IBA, Bolton/Lancaster
    This morning we birded some areas in the NASHUA RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Basically from Oxbow NWR south through Bolton Flats and west to Pine Hill Road area. We started at 4:30 AM to see what we could get for a count of woodcock and (hopefully) some owls. Then, well before dawn, we hiked in the Rt.117 entrance to Bolton Flats. The wet areas where that had been yellowlegs just a few days ago, were now all ice covered. There were no ducks (they were in the Still and Nashua Rivers), no yellowlegs, but still Killdeer and snipe. The yellowlegs MAY have moved over to open water areas of the Still River and could return to the fields once the sun warms the puddles in the fields. Beginning well before dawn we also witnessed and attempted to count large movements of blackbirds, mostly to the south/southwest.
  • Totals: Canada Goose (92); Wood Duck (41); A Black Duck (42); Mallard (74); Green-winged Teal (43: at one point just at dawn, teal began to leave the Still River and 1 attempted to land on a frozen wet area in the fields. It slid right along and immediately took off again); Ring-necked Duck (36); Hooded Merganser (pair); Common Merganser (2f); Red-tailed Hawk (4); A Kestrel (2); Wild Turkey (11); Killdeer (28); Wilson's Snipe (17); American Woodcock (28); Ring-billed Gull (7: overhead, heading north, at dawn); Mourning Dove (22); Eastern Screech Owl (1); Great Horned Owl (4); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (1: along Nashua River); Blue Jay (17); American Crow (6); FISH CROW (1: at dawn 1 flew over Bolton Flats, heading south, calling all along the way); Common Raven (2: Oxbow); Tree Swallow (25: all over Still River); Black-capped Chickadee (16); Tufted Titmouse (8); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Eastern Bluebird (2); A Robin (124); N Mockingbird (3); Cedar Waxwing (27);
      SPARROWS: Tree (6);; Savannah (1);; Fox (2);; Song (52);; White-throated (4);; Dark-eyed Junco (17)
    N cardinal (11); RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD (4036); Common grackle (5180); House Finch (7); A Goldfinch (10);
  • PLUS: Raccoon; Eastern Cottontail; Eastern Coyote; Beaver; River Otter.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/20/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon included: Canada Goose (13 - includes several pairs and 2 birds on nests (?)); Wood Duck (11 - including several pairs); American Black Duck (5); Turkey Vulture (3 - flyovers); Belted Kingfisher (1); RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (1 - same bird in same location); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Northern Flicker (2); Eastern Bluebird (2); Dark-eyed Junco (8); White-throated Sparrow (3); Song Sparrow (8); Red-winged Blackbird (23); Common Grackle (19). (report from John Liller).

    3/19/16 -- Bolton Flats
    The following are highlights from "the flats" from 2 to 3:30 PM this afternoon, with Bart Kamp: American Black Duck 6; Green-winged Teal ~60; American Wigeon 4 (2 pair seen in flight); Northern Shoveler 2 (drakes in flight, later on the water); Cooper's Hawk 1; Red-tailed Hawk 6; Killdeer 10 to 15; Wilson's Snipe 30 - 40; Lesser Yellowlegs 1; Tree Swallow ~50-75; Common Flicker 1. (report from Tom Pirro).

    3/17/16 -- Millbury
    This morning in Millbury, my first Eastern Phoebe heard. Hope he likes the snow! (report from Susan LaBree).

    3/16/16 -- High Rdige Wildlife Management Area, Gardner
    I spent some time at High Ridge WMA (Overlook road area) between 6:10 and 7:40PM, mainly looking over the heron colony and enjoying several woodcock displaying, here are highlights: Wood Duck 2; Hooded Merganser 8; Common Merganser (North American) 3; Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 4; Killdeer 1 (calling overhead in the dark); American Woodcock 6; Herring Gull (American) 1; Great Horned Owl 1 (calling from near the heron colony); Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1; Eastern Bluebird 2; American Robin 220 (a nice variety of plumage types, from very light females to very dark "canadian type" males).; Song Sparrow 1; Red-winged Blackbird 3; Common Grackle 5. (report from Tom Pirro).

    3/16/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights today: Wood Duck (8 - four pairs); American Black Duck (6 - all in Red Maple Swamp); Hooded Merganser (2 - pair in Red Maple Swamp); Red-headed Woodpecker (1 - same bird still present at Green Heron Pond); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (2); Carolina Wren (1); American Robin (9); Dark-eyed Junco (7); Song Sparrow (10); Red-winged Blackbird (34); Common Grackle (48). (report from John Liller).

    3/16/16 -- Worcester
    I just had a short visit (11:30 AM) of an adult male Dickcissel, a yard bird for me. It was feeding on the ground beneath my kitchen window. (report from Bart Kamp).

    3/16/16 -- Dudley
    At about 11am this morning a Bald Eagle landed in our neighbor's yard, catching what seemed to be a rabbit. It stayed on the ground for sometime eating, then finally took off carrying it away. (report from Thaddeus Endriga).

    3/16/16 -- Auburn
    We were standing on the river bank near the dam and diversion tunnel just off Southbridge Street when an adult Bald Eagle flew by, headed north -- maybe to Leesville, Curtis, or Coes Pond? (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    3/13/16 -- Oakham
    Our first woodcock was heard this evening, in the field east of the esker. (report from Kathy Van Schoick).

    3/13/16 -- Northbridge
    There were 2 Bald Eagles sighted both today and 3/12 in the trees off School St. in Northbridge. These trees are by the Blackstone River in front of the Riverdale Mill.  Take a right off Quaker St. onto School St., look for telephone pole #277 on the left side of the road and look up in the trees.   (report from Sheila Vernon).

    3/13/16 -- Downtown Worcester
    Here is a short video of a Peregrine Falcon returning to last year's nest site. The Falcon flew away and returned many times. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    3/13/16 -- Downtown Worcester
    At The Bancroft Building where the Peregrine Falcons nested last year, I saw a Peregrine Falcon land at the same nesting site, calling loudly 6 times in the space of half an hour. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    3/12/16 -- Sterling Peat, Sterling
    Birds of note included 3 Green-winged Teal, 1 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Goldeneye, 1 Bufflehead, 54 Ring-necked Ducks, and 2 Red-winged Blackbirds. (phone report from Dave Grant).

    3/12/16 -- The "Boros"
  • SUASCO (Westboro): Canada Goose (8); Mute Swan (85); Wood Duck (6); Mallard (3); Ring-necked Duck (59); Bufflehead (9); Hooded Merganser (10: 2f checking out Wood Duck boxes); Northern Flicker (1); Tree Swallow (1)
  • SUDBURY RESERVOIR (Southboro): Canada Goose (119); Mute Swan (4); Mallard (4); Bufflehead (21); Common Goldeneye (5); Hooded Merganser (1); Common Merganser (147); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Pileated Woodpecker (1); E Phoebe (1);
  • CHAUNCY LAKE (Westboro): Mute Swan (2); Bufflehead (7); Common Merganser (500+)
  • BARTLETT POND (Northboro): Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (4); Mallard (2);
  • CRANE SWAMP (Northboro); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Common Raven (pair in flight display)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/11/16 -- Holden/Rutland
    There were at least 40 Common Mergansers at Holden Reservoir (10 am) today. Also, two eagles (1 im. 1 ad) soaring above home in Rutland (4 p.m.) (report from Anne Greene).

    3/11/16 -- Downtown Worcester
    I saw a Peregrine Falcon fly over The Common, over The Peoples Bank building, and land on a cross on a steeple on The Notre Dame Church. It stayed perched there for 90 minutes until I left. It was still perched there. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    3/10/16 -- Lake Park, Worcester / Wachusett Reservior, West Boylston
  • Lake Park: I had two Fish Crows at Lake Park, and 12 Common Merganser on Lake Quinsigamond.
  • Wachusett Reservoir: 2 Common Merganser on the reservior near the Old Stone Church.
  • downtown Worcester: I heard a Peregrine circling around City Hall, but never saw the bird.
    (report from Scott Ricker).

  • 3/9/16 -- Downtown Worcester
    Nice look at Peregrine circling and vocalizing at 100 Front Street (T&G building) this afternoon. (report from Jo-Ann Ferrie).

    3/9/16 -- Rutland
    Although not seen, I am listening right now (6 pm) to a Woodcock calling in my back yard in Rutland. (report from Anne Greene).

    3/9/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon: Wood Duck (6 - all in Green Heron Pond); American Black Duck (2 - Red Maple Swamp); Red-headed Woodpecker (1 - still present at Green Heron Pond); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Northern Flicker (1); Brown Creeper (1 - singing); Eastern Bluebird (1 male); Hermit Thrush (1 - still along Wilson Meadow Trail); Dark-eyed Junco (6); White-throated Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (7); Red-winged Blackbird (38); Common Grackle (29); (report from John Liller).

    3/7/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We did a circuit around the reservoir this morning. Species numbers and variety are still "middlin" but we did have: Common Loon (3); Canada Goose (4); Mute Swan (1); Mallard (4); Greater Scaup (4); Bufflehead (4); Common Goldeneye (3); Common Merganser (6); Bald Eagle (3ad: 2 on the nesting island and 1 flying back and forth at the dam); Ring-billed Gull (12);
  • Landbirds were typical but I did hear a Brown Creeper SINGING, my first for this spring.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/5/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We spent the morning birding the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields. Numbers and variety of birds are still low, and for some species like Common Mergansers, numbers today were lower than last weekend. Red-winged Blackbirds are still migrating through, but many males are now also established on territory in marshes. There was more ice on shallow, marshy areas than last weekend.
  • Totals: Canada Goose (165); Wood Duck (6); A Black Duck (6); Mallard (46); Green-winged Teal (4); Ring-necked Duck (5); Bufflehead (3); Hooded Merganser (11); Common Merganser (16); Bald Eagle (1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (74); Herring Gull (2); Great Black-backed Gull (3);
  • Landbirds included: Pileated Woodpecker (2); Cedar Waxwing (33); A Tree Sparrow (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/3/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights as I walked the Sprague and Holdredge Trails, as well as the Wilson Meadow Trail, which overlooks the Red Maple Swamp: Wood Duck (2 - pair); American Black Duck (11); Mallard (87 - this is definitely an undercount, as there were Mallards throughout the swamp amongst the trees); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); HERMIT THRUSH (1); American Tree Sparrow (1); FOX SPARROW (1); Dark-eyed Junco (6); White-throated Sparrow (3); Song Sparrow (2); Red-winged Blackbird (27); Common Grackle (18);
    (report from John Liller).

    3/3/16 -- George Nichols Reservoir, Westborough
    I counted at least 52 mute swan here around noon time today. Never seen such a large concentration of these birds anywhere before. (report from Randy Langer).

    3/3/16 -- Millbury/West Boylston
    This morning at 10am on my way to an appointment for work a Black Vulture flew low over the road near the entrance to the Millbury bike path just north of the town center. Also at 2pm an adult Bald Eagle was soaring over I-190 at the West Boylston exit to Route 12..... (report from Paul Meleski).

    3/2/16 -- Northborough
    We spotted our first kettle of Turkey vultures of the year sailing over Church Street in Northborough around 5:00 pm. There were 17 birds. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler).

    3/2/16 -- Oakham
    A Red-winged Blackbird and Grackle were seen, and a phoebe was heard in Oakham. (report from Kathy Van Schoick).

    3/1/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Much of the activity was in or around the Green Heron Pond, though there was a fairly large roost of blackbirds in the phragmites along the Troiano Brookside Trail late in the day. Highlights were: AMERICAN WOODCOCK (3 - calling; one visual); RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (1 - same bird still present at Green Heron Pond); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (2); Eastern Bluebird (1 male); American Robin (17); Song Sparrow (6); Red-winged Blackbird (64); Common Grackle (22). (report from John Liller)

    2/28/16 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    Today we spent the morning birding the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). All the ponds were mostly ice free, but vegetated marshes still had some ice. Waterfowl numbers and variety were modest. Turkey Vulture (1); Canada Goose (30); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (2); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (31); Hooded Merganser (17); Common Merganser (201); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Killdeer (1); Ring-billed Gull (88); Herring Gull (3); Great Black-backed Gull (2); Mourning Dove (19); Highlights of landbirds included:; Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Eastern Bluebird (25); American Robin (237); Cedar Waxwing (single flock of 130); Red-winged Blackbird (128: including many females); Common Grackle (12); Brown-headed Cowbird (2);
  • PLUS: River Otter (1) and (1) melanistic Gray Squirrel.
  • Back in the city: Red-tailed Hawks building a nest and Common Raven ON a nest.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/28/16 -- Bolton Flats
    In the evening: Canada Goose (1302); Wood Duck (26); Mallard (138); N Pintail (pair); Green-winged Teal (17); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Peregrine Falcon (1ad); Killdeer (1); A Woodcock (16); Red-winged Blackbird (2680+); Common Grackle (1200+);
  • Plus: White-tailed Deer (3) and a 7" White Sucker swimming across the main road in where the stream crosses it.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/25/16 -- Bolton Flats
    Early this afternoon I did a hip boot walk-in from the entrance of the Route 117 parking lot at Bolton Flats. Recorded in the flooded field to the West, in addition to the wintering flock of hundreds of Canada Geese, Mallard and Black Ducks and the recently erected 10-15 No Trespassing signs were 6 Pintails, 15-20 Green-winged Teal, 10-15 Wood Ducks, 4 Ring-necked Ducks and 4 Killdeer. By the time it was time to leave, as usual, all of the waterfowl had left, too. (report from Bart Kamp).

    2/25/16 -- Berlin
    Today at noon, I spotted a lone Turkey Vulture soaring in Berlin above the railroad tracks that cross route 62 (at the intersection of West and Boylston Streets). (report from Scott Handler).

    2/25/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 1 Ruddy Duck (nonbreeding male plumage), 21 Common Mergansers, and 2 Hooded Mergansers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    2/21/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon: Hooded Merganser (2 - pair); Red-headed Woodpecker (1 - still present at Green Heron Pond); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); White-throated Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (5). (report from John Liller).

    2/19/16 -- Millbury/Sterling
  • In Millbury there were 43 Red-winged blackbirds.
  • In Sterling at Kristoff's fields on Rte 140 there were 57 turkeys
    (report from Susan LaBree).

  • 2/19/16 -- Paxton
    There were 25 Cedar Waxwings feeding on crab apples at the entrance to the Paxton Center School again today. (report from Ted Purcell).

    2/17/16 -- West Boylston
    The Red-shouldered x Red-tailed hawk hybrid was present late Wednesday afternoon in the River Road/ rail trail section of West Boylston. a few photos and video, of this very cooperative and handsome raptor, can be found here. (report from Tom Pirro).

    2/16/16 -- Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester
    At 11:30 am, there was a pair of American Wigeon hanging out with Mallards, Canada Geese, and a few hooded mergansers and black ducks. (report from Josh Gahagan).

    2/16/16 -- Berlin
    Woke to a cooper's hawk finishing it's morning meal, either a hairy or downy woodpecker from the looks of the feathers.  Was able to get a quick photo out the back window before he flushed.  Guessing it's the same bird whose's been hanging around the past two winters. (report from Randy Langer).

    2/11/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir/Bolton Flats
    A circuit around Wachusett Reservoir this AM had the following: Common Loon (2); Canada Goose (61); Mute Swan (5: all together in an open patch of water just a bit bigger than a kid's wading pool in Thomas Basin); Mallard (67); Hooded Merganser (1); Common Merganser (8); Bald Eagle (2ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); American Robin (97); Cedar Waxwing (64)
  • THEN we headed to Bolton Flats and had the following: Canada Goose (229); Greater White-fronted Goose (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); SAVANNAH SPARROW (1);
      NB: The geese were in a small open area of the Still River, very difficult to see. They took off and headed directly south. So, we looked for geese at Davis Farmland and found none. Then on to Dexter Drumlin where we also saw no geese (not surprising since the recent snowfall). Where the geese headed I have no idea.
  • After this weekend's sub-zero temps, open water will be at a premium. So any still open water by Monday may hold waterfowl. Today South Bay and mot of Thomas Basin and other inlets were ice covered.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/7/16 -- Hillcroft Ave, Worcester
    My wife and I had a bald eagle fly over our house around 11:30 AM today. It seemed like it might have been flying towards Indian Lake. (report from Don McGrath).

    2/4/16 -- Holden
    Early this morning in our yard on Gail drive there was anEastern bluebird & Eastern screech owl. (report from Scott Corazzini).

    2/4/16 -- Rutland
    There were about 20 Brown Headed Cowbirds among the starlings at Jordan Dairy Farm. (report from Ted Purcell).

    2/4/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    The male Red-headed Woodpecker was in trees toward the left side of Heron Pond this afternoon at Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester. The woodpecker came into view about 3:15pm on a tree on the far side of the pond; about 3:30 it flew onto a snag on the trail side where it preened for at least 15 minutes. Even with the overcast sky, the woodpecker's head glowed deep red. Two Yellow-shafted Flickers and a Downy Woodpecker were in the same area. (report from Beth Milke and Nancy Demers)

    2/2/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon: RED-HEADED WOODPECKER (1 - still present, and getting redder); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Song Sparrow (6). (report from John Liller).

    2/1/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We birded WACHUSETT RESERVOIR Monday in the late morning and had the following: Common Loon (5); Canada Goose (11); Mute Swan (2); Mallard (9); Greater Scaup (56); Common Goldeneye (22); Hooded Merganser (15); Common Merganser (17); Bald Eagle (4ad: 3 were seen in an "altercation" in the South bay area. 2 were chasing the third out of the area.); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ring-billed Gull (29); Northern Flicker (1); American Robin (19 feeding near Tower Hill);
  • PLUS: en route to the reservoir, we watched a COMMON RAVEN carrying large sticks (like for a nest) under the railroad overpass near the intersection of East Mountain and West Boylston Streets. Under the bridge is inaccessible, but people should watch to see if they continue in this area. Ravens do construct nests they do NOT use.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/30/16 -- Blackstone River: south Worcester County section
    WE spent some time birding along the Blackstone River in Northbridge, Uxbridge and Blackstone-Millville:
  • UXBRIDGE: Canada Goose (40); Mute Swan (4); Mallard (4); Ring-necked Duck (7); Hooded Merganser (2); Common Merganser (5); Hiking along a section of the trail, we found a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Northern Flicker among the more typical mid-winter passerines.
  • BLACKSTONE: Canada Goose (265); Mute Swan (8); Mallard (15); Hooded Merganser (24); Common Merganser (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1)
  • NORTHBRIDGE: Canada Goose (231); Mute Swan (8); Mallard (18); A Black Duck (21); "Mallard X Black" (1); Bald Eagle (2ad: perched near their nesting spot); Red-tailed Hawk (1)
  • NB: We started by looking for vultures both in Blackstone and nearby sections of Woonsocket. We found only 1 rather forlorn looking Black Vulture perched on a roof in Woonsocket. The huge trash transfer station in Woonsocket, that was a magnet for the vulture, has been closed and moved to Pawtucket and that may spell an eventual decline in vultures in this location.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/28/16 -- Paxton
    In the large crab apple at the entrance to the Paxton Center School on rte 31 near Paxton center this AM, was a flock of 100+ Cedar Waxwings. Try as I may all appeared to be Cedar's, quite yellow underneath. (report from Ted Purcell).

    1/27/16 -- Bolton Flats and Lake Quinsigamond
    We started the day with a "before dawn" hike on the main trail into BOLTON FLATS. NB: the trail is mostly snow free, but there are some very slippery patches of ice, so be careful. Canada Goose (472: suddenly flying up from maybe the Nashua River); GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (1: with the Canadas, headed in the direction of Dexter Drumlin or Wachusett Reservoir); A Black Duck (2); Northern Harrier (1); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Hairy Woodpecker (3); Carolina Wren (3); Eastern Bluebird (3); Tree Sparrow (10); Song Sparrow (7); Swamp Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (3); Dark-eyed Junco (5);
  • THEN, we headed to do a complete survey of the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND complex in Worcester/Shrewsbury. En route along Wachusett Reservoir, we had an adult BALD EAGLE looking like it was flying at a Red-tailed Hawk, which flew off.
  • LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (139); Mute Swan (5); A Black Duck (7); Mallard (167); Canvasback (4m); Redhead (1f); Greater Scaup (1); Lesser Scaup (2); Common Goldeneye (26); Hooded Merganser (17); Common Merganser (9); Ruddy Duck (13); Bald Eagle (2imm); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3);
      Gulls: only the usual species: Ring-billed (140);; Herring (12);; Great Black backed (5);
    Belted Kingfisher (1); Probably the best bird was an EASTERN PHOEBE seen at Flint along a marshy area along an open stretch of river.
  • If you want to look for the Canvasbacks/Redhead: probably your best bet is to be on the Shrewsbury side off Route 9 and enter the shopping plaza south of Rt.9 and head to an area at the north end of the plaza overlooking the water in front of an apartment complex on the other side. The Rt.9 bridge will be on your right You will be looking over a chain link fence. The birds were easily ID?d with a scope from there.

    Checking my records, over the last several decades, I have 18 records of 40 Canvasbacks in Worcester County. Most of those records are in winter or late fall, and a number of them are at Lake Quinsigamond (also: Sudbury Reservoir, Wachusett Reservoir). During the same time period I had 24 records of 56 REDHEADS for Worcester County. Some of these sightings were at Lake Quinsig, but also a variety of other locations including an amazing spring record (3-15-97) of a flock of 21 Redheads at Little Chauncy Pond, Northboro after an ice storm. For both species, most records by far have been either IN the city of Worcester or east of Worcester. RE: Canvasbacks. I have many more records of Canvasbacks for the Seekonk River and Turner Reservoir (RI) in winter (December-February: 46 records of a total of 3714 individuals). Worcester is at the north end of the Blackstone National Corridor and the Seekonk River/Turner Reservoir are at the southern end of the Corridor. So it is not surprising that this species appears in Lake Quinsigamond every so often.
    (report from Mark Lynch).

  • 1/26/16 -- Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester
    Today at the sewer plant on Lake Ave, I found 4 CANVASBACKS, along with Ruddy Ducks, Common and Hooded Mergansers, Mallards, Common Goldeneyes, Mute Swan and Greater Scaup. (report from Peter Morlock).

    1/26/16 -- Bart's Pond, Clinton
    Among lots of Mallards this morning, I had 4 Buffleheads and a Male Gadwall at Bart's Pond. (report from Peter Morlock).

    1/24/16 -- South Quabbin/Quabog River
    A trip to SOUTH QUABBIN (Quabbin park) this AM recorded the following: Common Goldeneye (1m); Hooded Merganser (4); Common Merganser (27); Bald Eagle (2ad+1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (17); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Passerines were typical and in low numbers.
  • At the Lake Wickabog outflow into the Quabog River: Mallard (9); A Black Duck (22); Hooded Merganser (16); Common Merganser (1); Belted Kingfisher (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/23/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir; Coachlace Pond; Dexter Drumlin
    We started the day birding Wachusett Reservoir. While working our way around the reservoir, we staopped by COACHLACE POND, CLINTON. Though it was 90% ice covered, with several ice fishermen out on the ice, the back area was open and had c. 150 Canada Geese. We decided to break off from our Wachusett Count and see if we could find other flocks of geese in the area.
  • At DAVIS FAMLAND (Sterling) we had no geese on the ground, but a flock of c.100 fly overhead, heading in the direction of DEXTER DRUMLIN in Lancaster.
  • We headed to DEXTER DRUMLIN in Lancaster next, hiked out (very bitter cold), and in the fields visible from the top of the hill were c. 800+ Canada Geese. We searched through them several times and could find nothing unusual.
  • We next drove by Bolton Flats and could see no geese there.
  • Heading back to Coachlace Pond, we were surprised to now find even more geese packed into that small space, c.550+ this time around. This despite the ice fishermen and thier dogs. Searching through this dense congregation, after a bit, we found the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Kevin Bourinot had found (or likely the same one) earlier. BUT, right after we did, the geese began to take off in flocks of 15-30 and with some of the first groups went the Greater White-fronted (Sheila took some shots), and these headed in the direction of Dexter Drumlin. So, my advice if you are looking for the White-fronted is to check there.
  • At WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Mallard (21: actually behind Wheetabix); Graeter Scaup/scaup sp. (115); Hooded Merganser (14); Common Merganser (30); Cooper's Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (3); Winter Wren (1); Common Raven (1);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/23/16 -- Fitchburg/Leominster
    A pair of Bald Eagles was sighted near the Fitchburg airport, one today flying around rt 12 leominster, and a pair on 1/21 near the Leominster registry.
    (report from Emily Gravelle).

    1/23/16 -- Lake Quinsigamond, Shrewsbury
    Behind White City Plaza on the lake there were 9 Common Mergansers, 5 Hooded Mergansers, and 1 Ruddy Duck.
  • Yesterday (1/22/16) there were 3 Common Mergansers, 7 Ruddy Ducks, and 1 N. Shoveller (F).
    (phone report from Dave Grant).

  • 1/21/16 -- Royalston
    We spent a few hours this morning birding Royalston. Biridng was slow and birds in forested araes few and far between.
  • Birds recorded: Wild Turkey (24); Mournign Dove (22); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (1); Blue Jay (12); A Crow (5); Black-capped Chickadee (36); Tufted Titmouse (3); White-breasted Nuthatch (4); A Robin (6); Dark-eyed Junco (10); Purple Finch (17); House Finch (3); A Goldfinch (7);
  • Driving home in Rutland: Barred Owl (1 roadkill); Horned Lark (4); Brown-headed Cowbird (30+ in a flock of 200+ strarlings);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/21/16 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    At noon, there were typical birds for winter at the pond: 2 Mute Swans, 1 GB Heron, 3 Common Mergs, 3 Hooded Mergs, 5 Am Black Ducks, 1 Black Duck/Mallard hybrid, approx 30 Mallards, approx 30 RB Gulls. (report from Rick Quimby)

    1/16/16 -- Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester
    A quick afternoon trip to Notre Dame Cemetery in the city had the following: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (80+ 1 hybrid Canada X ?); Mallard (19); Hooded Merganser (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); E Screech Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); N Flicker (1); Carolina Wren (2); N Mockingbird (3);
  • AT NEARBY ALL FAITH'S CEMETERY there were 200+ American Crows feeding among the stones and at ST. JOHN'S CEMETERY there were (34) robins being chased by a Sharp-shinend Hawk.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/14/16 -- Worcester
    On my suet feeder this afternoon there was a yard bird: male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. (report from Bart Kamp).

    1/12/16 -- Lake Singletary, Millbury/Sutton
    This morning at about 11 a.m. there was a first year Iceland Gull loafing on the ice on Lake Singletary, at the Millbury/Sutton line. With a group of about 300 Ring-billed and a handful of Herring gulls. It was a very pale white-winged-gull with an all dark/black bill. It was viewed from accross the street to the Butler Farm property on Singletary Rd. Millbury. (report from Alan Marble).

    1/12/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    A quick check (several hours) of Wachusett this AM had the following: Common Loon (9); Canada Goose (218); Mute Swan (2); Mallard (9); Greater Scaup/scaup sp (130); Common Goldeneye (47); Hooded Merganser (36); Common Merganser (18); Ruddy Duck (2); Bald Eagle (1imm); Belted Kingfisher (1). Landbirds were pretty typical but did include a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and an Eastern Towhee.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    1/11/16 -- Salisbury Pond+Indian Lake, Worcester
    A quick check of both ponds did not reveal anything out of the ordinary, but people should continue to check Salisbury Pond as the month continues
  • SALISBURY POND: Canada Goose (300+); Mallard (140); "MallardXBlack" (1); Black Duck (8); Hooded Merganser (22); Common Merganser (10);
  • INDIAN LAKE: 97% ice covered Canada Goose (6); Ring-billed Gull (195); Herring Gull (13); Great Black backed Gull (1);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/8/16 -- Wachusett Reservoir and vicinity
    I recorded the following this afternoon in the Wachusett Reservoir area. I checked out South Bay, the area near the Fletcher St. Bridge, the Thomas Basin, and the North Dike. I finished at Muddy Pond/Sterling Peat. Highlights:
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: American Black Duck (2 at South Bay); Greater Scaup (100+; I had 120 scaup near the Fletcher St Bridge; I identified almost all of them as Greaters, and I did not pick out any Lessers); "Scaup" species (20 or so; see above); Common Goldeneye (43 at South Bay); Hooded Merganser (14; 12 at Thomas Basin and 2 at North Dike); Common Merganser (13 at South Bay); Common Loon (3 at North Dike); Great Black-backed Gull (1 at North Dike)
  • STERLING PEAT: American Tree Sparrow (2)
    (report from John Liller).

  • 1/7/16 -- Whalom Lake, Lunenburg
    At noon today there were 400-500 gulls on the ice and in the water on a lunch break. Among them there was 1 juvenile Glaucous Gull. At 12:50 PM their lunch break came to an abrupt end when they all took off and headed southwestward. (report from Bart Kamp).

    1/6/16 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this afternoon while doing the Brookside/Green Heron Pond Loop at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester:
  • Cooper's Hawk - 1; Red-tailed Hawk - 1; RED-HEADED WOODPECKER - 1 (still in residence at the Green Heron Pond); Hairy Woodpecker - 2; American Tree Sparrow - 2; White-throated Sparrow - 5; Song Sparrow - 3.
    (report from John Liller).

  • 1/1/16 -- Worcester
    John Shea lead the New Year's day Forbush Bird Club trip in Worcester, with highlights including 3 Green-winged Teal, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Belted kingfisher and the Red-headed Woodpecker at Broad Meadow Brook. There were 28 recorded species. (report from John Shea fide Deb Berard).

    1/1/16 -- Wendemuth meadow, North Brookfield
    We had a Northern Harrier today at Wendemuth Meadow in North Brookfield. (report from Jeff Smith).

    12/26/15 -- Northbridge
    Today I had two Turkey Vultures circling near Rt 122 in Northbridge over the Blackstone River in the Riverdale section. (report from Scott Ricker).

    12/25/15 -- Carpenter Hill Rd, Charlton
    While at my grandparents for Christmas dinner, a flock of 15 gulls appeared out of nowhere in their neighbors yard to feed on bread that they apparently provide for the birds. I was surprised to see a 1st cycle Iceland Gull in the mix. They circled for a few minutes and were gone. A strange place for this species, but may be worth checking any surrounding gull magnets such as Orlando's pond. (report from Josh Gahagan).

    12/24/15 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We started off at South Quabbin, but it was so foggy, we headed east and birded the 4 major ponds/lakes of the Brookfields. Very few birds except at Wickabog. Totals: Canada Goose (37); Gadwall (1m); Mallard (93); A Black Duck (7); Green-winged Teal (8); N Pintail (4); Hooded Merganser (33); Common Merganser (95); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Belted Kingfisher (1). (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    12/20/15 -- Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
    This afternoon Annie and I watched the juvenile red-headed woodpecker previously reported by John Shea. It seems to be setting up house keeping, caching seeds in various snag holes. Numerous hairy and downy woodpeckers would investigate its holes and the occasional kerfuffle would ensue. This was all brought to a conclusion by a cooper's hawk who trumped everyone.
    A distant photo of the red-head. (report from Garry and Annie Kessler).

    12/18/15 -- Worcester
    This afternoon between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM there were 100's of crows staging in my yard and in all the yards around me. Among them I could hear at least 3 Fish Crows. (report from Bart Kamp).

    12/13/15 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Kim Kastler and I caught up with John Shea at Broad Meadow Brook and relocated the Red-headed Woodpecker. It was located on the south side of the Green Heron Pond (to the left when facing Standard Auto Parts. The light was poor when we got there, but I did take several photos -- here is the best photo. Hopefully, this new species for the Sanctuary will remain until Saturday the 19th, the day of the Worcester Christmas Count. (report from John Liller).

    12/13/15 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    I saw a Red-headed Woodpecker this morning at Broad Meadow Brook, It was at the Beaver pond by the junkyard. Coming in from Dunkirk RD take the Cardinal Trail to the power lines the path to the Beaver pond is on the right not far from the kiosk. (report from John Shea).

    12/7/15 -- Gail drive, Holden
    In our yard today we had a rusty blackbird, 19 cedar waxwing, sharp shinned hawk. We have a resident screech owl that roosts in several different boxes we provided. (report from Scott Corazzini).

    12/1/15 -- Eagle lake, Holden
    There was a Greater White-fronted Goose among some Canadas this morning. (report from Peter Morlock).

    11/29/15 -- Lake Quaboag and Lake Lashaway, Brookfields
    Stopped by these two lakes this morning to check on the migrating ducks. Highlights were:
  • Quaboag: Ruddy Duck (45),Common Merganser (42)
  • Lashaway: Common Merganser (45), Hooded Merganser (2), Great Black-backed Gull (1), Northern Flicker (1)
    (report from Steven Sulzer).

  • 11/29/15 -- Brookfields, Holland, Wales, Brimfield
  • QUABOG IBA: BROOKFIELDS Double-crested Cormorant (1); Canada Goose (377); Mute Swan (2); American Wigeon (1); Mallard (167); N Pintail (4); Green-winged Teal (3); Greater Scaup (6); Bufflehead (5); Hooded Merganser (47); Common Merganser (167); Ruddy Duck (51); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Wild Turkey (1); American Woodcock (1); Ring-billed Gull (95); Herring Gull (4); Great Black-backed Gull (1); Eastern Bluebird (5); Hermit Thrush (1);
  • HOLLAND: HAMILTON RESERVOIR: Canada Goose (16); Mallard (15); Bufflehead (4); Hooded Merganser (41); Common Merganser (603); Ruddy Duck (66); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Carolina Wren (1);
  • WALES: LAKE GEORGE: Canada Goose (98); Mallard (6); Ring-necked Duck (6); Hooded Merganser (22);
  • BRIMFIELD: SHERMAN POND Canada Goose (41); Bufflehead (4);
      NB: c. 3:30PM, we searched the airport and nearby fields and saw many crows and robins and a pair of Red-tailed Hawks.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/29/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir and vicinity
    My wife Kim Kastler and I birded around Wachusett Reservoir and some of the neighboring ponds this morning, and recorded these highlights:
  • WACHUSETT RESRVOIR -- South Bay: Common Loon (2);, Common Merganser (2 females);, Common Goldeneye (11 males);
    Fletcher Street Bridge (Gate 25); - Common Loon (1)
    River Rd - Canada Goose (4);
    North Dike - Common Loon (1);, Double-crested Cormorant (1)
    Wachusett Dam - Common Loon (4)
  • STERLING PEAT -- Hooded Merganser (3);
  • WEST WAUSHACUM -- Canada Goose (8);, American Black Duck (2);
  • EAST WAUSHACUM -- Common Loon (2);, Canada Goose (3)
  • COACHLACE POND -- Canada Goose (39);, Scaup (108 - mostly, if not all, Greaters);
    (report from John Liller).

  • 11/27/15 -- Millbury
    124 Cow birds at the feeder here. Lucky me! (report from Susan LaBree).

    11/26/15 -- Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough
    On the way back home from seeing the Common Ground Dove today in Lexington, we stopped by several ponds:
  • MARLBOROUGH: FORT MEADOW RESERVOIR Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (9); Mallard (53); Bufflehead (15); Hooded Merganser (31); Common Merganser (14); Ruddy Duck (113); Killdeer (1);
  • NORTHBOROUGH: BARTLETT POND: Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (46); Mallard (93); A Black Duck (6); N Pintail (1m); Belted Kingfisher (1);
  • NORTHBOROUGH: LITTLE CHAUNCY POND Mallard (2); Ring-necked Duck (1); House Finch (flock of 50+ around building across from entrance road);
  • WESTBORO: CHAUNCY LAKE: Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (1); American Wigeon (1f); Hooded Merganser (1f); Ring-billed Gull (17);
  • WESTBORO: SUASCO Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (121); Canada Goose (91); Mallard (10); American Wigeon (pair); Ring-billed Gull (7); Herring Gull (10); Great Black Backed Gull (3adW);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/25/15 -- South Quabbin \ Brookfields
    Today we started the day at QUABBIN PARK/SOUTH QUABBIN and had the following: Common Loon (3); Horned Grebe (7); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (70); A Black Duck (36); Scaup sp. (3 too far out to be sure of ID); Bald Eagle (2ad+1imm); Ring-billed Gull (3); Belted Kingfisher (1); Common Raven (1); Golden-crowned Kinglet (4); Hermit Thrush (1); Dark-eyed Junco (89);
  • Then, on the way home:
    WEST BROOKFIELD: LAKE WICKABOG: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Mallard (71); A Black Duck (22); N Pintail (4); Bufflehead (2); Hooded Merganser (67); Common Merganser (240); Ruddy Duck (5); Bald Eagle (1imm);
  • NORTH BROOKFIELD: LAKE LASHAWAY: Great Blue Heron 91); Canada Goose (371); Mallard (16); Green-winged Teal (1); Bufflehead (2); Hooded Merganser (21); Common Merganser (348); Bald Eagle (1ad+1imm);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/25/15 -- Paxton
    I had a new life bird for the yard this afternoon. A Rusty Blackbird. First seen sitting silently in a flowering pear tree it then came to the feeder awarding some great photos by Mary. Also 1 Fox Sparrow continues. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    11/22/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    Today we birded Wachusett Reservoir and some of the other ponds in the IBA. The weather started with drizzle, then seemed to break briefly and the sun peeked out, then clouds again for the rest of the morning.
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (19); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Canada Goose (14); Mute Swan (2); A Black Duck (1); Ring-necked Duck (22); Lesser Scaup (1f); White-winged Scoter (1m); Common Goldeneye (17); Common Merganser (3); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Hermit Thrush (1);
  • THE QUAG, STERLING: Wood Duck (4); Mallard (12);
  • WEST WAUSHACUM, STERLING: Mallard (16);
  • EAST WAUSHACUM, STERLING: Mallard (5); Bufflehead (10);
  • COACHLACE POND, CLINTON: Greater Scaup (113); Lesser Scaup (4); Bufflehead (4).
  • NB: On Rt. 12 in West Boylston, we found a fresh killed adult SHARP-SHINNED HAWK .
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/20/15 -- Chaffin pond, Holden
    From sunrise today we have had a roosting Eastern screech owl. Great photos all day of such a beautiful bird in gray phase plumage. (report from Scott Corazzini).

    11/19/15 -- Quabog IBA
    A survey of some of the water bodies in the QUABOG IBA THIS MORNING (11/19); HAD THE FOLLOWING: Double-crested Cormorant (4); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (256); Mute Swan (2); A Black Duck (31); Mallard (152); Northern Pintail (4); Green-winged Teal (22); Bufflehead (4); Hooded Merganser (118); Common Merganser (661); Ruddy Duck (51); Bald Eagle (1ad); Northern Harrier (1); Killdeer (3); Ring-billed Gull (142); Herring Gull (3); Great Black-backed Gull (1); Mourning Dove (67); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Horned Lark (22); American Pipit (7); Dark-eyed Junco (61); House Finch (66)
  • THEN, on the way home at INDIAN LAKE, WORCESTER: Canada Goose (67); Mallard (44); Bufflehead (4); Hooded Merganser (14); Common Merganser (217); Ring-billed Gull (244); Herring Gull (3); Great Black-backed Gull (1)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/19/15 -- North Brookfield Sewer Plant
    Remarkably, I saw the Blackpoll Warbler again today. I had not seen it since November 10. After always seeing it in the shrubs around the administrative building since late October, today it was in a white pine on the other side of the plant. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    11/19/15 -- Indian Lake, Worcester
    Motivated by the remote hope of a lingering Franklins Gull in the gull "colony" near Morgan park, this mornings survey of Indian Lake yielded the following: Common Merganser (150); Bufflehead (4); Hooded Merganser(6); Canada Goose (23); Mallard Duck (31); Ring-billed Gull (150); European Starling (64). (report from Lisa Hennin).

    11/18/15 -- River Bend Farm, Uxbridge
    Two Ospreys were flying rather high above River Bend Farm on Oak Street in Uxbridge about 1pm today. (report from Beth Milke)

    11/17/15 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We spent a few hours checking some of the ponds of the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields. Birds found included: Common Loon (1); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (256); A Black Duck (23); Mallard (151); N Pintail (4); Green-winged Teal (26); Greater Scaup (2); Lesser Scaup (1); Hooded Merganser (89); Common Merganser (518); Ruddy Duck (85); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Killdeer (3); Ring-billed Gull (183: many kleptoparasitizing the mergs); Herring Gull (6); Belted Kingfisher (1); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1); American Pipit (8); Tree Sparrow (16); Savannah Sparrow (2); Rusty Blackbird (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    11/15/15 -- Sudbury Reservoir, Southboro/Marlboro
    Today my MAS class birded around the SUDBURY RESERVOIR which is in Southboro and Marlboro. We made a number of stops around this very irregular body including along the river that feeds into the reservoir. Waterfowl were actually in lower numbers than expected. Absent entirely were Ruddy Ducks and scaup, which are typically here as well as other species like wigeon. Mallards, Goldeneye and even the Ring-necked Ducks were in lower than expected numbers. It is possible that the high winds of the last few days drove migrants on their way, but more will be coming. Still it was a nice day to be hiking all around this location.
  • Birds: Common Loon (1); Double-crested Cormorant (1: getting late for this species inland); Canada Goose (38: low); Mute Swan (6); Wood Duck (7); Mallard (21: low); American Black Duck (1); Ring-necked Duck (569); Bufflehead (8); Common Goldeneye (53); Barrow's Goldeneye (1m seen briefly in flock that flew off); Hooded Merganser (27); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (13); Ring-billed Gull (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (6); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (2); Blue Jay (32); American Crow (25); Black-capped Chickadee (32); Tufted Titmouse (14); White-breasted Nuthatch (9); Carolina Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); American Robin (63); Northern Mockingbird (2); Fox Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (13); Swamp Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (9); Dark-eyed Junco (31); Northern Cardinal (5); Red-winged Blackbird (15); Common Grackle (12); Purple Finch (1); House Finch (6); American Goldfinch (5);
  • We spotted several mushroom species still to be identified. We also found several CASTOR-ARALIA (Kalopanax septemlobus); trees. This species is native to parts of Russia, Korea and China and according to Sibley it is "uncommonly cultivated and locally escaped" which is what we found.
    (report from Mark Lynch and Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/15/15 -- SuAsCo, Westboro
    After our trip to Southborough, we stopped by the SuAsCo impoundment in Westboro. There were still a lot of fishermen out in boats and the variety of waterfowl was not great, but we did have: Pied-billed Grebe (4); Turkey Vulture (1); Mute Swan (90); Canada Goose (26); Mallard (7); Ring-billed Gull (19); Herring Gull (5); Great Black Backed Gull (6 adW); Northern Flicker (3); A Tree Sparrow (7).
    (report from Mark Lynch and Sheila Carroll).

    11/15/15 -- Charlton /Brookfield
  • Orlando's Farm: Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Quabog Pond: first bird I put my scope on was a drake Canvasback. Bird number 207 photographed in Worcester County this year
  • Wickaboag Lake: Red-breasted Merganser, Green-winged Teal, 4 Northern Pintails were highlights.
    (report from Justin Lawson).

  • 11/13/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir/Douglas-Sutton
    Today we checked several ponds in DOUGLAS and were surprised at the lack of water birds: Turkey Vulture (1); Canada Goose (2); Common Merganser (12); Hermit Thrush (1);
  • Then, we checked a few ponds in SUTTON with better results: Common Loon (1); Canada Goose (103); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (76); Ring-necked Duck (175); Hooded Merganser (2); Bald Eagle (1imm); Fox Sparrow (2); Plus: Clouded Sulphur (still 1 flitting about);
  • On the way back home in a small area of south WORCESTER we had: Turkey Vulture (11); Bald Eagle (1ad); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1);
  • On 11/12 we did a brief "before work" check of WACHUSETT RESERVOIR and had the following in mist: Common Loon (9); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Canada Goose (99); Mallard (3); Ring-necked Duck (2); Long-tailed Duck (3: 2m+1f); Bufflehead (1); Common Goldeneye (15); Common Merganser (4); Hermit Thrush (1); Chipping Sparrow (3 together);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/12/15 -- Charlton /Brookfields
  • Orlando's Farm w/ Sharon Lawson and Alan Marble- 1st Winter Lesser Black-backed Gull continues and about 60 Ruddy Ducks
  • Bay Path Regional High School Fields-9 Snow Buntings.
  • Quabog Pond w/ Bob Abbott -19 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Ring-necked Ducks and 1 Red-throated Loon. This bird came in and was gone within 5 min. I had my County Red-throated Loon here as well exactly 2 weeks ago.
  • Wickaboag Lake - 4 Northern Pintails, 23 American Black Ducks, 17 Green-winged Teal, 1 Lesser Scaup (still not convinced this couldn't be a Redhead. Bird is always so far out so I can't get good enough photos. I've sent pics out and I have had Redhead suggested as well as Lesser Scaup.), 12 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Common Mergansers (where did the large numbers go?!), 14 Ruddy Ducks, 1 Greater Yellowlegs
  • Lake Lashaway - 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Green-winged Teal, 1 Common Goldeneye, and 1 Hooded Mergansers.
    (report from Justin Lawson).

  • 11/11/15 -- Worcester
    My first Fox Sparrow of the Fall arrived in my yard this morning. (report from Bart Kamp).

    11/9/15 -- Charlton/Brookfield
    Today I headed out to find Rodney's birds (see 11/7 report). Orlando's Farm had a continuing Lesser Black-backed Gull which makes 206 photographed on my Worcester County Photographic Big Year.
  • Lake Lashaway: I birded the Town Beach and the Boat Ramp. Basically the same as Mark and Shelia, but I can add that I kept searching at the town beach for over an hour for the Sanderling and was able to see a Dunlin pop up from behind the island.
    (report from Justin Lawson).

  • 11/9/15 -- Gate 35, Quabbin and Lake Lashaway, Brookfields
    Today we hiked in Gate 35, Quabbin. Birds seen included: Common Loon (12. Some birds were quite vocal. We watched 1 bird spend some time trying like crazy to down a huge Bullhead it had caught); Horned Grebe (5); Red-necked Grebe (1); Canada Goose (14); Bald Eagle (4: 3ad+1immature. An adult pair remained perched next to each other on the Osprey platform the entire time we were there); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Greater Yellowlegs (1); Ring-billed Gull (6); Herring Gull (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2); Hermit Thrush (2); Common Raven (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (6); PLUS: Clouded Sulphur (1); and Autumn Meadowhawk (4);.
  • Later, we stopped by Lake Lashaway (North Brookfield/East Brookfield): Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (392); Bufflehead (1); Hooded Merganser (8); Common Merganser (59); Ruddy Duck (3); Killdeer (6); Greater Yellowlegs (3); Ring-billed Gull (104); Herring Gill (4); Great Black Backed Gull (1);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll);.

  • 11/8/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Turkey Vulture 2 ; Osprey 1 ; Bald Eagle 5 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 4 ; Red-tailed Hawk 21 .
  • Raptor Observations: Non-migrating - 3 Bald Eagles (Adult), 2 Red-Tailed Hawks.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Ravens - 5, 284 Canada Geese, 11 Cormorants, 3 Ring-Billed Gulls,& 18 Snow Buntings
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 11/7/15 -- Lake Lashaway/Charlton/Paxton
  • At Lake Lashaway there were 12 Killdeer and a juv. Sanderling.
  • At Orlando's in Charleton there were 54 Ruddy Ducks including 2 still in breeding plumage and a 1st year Lesser Black-backed Gull. The Blackpoll Warbler was still at the sewer plant in North Brookfield.
  • At Moose Hill WWMA in Paxton there were 2 Yellow Palm Warblers, 15 Song Sparrows, 1 Swamp Sparrow, 10 White-throated and 1 juv. White-crowned Sparrow and 75+ Juncos.
    (report from Rodney Jenkins)

  • 11/7/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today we did a quick tour around Wachusett Reservoir beginning with a hike in Gate 13. Other areas visited included Scar Hill Bluffs, the dike, the dam, Gate 17, Thomas Basin and other locations. By mid morning, the wind really revved up making white caps appear on the reservoir and making birding difficult. Highlights: Red-throated Loon (1); Common Loon (12); Double-crested Cormorant (15); Canada Goose (3); American Black Duck (8); Mallard (9); Common Goldeneye (6); Common Merganser (1); Bald Eagle (1ad); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (flock of 23); Ring-billed Gull (36);
  • Later we stopped at COACHLACE POND: Mallard (4); Greater Scaup (74); Lesser Scaup (1).
  • Then EAST WAUSHACUM: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Mallard (47); Bufflehead (23)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/6/15 -- Royalston
    This morning we birded in ROYALSTON. The weather was not great: very overcast, sometimes so dark the car lights came on. We had NO winter finches, but among the birds we did tally the following: Wood Duck (2); GADWALL (flock of 7 at Muddy Pond, our first Gadwalls for Royalston); A Black Duck (1); Mallard (9); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (6); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2); Common Raven (2); Golden-crowned Kinglet (4); Hermit Thrush (2); Fox Sparrow (1);
  • En route to Royalston at a cornfield in Petersham we had a flock of 2000+ Red-winged Blackbirds.
  • On the way back to Worcester, we stopped by Quinapoxet Reservoir in Holden and had: Double-crested Cormorant (1);Common Merganser (8).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/5/15 -- North Brookfield Sewer Plant
    After being absent for the last two days, the Blackpoll Warbler (originally reported October 30) was seen again today. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    11/5/15 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields and vicinity
    A quick survey of a few ponds in the QUABOG IBA had the following: Common Loon (2); Great Blue Heron (3); Turkey Vulture (1); Canada Goose (39); American Wigeon (3); A Black Duck (13); Mallard (79); Green-winged Teal (23); Ring-necked Duck (8); Hooded Merganser (2); Common Merganser (191); Ruddy Duck (24); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Killdeer (8); Greater Yellowlegs (2); Ring-billed Gull (124); Mourning Dove (16); Belted Kingfisher (2);
  • Highlights of passerines: Red-bellied Woodpecker (5); Eastern Phoebe (1); Carolina Wren (5); American Pipit (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (4); Savannah Sparrow (1); Red-winged Blackbird (3);. PLUS: Clouded Sulphur (1); Green Frogs; Spring Peepers; a good flight of Autumn Meadowhawks and (1); Red-eared Slider.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/4/15 -- Worcester/Holden
    Recent sightings:
  • Worcester-Indian Lake: Common Mergansers (3); Canada Goose (49); plus 50 fly overs-headed south Great Blue Heron (1); Double-Crested Cormorant (9);
  • Holden-Chaffins Pond: Ring -necked Duck (100); Wood Duck (4); Dark-eyed Juncoes (20);
  • Holden-Alden Labs: Northern Mockingbird (1); American Black Duck (1); Wood Duck (1f); Canada Goose (10); Mallard (13);
  • Holden/Rutland (Eagle Lake/Alta Vista/Mushopauge): Canada Geese (91); Great Blue Heron (1); American Black Duck (16); Pileated Woodpecker (1);
    (report from Lisa Hennin).

  • 11/4/15 -- Scar Hill Beach, Boylston
    Today at Wachusett Reservoir's Scar Hill Beach I had 2 late Spotted Sandpipers, 4 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Horned Grebe and a Red-breasted Merganser (f). The Merganser was bird #205 photographed for me on the year in Worcester County! If anyone sees a Lapland Longspur could you please email me [justindlawson@gmail.com] or get word out quickly?! (report from Justin Lawson).

    11/1/15 -- Lake Quabog and vicinity
    Today we began by birding the QUABOG IBA. The weather was overcast, breezy, with occasional drizzle, so "land birding" was poor and we stuck to birding ponds. Among the birds we had were: Common Loon (1); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (8); Canada Goose (378); Mute Swan (2); A Black Duck (14); Mallard (156); Green-winged Teal (42); Ring-necked Duck (5); Greater Scaup (6); Lesser Scaup (1f); Hooded Merganser (28); Common Merganser (126); Ruddy Duck (24); Sharp-shinned Hawk (2); Cooper's Hawk (2); Killdeer (8); Greater Yellowlegs (4);
  • THEN, we stopped by a small number of ponds en route home. Highlights: HOLLAND: HAMILTON RESERVOIR: Great Blue Heron (1); Mallard (6); Ruddy Duck (19);.
  • CHARLTON: ORLANDO'S: Pied-billed Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Canada Goose (177); Mallard (67); A Black Duck (1); Hooded Merganser (3); Ruddy Duck (75);.
  • SPENCER/LEICESTER: STILES RESERVOIR: Common Loon (1); Canada Goose (12); Bufflehead (7); Common Merganser (89); Bonaparte's Gull (1);.
  • LEICESTER: CEDAR MEADOW POND: Mallard (33); Hooded Merganser (7);.
  • LEICESTER: KETTLEBROOK #2: Canada Goose (4); Common Merganser (3)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/1/15 -- Sudbury Reservoir
    1 male Barrow's Goldeneye continues on the Reservoir along the powerlines   in Southborough (see 10/30 post). According to ebird, this is the earliest record in Worcester County and second earliest in Massachusetts. (report from Justin Lawson).

    11/1/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir, Boylston/Clinton
    From Scar Hill Rd, in Boylston, there were 11 Long-tailed Ducks and 1 Spotted Sandpiper (oldest record in ebird)
  • From North Dike in Clinton: 21 American Pipits and 11 Snow Buntings
    (report from Justin Lawson).

  • 11/1/15 -- Moose Hill WMA, Paxton
    I had great looks at a Dickcissel this morning along the edge of the field with mixed pumpkin and corn patch. Other birds seen were a male Northern Harrier, 5 Yellow-rumped and 3 Palm Warblers, 50+ Juncos, 35 White-throated , 25 Song, 6 Swamp and 3 Tree Sparrows and 75 Red-winged Blackbirds. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    10/31/15 -- East Waushacum, Sterling
    There were 41 Hooded Merganser , 8 Common Merganser, 2 Common Goldeneye, 1 DC Cormorant, 14 Mallards and 1 Kingfisher. (report from Susan LaBree).

    10/31/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir, Boylston
    At Wachusett Reservoir from Scar Hill beach in Boylston early this afternoon there were 20-25 Long-tailed Ducks, 1 Spotted Sandpiper and 4 Snow Buntings. (report from Bart Kamp).

    10/31/15 -- Sudbury Reservoir, Southboro
    Today we birded the SUDBURY RESERVOIR in Southboro and Marlboro (north end). We did a lot of hiking because of this reservoir's amoebic contours, including a long hike up the east side. We did NOT find the previously reported Barrow's Goldeneye, though we did see several birders looking for it. It is still early in the season for this location , so the high numbers and variety of waterfowl have yet to put in.
  • Today we had: Pied-billed Grebe (2); Double-crested Cormorant (3); Canada Goose (131); Mute Swan (3); Wood Duck (3); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (22); Ring-necked Duck (33); Greater Scaup/scaup sp (37); Bufflehead (25); Common Goldeneye (48); Common Merganser (6); Red-breasted Merganser (1f); Ruddy Duck (19); Bald Eagle (1ad); Sharp-shinned Hawk (3); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (5); Downy Woodpecker (7); Hairy Woodpecker (3); Eastern Phoebe (1); Carolina Wren (2); Winter Wren (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3); Eastern Bluebird (5); Hermit Thrush (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (4); Purple Finch (4);
  • On the way home, we stopped By BARTLETT POND in Northboro and had Pied-billed Grebe (1); Green-winged Teal (4); and minimally (10) Rusty Blackbirds.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/30/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today and Season totals:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Black Vulture                0              1              2
    Turkey Vulture               1             48             60
    Osprey                       1             11            204
    Bald Eagle                   7             27            153
    Northern Harrier             1              7             23
    Sharp-shinned Hawk           1             94            402
    Cooper's Hawk                1             17             86
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0              2             14
    Broad-winged Hawk            0              3          11205
    Red-tailed Hawk              4             14             26
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              4              4
    Golden Eagle                 0              2              4
    American Kestrel             0             19            121
    Merlin                       0              4             30
    Peregrine Falcon             0              3             34
    Unknown Accipiter            0              2             11
    Unknown Buteo                0              3              5
    Unknown Falcon               0              2              5
    Unknown Eagle                0              0              1
    Unknown Raptor               0             14             53
    
    Total:                      16            277          12443
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------
    
  • Raptor Observations: 7 Bald Eagles ( 5 Immature, 2 Mature).
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 10/30/15 -- Brookfields/Sudbury Reservoir
  • Quaboag Pond: Bonaparte's Gull Wickaboag Lake -2 Gadwall, 6 Ruddy Ducks, Hooded Mergansers,Common Mergansers.
  •   Lake Lashaway: 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 5 Greater Yellowlegs, 18 Killdeer
  •  Sudbury Reservoir (in Southborough by the powerlines, where Rt 30 meets Boston rd): 1 BARROW'S Goldeneye, 35 Common Goldeneye, 70 Ring-necked Ducks, 6 Ruddy Ducks 
    (report from Justin Lawson).

  • 10/30/15 -- Sewer Plant, North Brookfield
    I had a small pocket of birds along the fence line which included 1 Black-capped chickadee, 1 Golden and 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Palm Warbler, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler and 1 Blackpoll Warbler. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    10/29/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir and vicinity
    A morning visit to a few stops (the Waushacums, Coachlace, many stops on the reservoir) in the WACHUSETT IBA found the following (highlights): Common Loon (8); Double-crested Cormorant (11); Great Blue Heron (4); Turkey Vulture (4); Canada Goose (2); A Black Duck (14); Mallard (3); Greater Scaup (44); Bufflehead (29); Common Goldeneye (4); Common Merganser (37); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Merlin (1); Killdeer (3); Golden-crowned Kinglet (4); Yellow-rumped Warbler (6);
  • NB: Because of the warm temps, lots of other creatures were out: Cabbage White and Clouded Sulphur Butterflies; a massive flight of Asian Ladybugs; we even found an Eastern Garter Snake.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/28/15 -- Brookfields
  • Quaboag Pond: 1 Red-throated Loon and 1 Common Loon. The Red-throated Loon was photographed and bird number 202 photographed by me for my Worcester County Photographic Big Year.
  •   Lake Lashaway: 1 Dunlin and 2 White-rumped Sandpipers continue. 
    (report from Justin Lawson).

  • 10/28/15 -- All Faith's Cemetery, Worcester
    At 2:00 PM, just before the rain began there was a pair of American Wigeon at All Faith's Cemetery in Worcester. They were last seen feeding along the Northeast shoreline that abuts I 290. (report from Bart Kamp).

    10/27/15 -- Brookfields
    In the morning at lake Quaboag there was 1 Common Loon, 1 Horned Grebe, 6 Common Mergansers, and 14 Bufflehead. The American Pipits continue at Peruzzi's Farm on Rt. 9. Please note that this is very private property but you can pull off to the side of the road just past Howe Lumber heading west. Around 4 pm at Lake Lashaway I had 15 Bufflehead, 17 Killdeer, 1 Dunlin and 2 White-rumped Sandpipers. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    10/27/15 -- Indian Lake, Worceste
    Today there were: Canada Goose (47); Bufflehead (6); scaup species (12); Ruddy Duck (2); Great Blue Heron (1); Killdeer (1); DC Cormorant (6); Common Merganser (15). The DC cormorants and Common Mergansers were having a feeding frenzy on the opposite side of the lake from Shore Park. Between the solar glare and the heat shimmer and birds diving up and down, the numbers may be more. I drove over to Morgan Park to get a fix on the Scaup, but when I arrived they had moved over to Shore Park/YMCA area. I went back to Shore Park and they had relocated back to Morgan landing. Scaup were in non-breeding/juvenile plumage. (report from Lisa Hennin).

    10/26/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This afternoon at Wachusett Reservoir from Mile Hill Road in Clinton there was a raft of ducks that included: 1 Red-necked Grebe, 21 Long-tailed Ducks, 5 White-winged Scoters, 3 Surf Scoters and 4 Black Scoters. In the area north of the Scar Hill Beach in Boylston there was 1 Red-throated Loon, 2 Horned Grebes, 9 Buffleheads, 5 scaup species and a raft of 14 Long-tailed Ducks. The raft was either a second raft of Long-tailed ducks or the raft that was at Mile Hill Road minus 7.
    (report from Bart Kamp).

    10/25/15 -- Brookfields/Charlton
    No one showed (smart people!) for the Forbush trip to Brookfields and Orlando's in Charlton, but I went around in the rain anyway for a few hours and had the following:
  • Common Loon 1, D-C Cormorant 1, Gr. Blue Heron 5, Canada Goose 75, Wood Duck 2, Black Duck 12, Mallard 245, Pintail 2, Ring-necked Duck 4, Hooded merganser 21, Common Merganser 5, Ruddy Duck 48 (Orlandos) Sharp-shinned Hawk 1, Turkey 26, Killdeer 8, Greater Yellowlegs 6, Ring-billed Gull 110, Herring Gull 1, Rock Dove 25, Mourning Dove 12, Kingfisher 2,Red-bellied woodpecker 1, Downy Woodpecker 1, Flicker 1, Pileated Woodpecker 1, Phoebe 1, Blue Jay 12, Crow 15, B-C Chickadee 6, Titmouse 1, White-br. Nuthatch 1, Golden-crowned Kinglet 1, Bluebird 2, Hermit Thrush 1, Robin 20, Starling 40, AMERICAN PIPIT 75, (large flock in Petruzzi's field) Yellow-rumped Warbler 6, Savannah Sparrow 4, Song Sparrow 30, Swamp Sparrow 8, White-throated Sparrow 35, Junco 8, Cardinal 2, Red-winged Blackbird 250+, Rusty Blackbird 2, House Finch 4, Goldfinch 6.
    (report from Rodney Jenkins)

  • 10/25/15 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    Today we birded a few parts of the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields. The weather was overcast with periodic showers. Select totals are as follows: Pied-billed Grebe (1); Horned Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (3); Great Blue Heron (6); Canada Goose (7: very low); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (16); A Black Duck (10); Mallard (146); Green-winged Teal (16); Ring-necked Duck (8); Bufflehead (1m); Hooded Merganser (41); Common Merganser (5); Ruddy Duck (16); Wild Turkey (28); Virginia Rail (1); Killdeer (7); Greater Yellowlegs (3); Ring-billed Gull (58); Herring Gull (2); Mourning Dove (27); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (8); Palm Warbler (1); Red-winged Blackbird (615); Rusty Blackbird (2); Common Grackle (115); Pine Siskin (42);
  • Plus: Bobcat (1 younger one)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/24/15 -- Westboro/Northboro ponds
    We checked LITTLE CHAUNCY POND off and on from dawn till almost noon and in between us being there, there were other birders on the spot, so it was covered. There were no sightings of the Purple Gallinule. We even hiked the conservation trail (on right as you start to drive down dirt road to pond) and got an overlook of some sections of the pond hidden from view when at the boat launch. Other birds seen in the area included: Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Green-winged Teal (1); Ring-necked Duck (8); American Woodcock (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Pine Siskins (overhead); many Yellow-rumped Warblers and a few Palms. Rusty Blackbirds (at least 5).Red-winged Blackbird (150+ at dawn).
  • We also checked out other ponds in the area: BARTLETT POND (Northboro): Pied-billed Grebe (1); Mute Swan (5); Green-winged Teal (5); Mallard (6); A Black Duck (1); Killdeer (3); Pectoral Sandpiper (1); Rusty Blackbird (12).
  • CHAUNCY LAKE (Westboro): Common Loon (1); Ruddy Duck (12). Yellow-rumps.
  • SuAsCo (Westboro): Pied-billed Grebe (1); Mute Swan (83); Canada Goose (16), Green-winged Teal (6); Killdeer (1). Yellow-rumps.
  • NB: hunting is in full swing here and hunters were parked near the boat launch at Little Chauncy. They HAD been duck hunting and were now pheasant hunting up the hill to the Westboro WMA fields. We had a nice talk with them. Think about wearing some hunters orange when going out into in WMAs and other places where folks hunt through well into December in the interior. There is also a model airplane field adjacent and small planes were buzzing the area all morning. ALSO: Please don't use tapes at sites for rarities.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/23/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Turkey Vulture 4 ; Bald Eagle 3 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 2 ;
  • Raptor Observations: 3 immature bald eagles, 2 Red-Shouldered Hawks
  • Non-raptor Observations: 10 Ravens, 5 local Red-Tailed Hawks, 5 non-migrating TVs. Migrating Juncos, Blue Jays, Hooded Warbler, 5 Canada Geese.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 10/22/15 -- Lake Lashaway, East Brookfield
    A quick stop at the town beach produced the continuing Semipalmated Plover, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 17 Killdeer and a Dunlin. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    10/21/15 -- Holden/Rutland
    Highlights of morning tour of my Worcester CBC sector:
  • Chaffins Pond: Pied -billed Grebe (1); Killdeer (3); Wood Duck(24); Ring-necked Duck (20); Coopers Hawk versus Blue Jay dive bombing action, hard to tell who was hassling who. Water levels extremely low and choked with lily pads, made ducks tricky to count.
  • Alden Research Lab: Yellow-rumped Warblers (10);Golden-Crowned Kinglet(1); great looks, low in the shrubs. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet (1); Pine Warbler (2);
  • Muschaupauge Road: Killdeer (3); Rock Dove (100); Brown-headed Cowbird (100);,Eastern Phoebe (1); Canada Geese (40); Dark-eyed Junco (10); The Pigeon and cowbird flock was restless so hard to get a firm count. They were feeding in the drive of the turkey farm. The cowbirds were predominantly male with an interesting feeding behavior of tail aimed skyward in exaggerated manner.
  • Eagle Lake: Double Crested Cormorant (1); American Black Duck (14); Wood Duck(15)
    (report from Lisa Hennin).

  • 10/21/15 -- Westborough WMA
    I just found A PURPLE GALLINULE in the Little Chauncy Marsh. Photographed! Does this top the Northern Wheatear?! (report from Justin Lawson).

    10/21/15 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights today at 2 pm were 3 BC Night-Herons (1 ad, 2 imm), 1 Mute Swan, 1 Cooper's Hawk (prowling the woods near the apartments), 1 Hermit Thrush, and 2 Blackpoll Warblers. The adult BC Night-Heron has been present since Oct 23 (presumably the same one -- always in the same spot), and the two immatures were just seen today.

    Other highlights from the previous week:

  • 10/15/15: 1 Blackpoll Warbler
  • 10/14/15: 4 Am Black Ducks, 2 Wood Ducks, 2 Mute Swan, 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers
  • 10/13/15: 2 Mute Swan, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 4 Yellow-rumped Warblers
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 10/21/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Highlights were 1 BRANT, 3 White-winged Scoters, 10 Bufflehead, 4 Red-necked Grebe, and 2 Bonaparte's Gulls. (report from Justin Lawson).

    10/21/15 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    We got out for a few hours today to check a few of the ponds of the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields) and had the following: Common Loon (2); Horned Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (3); Great Blue Heron (3); Canada Goose (6: very low count); Mute Swan (2); A Black Duck (9); Mallard (65); Ring-necked Duck (17); Greater Scaup (2); Bufflehead (4: 3m+1f); Common Goldeneye (1f); Hooded Merganser (21); Common Merganser (3); Ruddy Duck (24); Bald Eagle (2ad); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Semipalmated Plover (1); Killdeer (12); Greater Yellowlegs (3); Pectoral Sandpiper (1); Ring-billed Gull (51); Great Black-backed Gull (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3); E Bluebird (7); American Pipit (8); Yellow-rumped Warbler (53); Red-winged Blackbird (145+); Pine Siskin (3)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    10/19/15 -- Worcester
    Had about 100 TVs circling over the old Spags schoolhouse at 5 pm today -- not sure where they are roosting. (report from Paul Dufault).

    10/19/15 -- Brookfields
  • Today at Lake Lashaway: 5 Blue-winged Teal, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Common Mergansers, 2 Killdeer, 4 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (photographed), 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk. 
  • Today at Orlando's Farm: 20 Ruddy Ducks and 4 Northern Pintails ( up from 2 the day before)
  • Yesterday (10/18) at Notre Dame Cemetery: 15 American Pipits in front of dirt mound. 
  • Yesterday (10/18) at Bolton Flats: 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk; 2 Red-tailed Hawk; 20 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon); 2 Mourning Dove; 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker; 1 Downy Woodpecker; 1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted); 1 Eastern Phoebe; 8 Blue Jay; 10 American Crow; 8 Black-capped Chickadee; 2 White-breasted Nuthatch; 2 Eastern Bluebird; 1 American Robin: 1 Gray Catbird; 2 Common Yellowthroat; 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle); 8 Chipping Sparrow; 1 Field Sparrow; 2 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored); 1 White-crowned Sparrow (leucophrys); 4 White-throated Sparrow; 27 Savannah Sparrow; 39 Song Sparrow; 1 Lincoln's Sparrow; 44 Swamp Sparrow; 2 Northern Cardinal; 60 Red-winged Blackbird; 3 Common Grackle; 1 House Finch; 5 American Goldfinch
    (report from Justin Lawson).

  • 10/19/15 -- North Brookfield Sewer Plant
    Today, 1 Lincoln's and 1 White-crowned Sparrow. White crowns are extremely scarce this fall.
    (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    10/18/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir & vicinity
    This afternoon, 10 members of the Forbush Bird club held our yearly birding trip around the Wachusett Reservoir IBA. Locations included River Road/Thomas Basin, Sterling Peat, West Waushacum Lake, The Quag, rail trail (Sterling center entrance);, East Waushacum Lake, Gates 36, 39, Mile Hill Road overlook, Gate 8, Gate 17, and gate 25. Despite the low temps (starting at 38F);, high winds, and occasional snow fall, we had an excellent trip. We had a few pockets of (non-yellow-rumped); migrant warblers, and yesterday's cold front definitely "put down" down some migrants on the body of the reservoir.
  • Highlights of 57 species recorded: Wood Duck (11); American Black Duck (2); Green-winged Teal (4); Ring-necked Duck (6); White-winged Scoter (4 - 3m, 1f); Black Scoter (96 - One skittish raft in the North, taking off, flying around, and landing again); Ruddy Duck (2); Common Loon (22); Horned Grebe (4); Red-necked Grebe (2); Double-crested Cormorant (31); Great Blue Heron (3); Turkey Vulture (5); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (3); Red-tailed Hawk (7); Killdeer (16); Bonaparte's Gull (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Northern Flicker (2); Eastern Phoebe (2); Brown Creeper (2); Golden-crowned Kinglet (3); Eastern Bluebird (15); European Starling (252); American Pipit (16); Blackpoll Warbler (1); Palm Warbler (9); Yellow-rumped Warbler (54); Black-throated Green Warbler (1); Field Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (12); Savannah Sparrow (3); Song Sparrow (8); Swamp Sparrow (1); Red-winged Blackbird (7); Common Grackle (9); House Finch (6);
    (report from Kevin Bourinot).

  • 10/18/15 -- Moose Hill WWMA, Paxton
    Highlights at Moose Hill WWMA today were: 4 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 150+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 44 Yellow Palm Warblers, 1 Western Palm Warbler (for those who care), 1 Black-throated Green and 1 Blackpoll Warbler, 125+ Chipping Sparrows, 50+ White-throated Sparrows, (NO White-crowned!) 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 35 Song Sparrows, only 10 Swamp Sparrows and 6 Rusty Blackbirds.
  • Yesterday (10/17) I saw an adult Snow Goose with 30 Canada's fly over the house.
    (report from Rodney Jenkins)

  • 10/18/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Rough-legged Hawk 4 ; American Kestrel 3 ; Merlin 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: 2 Turkey Vultures & 3 Red-Tailed Hawks.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Yellowrump warblers, Blue Jays, Canada Geese
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 10/18/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Turkey Vulture 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 2 ; Red-tailed Hawk 4 .
  • Raptor Observations: non migrating 3 BE's and 2 RT's. The brakes were put on a slowish flight by heavy clouds and several snow squalls.
  • Non-raptor Observations: A dozen + Ravens, 90 migrating Canada Geese, 2 C. Loons moving southbound.
    (report from Tom Pirro)

  • 10/17/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We had a nice last MAS class trip to WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, even though the windy conditions made it difficult to bird at times. We visited: Gates 8, 10, 17, 25, 37, Scar Hill Bluffs, and finally the dam.
  • BIRDS seen included: Common Loon (12); Double-crested Cormorant (38); Turkey Vulture (1); Canada Goose (102); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (6); Blue-winged Teal (1); Green-winged Teal (4); Common Merganser (24); Osprey (2); Bald Eagle (1ad: nice views); Red-tailed Hawk (3: incuding pair in display flight); Bonaparte's Gull (1); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Golden-crowned Kinglet (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Hermit Thrush (1); American Pipit (7); Yellow-rumped Warbler (39: we got to watch some feasting on the berries of Poison Ivy); Palm Warbler (10); Blackpoll Warbler (1); Savannah Sparrow (9)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/14/15 -- Leicester
    At the reservoir on Mullberry St/rt.56 I had a rather late Least Sandpiper. Also, 1 Solitary Sandpiper and 4 Killdeer. There was no sign of any of them on October 15. (report from Rodney Jenkins)

    10/12/2015 -- Barre Falls Dam, Barre
    Great teamwork at the hawkwatch today, from Liam Hart, Bill Lafleche, Dave Grant, and Donna Schilling, produced nine species of raptors in an impossibly blue sky.  Migrants: Turkey Vulture 3; Osprey 3; Bald Eagle (subadult) 1; Sharp-shinned Hawk 8; Cooper's Hawk 2; Red-tailed Hawk 2; American Kestrel 2; Merlin 1; Peregrine Falcon 1. (report from Donna Schilling)

    10/11/15 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields/Sturbridge
    Our MAS class trip today was to the Quabog IBA in the Brookfields/Sturbridge area. We really only hit a very few spots within that IBA. We started at far too foggy Lake Quabog (though we managed 3 yellowlegs there), then off to a hike at Wells State Park, then back to Lake Quabog, on to Quacumquasit Wildlife Management Area and ended up at Lake Lashaway. We missed entirely the Richardson WMA, Lake Wickabog, Elm Hill MAS and the new East Quabbin Land Trust property, and that's just for starters.
  • Birds included: Double-crested Cormorant (3); Great Blue Heron (9: including 1 that attempted to eat a turtle, but eventually gave up); Canada Goose (361); Wood Duck (4); A Black Duck (6); Mallard (28); Green-winged Teal (3); Cooper's Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Killdeer (2); Greater Yellowlegs (5); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (6); N Flicker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (1: great views as it flew across our view); Eastern Phoebe (2); Golden-crowned Kinglet (3); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (8); Hermit Thrush (5); Gray Catbird (12); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); Palm Warbler (2); C Yellowthroat (1);
      SPARROWS: Eastern Towhee (7); Chipping (6); Field (2); Savannah (9); Song (19); Swamp (24); White-throated (43); Dark-eyed Junco (2);.
    Red-winged Blackbird (60+); Rusty Blackbird (11);
  • We also had a great display of blooming WITCH HAZEL.
    (report from Mark Lynch).

  • 10/10/2015 -- Barre Falls Dam, Barre
    Today, following a cold front, Barre Falls hawk watchers recorded: Bald Eagle 1; Northern Harrier 2; Sharp-shinned Hawk 14; Cooper's Hawk 2; Broad-winged Hawk (imm.) 1; American Kestrel 1. Additional observations included 534 Canada Geese, migrating. (report from Donna Schilling)

    10/10/15 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today we birded Wachusett Reservoir. We started by hiking Gate 8, and also went to Scar Hill Bluffs, Gate 17, River Road, several gates along the dike and ended at the dam. Birds seen included: Common Loon (13); Double-crested Cormorant (56); Canada Goose (23); Mallard (11); SURF SCOTER (4: 1 from the dike, 3 others in the outflow pond on the other side of the dam, which is a very weird place for them); Common Goldeneye (1f continues); RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (1f); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Common Raven (3); Golden-crowned Kinglet (8); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (9); Eastern Bluebird (16); Hermit Thrush (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (11); (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    10/8/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Black Vulture 1 ; Turkey Vulture 2 ; Osprey 1 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 27 ; Cooper's Hawk 3 ; American Kestrel 10 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: 2 immature Bald Eagles (non-migrating) flew to North. Plenty of Sharpies
  • Non-raptor Observations: 9 Gulls, 3 Ravens & 18 Cormorants in late PM.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 10/8/15 -- Mile Hill Rd, Wachusett Reservoir, Clinton
    At Mile Hill Rd, there were 14 White-winged Scoters, 3 Black Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, and 2 Bonaparte's Gulls. The scoters are species #194 and 195 photographed this year in Worcester County.
  • Also at Quabog Pond: 1 Killdeer-2 Bonaparte's Gull
    I have never had better looks at Bonies in this county than today. Birds flew in within 20 feet of me. photos on my flickr.
    (report from Justin Lawson).

  • 10/7/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Turkey Vulture 8 ; Bald Eagle 8 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Golden Eagle 2 ; American Kestrel 2 .
  • Raptor Observations: Good Bald Eagle day with total of eleven but three immatures were flying North (not migrating). 2 Immature Golden Eagles. Locals: Red-Tailed Hawk, Turkey Vultures
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 10/5/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 1 ; Bald Eagle 1 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 ; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: I mature Bald Eagle. 2 migrating Red-Tailed Hawks moving from NE to SW.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 10/5/15 -- Gate 36 Wachusett Reservoir, Sterling
    I was able to see the Northern Wheatear that Justin Lawson found on the dike at Gate 36 Wachusett today between 3:50-4:20. (report from Scott Ricker).

    10/4/15 -- Sterling
    In Sterling I had
  • Wachusett Reservoir Dike: Northern Wheatear, 10 American Pipit, 13 Common Loon, 8 DC Comorant.
  • Coachlace Pond: 2 Lesser Scaup
  • Newell Hill Road: 8 Eastern Blue Birds
  • Sterling Peat: 4 White throated sparrows
    Also a ruby-throated hummingbird at my sisters at Ledge Crest Drive off Airport Drive (Worcester).
    (report from Susan LaBree).

  • 10/4/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 3 ; Bald Eagle 4 ; Northern Harrier 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 ; Cooper's Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 1 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Local birds - 6 Turkey Vultures and 4 Red-Tailed Hawks. 4 Bald Eagles - 3 mature & 1 immature.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Ravens - 6, Blue Jays - 19, & Phoebes - 8.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 10/4/15 -- Quabbin Park, Quabbin Reservoir
    Despite the wind and cold, my MAS class had a great trip to SOUTH QUABBIN/QUABBIN PARK: Common Loon (2); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (1); Turkey Vulture (2); Wood Duck (17); American Black Duck (21); Blue-winged Teal (1); Green-winged Teal (2); Bald Eagle (3: 2ad+1 sub ad); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ring-billed Gull (111); Mourning Dove (18); Belted Kingfisher (1); Hairy Woodpecker (3); Northern Flicker (7); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Eastern Phoebe (5); Blue Jay (166: obvious movement west); American Crow (37); Common Raven (2); Black-capped Chickadee (11); Tufted Titmouse (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (2); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); House Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (5); Swainson's Thrush (1); American Robin (3); Gray Catbird (13); Yellow-rumped Warbler (6); Eastern Towhee (5); Chipping Sparrow (7); Savannah Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (12); Swamp Sparrow (3); White-throated Sparrow (14); Northern Cardinal (1); American Goldfinch (8);
  • Other vertebrates seen included great views of: Eastern Coyote; River Otter (3); Eastern Garter Snake (4); Milk Snake (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/3/15 -- Gate 36, Wachusett Reservoir, Sterling
    The Wheatear (see 10/1 report) continues to put on a good show feeding and sitting up on the rocks of the dike as of today. Here are some photos of the Wheatear. (report from Garry Kessler).

    10/3/15 -- Sterling Meadows, Sterling
    I have an eastern Phoebe in back of my patio at Sterling Meadows, seen about three times at around 11 o'clock sitting on the fence -- really cool! (report from Anita Griffis).

    10/1/15 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights during the past week:
  • 10/1/15 (at dusk): 1 DC Cormorant, 1 GB Heron, 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 E Phoebe, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler, 1 Pine Warbler, 4 C Grackle
  • 9/29/15: 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • 9/28: 1 GB Heron, 2 Green Herons, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Gray Catbird, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 10/1/15 -- Gate 36, Wachusett Reservoir, Sterling
    This afternoon I found a NORTHERN WHEATEAR at Gate 36 (in Sterling near the Clinton line on the northwest side of the reservoir). Pics will be on blog. (report from Justin Lawson).

    9/29/15 -- Berlin
    My wife (just got married) and I were treated to a concert of barred owls this evening (2135hrs). From what we could gather based upon location and number of calls, I'd say we had three or four owls in our front and back yard simultaneously. (report from Randy Langer).

    9/29/15 -- Westborough WMA
    Today Tim Spahr and Matt Garvey found a Clay-colored Sparrow around the abandoned shack at the Ballfields Entrance in the thickets near the Norway Spruce. Photos are here. This was my 189th bird photographed on the year in Worcester County for my Worcester County Photographic Big Year. Updates on my blog. (report from Justin Lawson).

    9/28/15 -- Rice Ciry Pond, Uxbridge
    One of the Great Egrets is still being seen at Rice City Pond on Hartford Ave in Uxbridge as of today. (report from Beth Milke)

    9/27/15 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Birds seen in the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA today with our MAS class: Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (74); Wood Duck (33); Mallard (1); Broad-winged Hawk (66: including 1 kettle of 60); Wild Turkey (10); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Mourning Dove (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (2); E Phoebe (10); Blue-headed Vireo (14); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (46); A Crow (3); C Raven (2); Black-capped Chickadee (63); Red-breasted Nuthatch (4); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (15); Gray-cheeked Thrush (1); Swainson's Thrush (1+); Hermit Thrush (4+); A Robin (30+); Gray Catbird (42); Cedar Waxwing (8); N Cardinal (2); Red-winged Blackbird (15);.
  • RUTLAND: THAYER POND: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Wood Duck (14); Killdeer (2);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/27/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 4 ; Bald Eagle 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 8 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 13 ; American Kestrel 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Very quiet today. The raptors may have left for the season. Locals: 2 Red-Tailed Hawks; 12 or more Turkey Vultures.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Blue Jays, Juncos, American Towhees
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/27/15 -- Barre Falls Dam, Barre
    Weekend totals (9/26-9/27) from the Barre Falls Hawk Watch were:  Osprey 7; Bald Eagle 1; Sharp-shinned Hawk 9; Cooper's Hawk 1; BROAD-WINGED HAWK 675; Red-tailed Hawk 1; American Kestrel 1. 
  • On 9/26, at 12:55 pm EST, 600 Broad-wings suddenly appeared in our northern view as if by magic, anchored by a single Osprey. In just 3 minutes, they were gone. Forming the perfect coda to this astonishing spectacle was one adult Bald Eagle. A similar, but much less dramatic, event occurred Sunday morning (9/27) when a kettle of 65 Broad-wings materialized in the blue sky.  On both days only a handful of additional Broad-winged Hawks were observed.
  • Non-raptor observations:  1 Snow Goose, traveling with Canada Geese.  162 Canada Geese; 2 Monarch Butterflies.
    (report from Donna Schilling).

  • 9/26/15 -- Westboro/Northboro
    Today we birded a few areas in the WESTBORO WMA. Birds variety was poor. Highlights, such as they were:
  • WESTBORO WMA: Great Blue Heron (3); Canada Goose (60); Wood Duck (3); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Pileated Woodpecker (3); E Phoebe (9); E Bluebird (4); Gray Catbird (46); Yellow-rumped Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (1); Palm Warbler (5); C Yellowthroat (6); White-throated Sparrow (8); Indigo Bunting (2); Red-winged Blackbird (22);
  • Then, at BARTLETT POND, NORTHBORO: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Green Heron (2); Mute Swan (5); Killdeer (3); Spotted Sandpiper (2); American Pipit (6); Northern Waterthrush (1);
  • At SuAsCo, Westboro: Double-crested Cormorant (12); Great Blue Heron (1); Great Egret (1); Mute Swan (48); Canada Goose (75); Mallard (29); Green-winged Teal (7); Blue-winged Teal (1);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/26/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today, and season summary:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Black Vulture                0              0              0
    Turkey Vulture               5              8              8
    Osprey                      18             71             72
    Bald Eagle                   3             55             58
    Northern Harrier             3              8              8
    Sharp-shinned Hawk          56            263            266
    Cooper's Hawk                7             77             78
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0              0              0
    Broad-winged Hawk          769           5692           5723
    Red-tailed Hawk              0              0              0
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 0              0              0
    American Kestrel             7             38             38
    Merlin                       1             45             45
    Peregrine Falcon             0              8              8
    
  • Raptor Observations: Nice morning, though initially a few very "blinky" kettles were very distant to east. Then a nice dense group ~325 were within reasonable range to the NW, then a few more "Blinky" kettles to the NW, coming off or rather toward "Pack". We were thinking maybe Pack had another big flight and surpassed 20K for the season? we'll see, hopefully someone got MuCullough's birds!..we got a piece of it and were pleased.
  • Non-raptor Observations: ~425 Canada Geese, 3 DC Corms, 1/2 dozen Monarchs, a few dozen ravens.
    (report from Tom Pirro)

  • 9/26/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today, and season summary:
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Black Vulture                0              1              1
    Turkey Vulture               0              0             12
    Osprey                       6            180            187
    Bald Eagle                   7            110            118
    Northern Harrier             3             15             16
    Sharp-shinned Hawk           9            289            295
    Cooper's Hawk                4             62             68
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             12
    Broad-winged Hawk           54          11158          11189
    Red-tailed Hawk              0              2             12
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 0              2              2
    American Kestrel             3             93            101
    Merlin                       0             25             26
    Peregrine Falcon             2             30             30
    
  • Raptor Observations: Local Birds: 10 Turkey Vultures, 2 Immature Red-Tailed Hawks playing throughout the day. Some dog-fighting with Sharpies dive-bombing immature Red-Tailed Hawks. Broad-Winged Hawks are staying north of Mount Wachusett.
  • Non-raptor Observations: 7 Ravens, 146 Canada Geese, Commorant.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/25/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 13 ; Bald Eagle 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 33 ; Cooper's Hawk 3 ; American Kestrel 8 ; Merlin 2 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: No Broad-Winged Hawks seen. Lots of Osprey and Sharpie activity. Local Turkey Vultures, immature Red-Tailed Hawks playing all day. Bald Eagles were all immatures.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Blue Jays, Juncos, Ravens & Canadian Geese.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/25/15 -- All Faiths Cemetery/Leesvile Pond, Worcester
    Today I walked down the bank on the extreme right side of the cemetery, where a bench is next to the shore.I saw a Great Blue Heron next to the shore. I started snapping pictures when I heard a female voice say "He is stuck" A young amorous couple was having lunch on the bench near the juvenile Great Blue Heron, which was tangled up in fishing line . I took off my shoes and socks, waded in to help the nervous GBH .I turned around to ask the couple to retrieve a knife from my backpack, and they had disappeared. I was able to snap the line which was wrapped around the bird all over it and untangle the line which was stuck in between the feathers of his wing. His (or her) wing was badly damaged, and he could not fly.I called The Fish and Wildlife, they instructed me to call The Animal Rescue League in Boston. I got an answering machine and left a message. It would require a canoe, or rowboat, and maybe a large net to rescue this wounded animal.It is probably hiding near the shore at the end of the cemetery on the right, maybe in between the shore and the tiny island next to the peninsula. Any help or suggestions to save this bird would be nice. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    9/24/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today:
    -------------------------------------------------------------------
    Species            Day's Count    Month Total   Season Total
    ------------------ ----------- -------------- --------------
    Black Vulture                0              1              1
    Turkey Vulture               0              0             12
    Osprey                       4            161            168
    Bald Eagle                   4            100            108
    Northern Harrier             2             12             13
    Sharp-shinned Hawk          26            247            253
    Cooper's Hawk                7             55             61
    Northern Goshawk             0              0              0
    Red-shouldered Hawk          0             10             12
    Broad-winged Hawk           25          11104          11135
    Red-tailed Hawk              0              2             12
    Rough-legged Hawk            0              0              0
    Golden Eagle                 1              2              2
    American Kestrel             6             82             90
    Merlin                       1             23             24
    Peregrine Falcon             1             27             27
    
  • Raptor Observations: Second Golden Eagle of the season. A lot of Sharpies. Local Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawks putting on a show most of the day. Local Turkey Vultures.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Blue Jays, Juncos, and kettle of 10 Ravens.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/24/15 -- Quinapoxet Reservoir, Holden
    This morning from the chain link fence at the Quinapoxet Reservoir I saw a Stilt Sandpiper. It was feeding close to the fence. Some crows walking nearby made it nervous. It took off and flew out of sight to the west side. (report from Bart Kamp).

    9/23/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 11 ; Bald Eagle 6 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 10 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 23 ,
  • Raptor Observations: Bald Eagles were a mixture of mature & immature birds. Broad-Wing flight never happened. Even with lots of Sun, there were few thermals created. Local Red-Shouldered Hawk and 4 Red-Tailed Hawks (local mature & immature).
  • Non-raptor Observations: Blue Jays; Three American Towhees; 25+ Ravens - One was a kettle of 14 birds.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/22/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 1 ; Bald Eagle 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Local Red-Tailed Hawks (immature)-4. Local Turkey Vultures. 1 Local Black Vulture - 1 year bird (seen in AM & PM). Unconfirmed report of three more Juvenile 1 Year Black Vultures feeding on same carrion in same place. Bald Eagle was a mature bird. Most of migrating Broad-Winged Hawks were held to the North due prevailing upper SE Wind.
  • Non-raptor Observations: 4 to 5 Juncos on Summit. American Towhees, Blue Jays.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/21/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Turkey Vulture 3 ; Osprey 4 ; Bald Eagle 2 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 40 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Broad-winged Hawk 259 ; American Kestrel 11 ; Merlin 8 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Several close SS, AK's and BW's. Local RT's put a nice show. Several TV"s milling about and a few were likely on the move. Largest BW kettle was 62 and few in the 20's, for a while in the morning it looked like there might be a "late inning rally", but mother nature brought in the closer. Not a big day but very nice! Merlins continued to show well for our site.
  • Non-raptor Observations: A few ravens put on a ridiculously close display of acrobatics and vocalization....that's what I want to be when I grow up! 1 C. Loon,headed west, likely a local bird out for a wing stretch.
    (report from Tom Pirro)

  • 9/21/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 8 ; Bald Eagle 4 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 38 ; Cooper's Hawk 3 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 2 ; Broad-winged Hawk 369 ; American Kestrel 18 ; Merlin 5 .
  • Raptor Observations: Bulk of Broad-Winged Activity in the morning. Less activity as the PM progressed. 4 Mature Bald Eagles. Sharpie dive-bombing a Red-Tailed Hawk Local Merlin, Local Turkey Vultures.
  • Non-raptor Observations: American Towhee; Juncos; Blue Jays; 10 Ravens.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/20/15 -- Bolton Flats, Bolton
    Highlights of the Forbush Bird Club trip to Bolton Flats WMA were flights of American Robins and red-winged blackbirds leaving roosts, many Eastern Phoebes with the majority seen from the red barn entrance off rt 110, and hawks migrating throughout mid-morning. Specific numerical highlights were Wood Duck (6); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Osprey (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (4); Cooper's Hawk (4); Broad-winged Hawk (4); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Northern Flicker (8); Pileated Woodpecker (2); American Kestrel (3); Eastern Phoebe (24); Eastern Bluebird (6); American Robin (151); Gray Catbird (14); Cedar Waxwing (5); Common Yellowthroat (17); Palm Warbler (11); Chipping Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow ( 8); Song Sparrow (32); Lincoln's Sparrow (5); Swamp Sparrow (16); Indigo Bunting (1); Bobolink (15); Red-winged Blackbird (470); Common Grackle (36); American Goldfinch (29).
    (report from Kevin Bourinot, fide Deb Berard).

    9/20/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 22 ; Bald Eagle 15 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 35 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 4 ; Broad-winged Hawk 911 ; American Kestrel 10 ; Merlin 4 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Bald Eagles - 5 Adult, 9 immature. Another 8 or so roaming around. Also many local TVs, Red-Tailed Hawks, Broad-Winged Hawks and a Cooper's Hawk. 3 Broad-Winged Hawks with full crops; over a dozen Broad-Winged kettles with 20 to 50 birds.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Juncos, American Towhees, Catbirds, & Blue Jays. Also a banner year for acorns.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/20/15 -- Quaboag IBA
    Today we birded the QUABOG IBA visiting all 4 large ponds/lakes; Elm Hill MAS and hiked in the new E Quabbin Land Trust area Pynchon Mill (across from the north end of Lake Wickabog). Land birds were tough to come by. The water at Lake Quabog has lowered a bit and the edge along the southeastern side had all the shorebirds.
  • Highlights: Great Blue Heron (6); Green Heron (1); Blue-winged Teal (2); Green-winged Teal (2); Bald Eagle (2ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Killdeer (6); Greater Yellowlegs (6); Semipalmated Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (12); Belted Kingfisher (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1); E Phoebe (21); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Winter Wren (1);
      WARBLERS: Pine (3 singing); Black and White (1); C Yellowthroat (8)
    Swamp Sparrow (11); Indigo Bunting (2); Red-winged Blackbird (flock of 22 in marsh)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/20/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 13 ; Bald Eagle 6 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 39 ; Cooper's Hawk 5 ; Broad-winged Hawk 476 ; American Kestrel 2 ; Merlin 4 .
  • Raptor Observations: Largest BW kettle was just over 40, with a few others in the 20 range and several in the teens. A local RT or two in the area. Still many TV's "on the fence".
  • Non-raptor Observations: 3 monarch butterflies, yellow-rumped and Blackpoll warblers, several Ravens and Pileated Woodpecker being the most noteable
    (report from Tom Pirro)

  • 9/19/15 -- Otter River, Winchendon/South Royalston
    Today we birded the Otter River SF-Birch Hill Dam parcel in Winchendon and South Royalston. Bird numbers and variety were very low and we went through many areas that had nothing. Many breeding birds have left and most migrants were absent. Highlights: Wood Duck (23); A Black Duck (2); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); A Kestrel (3); Merlin (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); E Phoebe (42); Blue-headed Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (52); Red-breasted Nuthatch (41); House Wren (2); Hermit Thrush (1); Lincoln Sparrow (1); Swamp Sparrow (21); White-throated Sparrow (22);
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    9/19/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 2 ; Bald Eagle 4 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 ; Cooper's Hawk 9 ; Broad-winged Hawk 85 ; American Kestrel 7 ; Merlin 4 ; Peregrine Falcon 3 .
  • Raptor Observations: Very few Broad-winged kettles seemed to form in the winds today - a few groups of ambitious 'Wings got together, but seemed to be losing migratory progress. However, we were treated to several very close looks by the Accipiters and Falcons today. A Coop/Sharpie tandem played overhead, delighting visitors with a close look at these cousins. A handful of Peregrine Falcons also made for delightful viewing.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Red-tailed Hawks again were prominent today - at least 7 individuals with 5 being airborne at one point. I'm not exactly sure when to call them migrants vs. locals, but it was rather exciting to find 5 together. 17 Turkey Vultures (non-migrating) and 5 Common Ravens rounded out the day.
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/19/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 7 ; Bald Eagle 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 71 ; American Kestrel 2 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Low number of Raptors flying due to SW winds. Local birds - 4 Red-Tailed Hawks, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 2 Sharp-Shinned Hawks, 8 Turkey Vultures.
  • Non-raptor Observations: American Towhees - 3 and variety of Juncos. Ravens - 16
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/18/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 4 ; Bald Eagle 5 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 7 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Broad-winged Hawk 187 ; American Kestrel 1 ; Merlin 4 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Broad-wings seemed to be kettling early over the West side of Watatic, but that action did not continue as the South winds took over. My closest looks of the year for Bald Eagles occurred today - with a 2nd or 3rd year bird going directly over the summit, and a full adult passing below it. We had a few inter-species fights as per usual - including a Peregrine getting pricked by a Kestrel, and a Merlin assailing a Red-tail. Photo highlights from the season can be found here.
  • Non-raptor Observations: The most local Red-tailed Hawk action of my season occurred today as well, with probably 5 individuals passing over the summit at various times throughout the day - none appeared to be migrants. Also, the usual 16 Turkey Vultures (non-migrating) and a few Common Ravens.
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/18/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 16 ; Bald Eagle 7 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 16 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 430 ; American Kestrel 7 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 2 .
  • Raptor Observations: 3 Local Red-Tailed Hawks, 1 Cooper's Hawk, 1 Peregrine Falcon. Obvious reduction in number of migrating birds
  • Non-raptor Observations: Juncos & American Towhees
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/17/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 6 ; Bald Eagle 8 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 18 ; Cooper's Hawk 13 ; Broad-winged Hawk 2475 ; American Kestrel 3 ; Merlin 3 .
  • Raptor Observations: Completely quiet until 10:15am EDT, when the kettles began to emerge from the green off the east side of Watatic. About 500 Broad-wings per hour came through over the next 5 hours... some huge kettles and some very long streams. The pinnacle of the day was a massive, super-kettle at 2:05pm EDT - with 275 'Wings in a massive column off the East side of the mountain. Several kettles were within naked eye sight of the summit. Great day for Broad-wings, nothing noteworthy on the other species.
  • Non-raptor Observations: 27 Turkey Vultures (non-migrating), 6 Common Ravens, 2 Red-tailed Hawks (non-migrating), 15 Canada Geese, and 2 Barn Swallows.
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/17/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 34 ; Bald Eagle 5 ; Northern Harrier 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 ; Cooper's Hawk 5 ; Broad-winged Hawk 5433 ; American Kestrel 6 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 4 .
  • Raptor Observations: Local TV s - 9, Red-Tailed Hawks (Local mature & immature),1 Unconfirmed Northern Goshawk, & 1 Local Merlin.
  • Non-raptor Observations: American Towhees; Blue Jays; Juncos
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/17/15 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we birded around the southern section of the Ware River Watershed IBA. Migrants were tough to come by and there were long stretches of forest where we hardly turned up any birds. We stopped by the Barre Falls hawkwatch site and when we were there, the dedicated hawkwatchers were having a slow day (so far) and the clear skies weren't making it any easier.
  • Highlights: Great Blue Heron (3); Wood Duck (25); N Harrier (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (2); NORTHERN GOSHAWK (1imm: seen very well perched and flying); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Belted Kingfisher (3); N Flicker (16); E Wood Peewee (6); E Phoebe (28); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Blue-headed Vireo (10); Red-eyed Vireo (4); House Wren (6); Swainson?s Thrush (1); Hermit Thrush (7); Cedar Waxwing (51);
      WARBLERS: N Parula (3); Chestnut-sided (1); Black-throated Blue (1); Yellow-rumped (6); Black-throated Green (22); Blackburnian (1); Pine (34); Prairie (2); Palm (1); Blackpoll (1: our first for the fall migration season); Black and White (2); A Redstart (4); C Yellowthroat (24)
    E Towhee (23); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2);.
  • Still many darner species flying and Buck Moths are beginning to be seen zipping over fields.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/16/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 8 ; Bald Eagle 6 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Broad-winged Hawk 1537 ; American Kestrel 4 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 2 .
  • Raptor Observations: 4 Local Red-Tailed Hawks; 5 local Turkey Vultures; After 1:00 PM, Broad-Wings migration dried up and basically stopped for the PM.
  • Non-raptor Observations: 2 American Towhees; 5 Ravens;
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/16/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 9 ; Bald Eagle 7 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 25 ; Cooper's Hawk 10 ; Broad-winged Hawk 735 ; American Kestrel 7 ; Merlin 5 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: 2 to 3 "local" RT's, 1 ad and 1 juv. RS, 3-4 BE's , and a few dozen uncommitted TV's. Larger kettles ranged from the 40 to 70 range. Non-raptor Observations: 2 RT hummingbird, 1 Am. Pipit, a very vocal Pileated Woodpecker, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-rumped and Blackpoll Warblers. Flying ants from hell, not hundreds, not thousands but millions, covered us once the wind died off and large plumes seriously obstructing our view to the east for the late morning.
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/16/15 -- Berlin
    I had a small kettle (35) of broad-winged hawks right overhead at my place here in Berlin this morning around 10:30. Never seen them circling here before. (report from Randy Langer).

    9/16/15 -- Barre Falls Dam, Barre
    On a day that felt like mid-July, Barre Falls' observers tallied: Osprey 8; Bald Eagle 2; Northern Harrier 4; Sharp-shinned Hawk 24; BROAD-WINGED HAWK 1089; American Kestrel 1.
  • Non-raptor observations: 1 Monarch Butterfly.
    (report from Donna Schilling)

  • 9/15/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 6 ; Bald Eagle 6 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 29 ; Cooper's Hawk 8 ; Broad-winged Hawk 451 ; Merlin 2 . Raptor Observations: All was quiet until a slight dip in windspeed around 9:30am EDT, and then the kettling began! Broad-wings were assembling across the horizon in groups of 10-20, and peeling south with no resistance. For the next four hours, the pace continued - culminating with a huge mass of 55 birds around 12:30pm EDT. Very exciting! My only regret is how many distant kettles I might have missed as I was tracking the closer ones.
    The afternoon count was not as strong - and my suspicion is that I missed many high-altitude groups "in the blue", rising in the warm air. Still a great day for 'Wings, and Sharpies too!
  • Non-raptor Observations: 18 Turkey Vultures (non-migrating), 8 Common Ravens, 1 Red-tailed Hawk (non-migrating), 15 Canada Geese, 1 Gull sp.
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/15/15 -- Barre Falls Dam, Barre
    Several Central MA observers enjoyed the first good hawk flight of the season today at Barre Falls.  Totals for 9/15:  Osprey 4; Bald Eagle 2; Northern Harrier 1; Sharp-shinned Hawk 3; Cooper's Hawk 1; Red-shouldered Hawk 1; BROAD-WINGED HAWK 522; American Kestrel 2.
  • Non-raptor observations:  4 Monarch Butterflies.
    (report from Donna Schilling).

  • 9/15/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 16 ; Bald Eagle 18 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 30 ; Cooper's Hawk 6 ; Broad-winged Hawk 2027 ; Golden Eagle 1 ; American Kestrel 7 ; Peregrine Falcon 3 ;
  • Raptor Observations: 1 local Red-Shouldered Hawk; 1 local Cooper's Hawk; 7 local Turkey Vultures
  • Non-raptor Observations: 6 Ravens; American Towhees singing (not seen); 6 Juncos
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/14/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 6 ;
  • Raptor Observations: Local Turkey Vulture - 2; Local Cooper's Hawk - 1; Local Red-Tailed Hawks - 2; Local Broad-Winged Hawk - 1
  • Non-raptor Observations: Ravens - 8; Towhee - 1(seen) but others around; Local Blue Jays 3
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/14/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 2 ; Bald Eagle 8 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 ; Cooper's Hawk 5 ; Broad-winged Hawk 161 ; Merlin 2 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Striking bird on the approach to Watatic - an adult Red-shouldered Hawk (non-migrant) was hunting in a beaver pond near Wag Hill Road. Photos on my Flickr account. Other than that, fierce early winds meant only the strong flyers were up when I arrived. First bird of the day was a feisty Peregrine Falcon. However, around 12:15pm EDT, the winds eased a bit, and a huge flight picked up in advance of a line of showers around 1:30pm. Broad-wings were abundant in this hour - over 150 kettling and peeling in the stiff west wind! Unfortunately, after the shower, very little migrant action to report. Still best day of the season and a very exciting afternoon!
      Photo Highlights from this Fall Season can be found here.
    • Non-raptor Observations: 22 Common Ravens, 14 Turkey Vultures (non-migrating), 2 Red-tailed Hawks (non-migrating) and 1 very confused Double-Crested Cormorant.
      (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/12/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Black Vulture 1 ; Osprey 6 ; Bald Eagle 6 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 12 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 57 ; American Kestrel 1 ; Merlin 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Local Broad-Wings - 2; Local Red-Tailed Hawks - 6; Local Turkey Vultures - 25; The 11th Black Vulture ever recorded at MT. Wachusett. (Thanks to Drumlins Farm Peregrine Bird Club)
  • Non-raptor Observations: Ravens - 5; Hummingbird - 1; Chimney Swift - 1; Common Loon - 1; Tree Swallow - 3.
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/12/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 1 ; Bald Eagle 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 17 ; Cooper's Hawk 9 ; Broad-winged Hawk 55 ; Merlin 3 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: The 10am EDT hour seemed like the opening of the gates we were waiting for: 40 birds that hour rode thermals near the East Summit, bringing several Broad-wings close to the site. Rest of the day sputtered and slowed to a trickle by afternoon. Inter-species highlights were a Peregrine Falcon vs. Common Raven dogfight, as well as a brief Merlin vs. Broad-winged Hawk tussle. Photo Highlights from this Fall Season can be found here.
  • Non-raptor Observations: 15+ Ravens throughout the day, 10 non-migrant Turkey Vultures, 2 non-migrant Red-tailed Hawks, 2 non-migrant Bald Eagles, 3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

  • 9/11/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 4 ; Bald Eagle 6 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 9 ; Cooper's Hawk 7 ; Broad-winged Hawk 9 ; American Kestrel 4 ; Merlin 3 ; Peregrine Falcon 4 ;
  • Raptor Observations: 3 Red-Shouldered Hawks (Local); 10 and more immature & mature Red-Tailed Hawks (Local) & some nice shows of immatures playing; 11 local Turkey Vultures. A nice show of a PG fighting an immature Red-Tailed Hawk.
  • Non-raptor Observations: Ravens - 3; Juncos - 2
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/10/15 -- Uxbridge
    2 Great Egrets were at J.Whitin Pond off E. Hartford Avenue near the Rte 122 intersection. Egrets have been seen here and/or at Rice City Pond since July 25. (report from Beth Milke)

    9/10/15 -- Quabog Pond Boat Ramp, Brookfield
    This morning there were 3 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 11 Killdeer, 4 Semipalmated Plovers, 50+ Least Sandpipers, 2 Blue-winged Teal, and 1 Northern Shoveler.  (report from Justin Lawson).

    9/9/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 2 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: 16 Local Turkey Vultures; 7 Red-Tailed Hawks (local)
  • Non-raptor Observations: 8 Ravens 2 Chimney Swifts
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 9/8/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 ; Broad-winged Hawk 1 ; Merlin 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Turkey Vultures - 11 local; Immature & mature Broad Wing -2; 11 Local Turkey Vultures; 2 Local Broad-Wings (Mature & Immature); 1 Local Red-Shouldered.
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 9/8/15 -- Quinapauxet Reservoir, Holden
    This AM there was a group of 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS (adult post breeding) and 1juvenile BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. The latter was separate from the flock of golden plovers. We watched them for 15+ minutes, then drove south to the overlook of the southern part of the reservoir, and the Golden Plovers had flown in those 5 seconds! The Black-bellied remained. Other birds there included Common Loon (1 calling); Double-crested Cormorant (3); Green-winged Teal (3); Killdeer (17); Greater Yellowlegs (6); Lesser Yellowlegs (2); Spotted Sandpiper (3); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Semipalmated Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (5). (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    9/7/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 2 ; Bald Eagle 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 ; Cooper's Hawk 2 ; Broad-winged Hawk 11 ; Merlin 3 .
  • Raptor Observations: Slow trickle of single birds today. Highlights were a pair of Merlins engaged in a fierce dogfight off the East summit.
  • Non-raptor Observations: 2 non-migrant Red-tailed Hawks, 5 Common Ravens, 15 non-migrant Turkey Vultures.
    (report from Tom Pirro)

  • 9/6/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 2 22 29 Bald Eagle 2 19 27 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 30 36 Cooper's Hawk 1 12 18 Broad-winged Hawk 6 28 59 Peregrine Falcon 1 8 8
  • Raptor Observations: immature BE, Local Merlin - Feisty; Red-Tailed Hawks (6 local); 14 Turkey Vultures (local)
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 9/6/15 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we birded a few roads in the southern sections of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Most of the birds were seen before 9AM, and then activity slacked off dramatically.
  • Highlights: Great Blue Heron (1); Wood Duck (23); Sharp-shinned Hawk (2); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); N Flicker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (5); E Wood Peewee (2); E Phoebe (21); Blue-headed Vireo (8); Red-eyed Vireo (15); Philadelphia Vireo (1: Sheila got a pic); C Raven (2); Tree Swallow (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (17); House Wren (2); Veery (1); Hermit Thrush (8); Gray Catbird (47);
      WARBLERS: Nashville (1); Yellow (1); Chestnut-sided (11); Magnolia (2); Black-throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (9); Black-throated Green (20); Blackburnian (4); Pine (6); Prairie (4); Black and White (2); Ovenbird (2); C Yellowthroat (11)
    Scarlet Tanager (3); E Towhee (26); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2);
  • Plus: an outstanding display of CLOSED GENTIAN (1000+ plants); and FRINGED GENTIAN also out.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/5/15 -- Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton
    Highlights of the Forbush Bird Club walk included good close looks at two young Common Ravens, an immature Broad-winged Hawk that was a challenge to identify (but luckily hawk watchers Donna & Dave were there). Eastern Phoebes were everywhere and a young porcupine slowly ascended a nearby tree. There were 35 recorded species, including Ruby-throated Hummingbird; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Eastern Wood-pewee; Red-eyed Vireo; House Wren; Gray Catbird; Cedar Waxwing; Ovenbird; Common Yellowthroat; Eastern Towhee; Chipping Sparrow; Song Sparrow; Rose-breasted Grosbeak; Brown-headed Cowbird; (report from Joan Gallagher)

    9/5/15 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 4 ; Bald Eagle 2 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 28 ; Merlin 6 .
  • Raptor Observations: Slow but steady trickle of migrants: non-migrat raptors included Juv. Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, 2or 3 Coppers, 3 Bald Eagles and a few ad. Broad-wings that still appeared to be holding territory. A few dozens Turkey Vurltures were milling about the area.
  • Non-raptor Observations: 6 Ruby-throated hummingbirds, including one that made contact with a Merlin. Other notable species included 2 Tree and Barn Swallows, 2 north bound C. Nighthawks, 15-20 ravens scattled about.
    (report from Tom Pirro)

  • 9/5/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 4 ; Bald Eagle 7 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 6 ; Cooper's Hawk 3 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 9 ; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 1 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 4 .
  • Raptor Observations: 8 Turkey Vultures, 1 local Cooper's Hawk,1 Local Broad-wing.5 Local Red-Tailed Hawks. Between 1:49 pm & 2:36 - 4 Pergrine Falcons in 47 minutes heading south. Red-Shouldered Hawk (Local?)
  • Non-raptor Observations: Ravens -3
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 9/5/15 -- Gate 43, Quabbin Reservoir
    Late this afternoon in the cove at the end of the short paved road from the Quabbin gate 43 porta-potty among the shorebirds were 3 Semipalmated Plovers. (report from Bart Kamp).

    9/5/15 -- Otter River SF, Winchenden/South Royalston
    Today we birded the wooded parcel between (and including); OTTER RIVER SF and BIRCH HILL DAM ACE. Birds were very much in discrete mixed species flocks and though these flocks were moving, it was tough to say if it was actual migration or just "staging" for migration. There were long stretches with no birds, then you would suddenly come across a flock and you would try to see as many as you could before they continued on through the forest.
  • Highlights: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (3); Turkey Vulture (8); Wood Duck (22); Sharp-shinned Hawk (2); Broad-winged Hawk (6); Wild Turkey (22); Barred Owl (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); N Flicker (5); Pileated Woodpecker (2); E Wood Peewee (1); E Phoebe (37); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (14); C Raven (2); Red-breasted Nuthatch (36); House Wren (4); Winter Wren (2); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1: this species definitely does not breed here); Gray Catbird (56);
      WARBLERS: Nashville (2: 1 bird continually sang the last part of its song alternating with constant chip notes); Chestnut-sided (8); Black-throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (27: many just fledged birds); Black-throated Green (15); Blackburnian (1); Pine (95); Prairie (1); Bay-breasted (1: an obvious migrant); Black and White (4); A Redstart (4); Ovenbird (3); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (35)
    Scarlet Tanager (4); E Towhee (17); White-throated Sparrow (16); Baltimore Oriole (1)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/4/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 12 ; Bald Eagle 8 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 7 ; American Kestrel 4 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 2 .
  • Raptor Observations: Red-Tailed Hawks (14 Local) - not leaving. Bald Eagles - 8 (4 immature) & 4 mature. Turkey Vultures - 6 local. Cooper's Hawk - 1 local Merlin - 1 local Red-Shouldered Hawk - 1 local
  • Non-raptor Observations: Raven - 2 Chimney Swifts - 5 to 6
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 9/3/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Bald Eagle 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 5 ; Cooper's Hawk 3 ; Broad-winged Hawk 6 ; American Kestrel 2 ; Merlin 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: 17 Local Turkey Vultures; 1 Local Broadwing; 16 Red-Tailed Hawks (locals)
    (report from Rod Chase).

  • 9/3/15 -- Quinapoxet Reservoir, Holden
    This morning we checked QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR. NB: All Worcester reservoirs ar strictly OFF LIMITS, so you need to check what areas you can see from the road, and in the case of Quinapoxet, through a chain link fence along Princeton Street. Luckily, some great shorebird habitat is right in front of you. A scope is needed.
  • Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (3); Bald Eagle (1ad: every time we have visited this spot, we have had at least 1 Bald Eagle); Killdeer (17); Greater Yellowlegs (7); Lesser Yellowlegs (3); Spotted Sandpiper (4); Solitary Sandpiper (2); Least Sandpiper (7); Semipalmated Sandpiper (3); BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/2/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 ; Cooper's Hawk 2 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 1 ; American Kestrel 1 ; Merlin 1 .
  • Raptor Observations: Red-Tailed Hawks - 11 (local), some mature, some immature. TV's (local) 22
  • Non-raptor Observations: Cat birds, Blue Jays, Barn Swallows - 3, Junco - 1, Chimney swifts - 4
    (report from Rod Chase)

  • 9/1/15 -- Mount Wachusett, Princeton
    Raptors observed today: Osprey 1 ; Bald Eagle 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 ; Cooper's Hawk 2 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 1 ; American Kestrel 2 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
    (report from Rod Chase)

    For previous sightings, see August 2015 Archives or Archive Index