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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8/3/19 -- Winchendon-South Royalston
This morning we birded the Otter River SP-Birch Hill Dam ACE parcel in WINCHENDON and SOUTH ROYALSTON mostly in overcast conditions with periodic showers. Birds are very much in the post-breeding phase: song has dramatically dropped off (except for persistent singers like vireos and the occasional vocal outbursts) and many just fledged birds are moving about. We did have a good number of Hermit Thrushes singing, perhaps because of the dark and overcast conditions.
  • Great Blue Heron (3); Green Heron (1); Wood Duck (8); N Goshawk (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Solitary Sandpiper (all along the river); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Mourning Dove (2); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1f); Belted Kingfisher (1); Hairy Woodpecker (5); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    Alder Flycatcher (8: still calling); E Phoebe (6); E Kingbird (14); Blue-headed Vireo (7); Red-eyed Vireo (51); Blue Jay (6); A Crow (4); Tree Swallow (217); Bank Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (53); Black-capped Chickadee (46); Tufted Titmouse (5); Red-breasted Nuthatch (18); White-breasted Nuthatch (10); House Wren (3); Hermit Thrush (39); A Robin (3); Gray Catbird (38); Cedar Waxwing (1ad+2 yg in nest).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (2); Chestnut-sided (16); Black-throated Blue (3); Yellow-rumped (4); Black-throated Green (5); Blackburnian (2); Pine (21); Black and White (7); A Redstart (1); Ovenbird (1); C Yellowthroat (39);
    Scarlet Tanager (2); E Towhee (13); Chipping Sparrow (13); Song Sparrow (40); Swamp Sparrow (49); White-throated Sparrow (6); Indigo Bunting (2); Red-winged Blackbird (25); A Goldfinch (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/22/19 -- Broad Meadow Brook MAS, Worcester
    There was a juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron at Mass Audubon - Broad Meadow Brook, at 9:48 AM today. I did not originally find this bird. It was first seen here on Friday, 7/19/2019, by another birder whom I do not know. I heard about it "third-hand" and checked it out this morning. There is a series of granite benches on Troiano Trail. I observed the bird about sixty paces from the bench closet to Dunkirk Ave. Sixty paces from the bench walking back towards Dunkirk. It was right along the trailside edge of the brook in an area of thick vegetation. There is a low snag hanging into the water there, too. The bird was not easy to find. I was there about an hour before I spotted it while following a Solitary Sandpiper back upstream. The bird seemed active, it was moving slowly upstream along the muddy edge of the brook. It moved out of sight and I never saw it again. I think the bird was seen closer to the referenced bench on Friday. (report from Ed Kittredge)

    6/7/19 -- Quaboag River, Brookfield
    I saw an American Bittern while canoeing on the Quaboag River in Brookfield at 8 this morning. It let me approach closely, then walked into the marsh vegetation and disappeared. (report from Robert Brady)

    5/27/19 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we spent from dawn till mid-afternoon looking at birds, odonates, and butterflies in the southern section of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. For the first 3 hours, the biting/flying insects were fierce, horrible. Ticks (both Dog and Black-legged) were also out in force. Many of the roads really need grading and birders without high carriage vehicles really might want to give this whole area a pass for now. NB: with a few good exceptions, most of the birds were breeders.
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (1: nb: we didn’t visit any of the known rookeries); Canada Goose (4); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (pair in small bog in middle of forest. Never flew off even though we were in spitting distance); Broad-winged Hawk (4); Ruffed Grouse (1); Wild Turkey (1); Virginia Rail (2); Mourning Dove (10); Black-billed Cuckoo (6); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1); Chimney Swift (2 overhead); Belted Kingfisher (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (4).
    Olive-sided Flycatcher (2: 1 very vocal bird); E Wood Peewee (20); Alder Flycatcher (16); Willow Flycatcher (5); Least Flycatcher (18); E Phoebe (7); Great Crested Flycatcher (12); E Kingbird (6).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (5); Blue-headed (6); Warbling (3); Red-eyed (111).
    Blue Jay (14); A Crow (1); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (16); Black-capped Chickadee (6); Tufted Titmouse (13); Red-breasted Nuthatch (7); White-breasted Nuthatch (8); Carolina Wren (1: periphery of IBA); House Wren (2); Winter Wren (3); E Bluebird (1); Veery (43); Gray-cheeked Thrush (1: actually heard singing once; seen); Hermit Thrush (11); Wood Thrush (1); A Robin (33); Gray Catbird (54); Cedar Waxwing (16).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (5) Nashville (1); Yellow (19); Chestnut-sided (42); Black-throated Blue (3); Yellow-rumped (7); Black-throated Green (4); Blackburnian (3); Pine (27); Prairie (2); Black and White (13); A Redstart (7); Ovenbird (171); Mourning (1 very vocal bird near prison camp); C Yellowthroat (74).
    Scarlet Tanager (24); E Towhee (37); Chipping Sparrow (26); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (18); Swamp Sparrow (13); N Cardinal (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (13); Indigo Bunting (6); Bobolink (9); Red-winged Blackbird (91); C Grackle (23); Brown-headed Cowbird (5); Baltimore Oriole (7); A Goldfinch (9).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/26/19 -- Sibley Farm/Burncoat Wildlife Sanctuary, Spencer
    We hiked from the trailhead at Sibley Farm (Greater Worcester Land Trust) off Rte 9 (parking next to Ahearn's Equipment) and made our way over to Burncoat Sanctuary owned by MassAudubon. From hayfields ,woods and laurel groves, to old grown fields and several ponds there were some varying habitats. Highlight was hearing a Black-billed Cuckoo in the old field slope facing the Sanctuary parking lot. Birds were mostly ID'd by ear, some seen. Yellow Warbler, Bobolinks, Bluebird, Mallards, Red-winged Blackbirds, Grackles, Wood Peewee, Veery, Wood Thrush, Ovenbirds, Great Crested Flycatcher, Black and White Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Chestnut -sided Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Catbird, Song Sparrow, Towhees (near Burncoat Pond), Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Mourning Dove, Baltimore Oriole, Broad-winged Hawk. Other critters of interest: Northern Watersnake, only 1 chipmunk and Tree Frogs chorusing all over the place. Mosquitoes in full force until we put on repellant. In bloom, Lady's Slipper, Polygola, Pinkster Bloom Azalea, High bush blueberries at Burncoat Pond, Star Flower, Canada Lily-of-The-Valley. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

    5/25/19 -- Otter River-Birch Hill Dam, Winchendon / South Royalston
    Today our MAS “Spring Migration” class had a “Bird and Odonate” trip to the Otter River SF-Birch Hill Dam ACE parcel in Winchendon and South Royalston. We had the following birds:
  • A Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (3); Turkey Vulture (3); Canada Goose (8ad+6young); Wood Duck (6); Mallard (5); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Spotted Sandpiper (9); Mourning Dove (8); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (6); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (8); Pileated Woodpecker (4).
    E Wood Peewee (1); Alder Flycatcher (9); Least Flycatcher (15); E Phoebe (5); Great Crested Flycatcher (4); E Kingbird (9); Blue-headed Vireo (10); Warbling Vireo (7); Red-eyed Vireo (37); Blue Jay (26); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (11); N Rough-winged Swallow (8); Bank Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (4); Black-capped Chickadee (17); Tufted Titmouse (5); Red-breasted Nuthatch (25); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); House Wren (1); Winter Wren (1); Veery (7); Hermit Thrush (21); A Robin (12); Gray Catbird (39); Cedar Waxwing (5).
    WARBLER: Nashville (2); Yellow (18); Chestnut-sided (34); Magnolia (4); Black-throated Blue (6); Yellow-rumped (26); Black-throated Green (18); Blackburnian (4); Pine (38); Prairie (6); Bay-breasted (6); Black and White (12); A Redstart (6); Ovenbird (123); Northern Waterthrush (1); Mourning (1); C Yellow-throat (60).
    Scarlet Tanager (7); E Towhee (19); Chipping Sparrow (28); Song Sparrow (19); Swamp Sparrow (13); White-throated Sparrow (9); N cardinal (1); Indigo Bunting (2); Red-winged Blackbird (85); C Grackle (17); Brown-headed Cowbird (7); Baltimore Oriole (5); Purple Finch (2); A Goldfinch (5).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/22/19 -- Hodges Village Dam, Oxford
    This morning I saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, and later a mating pair of Black-billed Cuckoos. (report from Robert Brady)

    5/20/19 -- Worcester/Holden line
    We heard a Whippoorwill calling in our neighborhood this evening at 9 PM. (report from Simon and Lisa Hennin)

    5/19/19 -- Bartletts Pond, Sterling
    A ten minute stop around 4:30 PM at the pond (which is 1/3 mudflats due to beaver damming activities) resulted in: Osprey on the usual nest, killdeer (6) chasing each other around, spotted sandpiper (4), warbling vireo, kingbird, mute swan, chipping sparrows(2), tree swallows (10), robin, redtailed hawk, Great blue herons on several nests (and more of them on nests on the Chocksett Cutoff road nearby) and one muskrat. Toads were trilling. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

    5/19/19 -- Mt. Wachusett, Princeton
    Birds heard on a morning hike up the West Side Trail off West Princeton Rd in Princeton: Black-capped Chickadee (1); Nashville Warbler (1); Black and White Warbler (3); Dark-eyed Junco. Overall, very little bird song. Ruffed Grouse heard in same place as last week. (report from Lisa Hennin).

    5/19/19 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we spent a few hours in the QUABOG IBA as well as a few adjacent areas. Song birds were great UNTIL the clouds (weird formations) rolled in and the wind picked up. Highlights:
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (15adults/8 occupied nests/8 young birds in nests tallied); Turkey Vulture (5); Canada Goose (14ad/12 goslings); Wood Duck (1m); Mallard (8m); Osprey (1 at nest in microwave relay tower); Bald Eagle (1 at nest with at least 1 chick); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ruffed Grouse (1 drumming); Virginia Rail (2); Sora (1); Black-billed Cuckoo (3: 2 watched chasing each other); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (3); Chimney Swift (5); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (6); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (4); N Flicker (5); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Wood Peewee (3); Alder Flycatcher (2); Least Flycatcher (6); E Phoebe (5); Great Crested Flycatcher (6); E Kingbird (10); Yellow-throated Vireo (12); Blue-headed Vireo (2); Warbling Vireo (18); Red-eyed Vireo (51); C Raven (2); Carolina Wren (4); House Wren (5); Marsh Wren (9); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4); Veery (7); Swainson’s Thrush (1); Hermit Thrush (3); Wood Thrush (25: we watched one constructing its nest); Gray Catbird (111).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (4); N Parula (4); Yellow (40); Chestnut-sided (16); Magnolia (2); Black-throated Blue (1); Pine (4); Prairie (1); Black and White (3); A Redstart (33); Ovenbird (87); Northern Waterthrush (5); Louisiana Waterthrush (5); C Yellowthroat (35).
    Scarlet Tanager (16); E Towhee (2); Field Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (3); Swamp Sparrow (20); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (22); Indigo Bunting (4); Bobolink (47 seen/heard); Baltimore Oriole (45); Purple Finch (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/18/19 -- South Quabbin Reservoir
    Today our MAS migration class (Broad Meadow Brook) had a fine field trip to South Quabbin/Quabbin Park. BTW: we kept careful running totals.
  • Common Loon (3 ad br); Double-crested Cormorant (18: flying); Great Blue Heron (1); Turkey Vulture (3); Canada Goose (1+pr w/2goslings); Hooded Merganser (4 ); Bald Eagle (3ad+1imm: great show); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (1); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Mourning Dove (8); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (13); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Wood Peewee (7); Least Flycatcher (7); E Phoebe (18: several seen at nests); Great Crested Flycatcher (9); E Kingbird (3); Yellow-throated Vireo (5: we watched one bird gathering gobs of web from a web worms web); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (65): Blue Jay (47); A Crow (1); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (24); N Rough-winged Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (6); Black-capped Chickadee (7); Tufted Titmouse (6); Red-breasted Nuthatch (2); House Wren (5); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (13); E Bluebird (1); Veery (12); Swainson’s Thrush (1); Wood Thrush (11); A Robin (41); Gray Catbird (44).
    WARBLERS: Nashville (4); N Parula (17); Yellow (8); Chestnut-sided (41); Magnolia (4); Cape May (2); Black-throated Blue (5); Yellow-rumped (4); Black-throated Green (4); Blackburnian (3); Pine (9); Prairie (4); Bay-breasted (6: great views); Blackpoll (1); Black and White (8); A Redstart (67: it was remarked on the trip that everywhere we stopped there were multiple redstarts, chestnut-sideds, and orioles); Ovenbird (47); C Yellowthroat (17); Wilson’s (1); Canada (1).
    Scarlet Tanager (18); E Towhee (37); Chipping Sparrow (52); Field Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (5); N cardinal (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (13); Indigo Bunting (9: at the tower male indigos were in a constant state of chasing each other. It was amazing to watch: one male chased one other one for over 10 minutes zipping all over at maximum speed); Red-winged Blackbird (26); C Grackle (13); Brown-headed Cowbird (9); Baltimore Oriole (47); A Goldfinch (3); House Sparrow (1: at Administration Building).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/16/19 -- Bolton Flats / Pine Hill WMA
    Highlights of the evening Forbush Bird Club trip to Bolton Flats from the Route 117 parking lot and the Pine Hill WMA:
  • Route 117 parking lot: 1 Sora, 1 Drake Gadwall, pair of Osprey, 7 species of shorebirds, 5 Common Nighthawks and 1 Marsh Wren north of the parking lot.
  • Pine Hill WMA: American Woodcock and Whip-poor-wills.
    (report from Bart Kamp).

  • 5/16/19 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights were Baltimore Orioles 2; Eastern Kingbird 1; Male and Female Common Yellowthroat 1 each; Great Blue Heron 3.
  • The bass were jumping, rabbits were running, when lo and behold right before me… An adult Bald Eagle was swooping over the pond, landing on a low lying perch where I watched it for a half hour. It was continually stormed by the Red winged blackbirds until it flew down and sat on an old tire in the shallows where I had a perfect view for about 15 minutes. It then receding back across the sand bar and into the island where I lost sight of it.
    (report from Bill Sowka).

  • 5/16/19 -- Ware River IBA
    This morning we spent a few hours birding the se corner of the WARE RIVER IBA: HIGHLIGHTS:
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (6); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (2); Hooded Merganser (1f); Red-shouldered Hawk (1f); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Virginia Rail (5); Sora (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Wood Peewee (1); Willow Flycatcher (2); Least Flycatcher (22); E Phoebe (1); Great Crested Flycatcher (4); E Kingbird (1).
    Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Blue-headed Vireo (5); Warbling Vireo (2); Red-eyed Vireo (3: extremely low count).
    Red-breasted Nuthatch (6); Brown Creeper 93); Winter Wren (2); Veery (3); Swainson’s Thrush (1); Hermit Thrush (9); Wood Thrush (1); Gray Catbird (38).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (3); Nashville (6); N Parula (1); Yellow (19); Chestnut-sided (21); Magnolia (4); Black-throated Blue (11); Yellow-rumped (35); Black-throated Green (10); Blackburnian (2); Pine (28); Prairie (3); Black and White (9); A Redstart (3); Ovenbird (80); Northern Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (42); Wilson’s (2 singing males); Canada (1).
    Scarlet Tanager (3); E Towhee (33); Swamp Sparrow (18); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6); Indigo Bunting (1); Bobolink (9); Baltimore Oriole (7).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/12/19 -- Wachusett Mt., Princeton
    Species heard/seen on a morning hike up Wachusett Mountain today: Ruffed Grouse (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2); Winter Wren (2);,Hermit Thrush (1); BT Green Warbler(1); Black & White Warbler (1); Dark-eyed Junco (1). Also a spectacular display of Hobblebush along on the West Side Trail, Semuhenna, and Old Indian Trail to the Summit. (report from Lisa Hennin).

    5/11/19 -- Hope Cemetery, Worcester
    Highlights were: 2 Indigo Buntings; 2 Baltimore Orioles; 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak; 2 Warbling Vireo;
    Warblers: 1 Nashville; 1 Chestnut-sided; 3 Black and White; 1 Blackpoll; 4 Yellow-rumped.
    (report from Bill and Kathy Sowka).

    5/9/19 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights of a morning walk, starting from visitors center and up to power line and Green Heron pond, then back via Sprague trail and Wilson Meadow Link Trail (this was new for me, and pretty "birdy"):
  • Great Blue Heron (2 on nest Green Heron pond), 5 Wood Duck, 4 Chimney Swift, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 1 Pileated Woodpecker (along Sprague trail), 3 E. Phoebe, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 1 E. Kingbird, 1 House Wren, 1 Veery, 3 Gray Catbird, 2 Blue-headed Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireo.
    WARBLERS: N. Parula 1, Yellow 1, Yellow-rumped 1, Prairie 2, Black-and-white 1, Am. Redstart 2, Ovenbird 2, Common Yellowthroat 2.
    Scarlet Tanager 1, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1, Field Sparrow 1 (power line), White-throated Sparrow 1, and Brown-headed Cowbird 1.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 5/8/19 -- Worcester/Leicester
    Today's highlights birding around WORCESTER and adjacent areas of LEICESTER:
  • HOPE CEMETERY: nice movements first thing. Turkey Vulture (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Chimney Swift (5); E Kingbird (2); House Wren (5); Warbling Vireo (9); Blue-headed Vireo (4); Red-eyed Vireo (1).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (6); Nashville (3); N Parula (12); Black and White (1); A Redstart (4); Cape May (1); Tennessee (1); Yellow-rumped (13); Black-throated Green (1).
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Baltimore Oriole (8); Orchard Oriole (2: very photogenic).
  • ST. JOHN’S CEMETERY: Canada Goose (5); Mallard (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); E Phoebe (2); House Wren (2); N Rough-winged Swallow (2); Warbling Vireo (8); Gray Catbird (6).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (10); N Parula (9); Nashville (3); Yellow-rumped (8).
    Baltimore Oriole (13); Orchard Oriole (2).
  • COES RESERVOIR: Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (9); Mallard (2); Killdeer (2); Spotted Sandpiper (6); Solitary Sandpiper (2); Greater Yellowlegs (2); Lesser Yellowlegs (6); Least Sandpiper (4); Chimney Swift (20); E Kingbird (1); House Wren (2); Gray Catbird (7); Warbling Vireo (3); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Yellow Warbler (1); Ovenbird (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (60+); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Baltimore Oriole (4).
  • CURTIS POND: Black-crowned Night Heron (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (2); E Kingbird (1); Baltimore Oriole (2); Orchard Oriole (1).
  • LYNDEBROOK RESERVOIR: Canada Goose (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1); House Wren (2); Wood Thrush (3); Chestnut-sided Warbler (1); Ovenbird (3); N Parula (1); C Yellowthroat (1); Scarlet Tanager (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Baltimore Oriole (2).
  • RT.56-MULBERRY STREET/AIRPORT: Red-tailed Hawk (1); A Kestrel (1m); Wild Turkey (4); House Wren (1); Bank Swallow (1); Warbling Vireo (1); Brown Thrasher (1);
    WARBLERS: Yellow (6); C Yellowthroat (2); Ovenbird (3); Nashville (1); Chestnut-sided (2); N Parula (1); A Redstart (1);
    Field Sparrow (4); Savannah Sparrow (3); E Towhee (6); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Bobolink (4m).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/7/19 -- Grafton
    I just had a Brown Thrasher (New Yard Bird) land on our hanging tray feeder. I am not sure if it counts as a feeder bird because it landed for one second before taking off, without taking any food. (report from John Liller).

    5/7/19 -- Millbury
    The Baltimore Orioles are back today. Three singing in different locations this morning. YEAH!
  • Also, Prairie Warbler is back, Monday, May 6th.
    (report from Susan LaBree).

  • 5/7/19 -- Hope Cemetery, Worcester
    Highlights from 7-8am: Scarlet Tanager 2 Blue headed Vireo 1; Northern Parula 1; Mockingbird 2; Yellow Warbler 1; Yellow rumped 6; Black and White 1; Blackburnian 1; Redstart 1 male 1 female. (report from Bill Sowka).

    5/6/19 -- Worcester
    Highlights from this morning birding around the city of WORCESTER:
  • HOPE CEMETERY: Great Blue Heron (1 fly-over); Wood Duck (2); Turkey Vulture (1); Killdeer (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (2).
    Great Crested Flycatcher (1); Eastern Kingbird (2); House Wren (2); Carolina Wren (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (1); Veery (1); Gray catbird (1); Warbling Vireo (6).
    WARBLERS: Nashville (4); N Parula (1); Yellow (1); Magnolia (1); Yellow-rumped (19).
    Savannah Sparrow (1); Indigo Bunting (1f); Baltimore Oriole (7).
  • ALL FAITHS CEMETERY: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (4); Wood Duck (1); Chimney Swift (1); Tree Swallow (20+); N Rough-winged Swallow (5); Barn Swallow (2); Warbling Vireo 94); Yellow Warbler (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (12).
  • COES POND: Black-crowned Night Heron (2ad); N Rough-winged Swallow (4); Barn Swallow (3); Tree Swallow (6).
  • COES RESERVOIR (water lowered): Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (7); Mallard (3); Bufflehead (4); Bald Eagle (1ad+1imm); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Greater Yellowlegs (3) Ring-billed Gull (3); Chimney Swift (2); Fish Crow (3); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Yellow Warbler (1); Orange-crowned Warbler (1); Nashville Warbler (3); N Parula (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (30+).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/5/19 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    From mid to late afternoon today, I went to Wachusett Reservoir. I stopped first at gate 36 on North Dike. As usual all of the rafts of water birds were far to the east and hard to identify. I then drove over to Gate 6 on the Route 70 side and walked in to a spot on the shoreline from which I could see the dam to the north and the narrows to the south. The light was better and the birds were closer and easier to identify. Highlights were 150-200 Common Loons, 35-40 Buffleheads, 6 White-winged Scoters, 1 Surf Scoter, 23 Long-tailed Ducks, 21 Horned Grebes and 7 Red-necked Grebes.
    (report from Bart Kamp).

    5/5/19 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded the 4 large ponds of the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). Highlights:
  • Common Loon (14: 2 Lashaway, 12 Quabog); Red-necked Grebe (6: 1 on the Quabog River; flock of 5 on Wickabog); A Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (3); Green Heron (1); Canada Goose (23); Wood Duck (8); Mallard (3); Long-tailed Duck (6: Quabog Pond); Bufflehead (14: Lashaway); Common Merganser (5); Red-breasted Merganser (pair on Wickabog); Bald Eagle (1ad: we checked the nest on Wickabog and an adult was sitting a few feet ABOVE the nest); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Merlin (1); Wild Turkey (6); Virginia Rail (7); Bonaparte’s Gull (8: 7adS all on Quabog Pond); Ring-billed Gull (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Phoebe (2); Blue-headed Vireo (4); Warbling Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Tree Swallow (300+); Bank Swallow (20+); Carolina Wren (4); House Wren (5); Marsh Wren (3); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); E Bluebird (2); Wood Thrush (1); Gray Catbird (9).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Yellow (13); Yellow-rumped (12); Black-throated Green (2); Pine (17); Black and White (4); Ovenbird (2); C Yellowthroat (2).
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Baltimore Oriole (5).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/3/19 -- Quabbin/Brookfields/Wachusett Reservoir
    We started the morning at Quabbin Reservoir spending a few hours watching at Gate 8 (permit required): Highlights:
  • Common Loon (16: including a loose group of 8 flying overhead, heading south); Canada Goose (3); A Black Duck (2); Common Merganser (2f+1pair); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Merlin (1); Wild Turkey (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Bonaparte’s Gull (2: seen heading south and then lost as they approached Administration Building); Ring-billed Gull (18); BLACK TERN (1br, likewise heading south and then lost); Chimney Swift (1 seen and heard); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    Great Crested Flycatcher (1); Blue-headed Vireo (2); Tree Swallow (300++); N Rough-winged Swallow (3 minimal); Cliff Swallow (4 minimal); Barn Swallow (30 minimal); un-identified swallows: hundreds);
    Winter Wren (1); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3); Hermit Thrush (4); Yellow-rumped Warbler (36); Pine Warbler (6); Black and White Warbler (1); Ovenbird (2); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Baltimore Oriole (1m); Purple Finch (1); Evening Grosbeak (2 fly-over, heading north).
  • Then from the Administration Building overlook at SOUTH QUABBIN/QUABBIN PARK: Common Loon (12); Bufflehead (8); Common Merganser (3).
  • LAKE QUABOG, BROOKFIELD: Common Loon (12); Double-crested Cormorant (37: all flew out while we were there); Mallard (1); Long-tailed Duck (1); Bufflehead (6); Osprey (2); Bald Eagle (1imm).
  • LAKE LASHAWAY, EAST BROOKFIELD: Common Loon (3); Canada Goose (6); White-winged Scoter (4m); Long-tailed Duck (11); Bald Eagle (1ad).
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: (Thanks to JOE BOURGET going to Wachusett Reservoir and alerting us to the huge loon fall-out there; we went out for several hours, viewing from a number of overlooks…north to south): COMMON LOON (465: I think there could be more); Great Blue Heron (1); Double-crested Cormorant (5); Green-winged Teal (16); Bufflehead (20); White-winged Scoter (6); Long-tailed Duck (1); A Kestrel (1); E Kingbird (1).
  • THEN, on the way back home at INDIAN LAKE, WORCESTER: Bufflehead (66) with (1) HORNED GREBE in and among them.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/2/19 -- Hope Cemetery/Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we started birding three of the cemeteries in the southwest corner of Worcester: Hope, Notre Dame, and All Faiths. Highlights included:
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (3: 2 on nests); Canada Goose (11); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (9); Osprey (1); Virginia Rail (1); E Phoebe (2); Tree Swallow (6); N Rough-winged Swallow (6); Bank Swallow (1); House Wren (6); Warbling Vireo (9); Blue-headed Vireo (4); Cedar Waxwing (11); N Parula (2); Yellow-rumped Warbler (22); Black-throated Green Warbler (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3).
  • Later at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (13); Double-crested Cormorant (149); Canada Goose (13); Mallard (3); Greater Scaup (1m); Common Merganser (8: 1 adM); Wild Turkey (3); Bald Eagle (1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (2); A Kestrel (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1).
  • GULLS: Bonaparte’s (8); Ring-billed (78); Herring (7); Lesser Black-backed (1); Great Black-backed (6).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/29/19 -- Rutland/Barre
    Highlights of a bike ride between Thayer Pond and where the Mass Central Rail Trail crosses Rte 122 in Barre, highlights included: Louisiana Waterthrush (1) Blue Gray Gnatcatcher (2) and Broad-Winged Hawk (1) .
  • Yesterday (4/28) at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton: While hiking the Administration Road, had a Barred Owl calling at 10:30 am under overcast skies, and also Pileated Woodpeckers (4).
    (report from Lisa Hennin).

  • 4/28/19 -- Gate 25, Wachusett Reservoir
    A mid-morning walk from Gate 25 to Horseshoe Cove yielded highlights of 1 Green Heron (flew over Horseshoe Cove and landed high in tree), 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Pileated Woodpecker (drumming on tall resonant dead tree, heard from a long distance before finally seeing the bird -- then drumming on a different tree and calling when I returned back along the same path), 20+ Tree Swallows out over the reservoir, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch calling, 1 Pine Warbler, 3 Eastern Towhees (m&f), and 1 Field Sparrow.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/27/19 -- Brookfields/Warren
    Our MAS class trip this morning had a fine day afield despite cold, wind, rain, and at one point: small hail. We birded several areas in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields) and then detoured to WARREN to show folks some areas we bird but have yet to bring a class to. Because of the weather, birding was very tough, and passerines in particular were tough to come by. Still we persisted:
  • QUABOG IBA: Common Loon (1ad); Double-crested Cormorant (flock of 15 overhead); Great Blue Heron (16/13 active nests); Turkey Vulture (5); Canada Goose (20/2 on nests); Wood Duck (2); Ring-necked Duck (2); Bufflehead (4); Hooded Merganser (pair); Common Merganser (1f); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (3imm+1 adult on nest); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (11); Virginia Rail (4); Sora (1); Ring-billed Gull (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Phoebe (4); Blue Jay (4); A Crow (11); Fish Crow (1 carrying food to nest); Tree Swallow (280+: really under stress because of the weather); N Rough-winged Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (6); Black-capped Chickadee (8); Tufted Titmouse (7); White-breasted Nuthatch (2); Carolina Wren (3); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); A Robin (89); Brown Thrasher (1);
    WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (10+); Pine (5); Palm (5); Black and White (1).
    E Towhee (5)
    SPARROWS: Chipping (57); Field (2); Song (21); Swamp (18); White-throated (2).
    N Cardinal (12); Red-winged Blackbird (140+); C Grackle (55+); Brown-headed Cowbird (7); Purple Finch (1); House Finch (6); A Goldfinch (7).
    MAMMALS: Beaver , Muskrat, E Cottontail
  • WARREN: Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (19); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (6); Common Merganser (3f); Broad-winged Hawk (2); A Kestrel (1); Mourning Dove (4);
    E Phoebe (2); Blue Jay (2); Tree Swallow (50+); N Rough-winged Swallow (4); Carolina Wren (1); Pine Warbler (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); E Towhee (5); Chipping Sparrow (20); Field Sparrow (6); Song Sparrow (7).
    We earned every bird.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/25/19 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights in a late afternoon walk were 1 DC Cormorant (ad, breeding plumage), 2 Hooded Mergansers (m&f), 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets (one with prominent raised red crest, chasing the other), 1 Yellow Warbler (seen and heard singing), and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers. The female Red-winged Blackbirds are back in numbers, with males displaying to them. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/24/19 -- Westboro
    This morning I saw three (3!) bald eagles flying low over the cornfields coming from Little Chauncy Pond and heading over Lake Chauncy in Westborough, MA. They were in close formation (3-abreast) and low enough to be seen very clearly. One of them did a quick roll-under the center bird and then went back into formation. Very exciting! Even my dogs stopped to look up. An hour earlier that same morning I saw a lone eagle also flying toward Lake Chauncy. (report from Alison Grice).

    4/21/19 -- West Millbury
    Today I had 2 Eastern Towhees in my yard. (report from Alan Marble).

    4/21/19 -- Petersham
    We spent a wet morning birding around PETERSHAM and had the following:
  • Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (1 on nest); Canada Goose (26: 3 on nest); Wood Duck (18); A Black Duck (15); Mallard (13); Ring-necked Duck (26); Bufflehead (4); Hooded Merganser (6); Common Merganser (19); Bald Eagle (1ad); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (20); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Mourning Dove (10); Barred Owl (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (12); N Flicker (14); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Phoebe (13); Blue-headed Vireo (9); Blue Jay (3); A Crow (1); Tree Swallow (52); Black-capped Chickadee (14); Tufted Titmouse (10); White-breasted Nuthatch (5); Brown Creeper (2); Carolina Wren (2); Winter Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (8); Hermit Thrush (11); A Robin (18).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (1); Yellow-rumped (162); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (29); Palm (33); Black and White (2); Louisiana Waterthrush (3).
    E Towhee (7); Chipping Sparrow (61); Field Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (17); Swamp Sparrow (6); Dark-eyed Junco (4); N Cardinal (6); Red-winged Blackbird (87); C Grackle (25); Brown-headed Cowbird (7).
  • Many E Toads trilling.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carrol).

  • 4/18/19 -- Bolton Flats, Bolton
    This morning at Bolton Flats I had 21 Glossy Ibis, 1 Osprey, 1Merlin, 1 A. Bittern and 4 Greater Yellow Legs. Nick Tepper was there before me and had 1 Iceland Gull. (report from John Shea).

    4/17/19 -- Millbury
    First Eastern Towhee today! (report from Susan LaBree).

    4/16/19 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 3 Chipping Sparrows (1 singing), and the first female RW blackbird at the park this year. It was fun seeing about 5 male blackbirds calling and displaying nearby, trying to attract her attention. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/14/19 -- Orange/Petersham
    Highlights from this morning’s birding:
  • ORANGE WMA and vicinity: Double-crested Cormorant (10 individuals/2 active nests); Great Blue Heron (10 individuals/6 active nests); Canada Goose (6); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (1); Hooded Merganser (24: all but 1 bird in female-type plumage, some in loose flocks); Common Merganser (20); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (22); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Phoebe (5); Tree Swallow (40); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3) Pine Warbler (3); Palm Warbler (6); Swamp Sparrow (3 singing); Dark-eyed Junco (59).
  • PETERSHAM (just a few stops): Great Blue Heron (3/1 active nest); Canada Goose (19); Wood Duck (2); A Black Duck (6); Mallard (2); N Pintail (pair at Harvard Pond); Green-winged Teal (2); Ring-necked Duck (55); Bufflehead (12); Common Merganser (13); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4).
    E Phoebe (6); Tree Swallow (20+); Brown Creeper (3 singing); Winter Wren (1 singing); Pine Warbler (16); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); Fox Sparrow (1)
  • Plus: 3 very active RIVER OTTERS.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/13/19 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    Our MAS “Spring Migration in Central Massachusetts” had a nice field trip to the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA this morning visiting: the reservoir, East and West Waushacum, the Quag, and Muddy Pond/Sterling Peat.
  • Common Loon (14); Pied-billed Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (13); Great Blue Heron (3); Turkey Vulture (7); Canada Goose (22); Wood Duck (1); Mallard (11); NORTHERN SHOVELER (pair continues at Muddy Pond); Green-winged Teal (2); Ring-necked Duck (15); Greater Scaup (1m); Bufflehead (16); Common Goldeneye (1f); Common Merganser (6); Bald Eagle (2ad); Red-tailed Hawk (5); A Kestrel (2); Killdeer (3); Solitary Sandpiper (1); BONAPARTE’S GULL (4: Wachusett Res north end right after the rain stopped); Ring-billed Gull (108: large flock feeding on worms on an A-field); Herring Gull (4); ICELAND GULL (1imm among the large flock of Ringies: good views); Mourning Dove (4); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Phoebe (10); Blue Jay (7); A Crow (12); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (40+); N Rough-winged Swallow (4); Barn Swallow (2); Black-capped Chickadee (24); Tufted Titmouse (8); Brown Creeper (1); Carolina Wren (2); E Bluebird (1m); A Robin (50+); N Mockingbird (2); Cedar Waxwing (4); Pine Warbler (32); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); Chipping Sparrow (6); Field Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (23); Dark-eyed Junco (7); N Cardinal (15); Red-winged Blackbird (55+); E Meadowlark (1); C Grackle (20+:1 carrying nesting material); Brown-headed Cowbird (11); House Finch (13); A Goldfinch (4).
  • PLUS: Mourning Cloak (1); Muskrat (1); Beaver (2); Gray Squirrel (only 2); White-tailed Deer (2); Spring Peepers (20+); Wood Frogs (5+); E Painted Turtle (25+).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/12/19 -- Barre
    3 sandhill cranes were observed feeding in a hayfield at the base of South Street in Barre this morning around 9:10 AM. (report from Jeff Smith).

    4/11/19 -- Worcester airport & vicinity
  • At the route 56 overlook, looking over Worcester airport, there were 1 Kestrel and 1 Raven.
  • On Mulberry St. behind the airport there were 2 Killdeer,3 E. Meadow Lark,2 Bluebirds and 2 A.Tree Sparrows. [Last week I went to this location and had 7 Woodcock at dusk].
  • On Sylvester St. there were 2 Wood Duck, 10 Ring neck Duck, 4 Common Merganser, 1 Pied billed Grebe and 3 Pine Warblers.
    (report from John Shea).

  • 4/10/19 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 5 pm were 2 Killdeer, 4 E. Phoebe, 3 Tree Swallows, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Cedar Waxwing, and 1 Field Sparrow.
  • Also yesterday (9/9), I had ~10 Tree Swallows and 1 Hermit Thrush.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 4/8/19 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    An afternoon quick survey of the WACHUSETT IBA (covering the Waushacums, the Quag, South Meadow Pond, Coachlace, and of course the reservoir proper, with poor long distance visibility because of the mist) yielded the following:
  • Common Loon (4); Pied-billed Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (32); Mute Swan (6); Mallard (9); Greater Scaup (10); Ring-necked Duck (18); Bufflehead (18); Common Goldeneye (16); Red-breasted Merganser (1); Common Merganser (14); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (11); Ring-billed Gull (12); Tree Swallow (170+); Palm Warbler (2); Field Sparrow (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll)

  • 4/7/19 -- Worcester / Holden Line
    This afternoon we had 1 Fox Sparrow at our feeder. Since I reported 2 Fox Sparrows 3/17/19, I have seen 2 ( red morph) every Sunday afternoon, late in the day since then. Oddly, I never seem to see them any other time at the feeder during the week.
  • Also, a belated report of a (semi-early) male Ruby Crowned Kinglet singing from a shrub close to the house on 3/25/19.
    (report from Lisa Hennin).

  • 4/7/19 -- Hardwick-Petersham/Rutland
    Today we birded a few locations around Hardwick and Petersham. Highlights:
  • Turkey Vulture (5); Canada Goose (20); Wood Duck (12); A Black Duck (9); Mallard (8); Green-winged Teal (2); Ring-necked Duck (40); C Goldeneye (4f); Hooded Merganser (16); Common Merganser (4: 2 pair); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); A Kestrel (pair); Killdeer (2); Solitary Sandpiper (1 flyover); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (5: we sat and watched 1 suck sap); N Flicker (7); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Phoebe (29); C Raven (3); Tree Swallow (12); Brown Creeper (5 singing); Winter Wren (1 singing); E Bluebird (10); Pine Warbler (9); Fox Sparrow (1); Dark-eyed Junco (56); E Meadowlark (2).
  • Plus: (3) Mourning Cloaks and lots of Wood Frogs and a pair of River Otters mating.
  • MUDDY POND, Ware River Watershed: Mallard (6); Ring-necked Duck (26); Bufflehead (4).
  • BARRE FALLS DAM (brief stop): Turkey Vulture (3); Bald Eagle (1ad+2imm).
  • MUSCHAPAUGE ROAD, RUTLAND: Killdeer (12); Filed Sparrow (2); Red-winged Blackbird (70+); Brown-headed Cowbird (40+).
  • QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR: Canada Goose (10); Ring-necked Duck (8); Bufflehead (1); Common Merganser (30); American Kestrel (1m at nest box); Ruffed Grouse (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll)

  • 4/7/19 -- May St., Worcester
    I had 5 Fish Crows fly over my house this afternoon. I live by the Big Y on May St. Last week I had a 2nd year Bald Eagle fly over, nice yard bird (report from John Shea).

    4/4/19 -- Lake Quinsigamond, Shrewsbury
    The Bald Eagle that has been nesting on Lake Quinsigamond was on the nest today. (report from John Shea).

    4/2/19 -- Rutland State Park
    Today I had 6 Hooded Merganser, 2 Common Merganser, 7 Ring neck Ducks,2 Wood Ducks, 1 Pine Warbler and 4 Palm Warblers (report from John Shea).

    4/2/19 -- Douglas/Sutton
    Some brief birding this morning (4/2) yielded:
  • DOUGLAS and surrounding area: Common Loon (1 br pl); Great Blue Heron (1ad on nest); Wood Duck (1); Common Merganser (23); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Bald Eagle (1imm); A Kestrel (1m); Wild Turkey (1); E Phoebe (11); Tree Swallow (40+); N Rough-winged Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (1); Pine Warbler (7).
  • SUTTON: Canada Goose (24); Mallard (4); Ring-necked Duck (36); Bufflehead (4); Common Merganser (4); E Phoebe (2); Palm Warbler (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll)

  • 3/31/19 -- Broad Meadow Brook
    At Wilsons Meadow I had 1 Red Shouldered Hawk,2 Red Tail Hawks, 8 Tree Swallows, 4 E. Phoebe, 6 Wood Ducks, 4 Black Duck, 1 Carolina Wren and 1 Belted King Fisher. On the Troiano Trail 1 Tree Sparrow. (report from John Shea).

    3/31/19 -- Westborough
    This afternoon at approximately 3:45PM, we saw an adult bald eagle over Lake Chauncy (Big Chauncy side) in Westborough. It was soaring close to the public beach area. (report from Jenn Owen).

    3/31/19 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we checked out some of the water bodies of the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields and adjacent towns. Many of the large ponds had few waterfowl on them, likely because of the number of fishing boats out on the ponds AND along the river. Still we had:
  • Great Blue Heron (19 birds and 12 occupied nests); Canada Goose (16); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (11); A Black Duck (5); Ring-necked Duck (4); Bufflehead (9); Hooded Merganser (1m); Common Merganser (309); Turkey Vulture (2); Bald Eagle (2imm); Peregrine Falcon (1).
  • Passerine highlights included: Eastern Phoebe (18); Tree Swallow (20+); Fish Crow (2); Winter Wren (1 singing); Pine Warbler (1); Field Sparrow (2).
  • Peepers are all over, and we also had numerous Wood Frogs calling and c. 65 E Painted Turtles out.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/25/19 -- Northboro/Westboro/Southboro
    This morning we birded a few ponds in Northboro, Westboro, and Southboro:
  • Bartlett Pond: Very little: Mute Swan (2); Mallard (2); Hooded Merganser (2); Wild Turkey (2); Killdeer (2). Chauncy Lake: also very little: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (19); Ring-necked Duck (2); Hooded Merganser (1); Common Merganser (19).
  • SUASCO: Great Blue Heron (2); Mute Swan (8); Canada Goose (2); Green-winged Teal (2); Mallard (5); Ring-necked Duck (110); Bufflehead (9); Common Goldeneye (7); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (6); Bald Eagle (1ad); Tree Swallow (150+).
  • Sudbury Reservoir, Southboro: Double-crested Cormorant (1 swimming); Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (9); Canada Goose (142); Wood Duck (1); Mallard (5); Lesser Scaup (5); Ring-necked Duck (97); Bufflehead (3); Common Goldeneye (7); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (171); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Bald Eagle (1imm sitting on a nest in the cormorant/heron rookery, so no surprise there were none on nests); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (8); Belted Kingfisher (1).; and my first Woodchucks (3) of the year.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/25/19 -- Millbury
    At the corner of Elmwood St and Gould St in Millbury there were 3 vultures perched in a tree I stopped for a look and there were 2 Black Vultures and 1 Turkey Vulture. Also, soaring and calling over the Blackstone Shoppes in MIllbury were 2 Red-shouldered Hawks. (report from Alan Marble).

    3/24/19 -- New Braintree/Brookfields
    We started the morning birding NEW BRAINTREE, focusing on Winnimusset Meadows WMA, but birding other areas too. Canada Goose (364: no sign of the White-fronted); Wood Duck (39); Mallard (95); A Black Duck (34); Hooded Merganser (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Killdeer (2). Passerine highlights included (1) Tree Swallow and (7) E Meadowlarks and a Bobcat.
  • Then on to the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields and Sturbridge: Great Blue Heron (16 birds/12 occupied nests); Turkey Vulture (5); Canada Goose (169); Wood Duck (7); A Black Duck (29); Mallard (41); Ring-necked Duck (43); Greater Scaup (1m); Bufflehead (17); C Goldeneye (1m); Hooded Merganser (48); Common Merganser (106); Bald Eagle (7: 2ad+5imm with 6 at Lake Quabog at the same time); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3); A Kestrel (1m); Killdeer (3); Ring-billed Gull (80); Herring Gull (5); Other highlights included: E Phoebe (1); Fish Crow (5); Common Raven (1); Tree Swallow (38: most over the river).
  • We then stopped by ORLANDO’S PONDS in CHARLTON, but there was very little there: Canada Goose (84); Mallard (10); Common Raven (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/21/19 -- Boylston
    I had a pair of pileated woodpeckers working on two roadside trees in Boylston at the corner of Central Street and Redwood Circle, about 1 mile north of Davidians. (report from Paul Dufault).

    3/20/19 -- Bolton Flats
    This evening we headed to the Bolton Flats area. Most of the geese were in the same fields south of Rt.117, but now towards the western end of the field, near the Nashua River. We stayed here till dark. Geese and ducks would fly east, low, to the other end of the field, then as it got dark, flew up and over Rt.117 and down into the main area of Bolton Flats WMA. We then tooled around different areas looking for woodcock. Canada Goose (600+); Snow Goose (11); Wood Duck (84); Mallard (171); A Black Duck (53); Green-winged Teal (10); Ring-necked Duck (11); Sandhill Crane (3 flew in from the direction of Dexter Drumlin, circled and landed in the main section of Bolton Flats near the Still River); Killdeer (1); Wilson’s Snipe (1); Woodcock (4); E Screech Owl (2); Great Horned Owl (3). Plus: a pack of coyotes howling.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll)

    3/19/19 -- Uxbridge
    Fox Sparrow is scratching for seeds in Uxbridge this morning. (report from Beth Milke)

    3/18/19 -- Worcester
    We started the morning before dawn at WORCESTER AIRPORT: Red-tailed Hawk (1); A Woodcock (1); Great Horned Owl (1).
  • We then birded the 4 cemeteries in the SW corner of the city: Notre Dame; All Faiths (Leesville Pond); Hope; and St. Johns. There was very little of note at Hope and St. Johns. It was disappointing to see so much of Hope Cemetery’s trees now cleared. These areas had regularly hosted many migrants and breeding Orchard Orioles. Totals: Pied-billed Grebe (1 still present at Leesville); Great Blue Heron (2); Mute Swan (pair nest building); Canada Goose (58); Wood Duck (8); Mallard (12); A Black Duck (3); Green-winged Teal (1); Hooded Merganser (17); Common Merganser (28); Cooper’s Hawk (1 that we watched zoom right into one of the river culverts near Kelly Square); Red-shouldered Hawk (1imm: thanks to Ed Kittridge for alerting us to the presence of this bird); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Turkey Vulture (2); Killdeer (2). The passerine highlight undoubtably was the flock of (20) Common Redpolls at Notre Dame that would fly out among the packed gravestones, and land on them and the ground to feed. These birds were quite fearless.
  • Then a survey of the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND/FLINT POND complex revealed many of the migrant waterfowl have moved on as the water has opened up. Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (19); Canada Goose (56); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (19); Bufflehead (3); Common Goldeneye (17); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (15); Wild Turkey (16).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll)

  • 3/17/19 -- Worcester
    We had two Fox Sparrows at the feeder late this afternoon, looking brilliant in the late afternoon sunshine. (report from Lisa Hennin).

    3/17/19 -- QUABOG IBA
    Most of the ponds were still 90% or more ice-covered, so most of the waterfowl were on the river. Great Blue Heron (7: 6 on nests); Canada Goose (424); Wood Duck (51); Mallard (168); A Black Duck (105); Green-winged Teal (13); Ring-necked Duck (28); Bufflehead (3m); Common Goldeneye (pair); Hooded Merganser (89); Common Merganser (59); Bald Eagle (1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Killdeer (1); Ring-billed Gull (73). Two more Bald Eagles (1ad+1imm) were on Tufts Brook, Warren.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    3/16/19 -- Worcester/Bolton
  • Worcester: At All Faiths Cemetery this morning I had 1 Pied bill Grebe, 10 Wood Ducks, 14 Common Merganser, 2 Hooded Merganser, 1 Bufflehead and 1 Great blue Heron.
  • Later I went out to Bolton Flats to look for the Snow Geese reported by Mark and Sheila they weren’t there so I went to Dexter Drumlin and had two Sandhill Cranes. On the way back I stopped to look for the Snow Geese and 16 Flew in.They were down from the main entrance about a half mile on the left.
    (report from John Shea).

  • 3/16/19 -- Worcester County, various locations
    We started at Muschapauge Road, area RUTLAND: Canada Goose (33); Wild Turkey (35); Killdeer (4); A Robin (60+); Red-winged Blackbird (140++).
  • Eagle Lake HOLDEN: Canada Goose (66); Wood Duck (21); Gadwall (1m); Mallard (22); A Black Duck (36); C Goldeneye (pair); Hooded Merganser (7). ALSO: Red Fox (1). We watched this fox try to get ducks from the shore, which never flew off, but always swam JUST out of reach. It looked like the ducks were taunting the fox.
  • Davis Farmland, STERLING: Red-winged Blackbird (500+); C Grackle (150+).
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (2); Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (53); Mallard (15); Ring-necked Duck (78 at South Meadow Pond); Bufflehead (5); C Goldeneye (48); Hooded Merganser (12); Common Merganser (24); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3). NB: Wachusett is still c.50% ice-covered, especially bays and inlets. Viewing from the dam was quite difficult because of the wind; and viewing was also tough in many locations because of heat distortion over ice.
  • LANCASTER, including Bolton Flats WMA: Great Blue Heron (2); Turkey Vulture (1); Snow Goose (10); Canada Goose (711); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (48); A Wigeon (4f); A Black Duck (76); Mallard (157); Green-winged Teal (4); Ring-necked Duck (3); Hooded Merganser (2); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Sandhill Crane (5: We had reported the Snow Geese to Central MA birders and later, as we were on the way home, got a call from Bette that while other birders had been looking at the Snow Geese, the cranes had flown in and landed next to them! So…back we drove and got great views among the large Canada flock on Rt. 117: NB: most people scoped from the main entrance to Bolton Flats. There is NO parking along this stretch of 117 and there was lots of car activity. There is another small pull-in further up 117 at the entrance to the framing shanties, maybe room for 1-3 cars MAX, but be careful not to run over the dead beaver.) Killdeer (4); landbirds were typical for this location at this time of the year including large numbers of robins, Red-wings, and grackles.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/16/19 -- Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester
    Early this morning, I spotted a flock of about twelve Common Redpolls in the marsh. They were feeding in small trees near the willow in the middle of the marsh. This is the willow where Black-crowned Night-Herons sometimes roost in late summer. (report from Ed Kittredge)

    3/15/19 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 5 pm were 2 Mute Swans, 11 Common Mergansers, 1 Bufflehead (m), 1 Ring-necked Duck (m), and 6 Song Sparrows. Also, the Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds are back in force, setting up territories. (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/13/19 -- Barre
    Today while on Chapman Road in Barre we had a flock of 25+ EVENING GROSBEAKS. Birding in the forested areas of the Ware River Watershed was slow, and most birds were around feeders or edge habitats. We also had (2) Hermit Thrush; 50+ Red-winged Blackbirds; and (11) Common Grackles. (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll)

    3/11/19 -- Westboro
    I spotted an adult bald eagle over Lake Chauncy in Westboro today. It was a wonderful sight. (report from John Maguire).

    3/11/19 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we did a “water check” of the ponds and rivers in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). All ponds are still at least 98% ice covered and most waterfowl were on the river. We had: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (49); Mallard (14); Common Goldeneye (pair); Hooded Merganser (16); Common Merganser (43); Red-tailed Hawk (1); KILLDEER (2: one at the north end of Wickabog; the other at the north end of Lashaway); Ring-billed Gull (47).
  • Passerine highlights included (1) Brown Creeper singing; (44) A Robins; (3) Tree Sparrows; (56) Red-winged Blackbirds, many single males on territory.
  • NOTRE DAME CEMETERY (Worcester): Canada Goose (13); Wood Duck (pair); Mallard (17); Hooded Merganser (1); Common Merganser (3); Red-winged Blackbird (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/3/19 -- Wachusett Reservoir/Harvard
    We started by birding around HARVARD. Highlights included: Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Barred owl (1: hunting during the day and being mobbed/bombed by a shrike); N Flicker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Carolina Wren (1); Winter Wren (1); E Bluebird (10); Blue Jay (30); Northern Shrike (1); Red-winged Blackbird (11).
  • Later at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: the only large areas of open water were off Cemetery Island (best viewed from the dam area with a scope) and the Quinapoxet River/Thomas Basin. Horned Grebe (1); Red-necked Grebe (1); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (1m at Thomas Basin); Mallard (2); Bufflehead (1m); Common Goldeneye (27); Hooded Merganser (7); Common Merganser (5); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Barred Owl (1). Plus: an actual live E Coyote.
  • PLUS: Saturday early evening (3/2) we passed a large mass of crows around the old Auditorium /courthouse buildings: American Crow (1500+); Fish Crow (minimally 20+).
  • ALSO; The Hermit Thrush is still at my feeders where it has been since January.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/23/19 -- Barre/New Braintree/Hardwick
    This morning we birded a number of locations in New Braintree, Barre, and Hardwick. We were searching for redpolls and siskins. We covered a lot of perfect habitat for flocks of redpolls; many extensive weedy fields, brushy marshes, loads of birches with catkins. But we found none. We did have a small flock of siskins at one feeder. We also had no grosbeaks (Pine or Evening). This winter finch year really does seem local and very spotty. All ponds were ice-covered. We also saw no turkeys, very unusual considering where we were. Species variety was poor, and numbers were low, as they have been in this part of the County since before the CBC season. Jays seemed to be starting to come back to the area.
  • A full list of what we saw: Turkey Vulture (2); Mallard (6); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (1f); Bald Eagle (1ad at Winnemusset Meadows WMA); Red-tailed Hawk (13); Mourning Dove (34); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); Northern Shrike (1: Winnemusset Meadows); Blue Jay (26); A Crow (10); Black-capped Chickadee (14); Tufted Titmouse (19); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); E Bluebird (12); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (5); N Mockingbird (2); Cedar Waxwing (32); A Tree Sparrow (3); Song Sparrow (3); Dark-eyed Junco (48); N Cardinal (36); House Finch (4); Pine Siskin (6); A Goldfinch (15).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/21/19 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    At 2 pm highlights were ~75 Canada Geese, 3 Mute Swan, 1 Common Goldeneye (f or eclipse male), 1 Hooded Merganser, 3 Common Merganser, and 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (first saw it low over the pond, then it rose up in spiral, getting lift, getting so high as to be difficult to see -- possibly an early migrant?). (report from Rick Quimby).

    2/20/19 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    At 1 pm highlights were 3 GB Herons (looking cold), 3 Mute Swan (one dead in water -- been there at least a week), ~70 Canada Geese (with short necks), 3 Hooded Mergansers, 4 Common Mergansers, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and ~20 COMMON REDPOLL (park bird for me). Great views of the Redpolls feeding on the ground under a birch tree along the close edge of the pond. (report from Rick Quimby).

    2/20/19 -- Millbury
    There are 16 Red-Winged Black Birds back in Millbury today. Spring is coming! (report from Susan LaBree).

    2/17/19 -- S Quabbin/Quabog IBA/Leicester 2/17
    A quick trip to South Quabbin this AM had: Mallard (4); Common Merganser (25); Bald Eagle (1ad+1imm); Ring-billed Gull (56); Raven (pair checking out nesting location+another single bird).
  • QUABOG IBA: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (49); Mallard (19); Common Goldeneye (pr); Hooded Merganser (57); Common Merganser (5); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (6); Ring-billed Gull (41); Herring Gull (1); Barred Owl (1). Passerines included: C Raven (1); E Bluebird (3); A Robin (23); Cedar Waxwing (7); Red-winged Blackbird (15: all male).
  • KETTLEBROOK#2, LEICESTER: a small area of open water where the stream enters had: Wood Duck (1m); Mallard (4); Hooded Merganser (pr).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/16/19 -- Lake Quinsigamond/River Road , Shrewsbury/West Boylston
  • LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND continues to be a fine place to look for waterfowl in the County. Today we had the following: Mute Swan (29); Canada Goose (287); Gadwall (1f); Mallard (131); A Black Duck (4); N Pintail (3); Redhead (1m: seen today from the Rt.20 overlook); Greater Scaup (1f); Ring-necked Duck (2m); Common Goldeneye (38); Hooded Merganser (18); Common Merganser (38); Red-breasted Merganser (1f); Bald Eagle (3: 2imm+1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (167); Herring Gull (7).
  • RIVER ROAD, WEST BOYLSTON, on the Quinapoxet River: Mute Swan (1); Mallard (4); Bufflehead (2m); Common Goldeneye (7); Hooded Merganser (14); Common Merganser (1m).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/16/19 -- Sutton
    I just saw a bald eagle fly over rt. 146 in Sutton just north of the purgatory chasm exit. (report from Mike Marnell).

    2/15/19 -- Shrewsbury/Worcester
    On a stretch of Flint pond across from 35 Lakeside Drive, Shrewsbury, I had 16 Mute swan , 25 Mallard Ducks, 1 REDHEAD male, 5 Ring necked Ducks, 15 Common Goldeneye, 2 Hooded Merganser, 8 Common Merganser, 41 Ring billed Gulls, 8 Herring Gulls and 1 Great Black Backed. At the very northern end of Lake Quinsigamond is a Northern Pintail. At Lincoln Plaza (Worcester) by Lowes 48 Robins were in some berry trees . (report from John Shea).

    2/11/19 -- Lake Quinsigamond/Flint Pond Worcester/Shrewsbury
    Today we did a quick survey of the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND complex in Worcester and Shrewsbury. Though 80% of the area was still ice-covered, we still saw the following: Canada Goose (139); Mute Swan (32); Mallard (136); A Black Duck (6); Greater Scaup (1f); Common Goldeneye (19); Hooded Merganser (14); Common Merganser (13); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ring-billed Gull (122); Herring Gull 921); Cedar Waxwing (16).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    2/2/19 -- S Quabbin/Quabog IBA/Worcester Airport
  • This morning we started at QUABBIN PARK/SOUTH QUABBIN. Quabbin is now 98% ice-covered and birding was slow. Hooded Merganser (5f in river); Bald Eagle (1ad); Ring-billed Gull (27); Mourning Dove (3); Hairy Woodpecker (1); C Raven (2); Black-capped Chickadee (14); Tufted Titmouse (9); White Breasted Nuthatch (1); A Robin (2). That’s all.
  • QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). As we drove through the Brookfields in the morning, the temp was as low as minus 6 F. All ponds are now ice-covered, many with ice-fishermen and snowmobilers out on them. The Quabog River is 70% ice-covered. We had: Mallard (6); A Black Duck (4); Hooded Merganser (23); Common Merganser (2f); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Ring-billed Gull (2); Black-capped Chickadee (2); A Crow (2); A Robin (21); N Mockingbird (1); Dark-eyed Junco (6); A Goldfinch (5).
  • On the way home, we pulled down Mulberry Street in Lancaster, pulled up at the airport gate to get out a sandwich, and then we had: Red-tailed Hawk (1); GOLDEN EAGLE (1ad: this bird flew SW across our entire field of view); Snow Bunting (flock of 30+); Song Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (1). We drove further down Mulberry hoping to see the eagle again as it went behind the tree line, but no luck. We even drove into the lot at the airport, and did not see the bird again. It was flying directly and with a purpose.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/29/19 -- Worcester
  • At Notre Dame cemetery I had 2 Mute Swans, 2 Mallard Ducks, 2 Black Ducks, 1 Common Goldeneye, 1 Hooded Merganser, 1 Great blue Heron, 1 Red tail Hawk and 1 Carolina Wren.
  • A Bald Eagle was flying over Commerce Bank on Park Ave.
  • When I got home (near the Big Y on May st) I heard a Fish crow flying by. I often hear them in the parking lot when I go there first thing in the morning.
    (report from John Shea).

  • 1/29/19 -- Gardner
    The Pine grosbeaks (7) continue this morning at the community college. (report from Dick Knowlton).

    1/27/19 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    At gate 36 at Wachusett Reservoir, in a small patch of open water I had 4 Common Merganser, 4 Common Goldeneye and 3 Canada Geese. A flock of 26 or so Snow Bunting were flying around the rocks and a flock of 29 Horned Lark were in the field. At Bart’s Pond I had 5 Canada Geese, 2 Mute Swans,2 Mallard Ducks, 3 Female Bufflehead,1 Red tail Hawk, 2 Brown Creepers, 1 Robin and 5 Tufted Titmouse. In a tree by Clinton High was a Bald Eagle. (report from John Shea).

    1/16/19 -- Westrobough
  • The clay-colored sparrow continues in the fields at 289 Lyman St (behind the auto auction), in association with a large flock juncos and 3 chipping sparrows.
  • Also notable late in the day was a N. Shrike, at the back of the field behind the vehicles.
  • Other birds seen here today: red-tailed hawk - 1 or 2; 1st yr. bald eagle (flyover); adult bald eagle (flyover); chipping sparrow - 3; song sparrows; white-throated sparrows.
    (report from Garry Kessler).

  • 1/14/19 -- Millbury
    There was a Great Blue Heron on Dorothy Brook, Riverlin Street, in Millbury. (report from Susan LaBree).

    1/14/19 -- Wachusett Res / Westboro / Marlboro
    We ventured out to a few locations this morning and had the following:
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Rapidly icing over, especially bays. Some good concentrations of birds, most of which will likely be gone tomorrow as the icing progresses: Common Loon (4); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (717: huge flock on the water at NW end, and other large flocks overhead); Mallard (89); A Black Duck (3); Greater Scaup (10); Lesser Scaup (1); NB: Coachlace is ice covered; Common Goldeneye (66); Hooded Merganser (4); Common merganser (53); Bald Eagle (2ad perched in the birches of Cunningham Ledge); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Belted Kingfisher (1).
  • We then ventured out to the Lancaster and Harvard area and had very few birds.
  • SUDBURY RESERVOIR in SOUTHBORO is iced over but we did find (28) Canada Geese resting on ice.
  • CHAUNCY LAKE/POND in WESTBORO is also almost completely iced over but in a small area there were : Canada Goose (37); Mallard (23); Ring-billed Gull (9); Herring Gull (12). The Red-necked Grebe has obviously vamoosed.
  • We did take a side-trip to HAGAR POND, MARLBORO (Middlesex County) and along with the usual domestic geese, House Sparrows, were Canada Goose (35); Mute Swan (11); Gadwall (pair); Mallard (c.200); A Black Duck (2); N Pintail (8); Hooded Merganser (12); Common Merganser (1); Ring-billed Gull (c. 120+). Some water still open.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/12/19 -- Blackstone-Millville / Uxbridge / Worcester
    Today we started out birding a few areas in BLACKSTONE-MILLVILLE. Highlights included: Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (166); Mallard (60); A Black Duck (2); N Pintail (1m); Hooded Merganser (4); Black Vulture (1); Turkey Vulture (1, with more than 20 other sitting on chimneys and roof tops just over the border in Woonsocket, RI); Red-tailed Hawk (3). Gulls included Ring-billed (16); Herring (26) and Great Black-backed (2). Carolina Wren (4); Fish Crow (27); Common Raven (pair looking like they were checking out potential nesting spots amid the pipes of the Blackstone energy plant.
  • WHITIN POND, UXBRIDGE: Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (343); Mallard (28); Ring-necked Duck (3m); Hooded Merganser (1); Cedar Waxwing (20+).
  • Another (28) Mallards were in the river at the entrance of Central Cemetery, MILLBURY.
  • NOTRE DAME, CEMETERY, WORCESTER had: Canada Goose (130); Mallard (2); A Black Duck (3); Hooded Merganser (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1).
  • Finally, along the Blackstone River in the city of WORCESTER we had (12) Hooded Merganser; (3) Red-tailed Hawk ; and a small flock of (7) Red-winged Blackbirds.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/11/19 -- Westboro / Northboro
    Still sick with the viral lung thing, I ventured out a bit this afternoon to count some waterfowl.
  • BARTLETT POND, NORTHBORO: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (54).
  • LITTLE CHAUNCY POND: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (4). Nb: RE: the sign warning against eating the fish from this pond because of the Mercury content. Does anyone know what the source of this Mercury is?
  • CHAUNCY LAKE: Red-necked Grebe (1); Canada Goose (269); Greater Scaup (1f); Hooded Merganser (27); Ring-billed Gull (38); Herring Gull (3).
  • SUASC0, WESTBORO: Canada Goose (99); Mute Swan (15); Mallard (2); A Black Duck (2); Ring-billed Gull (5); Herring Gull (3); Great Black-backed Gull (2); Tree Sparrow (27).
  • At home feeders, a HERMIT THRUSH has put in an appearance.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/7/19 -- Royalston
    Had good looks at the large flock (60-70) of evening grosbeaks (another photo) in the vicinity of Royalston center. Also a couple brown creepers and red-bellied woodpeckers.
    (report from Garry and Anne Kessler)

    1/6/19 -- Worcester & vicinity
    Birded several areas today:
  • All Faiths Cemetery: Great Blue Heron (2); Hooded merganser (12); Mallard(24)
  • Notre Dame Cemetery: Great Blue Heron (3); Mallard (12)
  • Wachusett Reservoir: South Bay: Common Goldeneye (24); Hooded merganser (6)
    (report from Paul Dufault).

  • 1/2/19 -- Worcester
    A male Ring-Necked Pheasant has been seen and heard for the past three days in the courtyard at Botany Bay Road, Worcester. Escape? (report from Jo-Ann Ferrie).

    1/1/2019 -- Wachusett Reservoir & vicinity
    We birded (from the car mostly) Wachusett Reservoir in the afternoon. Strong winds, white caps and 50 degrees. South Bay had 42 Common Goldeneyes, W. Boylston center 2 Crows, 1 Red-tail hawk. Nothing around the Stone Church. 50 Starlings at the Wachusett Country Club.Nothing on the Quinapoxet River but across from the River St intersection were 3 Ring-billed Gulls, and 7 Hooded Mergansers. We walked across the RR tracks and saw 16 Common Mergansers. We then headed to the North Dike near Chace Hill Road in Sterling, saw 21 Ring-billed Gulls and 12 Snow Buntings (around the rocks by the water). Nothing on the Clinton side. Coachlace Pond had 42+ Canada Geese loafing and 3 female Common Goldeneyes. Nothing at Davis Farm in Sterling. Slow at our feeder in Sterling -- FOY bird was 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, then 2 Titmice, 2 Chickadees, 1 Downy Woodpecker. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

    For previous sightings, see 2018 Archives or Archive Index