Recent Central Mass Bird Sightings

Sightings are listed in reverse chronological order. Info on submitting reports, as well as links to other online birding resources can be found via the Central Mass Bird Update homepage.



Bird Sightings:

8/6/22 -- Quinapoxet Reservoir/Burnshirt River/Glen Valley Cemetery
  • We started the day at QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (19); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (1); Semipalmated Plover (3); Killdeer (12); Spotted Sandpiper (10); Solitary Sandpiper (7); Semipalmated Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (14); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • THEN we followed up along the Burnshirt River from Hubbardston to Phillipston: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (11); Wood Duck (2ad+1f with 5 very small ducklings); A Black Duck (1); Mallard (4); Killdeer (3); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1).
    E Peewee (6); Blue Headed Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (19); Tree Swallow (60); Barn Swallow (19); Cedar Waxwing (6); Black and White Warbler (2); Ovenbird (1); Northern Waterthrush (1); Scarlet Tanager (4); Chipping Sparrow (57); Swamp Sparrow (1 still singing); Bobolink (3 calling overhead).
  • WE ended the morning at Glen Valley Cemetery in Barre mostly for butterflies and odonates, but birds included: Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); C Raven (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/31/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today we ended our morning birding by quickly covering most of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. The two Waushacum’s had very few birds and lots of boats. Coachlace was also a bust.
  • Common Loon (9: 4ad plus 1ad with 1young and another adult with 2 young. The adult with the single young appeared to be teaching its offspring to fish. The adult dove often while the young looked like it was watching the parent and kept its head under water much of the time when the adult dove. Lots of vocalizing by the adult.); Double-crested Cormorant (35); Great Blue Heron (1); Little Blue Heron (1 imm continues at Sterling Peat); Canada Goose (9); Wood Duck (1); Mallard (4); Killdeer (22); Spotted Sandpiper (3); Bonaparte’s Gull (1 non Br); Ring-billed Gull (28); Mourning Dove (6); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (2).
    Passerines included: E Kingbird (7); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (11); House Wren (2);N Mockingbird (11); Indigo Bunting (1); Baltimore Oriole (4).
  • Mammal highlights included 2 River Otters at Sterling Peat. We also hit Pine Grove Cemetery to catch a great show of Cicada Killers. Apparently, we were watching the males, defending territories and checking out every thing that came near. The females dig the burrow and carry the cicadas to the burrow. Though they look fierce, males have no real stinger (females do) though they can bite.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/30/22 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded a few areas in the QUABOG IBA (the BROOKFIELDS mostly). Song is done, except for some vireos and peewees. Post-breeding birds are skulky and tough to find. By mid-morning, it became really breezy making landbirding even more difficult.
  • Great Blue Heron (4); Canada Goose (43); Wood Duck (1); Mallard (23); Hooded Merganser (2imm); Osprey (8: best sighting of the morning was a loose group (flock?) of 8 Osprey soaring high over the SW area of Lake Quacumquasit/South Pond. This group was harassed by 2 Red-tailed Hawks Osprey do breed in Warren and Sturbridge.); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (10: many young birds); Wild Turkey (3); Virginia Rail (5); Killdeer (1); Solitary Sandpiper (1) NB: Lake Quabog now has a bit, just a bit, of muddy edge, so it offers the best spot in the area to search for shorebirds. The north end of Lake Wickabog has NO mudflats so far this year. Ring-billed Gull (12); Mourning Dove (33); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (2).
    Passerines included: E Wood Peewee (23); Willow Flycatcher (1 still calling); E Phoebe (11);E Kingbird (12); Red-eyed Vireo (19); Tree Swallow (23); Barn Swallow (39); Carolina Wren (2); House Wren (1); E Bluebird (5); Veery (1); Gray Catbird (23). There were VERY few warblers: A Redstart (1); C Yellowthroat (3); Field Sparrow (1); Indigo Bunting (2); Baltimore Oriole (2); A Goldfinch (11).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/23/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir Breeding Bird Survey
    Six members of the Forbush Bird Club had a great morning trip around Wachusett Reservoir for our yearly breeding bird survey. Kevin Bourinot, trip leader, provided the final bird numbers below. Locations included Gates 35, 37, and 40 with a brief stop at South Bay. Weather was sunny, hot and humid with a high of 87F. Bird highlights were finding 3 pairs of Common Loons with 5 chicks total and seeing the 2 immature Bald Eagles at the nest site. Red-eyed vireos and Eastern Wood Pewees were the majority of singing passerines. We tried for the meadowlarks at gate 37 but missed. Two turkey brood sightings were also reported to MassWildlife as the agency’s brood survey reporting period runs through the end of August.
  • Bird Observations: 25 Canada Goose, 11 Mallard, 22 Wild Turkey, 4 Mourning Dove, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 3 Chimney Swift, 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 9 Killdeer, 6 Spotted Sandpiper, 36 Ring-billed Gull, 11 Common Loon -- Pair w/ 1 chick, pair w/ 2 chicks, pair w/ 2 chicks, 19 Double-crested Cormorant, 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Bald Eagle -- (2 imm Wood Island), 2 Red-tailed Hawk, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 7 Downy Woodpecker, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 3 Northern Flicker, 11 Eastern Wood-Pewee, 2 Eastern Phoebe, 4 Eastern Kingbird, 1 Yellow-throated Vireo, 2 Warbling Vireo, 13 Red-eyed Vireo, 8 Blue Jay, 6 American Crow, 11 Black-capped Chickadee, 3 Tufted Titmouse, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, 27 Tree Swallow, 1 Barn Swallow, 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 7 White-breasted Nuthatch, 2 Brown Creeper, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Carolina Wren, 4 European Starling, 5 Gray Catbird, 4 Northern Mockingbird, 5 American Robin, 16 Cedar Waxwing, 2 House Sparrow, 4 House Finch, 10 American Goldfinch, 7 Chipping Sparrow, 4 Savannah Sparrow, 7 Song Sparrow, 3 Eastern Towhee, 4 Red-winged Blackbird, 10 Common Grackle, 2 Black-and-white Warbler, 1 American Redstart, 8 Pine Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1 Prairie Warbler, 4 Northern Cardinal, 1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Other non-bird observations: Doe with 3 fawns bounding through the woods, tons of dragonfly activity, a tiny toad, and 4 free toilets seen near driveways on Chase Hill Road, Sterling!
    (report from Marion Larson)

  • 7/21/22 -- Holden-West Boylston-Sterling
    This morning we birded for a few hours before the heat and humidity got too oppressive.
  • QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR: Double-crested Cormorant (5); Great Blue Heron (11); Canada Goose (19); Killdeer (16); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Least Sandpiper (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1); Peregrine Falcon (1imm: this bird sat on a bar for the entire time we were there, sometimes walking (!) from one side to the next).
    Swallows are on the move, and here we had (40+) Tree; (10+) Barn; and at least (1) Bank.
    ALSO: Eastern Coyote (1).
  • We then made a quick stop at STERLING PEAT/MUDDY POND and had: Great Blue Heron (2); Little Blue Heron (1imm); Canada Goose (3); Wood Duck (1); Killdeer (3); A Kestrel (1).
  • At STERLING AIRPORT we had (7) Killdeer and (2) Savannah Sparrows.
  • We ended the morning doing a basic point count of WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (1); Double-crested Cormorant (14); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (15); Mallard (6); Killdeer (9); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Bonaparte’s Gull (1imm); Ring-billed Gull (24); Common Tern (1: made a few passes then we lost it). There were also a number of Tree and Barn Swallows. NB: though the water level here is a bit lower than typical for this time of the year, it is nowhere near the levels that were found this spring. Construction at the dam continues.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/16/22 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we birded some dirt roads in the southwestern section of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Besides birds, there were also lots of odonates and butterflies to look at (my best butterfly day all season) so we made slow progress. Bird highlights:
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Wood Peewee (7: including 3 young birds); E Phoebe (3).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (5); Blue-headed (6); Warbling (1); Red-eyed (52).
    C Raven (4: family group); Barn Swallow (3 moving down the river); Red-breasted Nuthatch (16: including several just fledged young); House Wren (1); Winter Wren (2 singing birds); Veery (6); Hermit Thrush (33); Gray Catbird (14); Cedar Waxwing (21).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (1); Chestnut-sided (6); Black-throated Green (3); Pine (14); Ovenbird (2); C Yellowthroat (11).
    Scarlet Tanager (15); E Towhee (17); Swamp Sparrow (3).
  • Other highlights included 12 species of butterflies including several Aphrodite Fritillaries and a teeny (size of pinkie nail) Wood Frog.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/15/22 -- Hardwick
    This morning we birded a few areas in HARDWICK including the Gate 43 Quabbin fishermen’s access. Song continues to decline (note how few Ovenbirds we heard) and we had a number of newly fledged birds.
  • Common Loon (7 adults. When we arrived at the water in Gate 43, we had 2 adult pairs, no young, at opposite ends of the inlet. Eventually they met up, another loon flew in calling from Pottapaug and eventually there were 7 adults loons in a tight flock. They swam around each other for 15+ minutes and then the group broke up and loons headed back to where they originated); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Canada Goose (22); Turkey Vulture (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (2); Mourning Dove (9); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (4: 1 flew into the car via it’s open rear, buzzed around a bit and left.); Belted Kingfisher (1); Downy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (10); Least Flycatcher (1); E Phoebe (4); E Kingbird (4).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (2); Blue-headed (1); Warbling (1); Red-eyed (105).
    Tree Swallow (7); Barn Swallow (1);Red-breasted Nuthatch (3); House Wren (7); Veery (9); Hermit Thrush (11); Gray Catbird (43).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (2); Chestnut-sided (11: 8 just fledged birds begging food from adults); Black-throated Green (3); Pine (3); Prairie (1); A Redstart (1); Ovenbird (4); C Yellowthroat (12).
    Scarlet Tanager (11); Field Sparrow (6); Swamp Sparrow (12); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Indigo Bunting (1); Baltimore Oriole (1).
  • We had 33 butterflies of 7 species including (14) Great Spangled Fritillaries. Odes included a Banded Pennent.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/15/22 -- Mt. Watatic, Ashburnham
    On a mid-morning hike up the mountain in fine weather, birding highlights were 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 6 Hermit Thrushes (delightfully serenading me on the hike up), 1 Wood Thrush, 3 Cedar Waxwings (flying over the summit), 2 Blue-headed Vireos, 1 Yellow-throated Vireo, 3 Red-eyed Vireos, 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Black-throated Green Warblers, 1 Scarlet Tananger, 1 Eastern Towhee, and 4 Dark-eyed Juncos (heard singing and seen). (report from Rick Quimby).

    7/12/22 -- Warwick, Massachusetts
    We spent today birding around WARWICK, MASSACHUSETTS. By mid-morning the wind really picked up making birding tough. Gale Road used to be a great place to bird for Hemlock-loving species, but the hemlocks are now mostly stripped bare and Tuesday there were hundreds (thousands?) of caterpillars dropping out the trees on their silk. Hemlock span-worm? They covered our car. It took us sometime after leaving the area to kill the caterpillars that remained on our car.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (7); Mallard (2); Turkey Vulture (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Virginia Rail (3); Mourning Dove (18); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (2).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (2); Alder Flycatcher (1); E Phoebe (3); Blue-headed Vireo (5); Red-eyed Vireo (198); C Raven (11: they, and crows) were all over feeding on Gale Road. Were they eating the caterpillars?); Tree Swallow (3); Barn Swallow (6); Red-breasted Nuthatch (3); House Wren (6); Winter Wren (2); E Bluebird (3); Veery (2); Hermit Thrush (7); Gray Catbird (16); Cedar Waxwing (7).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (5); Chestnut-sided (3); Black-throated Blue (1); Black-throated Green (5); Pine (11); Ovenbird (15); C Yellowthroat (39).
    Scarlet Tanager (15);Swamp Sparrow (15); Indigo Bunting (5); Purple Finch (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/9/22 -- Warren
    This morning we birded around WARREN. Bird song has really dropped off, but certain species and/or individuals continue to sing, like vireos. Ovenbird song has dropped off, though some continue to sing. Heron, osprey, swallow young have fledged, as well as some species of song birds.
  • Great Blue Heron (7: none in nests); Canada Goose (7: no goslings); A Black Duck (5); Turkey Vulture (8); Virginia Rail (4); Mourning Dove (15); Chimney Swift (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); N Flicker (4); A Kestrel (1m+1f).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (2); E Phoebe (1); E Kingbird (6).
    VIREO: Yellow-throated (4); Warbling (10); Red-eyed (51).
    Tree Swallow (14); Barn Swallow (37); Carolina Wren (2); House Wren (14); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3: together, possible post nesting group, 1 was seen begging food); E Bluebird (5); Veery (8); Wood Thrush (6); Gray Catbird (64).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (5); Chestnut-sided (2); Black-throated Green (2); Pine (1); A Redstart (1); Ovenbird (7); C Yellowthroat (21).
    Scarlet Tanager (2); E Towhee (9); Swamp Sparrow (7); Indigo Bunting (2); Red-winged Blackbird (55).
  • WE also had (8) species of butterflies including (5) Great Spangled Fritillaries. Dragonflies included a number of Blue Dashers; Eastern Pondhawk and then a number of meadowhawks.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/6/22 -- Gate 8, Quabbin Reservoir / Lake Quabog
    This morning we started at GATE 8, QUABBIN. A little slow. Common Loon (1ad: nb: they did not nest in the inlet this year); Double crested Cormorant (1); Mallard (2); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Ring-billed Gull (6); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Acadian Flycatcher (1); E Phoebe (1); E Kingbird (2); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (30); Tree Swallow (1: nb: every fishing gate in Quabbin has a number of Tree Swallow boxes and they are used. But this shows the season is moving along and almost all the swallows have bred and left); E Bluebird (2); House Wren (2); Veery (6); Hermit Thrush (1);
    WARBLERS: C Yellowthroat (3); Pine (2); Blackburnian (1); Black-throated Green (1);
    Scarlet Tanager (2); Baltimore Oriole (2). Plus: Garter Snake (2); Common Watersnake (3). Sheila had a load of teneral damselflies.
  • On the way home at Lake Quabog (Brookfield): Canada Goose (5); Spotted Sandpiper (1ad w/1yng); Ring-billed Gull (2); Swallows: Tree (10+); Bank (5+); Barn (20+).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/4/22 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded parts of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA, mostly Gilbert and Granger Roads along the Burnshirt River. Be forewarned that Gilbert Road is quite rough in spots and you should have a high carriage vehicle to navigate it. Though we hit a few small marshes, mostly we birded in mixed forest.
  • Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Ruffed Grouse (1 vigorously drumming); Virginia Rail (3); Mourning Dove (12); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (6); Downy Woodpecker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (2); Least Flycatcher (8); E Phoebe (7); Red-eyed Vireo (61); Red-breasted Nuthatch (5); House Wren (5); Winter Wren (1); E Bluebird (7); Veery (28); Hermit Thrush (19); Wood Thrush (6); Gray Catbird (18); Cedar Waxwing (18).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (3); Chestnut-sided (6); Black-throated Blue (7); Black-throated Green (7); Pine (15); Prairie (3); Ovenbird (44); C Yellowthroat (24); Canada (1: still singing and seen).
    Scarlet Tanager (10); E Towhee (12); Swamp Sparrow (17); White-throated Sparrow (1 singing); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Indigo Bunting (2m); Purple Finch (1).
  • Dragonflies included Black-shouldered Spinylegs and Lancet Clubtail. Our only butterflies were 6 Little Wood Satyrs. Rattlesnake Plaintain is about to bloom, and we also had blooming Shinleaf and Small Purple-fringed Orchis.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/2/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we did a quick drive around WACHUSETT RESERVOIR in between showers: Common Loon (11: including an adult w/2 chicks); Double-crested Cormorant (16); Canada Goose (62); Mallard (6); Osprey (1); Killdeer (4, including 1ad w/1 chick); Spotted Sandpiper (4); Ring-billed Gull (9); Mourning Dove (15); Chimney Swift (11).
    Among the 30+ swallows (mostly Tree) were 3 N Rough-winged Swallow. E Bluebird (4); We also had 7 N Mockingbirds that included 3 fledged young birds. Savannah Sparrow (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    6/30/22 -- New Salem
    We spent the morning birding a few spots in NEW SALEM, including South New Salem. This town caps the north Quabbin area and is in Franklin County. Bird song is starting to slow down.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Hooded Merganser (3 in f-type plumage all in 1 small pond. Immatures I am assuming even though I saw no yellow at base of the bill); Turkey Vulture (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (1); Mourning Dove (5); Chimney Swift (2); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (1).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (5); Alder Flycatcher (1); Least Flycatcher (7); E Phoebe (14); E Kingbird (2).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (6); Blue-headed (8); Red-eyed (129).
    C Raven (4); Red-breasted Nuthatch (10); Carolina Wren (3); House Wren (7); Winter Wren (1); E Bluebird (11); Veery (45); Hermit Thrush (11); Gray Catbird (37).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (5); Chestnut-sided (6); Black-throated Blue (1); Black-throated Green (9); Blackburnian (4); Pine (22); Black and White (1); Ovenbird (53); C Yellowthroat (47).
    Scarlet Tanager (7); E Towhee (7); Swamp Sparrow (9); Purple Finch (1).
  • WE had 5 butterflies of 4 species (not great); but Sheila did MUCH better with odonates.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/25/22 -- Petersham
    Today we birded around PETERSHAM. Breeding is in full swing, with some fledged young already of certain species. This is a great time to find a good spot, stand still, and watch all around at all the activity. We did that for close to 30 minutes at a small parking area for a Trustees of Reservations property and saw Yellow Warbler adults feeding just fledged young, catbirds gathering food for young; Veery territorial disputes; waxwings nest building.
  • Great Blue Heron (6: this includes 3 ready-to-leave young in a nest still being fed by frantic adult); Canada Goose (3); Wood Duck (72: Petersham is one of the best towns in the County to see lots of post nesting Wood Ducks); A Black Duck (1adM: this is interesting because though Black Ducks are still common migrants in MA, they have crashed as breeders); Mallard (2m); Hooded Merganser (2juv); Turkey Vulture (7); Virginia Rail (1 heard only); Mourning Dove (19); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (5, including 2 young birds chasing each other); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (9); Least Flycatcher (11); E Phoebe (7); E Kingbird (8).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (5); Blue-headed (3); Warbling (4); Red-eyed (138).
    C Raven (5); Tree Swallow (19); Barn Swallow (11); House Wen (8); Winter Wren (4 singing birds); Veery (33); Hermit Thrush (18); Gray Catbird (42); Cedar Waxwing (2).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (8); Chestnut-sided (8); Yellow-rumped (1); Black-throated Green (6); Blackburnian (1); Pine (15); Prairie (1); Black and White (5); A Redstart (3); Ovenbird (97); Louisiana Waterthrush (1 foraging on a dirt road very near to where they nest);C Yellowthroat (55).
    Scarlet Tanager (8); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Indigo Bunting (1); Purple Finch (1); Evening Grosbeak (1 fly-over close to where we had a pair last week).
  • Butterflies where still in low numbers but we did have a Zabulon Skipper. Sheila did much better with dragonflies and had MARTHA’S PENNANT.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/23/22 -- New Braintree
    Today we birded around NEW BRAINTREE. This County town has several WMAs (most notably Winnimusset Meadows), but is mostly hilly farmland surrounded by woodlots of various sizes. Breeding is in full throttle, with many birds watched catching food for rapidly growing young. Starlings are finished with breeding and large flocks of fledged young were seen over the fields.
  • Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (4); Turkey Vulture (9); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (36: including 2ad w/17 young. These young were of two slightly different sizes, so it is possible that two broods joined together. There was another adult w/8 young. The rest were adult birds with no young); Killdeer (1); Mourning Dove (14); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Downy Woodpecker (2: 1 attending a nest with unseen young birds); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    Passerines included: E Wood Peewee (2); Alder Flycatcher (1); Willow Flycatcher (1); Least Flycatcher (3); E Phoebe (2); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); E Kingbird (9); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (67); Common Raven (12); Tree Swallow (34); Barn Swallow (34); House Wren (19); E Bluebird (11); Veery (31); Wood Thrush (11); Gray Catbird (67).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Yellow (10); Chestnut-sided (18); Pine (8); Black and White (1); A Redstart (7); Ovenbird (72); C Yellowthroat (55).
    Scarlet Tanager (3); Field Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (1); Swamp Sparrow (6); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (7); Indigo Bunting (12); Bobolink (18); Baltimore Oriole (5).
  • Butterflies seen were only Cabbage White (16), despite many areas of good-looking habitat.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/19/22 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded a south/eastern loop of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. We started just as the rain subsided, but as the morning continued and it became partially cloudy, the wind really picked up. This had an effect on the numbers and variety of passerines we saw/heard.
  • Great Blue Heron (2ad+4 large and looking “ready to fly” young still in nests); Wood Duck (10 small ducklings with no adult birds in view); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ruffed Grouse (1ad with 9 chicks. The adult crossed the road first, and then, one by one, slowly, the chicks crossed); Wild Turkey (2: 1 adult w/what looked like a teen turkey, fully feathered, but still staying close to adult); Mourning Dove (3); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1f); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (2); Least Flycatcher (3); E Phoebe (2); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); Warbling Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (47); Red-breasted Nuthatch (8); Brown Creeper (1); Winter Wren (1); Veery (37); Hermit Thrush (7); Cedar Waxwing (3).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (3); Chestnut-sided (11); Black-throated Green (3); Pine (10); Prairie (2); Black and White (5); Ovenbird (86); C Yellowthroat (21).
    Scarlet Tanager (9); E Towhee (13); Swamp Sparrow (4); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Baltimore Oriole (1); Purple Finch (1); Red Crossbill (3: at the spruces along Coldbrook first thing in AM, immediately took off for parts unknown).
  • PLUS: We had 1 butterfly, a Little Wood Satyr. We did better with dragonflies which included Green Darner (Sheila’s first photo of this species of the year), Spangled Skimmers, Belted Whiteface, Halloween Pennant (FOY). There were several Red Efts. A nice show of the orchid Rose Pogonia and Cotton Grass.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/15/22 -- Hardwick
    Today we birded a few spots in HARDWICK including the Gate 43 fishing area. NB: the water at Quabbin is still high. There was lots of breeding behavior. Common Loon (pair at Gate 43. We watched these birds, 1 in particular , pull up vegetation from under the water and look like they were trying to build a nest on a small collection of rocks and small bushes in the inlet. But nothing took, and they eventually moved on);
  • Double-crested Cormorant (5); Canada Goose (20); Mallard (3 drakes); Turkey Vulture (7); Cooper’s Hawk (1 very vocal bird chased a Red-tail out of it’s territory); Broad-winged Hawk (1);Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (1ad w/10 very young and tiny young plus another adult elsewhere); Virginia Rail (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Mourning Dove (12); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (5); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (7); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (9); Alder Flycatcher (2); Least Flycatcher (13); E Phoebe (8); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); E Kingbird (1).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (7); Blue-headed (3); Warbling (6); Red-eyed (77).
    Tree Swallow (54); N Rough-winged Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (12); Red-breasted Nuthatch (3); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (13); E Bluebird (13); Veery (36); Wood Thrush (3); Gray Catbird (76); Cedar Waxwing (7).
    WARBLERS: decent numbers of a very few species: Yellow (22); Chestnut-sided (26); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (5); Prairie (2); Black and White (2); A Redstart (8); Ovenbird (108); C Yellowthroat (29).
    Scarlet Tanager (8); E Towhee (20); Field Sparrow (4); Swamp Sparrow (7); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5); Indigo Bunting (1); Bobolink (11); Baltimore Oriole (9); Purple Finch (1).
  • Butterfly highlights included (6) Great Spangled Fritillarys; Herp highlights: we helped 1 Eastern Garter Snake across a road and watched 2 Painted Turtles lay eggs. Sheila will post about odes.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/12/22 -- Erving
    Today we birded ERVING, a small town in Franklin County, and bits of adjacent towns, all east of the Connecticut River.
  • Common Loon (1ad on narrow Laurel Lake. No sign of breeding); Canada Goose (5); Turkey Vulture (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Mourning Dove (3); Barred Owl (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (9); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (4); Alder Flycatcher (1); Least Flycatcher (2); E Phoebe (9); E Kingbird (1); Blue-headed Vireo (19); Warbling Vireo (9: all along Miller’s River); Red-eyed Vireo (103); C Raven (2); Red-breasted Nuthatch (4); Winter Wren (2 singing); Veery (33); Hermit Thrush (5); Cedar Waxwing (5).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (7); Chestnut-sided (11); Black-throated Blue (8); Black-throated Green (13); Blackburnian (5); Pine (1); Black and White (3); Ovenbird (36); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (13); Canada (1).
    Scarlet Tanager (10); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Baltimore Oriole (6: all along Millers River).
  • It was a good day for dragonflies and we had many jewelwings; (1) Crimson-ringed Whiteface, lots of Frosted Whiteface, breeding Sphagnum Sprites; and our first Calico Pennant.
    There were OK numbers of butterflies of very few species including (19) Red-spotted Admirals, including (9) White Admirals.
    The blooming Mountain Laurel was beautiful especially in the State Park.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/10/22 -- Warren
    This morning we birded around the County town of WARREN. Nothing wild, but we did have lots of nesting behavior and parent birds with young. The breezy weather increased in intensity through the morning, always making song-birding tougher.
  • Great Blue Heron (14: including 1 nest w/4 young, and another nest in another location w/3 young); Canada Goose (2); Wood Duck (1m); Hooded Merganser (1adF w/1 still fuzzy mergling); Turkey Vulture (4); Osprey (1 nest w/2 young-at least, and 2 adult birds); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Virginia Rail (4); Mourning Dove (15); Chimney Swift (14); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (1); A Kestrel (1).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (11); Least Flycatcher (3); E Phoebe (7); E Kingbird (3).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (11); Warbling (11); Red-eyed (44).
    Tree Swallow (34); Barn Swallow (18); House Wren (9); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); E Bluebird (6); Veery (15); Hermit Thrush (1); Cedar Waxwing (2).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (15); Chestnut-sided (8); Black and White (2); A Redstart (9); Ovenbird (56); C Yellowthroat (42: we watched 1 female gather quite a large number of small leaves in her bill).
    Scarlet Tanager (6); E Towhee (6); Field Sparrow (1); Swamp Sparrow (9); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Indigo Bunting (1); Bobolink (23); Baltimore Oriole (6).
  • Lots of dragonflies, but only 2 butterflies!
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/29/22 -- Petersham
    Today we noodled around PETERSHAM looking for birds, butterflies, and odonates. Spring passerine migration is almost over and we had 2 birds that were definitely migrants. The rest were migrant breeders. Red-eyed Vireos and Ovenbirds were ubiquitous.
  • Great Blue Heron (1 on a nest; 1 nest w/3 fairly large young; plus 1 adult); Canada Goose (16, 9 of which were goslings); Wood Duck (11 unattended very small ducklings); Hooded Merganser (1f and 5 merglings); Turkey Vulture (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Mourning Dove (12); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (6); Downy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    Passerine highlights: Olive-sided Flycatcher (1); E Wood Peewee (17); Alder Flycatcher (5); Least Flycatcher (3); E Phoebe (11); Great Crested Flycatcher (5); E Kingbird (6).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (6); Blue-headed (10); Warbling (13); Red-eyed (184).
    C Raven (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (8); House Wren (10); E Bluebird (8); Veery (21); Hermit Thrush (11); Wood Thrush (2); Gray Catbird (32); Cedar Waxwing (2).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Yellow (12); Chestnut-sided (27); Black throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (3); Black-throated Green (12); Blackburnian (5); Pine (14); Prairie (2); Blackpoll (1); Black and White (4); A Redstart (16); Ovenbird (123); Northern Waterthrush (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (43).
    Scarlet Tanager (11); E Towhee (8); Swamp Sparrow (6); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Baltimore Oriole (2); Purple Finch (1); Evening Grosbeak (2: possibly a pair).
  • Best non-bird sighting: Black Bear.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/28/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir/SW cemeteries
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR this morning (5/28): The water here is somewhat higher than it was earlier in the week, so the flats were less extensive. Common Loon (1); Double-crested Cormorant (17); Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (22); Mallard (4+1f w/12 ducklings); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (1); Semipalmated Plover (2); Killdeer (1); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Least Sandpiper (4); Ring-billed Gull (4); A Kestrel (1).
    A few of the passerines seen/heard while checking the few water overlooks: Willow Flycatcher (1); E Kingbird (8); Warbling Vireo (11); Red-eyed Vireo (4); Yellow Warbler (3); Pine Warbler (1); A Redstart (1); C Yellowthroat (5); Scarlet Tanager (2); Baltimore Oriole (5).
  • Previously we had checked the cemeteries: Hope; Notre Dame; All Faiths: Highlights: Canada Goose (9-2 goslings); Mute Swan (3+pair with 6 cygnets); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (14); Killdeer (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (4).
    E Wood Peewee (1); Willow Flycatcher (1); Great Crested Flycatcher (3); Warbling Vireo (18); Red-eyed Vireo (2); House Wren (3); Carolina Wren (3); Fish Crow (1); G Catbird (28); Blackpoll (1); A Redstart (1); Scarlet Tanager (1); Baltimore Oriole (14); Orchard Oriole (1adM).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/25/22 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we spent the morning and early afternoon in the southern sections of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Almost from the get-go, butterflies and odes were around as well as birds, so we did not cover as much area as we typically do. There was also a lot of breeding behavior to watch, with a number of individuals watched gathering nesting materials. It was Sheila’s best ode day this year and my best butterfly day so far this year (which is not saying much). Birds were mostly migrant breeders .
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (3); Wood Duck (2ad+10 very tiny ducklings); Mallard (4); Common Merganser (1f along the Burnshirt); Wild Turkey (1 male in full display); Virginia Rail (2); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Mourning Dove (5); Ruby-throated hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (1).
    Olive-sided Flycatcher (1: Sheila got a few pics); E Wood Peewee (9); Alder Flycatcher (11); Willow Flycatcher (9); Least Flycatcher (8); E Phoebe (6: we found 2 nests); Great Crested Flycatcher (10); E Kingbird (2);
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (2); Blue-headed (2); Warbling (9); Red-eyed (95).
    Blue Jay (11); A Crow (5); Tree Swallow (10); Barn Swallow (8); Black-capped Chickadee (8); Tufted Titmouse (11); Red-breasted Nuthatch (6); Brown Creeper (2); House Wren (4); Veery (26); Swainson’s Thrush (1); Hermit Thrush (7); Wood Thrush (2); A Robin (19); Gray Catbird (37); Cedar Waxwing (4).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (16); Chestnut-sided (26); Black-throated Blue (4); Yellow-rumped (4); Black-throated Green (6); Blackburnian (2); Pine (12); Prairie (5); Bay-breasted (1); Black and White (4); A Redstart (4); Ovenbird (141); Northern Waterthrush (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (32); Canada (2).
    Scarlet Tanager (14); E Towhee (34); Chipping Sparrow (16); Song Sparrow (28); Swamp Sparrow (19); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6); Indigo Bunting (1); Bobolink (8); Red-winged Blackbird (38); Baltimore Oriole (15); Purple Finch (1); A Goldfinch (3).
  • PLUS: 10 species of butterfly including (7) Pine Elfins, and 17 species of odonates including Ringed Boghaunter, Elfin Skimmer, and Twin-spotted Spiketail.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/24/22 -- Worcester/Wachusett Reservoir
  • We started out at COES POND, WORCESTER. Not much (unsurprisingly) but Great Blue Heron (we wondered if this was the individual that overwintered here); Canada Goose (5ad+4yg); Mallard (1m); and N Rough-winged Swallow (1).
  • HOPE CEMETERY: Very few birds, and very little song! Highlights: Chimney Swift (5); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Warbling Vireo (3); A Robin (28, including 1 newly fledged spotted feathered young following an adult begging food.); Gray Catbird 3); Common Yellowthroat (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Orchard Oriole (1m); Baltimore Oriole (3). It was so poor for birds, we decided to head to…
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: we did a 6 point check. Highlights: Common Loon (8: including 1 non-ad breeding plumage); Double-crested Cormorant (13); Canada Goose (2); Mute Swan (3); Mallard (5); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Spotted Sandpiper (2);Greater Yellowlegs (4); Ring-billed Gull (9); Chimney Swift (13); N Rough-winged Swallow (2: breeds here). We had nice, long views of a Brown Thrasher hunting on the ground in back of the bushes next to Gate 40.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/24/22 -- Westborough Wildlife Management Area
    I saw a pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos here this morning. (report from Robert Brady).

    5/21/22 -- Hardwick
    This morning we birded a few spots in HARDWICK. We did not venture into Gate 43 fishing area. On weekends that location can be crowded with fishermen and boats. So we did not see loons, Common Mergs, Killdeer, or Spotted Sandpipers. The weather was odd. Starting temps were 61 and it was foggy and overcast. The skies did not brighten till c.10:30AM, and then the temps rose into the 70s. Early in the morning was good for migrants, but by mid-morning it was mostly migrant breeders.
  • Canada Goose (8adults and 15 goslings); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (2); Hooded Merganser (1f); Turkey Vulture (4); Ruffed Grouse (1); Wild Turkey (3); Mourning Dove (14); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3: 1 calling while in nest hole); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (7); Downy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (1).
    Olive-sided Flycatcher (1: very vocal in wooded swamp. Sheila got some nice shots); E Wood Peewee (18); Acadian Flycatcher (1 heard and seen, but then it moved off); Alder Flycatcher (13); Willow Flycatcher (3); Least Flycatcher (5); E Phoebe (6); Great Crested Flycatcher (3); E Kingbird (5: we watched 1 bird do a flight display, then fly off, followed by another kingbird)’
    VIREO: Yellow-throated (11); Blue-headed (3); Warbling (8); Red-eyed (175).
    Blue Jay (4); A Crow (18); Tree Swallow (23); Barn Swallow (33); Black-capped Chickadee (8); Tufted Titmouse (22); Red-breasted Nuthatch (2); Carolina Wren (6); House Wren (13); Veery (49); Hermit Thrush (3); Wood Thrush (12); A Robin (66); Gray Catbird (131); N Mockingbird (1); Cedar Waxwing (1 flock of 12 and another flock of 48).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (6); Tennessee (1); N Parula (1); Yellow (34); Chestnut-sided (54); Magnolia (3); Yellow-rumped (1); Black-throated Green (1); Blackburnian (1); Pine (6); Prairie (4); Bay-breasted (2); Black and White (6); A Redstart (24: including 1 f carrying nesting material); Worm-eating (1); Ovenbird (108); Mourning (1); C Yellowthroat (46); Wilson’s (1); Canada (2).
    Scarlet Tanager (9); E Towhee (43); Chipping Sparrow (22); Field Sparrow (5); Song Sparrow (31); Swamp Sparrow (11); N Cardinal (20); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (14: watched a female gathering nesting material); Indigo Bunting (2); Bobolink (52); Red-winged Blackbird (71); E Meadowlark (1); Brown-headed Cowbird (4); Baltimore Oriole (30); House Finch (3); A Goldfinch (7).
  • Plus: Columbine in bloom; and we had our first Red Efts of the season. Sheila also helped a Painted Turtle cross the road to lay eggs.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/20/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we started birding around WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. Though many birders are checking from Gate 40 (dead end road), there is very limited parking there and we found birds by viewing from a number of locations. The low water edges are present all over the reservoir, so do some exploring. It would be great to see some reports from Gate 8 or 13. Birds were also moving around a lot, sometimes flushed by raptors.
  • Common Loon (8 (1 non br; this low water could pose a real challenge to the loons that nest here); Double-crested Cormorant (21); Mute Swan (5); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (30); Mallard (11/4 very small ducklings); Osprey (1);Bald Eagle (2ad); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Semipalmated Plover (7); Black-bellied Plover (5); Killdeer (2); Spotted Sandpiper (12); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Greater Yellowlegs (2); Short-billed Dowitcher (1); Least Sandpiper (18); Semipalmated Sandpiper (1: close views); peep species too far out to id: 30 minimum; Dunlin (9 breeding); Ring-billed Gull (7); sterna sp. Perched too far out to id (1); Many swallows including (1) Cliff.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/18/22 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded just a few spots in PETERSHAM. There was a lot less bird song than was expected, perhaps due to the breezy conditions.
  • Great Blue Heron (2: 1 on nest); Canada Goose (4); Wood Duck (3ad+15 ducklings); Mallard (1); Hooded Merganser (2f); Turkey Vulture (11); Red-shouldered Hawk (4); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Solitary Sandpiper (2); Spotted Sandpiper (3); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Downy Woodpecker (2).
    Passerine highlights: Olive-sided Flycatcher (1: very vocal); E Wood Peewee (2); Alder Flycatcher (1); Least Flycatcher (2); E Phoebe (13); Great Crested Flycatcher (1): E Kingbird (5).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (3); Blue-headed (3);Warbling (4); Red-eyed (64).
    C Raven (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (8); Brown Creeper (1); Veery (6); Swainson’s Thrush (1); Hermit Thrush (15); Wood Thrush (6).
    WARBLERS: N Parula (2); Yellow (8); Chestnut-sided (13); Black-throated Blue (4); Yellow-rumped (3); Black-throated Green (7); Blackburnian (1); Pine (4); Prairie (1); Bay-breasted (1); Black and White (2); A Redstart (1); Ovenbird (44); Northern Waterthrush (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (15); Canada (1).
    Scarlet Tanager (4); E Towhee (6); Field Sparrow (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2); Baltimore Oriole (7); Purple Finch (1).
  • PLUS: Mink (1); Otter (1); and a large Northern Watersnake that kept me company while I scoped a marsh.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/15/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Late afternoon point count at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR (5/15): Common Loon (3); Double-crested Cormorant (23); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (54); Mute Swan (3); Mallard (17: all drakes);Turkey Vulture (1); Black-bellied Plover (1); Killdeer (5); Greater Yellowlegs (17); Least Sandpiper (7); Pectoral Sandpiper (1); Ring-billed Gull (4). NB: with the dramatically lowered water, loons are going to have a tough time nesting at the reservoir except for floating nesting platforms.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    5/7/22 -- Coes Pond, Worcester
    I had Lesser Scaup and Osprey at Coes Pond today.
    (report from Susan LaBree).

    5/6/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights in the late afternoon were 1 DC Cormorant, 2 Mute Swans (on nest), 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Eastern Kingbird (seen and heard), 1 Carolina Wren, 1 Gray Catbird, 4 Warbling Vireos 6+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 3 Chipping Sparrows, 1 Song Sparrow, and 2 Baltimore Orioles. (report from Rick Quimby).

    5/5/22 -- Warren
    This morning we birded a few areas in WARREN and managed 75 species.
  • Great Blue Heron (3-1 on nest); Canada goose (14); Wood Duck (pair); Mallard (21); Green-winged Teal (9); Hooded Merganser (3:1m+2f); Common Merganser (1m); Turkey Vulture (9); Osprey (3: 1 on nest); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Virginia Rail (1); Killdeer (1); Greater Yellowlegs (1); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Pectoral Sandpiper (1); Mourning Dove (24); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Downy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (4).
    Passerine highlights: Least Flycatcher (2); E Phoebe (9); E Kingbird (1); Yellow-throated Vireo (3); Warbling Vireo (8); C Raven (2); Tree Swallow (21); N Rough-winged Swallow (1); Barn Swallow (3); Carolina Wren (2); House Wren (16); Winter Wren (1); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (3); Wood Thrush (1); Gray Catbird (43); Brown Thrasher (1);
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); N Parula (1); Yellow (15); Chestnut-sided (2); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (2); Palm (1); Black and White (5); A Redstart (3); Ovenbird (37); Northern Waterthrush (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (1).
    E Towhee (22); Savannah Sparrow (1); Swamp Sparrow (5); White-throated Sparrow (10); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (19); Bobolink (2); Orchard Oriole (1); Baltimore Oriole (9).
  • On the way home we also had Prairie Warbler (1: Well SP); and 2 more Louisiana Waterthrush (Spencer).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/5/22 -- Sterline
    For the past two days, there has been a Scarlet Tanager ( 1 mature male/female) and 2 pairs of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks ( 2 pairs mature male/female), intermittently at the birdfeeders/peach trees now in bloom. The male scarlet tanager has been coming for the past three years, but this is the first year I’ve seen the female with him. We’ve had a 5 generations now of the rose breasted grosbeaks grace us with their presence -- truly a joy to watch.
    (report from Roy Backstrom Jr.).

    5/1/22 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded some of the southern parts of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. By mid-morning, people were everywhere: horse riders, cyclists, hikers, runners, fishermen. For the most part, that was fine, but the number of people walking dogs UNLEASHED has exploded. All this human presence is bound to have an effect on the wildlife. At one point on Cold Brook Road we were passed by a group of 20 (!) motorcyclists. My advice is get here early and probably on a week day. Still we persisted:
  • Canada Goose (1); Wood Duck (5); Hooded Merganser (pair); Broad-winged Hawk (5); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (1); Virginia Rail (1); Mourning Dove (4); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (8); Downy Woodpecker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (3).
    E Phoebe (1); Blue Jay (33); A Crow (1); Tree Swallow (19); Barn Swallow (2 in breeding area under bridge); Black-Capped Chickadee (17); Tufted Titmouse (6); Red-breasted Nuthatch (11); Brown Creeper (6); Carolina Wren (2: peripheral areas); Winter Wren (1); Golden-crowned Kinglet (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (9); E Bluebird (pair); Hermit Thrush (4); A Robin (30).
    WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (18); Black-throated Green (3); Pine (28); Black and White (1); Ovenbird (1); C Yellowthroat (1).
    SPARROWS: E Towhee (19); Chipping (22); Field (1); Song (8); Swamp (17); White-throated (7); Dark-eyed Junco (6).
    N Cardinal (10); Red-winged Blackbird (44); C Grackle (12); Brown-headed Cowbird (2); Purple Finch (2); House Finch (4); A Goldfinch (11).
  • Herps included many peepers; Pickerel and Green Frogs, E Painted Turtle.
    Blooms: many Wood Anemone; bluets, and a nice show of Purple Trillium.
    Our only butterfly was Pine Elfin (2); and Sheila got her first odes: a species of whiteface now being determined.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/27/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 5 pm were 1 DC Cormorant (breeding plumage), 2 Mute Swan (1 on nest), 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 6 N. Rough-winged Swallows, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/27/22 -- city of Worcester and Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    We started today birding 3 of the city cemeteries (Notre Dame, Hope, and All Faiths). Almost no migration going on and few passerines. Highlights were Mute Swan (4: 2 on nests); Wood Duck (6); Bald Eagle (1imm); Killdeer (2); A Crow (1 stealing robin’s eggs and been pursued by 2 robins); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Yellow-rumped Warbler (8); Swamp Sparrow (2).
  • COES POND: Black-crowned Night Heron (1ad); Canada Goose (2, 1 on nest); Fish Crow (3); Northern Rough-winged Swallow (3).
  • HOME: Common Raven (1 being chased by 2 crows, flying low around houses).
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA: Common Loon (2); Double-crested Cormorant (17); Great Blue Heron (5, 3 occupied nests);Mute Swan (5); Canada Goose (2); Wood Duck (pair); Mallard (4); Lesser Scaup (pair); Common Merganser (7, all in female plumage); Red-breasted Merganser (pair in Prescott Cove, reservoir); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (1imm); Virginia Rail (1); Bonaparte’s Gull (1); Ring-billed Gull (19); Herring Gull (2); Tree Swallow (22); Barn Swallow (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/25/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 5 pm included 1 GB Heron, 2 Mute Swan (1 on nest), 1 Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1 Blue-headed Vireo (heard and seen), 1 Yellow Warbler (heard and seen), 5+ Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Palm Warblers, and 1 Brown-headed Cowbird. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/24/22 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded a few areas in PETERSHAM. The weather was quite cool, very overcast, with some showers.
  • Great Blue Heron (5: 2 on 2 nests in 2 different locations); Canada Goose (7; 1 on a nest on a beaver lodge); Wood Duck (20, most now single drakes); Mallard (pair); Ring-necked Duck (1 drake); Hooded Merganser (7: most females); Turkey Vulture (4); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Broad-winged Hawk (1: not migrating); Red-tailed Hawk (1: the amazing leucistic, all pure white individual, on territory. It was stunning to come across this shocking white hawk flying low through a very dark bit of forest. ); Wild Turkey (8); Mourning Dove (9); Great Horned Owl (1 flew low right across our view c.8AM); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (4).
  • It was not a great morning for passerines and many areas were silent. Highlights: E Phoebe (4: low count for the areas we covered); Blue-headed Vireo (2); C Raven (3); Tree Swallow (42: none at boxes, all flying over water); Barn Swallow (2: with Trees); Brown Creeper (6); Carolina Wren (1); Winter Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (12); E Bluebird (3); Yellow-rumped Warbler (16); Pine Warbler (16); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); E Towhee (2); Purple Finch (1).
  • Plus: River Otter (1); no frogs calling (too cold?); nice showing of Marsh Marigolds.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/23/22 -- Worcester cemeteries
    This morning we birded the 4 cemeteries in the SW area of Worcester: Notre Dame; Hope; All Faiths; St. Johns (in that order). It’s is still early in migration.
  • Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (9); Mute Swan (3: pair w/1 on nest+1); Wood Duck ( 20); Mallard (13); Common Merganser (1m); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (2); Mourning Dove (8); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (11).
    E Phoebe (2); Blue Jay (13); A Crow (1); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (2); Black-capped Chickadee (4); Tufted Titmouse (8); Carolina Wren (3); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (4); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (153); N Mockingbird (3); Yellow-rumped Warbler (10); Palm Warbler (11);
    SPARROWS: Chipping (16); Song (21); Swamp (1); White-throated (56).
    N Cardinal (13); Red-winged Blackbird (38); C Grackle (11); Brown-headed Cowbird (6); House Finch (5); AGoldfinch (4).
  • On the way home at Coes Pond/Reservoir: Canada Goose (14); Mallard (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1: viciously pursued by 3 grackles); E Phoebe (1); N Rough-winged Swallow (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/22/22 -- Holden-Rutland
    This evening we drove an irregular loop in HOLDEN-RUTLAND: Red-tailed Hawk (diving for an animal well after sunset); Killdeer (3); A Woodcock (11); Barred Owl (4); Great Horned Owl (3); N Saw-whet Owl (1); Whip- poor-will (1 called several times. Early?)
  • Plus: White-tailed Deer (6); Opossum (1); among the thousands of Spring Peepers vocalizing there were also Wood, Pickerel Frogs
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/21/22 -- Gate 8, Quabbin 4/21
    This morning in Gate 8, Quabbin: By mid-morning, the wind really kicked up. Common Loon (pair); Canada Goose (1); Mallard (1m); Turkey Vulture (6); Bald Eagle (2imm); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (6); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (1).
    Passerines were few but among the few we saw were Blue-headed Vireo (1); C Raven (4: 3 in a flight display); Pine Warbler (6); Yellow-rumped Warbler (1); Savanah Sparrow (15: a migrant flock that found the small parking area at the water appealing. They do not breed at this location (mostly mixed forest), but we have had them almost every year in spring in fall for a day or two).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    4/16/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This afternoon we did our route around the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. Waterbirds were few and far between. Lots of fishermen out on West Waushacum and around the reservoir.
  • Common Loon (4); Double-crested Cormorant (7); Mute Swan (8); Canada Goose (9); Bufflehead (pair); Common Merganser (14: all in Carville Basin, most perched or sleeping on rocks); Turkey Vulture (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Bonaparte¿s Gull (1 non-ad); Ring-billed Gull (71: most non-adult); Herring Gull (5); A Kestrel (2); Fish Crow (1). Plus: Red-eared/Common Pond Slider (introduced) at Carville Basin.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/15/22 -- Warren
    This morning we birded around WARREN.
  • Great Blue Heron (2, 1 on nest); Canada Goose (26, 3 on nests); Wood Duck (5); Mallard (6); Hooded Merganser (3); Turkey Vulture (4); Osprey (pair w/nest); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Virginia Rail (7); Wilson’s Snipe (1); Mourning Dove (3); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (7); Pileated Woodpecker (2); A Kestrel (1); Merlin (1).
    Passerine highlights: E Phoebe (15); Tree Swallow (29); Brown Creeper (1); Carolina Wren (6); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); E Bluebird (11); Pine Warbler (4); Palm Warbler (1); E Towhee (3); Chipping Sparrow (8); Savannah Sparrow (2); Swamp Sparrow (11 singing).
  • Mammals included: Gray Squirrel (1 melanistic); E Chipmunk; Muskrat; Porcupine; E Cottontail.
  • ON THE WAY HOME: Elm Hill MAS, Brookfield: Mourning Cloak (2); Bloodroot. Spencer: Louisiana Waterthrush (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/15/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights in the late afternoon were 2 Killdeer, 2 N. Flicker, 1 E. Phoebe, 4 Palm Warblers, and 4 Chipping Sparrows. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/13/22 -- Hardwick
    This morning in HARDWICK we had: Canada Goose (5, 1 on nest); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (2); Ring-necked Duck (27); Bufflehead (3); Hooded Merganser (3: a pair+1m); Common Merganser (pair in farm pond); Black Vulture (10. Including a flock of 9 that we followed north on Upper Church St. They suddenly flew down to the back buildings of a farm, with 2 perching on a silo. Then just as suddenly they took off and en masse headed south); Turkey Vulture (6); Osprey (1 fishing at Hardwick Pond); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (2); Killdeer (2); Mourning Dove (16); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (12); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (9); Pileated Woodpecker (2); A Kestrel (2 m, 1 at Mandel Hill, where there is a nestbox).
    Passerine highlights: E Phoebe (28); Tree Swallow (21); Brown Creeper (3); Carolina Wren (5); E Bluebird (14); Hermit Thrush (7: all in 1 loose flock feeding and moving through a woodlot); Cedar Waxwing (flock of c.30);
    WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (5); Pine (6); Palm (6).
    Chipping Sparrow (6); Swamp Sparrow (4 singing); Dark-eyed Junco (15); Evening Grosbeak (1 fly-over).
    Plus: Cabbage White (1); Mourning Cloak (2).Amphibians included Spring Peepers; Wood Frogs, and Pickerel Frogs.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    4/11/22 -- South Gardner
    Seen today was a Bald Eagle. (report from Jen Lavallee).

    4/8/22 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded the QUABOG IBA, and had:
    Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (4, 1 repairing a nest); Canada Goose (8, 1 on nest); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (5); A Black Duck (6); Mallard (12); Ring-necked Duck (10); Bufflehead (8); Hooded Merganser (pair); Common Merganser (15); Bald Eagle (pair, 1 o nest); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Wild Turkey (11); Virginia Rail (1); Killdeer (4); Bonaparte’s Gull (1 ad-non-breeding. Sitting on the water early on. Later we went back and the Bonie and all the Ring-billeds were gone.); Mourning Dove (12); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (4).
    Passerines included: E Phoebe (18); Fish Crow (4); Tree Swallow (8);Brown Creeper (1 singing); Carolina Wren (9); Pine Warbler (2m).
  • Best non-bird sighting: a very wet RED-FOX, bringing “home the bacon” in the form of what looked like a large Eastern Mole.
  • Later at WAITE POND, LEICESTER: Mute Swan (1); Green-winged Teal (2); Ring-necked Duck (11).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/7/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    An afternoon quick trip around WACHUSETT RESERVOIR today had the following: Common Loon (5); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (6); Mallard (6); Ring-necked Duck (6); Greater Scaup (4); Long-tailed Duck (2); Bufflehead (3); Common Goldeneye (13); Common Merganser (27); Turkey Vulture (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); NB: at 2:30PM, the wind suddenly kicked up and a large flock of gulls descended from up in the clouds. Some put down on the water, but most continued on flying west: Ring-billed Gull (54); Herring Gull (12); Great Black-backed Gull (2); Tree Swallow (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    4/5/22 -- Westboro/Northboro/Southboro
    This AM we birded a few ponds in “The ‘Boros”:
  • CHAUNCY LAKE (WESTBORO): As we expected, there were no Red-necked Grebes today. Typically, when there are noteworthy waterbird outfalls in Central MA they are “one day wonders”. Still present: Pied-billed Grebe (2); Double-crested Cormorant (2adBr); Mute Swan (24: some of these were acting like they have been fed); Canada Goose (7); Mallard (3); Bufflehead (2); Common Merganser (8); Killdeer (2); Ring-billed Gull (6).
  • LITTLE CHAUNCY (NORTHBORO); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (2); Ring-necked Duck (6); Bufflehead (9); Killdeer (1).
  • BARTLETT POND, (NORTHBORO): Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (12); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (2); A Black Duck (3); Ring-necked Duck (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); and our only Tree Swallow of the morning.
  • SUASCO (Westboro): Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (21); Wood Duck (3); Ring-necked Duck (93); Turkey Vulture (1); Osprey (1 on nest); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (2); Ring-billed Gull (6).
  • SUDBURY RESERVOIR (SOUTHBORO): only the southern half: Double-crested Cormorant (2: no sign of nesting. The trees on the island look very dead. Cormorant nesting here may be a thing of the past); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (120); Mallard (3); Ring-necked Duck (68); Bufflehead (3); Common Goldeneye (1f); Common Merganser (9); Osprey (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/3/22 -- Gate 27, Wachusett Reservoir
    There were 19 Ring-necked Ducks in one of the Lilly ponds, along with typical land birds. (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/31/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Mute Swans, 4 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Common Mergansers, 2 Killdeer,and 1 N. Flicker. (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/28/22 -- Sterling
    FOY American Kestrel spotted on the wires near the old Davis dairy barn on Redstone Hill Rd, on a sunny but blustery and cold afternoon. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

    3/28/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    A chilly walk in mid-winter conditions yielded few birds around 4:30 pm. There was a phoebe skimming the pond surface for insects, 5 Song Sparrows, and 1 Great Blue Heron. (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/27/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we birded the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. Waterfowl numbers were low as was variety. Part of the reason was the wind, which by mid-morning was causing white caps on the reservoir.
  • Pied-billed Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (4); Canada Goose (5); Mute Swan (3); Wood Duck (5); Mallard (6); Ring-necked Duck (35); Greater Scaup/scaup sp. (22); Bufflehead (7); Common Goldeneye (3); Common Merganser (19); Cooper’s Hawk (2: 1 followed another into a woodlot: likely pair); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Ring-billed Gull (23); Herring Gull (3). At Sterling Peat/Muddy Pond there were c. 15 Tree Swallows.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/26/22 -- Sterling
    FOY Osprey (2), several wood ducks, small raft of Ringneck ducks and about 15 Canada Geese at Bartlett Pond. Unfortunately the osprey nest is totally gone. The ospreys were yelling up a storm after one of them caught a fish. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

    3/26/22 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Kim Kastler and I recorded the following highlights this morning at the sanctuary. We did the Heron Pond/Troiano Loop, with a quick check on the Red-shouldered Hawk nest.
  • Wood Duck 2 (pair); Hooded Merganser 2 (pair); Killdeer 1 (flyover); Great Blue Heron 2 (one on nest); Turkey Vulture 5 (4 perched on power pole and 1 flying overhead); Red-shouldered Hawk 1 (on nest); Red-bellied Woodpecker 4; Hairy Woodpecker 2; Eastern Phoebe 3; Tree Swallow 10; Golden-crowned Kinglet 1; Brown Creeper 1; Carolina Wren 1; Eastern Bluebird 2 (pair); Field Sparrow 2; Dark-eyed Junco 9; White-throated Sparrow 2; Song Sparrow 22; Red-winged Blackbird 23; Brown-headed Cowbird 3; Common Grackle 28;
    (report from John Liller).

  • 3/26/22 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded around PETERSHAM focusing mostly on ponds. WE did not enter any gates of Quabbin. It’s still early-on in spring passerine migration, but waterbird migration is in full swing:
  • Great Blue Heron (pair repairing nest); Canada Goose (8); Wood Duck (32); A Black Duck (14); Mallard (7); Green-winged Teal (7); Ring-necked Duck (69); Bufflehead (4); Hooded Merganser (28); Common Merganser (29); Turkey Vulture (2); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (4: including the striking leucistic individual soaring with a typically plumaged individual ); Wild Turkey (7); Killdeer (3); Wilson’s Snipe (2).
  • Passerine highlights: E Phoebe (11); C Raven (2); Tree Swallow (7); Brown Creeper (5 singing birds); Winter Wren (1); E Bluebird (2); Pine Warbler (1m: over winterer or early migrant?); Purple Finch (1); Evening Grosbeak (1 overhead, going north).
  • Plus: (1) Porcupine; many peepers and Wood Frogs.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/23/22 -- Lunenburg
    There is a snowy owl today in my yard in Lunenburg, near Cherry Hill Farm. It has been perched on a stone wall for about an hour as of 9 AM. (report from Mark Ward).

    3/20/22 -- Westborough Wildlife Management Area
    Along the access road to Little Chauncey Pond I saw a Yellow-rumped Warbler male. It perched up on a branch where I had good looks. I also saw many Tree Swallows flying over the wetlands-the first I’ve seen this year. (report from Laura Lane).

    3/20/22 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded some of the water bodies of the QUABOG IBA. Fishermen in boats are now out on many of the ponds.
  • Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (3: 1 standing on nest, 1 rebuiding a nest. All other nests we checked had no herons); Canada Goose (27); Mute Swan (4); Wood Duck (27: including a pair perched high in a tree); A Black Duck (17); Mallard (18); Blue-winged Teal (1); Green-winged Teal (6); Ring-necked Duck (40); Bufflehead (11); Hooded Merganser (13); Common Merganser (96); Bald Eagle (3 adults including pair at nest: 1 sitting on the nest w/1 perched nearby shredding a fish); Cooper¿s Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Killdeer (9); Ring-billed Gull (6); Mourning Dove (22); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Downy Woodpecker (4); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • Passerine highlights: E Phoebe (23); Tree Swallow (3); Fish Crow (4); Carolina Wren (11); E Bluebird (20); Cedar Waxwing (5). Plus MANY robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, grackles, Song Sparrows.
  • PLUS: many peepers, many painted turtles, and (1) beaver.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/20/22 -- Gate 27, Wachusett Reservoir
    A late afternoon hike into Gate 27 by the Lilly Ponds had highlights of 5 Mute Swan (out on the reservoir), 9 Ring-necked Ducks (in one of the ponds), 1 Common Merganser, 8 Turkey Vultures (seemed to be on the move), 1 Barred Owl (calling), 1 Pileated Woodpecker (calling), and 1 Field Sparrow (singing). Also many wood frogs calling and moving about on the surface of the smallest pond. (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/18/22 -- Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this morning on the Heron Pond/Troiano Loop at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester
  • Wood Duck - 2 (pair); Hooded Merganser - 2 (pair); Great Blue Heron - 1; Turkey Vulture - 1; Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2; Hairy Woodpecker - 1; Northern Flicker - 1; Tree Swallow - 3; Carolina Wren - 3; Eastern Bluebird - 2; American Goldfinch - 4; American Tree Sparrow - 4; Dark-eyed Junco - 11; White-throated Sparrow - 7; Song Sparrow - 20; Red-winged Blackbird - 26; Common Grackle - 33.
  • I thought I might get an Eastern Phoebe, but no luck. However, when I was eating lunch at home in Grafton, I heard one in our yard.
    (report from John Liller).

  • 3/18/22 -- Dudley-Auburn-Worcester
    This morning we started birding a few ponds in DUDLEY:
  • Canada Goose (82); Mute Swan (4); Wood Duck (just 1 male, but he was guarding a Wood Duck nesting box); A Black Duck (6); Mallard (49); Ring-necked Duck (142); Bufflehead (4); Hooded Merganser (18); Common Merganser (2); Turkey Vulture (9); Red-shouldered Hawk (pair); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Killdeer (7); Ring-billed Gull (7); Mourning Dove (22); N Flicker (4).
  • Passerine highlights: E Phoebe (7); Carolina Wren (15); E Bluebird (11); Pine Warbler (1 singing male: over- winterer or early migrant?); Song Sparrow (77: everywhere); PLUS: (115) E Painted Turtle; and many Spring Peeper.
  • Just a few stops in AUBURN: Canada Goose (32); Mallard (4); Ring-necked Duck (74); Common Merganser (4); Turkey Vulture (1); Bald Eagle (1ad on nest); Red-tailed Hawk (1 on nest).
  • COES RESERVOIR, WORCESTER: Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (4); Common Merganser (96).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/16/22 -- West Boylston / Institute Park, Worcester
  • At 7:30 am in West Boylston at the high school there was 1 E. Phoebe singing (FOY), and 1 Carolina Wren singing.
  • At 5 pm in Institute Park, Worcester, highlights were 1 Great Blue Heron , 2 Mute Swans, 1 Am. Wigeon, 3 Killdeer, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 4 Song Sparrows (singing), 4 White-throated Sparrows, 5 Dark-eyed Juncos, many Red-winged Blackbirds and Grackles calling and flying about, and 1 House Finch (m) singing.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 3/16/22 -- Lancaster-Holden-Rutland
    We started out birding in LANCASTER. We stayed out of the main entrance of Bolton Flats (off Rt.117: a number of cars there) but birded around the periphery and many other locations in Lancaster. Waterfowl were in a number of locations:
  • Mute Swan (2); Pink-footed Goose (1, Center Bridge Road, 8:30AM closeby. When we arrived there was only another woman photographer who was shooting the cranes which were right next to a small flock of Canadas and the Pink- footed. We pointed out the vagrant goose to her. AS we were leaving, one more birder was arriving and all birds were in place. ); Canada Goose (420); Wood Duck (26); American Wigeon (4); Mallard (151); A Black Duck (27); Green-winged Teal (9); Blue-winged Teal (1m); Ring-necked Duck (pair in small farm pond on Rt.117); Wild Turkey (8); Sandhill Crane (3: can all birders/photographers PLEASE give these birds some space); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Killdeer (12); Red-bellied Woodpecker (7); N Flick (8); Pileated Woodpecker (3).
  • BARE HILL POND, HARVARD: surprisingly little: Canada Goose (14); Mallard (9); Common Merganser (2).
  • QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR, HOLDEN: still 95% ice covered: Hooded Merganser (2f: we watched 1 eat a crayfish).
  • MUSCHAPAUGE ROAD, RUTLAND: Killdeer (4); A Kestrel (1m); Starling (1000+); Red-winged Blackbird (50+); Brown- headed Cowbird (minimum 60).
  • SASSAWANA ROAD POND, RUTLAND: still 90% ice-covered: Canada Goose (16); Ring-necked Duck (4).
  • ALTA VISTA FARM, RUTLAND: E Phoebe (1: seen and heard near farm buildings. FOY.
  • EAGLE LAKE/MUDDY POND, HOLDEN: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (84); Mallard (7); A Black Duck (6); Green-winged Teal (4); Ring-necked Duck (11); Hooded Merganser (12); Common Merganser (28); Ring-billed Gull (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/14/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 5 pm were 2 Mute Swans, 1 Green-winged Teal (m), 1 Am. Wigeon, 8 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Common Mergansers, and much activity with Red-winged Blackbirds (~8) and Common Grackles (~15-20). (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/11/22 -- Quabog IBA/New Braintree
    Today we started birding the water areas of the QUABOG IBA. Here is the ice situation:
  • Totals: Canada Goose (54); Mute Swan (4); Wood Duck (7); American Wigeon (3: 2m+1f); A Black Duck (34); Mallard (21); Green-winged Teal (2); Ring-necked Duck (79); Bufflehead (7); Common Goldeneye (12); Hooded Merganser (40); Common Merganser (98); Bald Eagle (1ad+3imm); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Wild Turkey (28); Killdeer (1); Ring-billed Gull (30); Mourning Dove (23). Passerines were typical, but breeders were in good numbers. Finally, lots of song. Included: Fish Crow (1); Carolina Wren(6); E Bluebird (23); Song Sparrow (33); Red-winged Blackbird (148); Common Grackle (141); Brown-headed Cowbird (6). Plus a herd of 6 White-tailed Deer.
  • Later in the vicinity of Winnimusset Meadows WMA, New Braintree: Canada Goose (flock of c.500. We scoped this flock over and over and only saw Canadas..so far); Mallard (43); Turkey Vulture (2); Bald Eagle (2 sub-adults perched in the same tree); Red-tailed Hawk (9); Killdeer (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/6/22 -- Sterling
    After a few nights of unproductive sitting and listening for woodcock, we scored FOY woodcocks (2) this warm and windy evening in Sterling in the Davis Farm area. Also heard killdeer. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

    3/6/22 -- Westboro-Lancaster
    This morning:
  • Center of LINCOLN SQUARE, WORCESTER: A Great Blue Heron flying low over the traffic, heading to Institute.
  • SUASCO, WESTBORO: still 90% ice-covered: Mute Swan (6); A Black Duck (5); Ring-necked Duck (18); Hooded Merganser (10).
  • TUFTS FIELDS, GRAFTON: Wild Turkey (30); Red-tailed Hawk (3).
  • CHAUNCY LAKE, WESTBORO: mostly ice-free: Mute Swan (7); Canada Goose (25); Mallard (13); Ring-necked Duck (2); Hooded Merganser (76); Common Merganser (42); Red-breasted Merganser (1m: photos); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (19); Herring Gull (4); Great Black-backed Gull (2).
  • WE then heard about the PINK-FOOTED GOOSE at Bolton Flats from Bette. It had flown off before we got there and we checked a number of other locations like Davis Farmland, Dexter Drumlin; Bolton Flats, other fields in a number of locations in Lancaster; and even Coachlace Pond looking for it. If this is like the Pink-footed that appeared in this area a few years back, it will move around a lot in the company of various numbers of Canadas. While driving down Rt.117 in Bolton Flats, we had several hundred Canadas fly up from the main section of the flats, over Rt.117 and appear to put down far in the section of the WMA south of Rt.117. So, we dipped on the Pink-footed, but we had good views of the (3) SANDHILL CRANES, 2 of which were in full display: dancing,leaping, throwing stuff in the air. PLEASE GIVE THESE BIRDS A LOT OF SPACE. There have been several reports of photogs getting way too close to these birds. WE also had (6) Red-tailed Hawks and (1) Red-shouldered. Also on the fields was the huge flock of thousands of blackbirds. All the Red-wings looked like breeding plumaged males, and there were almost as many grackles. Birders should carefully check these flocks. Once, decades back, we had an adult male Yellow-headed Blackbird among the large spring blackbird flocks here. Lightening may strike again.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/5/22 -- Lake Quinsigamond/Flint Pond, Worcester
    This morning, Kim Kastler and I checked out Lake Quinsigamond and Flint Pond. Here are the highlights:
  • CREEPER HILL ROAD - Mallard (4), Northern Pintail (pair; see photo), Ring-necked Duck (10).
  • FLINT POND - Mute Swan (2 pairs), Canada Goose (8), Mallard (48), Common Merganser (28), Hooded Merganser (pair), Ring-billed Gull (1); no sign of the American Wigeon seen yesterday.
  • S. QUINSIGAMOND AVE - Mute Swan (2), Mallard (30), Great Blue Heron (1)
  • We traveled around Lake Quinsigamond itself, but found nothing else of interest. Much of it was frozen.
    (report from John Liller).

  • 3/4/22 -- South Quabbin
    This morning we started doing a circuit around north Quabbin, looking for raptors and Evening Grosbeaks. We dipped on both, though we did see ravens and flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds. Then we did a quick tour of SOUTH QUABBIN/QUABBIN PARK and adjacent areas. Quabbin is now more than 60% open, though bays and inlets are still ice-covered. We made a stop at the trout farm and did the short Swift River circuit (down East Street and back up River Road). Canada Goose (1); Mallard (21); Gadwall (1m that has been present for some time along the Swift River); Hooded Merganser (16); Common Merganser (10); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Bald Eagle (2: 1ad+1imm); Ring-billed Gull (43). Passerines were typical and included a very co-operative Brown Creeper.
  • Before we set out , “our” flock of Wild Turkeys made an appearance. This family (1ad+5 young) began to visit us in mid-August and had visited ever since. The young, which were flightless when they first appeared, now are full grown big turkeys. They are very vocal.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/4/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 4 pm were 3 Great Blue Herons, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Green-winged Teal (2m, 1f), 1 Am. Wigeon (m), 4 Ring-necked Ducks (3m, 1f), 13 Hooded Mergansers, 4 Common Mergansers (m), and 5 Red-winged Blackbirds. (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/2/22 -- Lake Quinsigamond/ Wachusett Reservoir/Rutland
    This morning we started with doing a count of waterfowl of the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND/FLINT POND area. Ares that were open before are now ice-covered, and vice versa. The surface is till 60% ice-covered (at least).
    We had: Mute Swan (8); Canada Goose (82); Mallard (69); Ring-necked Duck (16); Hooded Merganser (10); Common Merganser (44); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ring-billed Gull (79); Herring Gull (15); Great Black-backed Gull (3 adW).
  • Then at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR (50% or less ice-covered): Red-throated Loon (1: still here! Yikes! This MAY be the first RT Loon to overwinter in the County); Mute Swan (5); Mallard (2); A Black Duck (2); Bufflehead (pair); C Goldeneye (15); Hooded Merganser (5); Common Merganser (6); Cooper¿s Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Ring-billed Gull (10); Pileated Woodpecker (1); C Raven (1). NB: we did check Coachlace and did not find the Lesser Scaup. Maybe it was in Bart¿s Pond, which we did not check.
  • MUSCHAPAUGE RD, RUTLAND: Horned Lark (flock of c.35 far back in the field. We saw the flock fly several times); E Starlings (c. 2000 or way more. OK a common as muck species, but this AM the squealing hordes were bathing which is always a gas to watch); Brown-headed Cowbird (60+).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/2/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at 3:00 pm were 2 Mute Swan, 1 GB Heron, 3 Green-winged Teal (2m, 1f), 1 Am. Wigeon (m), 1 Hooded Merganser, 1 Common Merganser, and 4 Red-winged Blackbirds (m), singing in trees around the pond. (report from Rick Quimby).

    2/27/22 -- Worcester-Northbridge-Uxbridge
    This morning we started at COES POND, WORCESTER. Still a bit open: Canada Goose (34); Hooded Merganser (2m); Red-tailed Hawk (2); A Crow (80+); Fish Crow (4+).
  • SOUTHWEST CEMETERIES: Notre Dame; All Faiths; Hope; St. John¿s: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (117); Mallard (71); A Black Duck (8); Hooded Merganser (8); Turkey Vulture (1); E Screech Owl (1;we found another in Millbury); Fish Crow (1); Red-winged Blackbird (21); C Grackle (19).
  • NORTHBRIDGE ( a few stops): Mute Swan (5); Canada Goose (9); A Black Duck (7); Hooded Merganser (3); Common Merganser (7). C Grackle (flock of 115+)
  • WHITIN POND, UXBRIDGE: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (20); Mallard (2); Ring-necked Duck (14); Common Merganser (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/24/22 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded around the QUABOG IBA. It was cold, breezy at times. Yesterday we had the house windows open. This morning it was thermal underwear, fleece and winter hat. All ponds had a bit of open water, but basically still water is still mostly ice-covered. Waterbirds were in typical late February variety (poor) and low numbers: Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (65); Mallard (18); A Black Duck (5); Hooded Merganser (22); Common Merganser (34); Bald Eagle (6: 2 adult, 1 sitting on nest plus minimally 4 immatures); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ring-billed Gull (22); Herring Gull (4). Passerines were in low numbers, but we did have (16) Red-winged Blackbirds males on territory and (12) C Grackles. Lots of jays (45) and juncos (52).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    2/23/22 -- Gate 27, Wachusett Reservoir
    Following an afternoon walk in warm and breezy spring weather, I checked the overlook under the power lines close to the gate. In a sheltered cove there were 3 Greater Scaup (2m, 1f), 1 Common Goldeneye (m), and 14 Common Mergansers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    2/18/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 2 Mute Swans (engaging in mating rituals -- *wonderful*), 1 Am. Wigeon (m), 6 Hooded Mergansers, and 14 Common Mergansers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    2/17/22 -- New Braintree
    This morning we birded some of our regular stops in NEW BRAINTREE. The wind increased through the morning making birding tough by mid-morning. Still water still mostly ice-covered.
  • Mallard (10); A Black Duck (2); Hooded Merganser (1m); Common Merganser (2f); Turkey Vulture (3); Red-shouldered Hawk (pair: very vocal and doing flight display); Red-tailed Hawk (9: all but 1 in pairs. We had only seen the Red-shoulders until c.10:30 when all the Red-tails began flying in pairs); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (5); Downy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (1).
    Passerine highlights: Blue Jay (125, including 2 large flocks of 50+ moving with purpose through woodlots.); A Crow (114); C Raven (7); A Robin (131: some fields had robins, most did not); Lapland Longspur (1 loner); Red-winged Blackbird (10).
  • Plus: several roadkills of skunks and possums.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/16/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 3 Mute Swans (ad), 2 Am. Black Ducks, 1 Am Wigeon (m), 6 Hooded Mergansers, and 2 Green-winged Teal (m&f). (report from Rick Quimby).

    2/12/22 -- South Quabbin
    This morning we birded the South Quabbin/Quabbin Park area off Rt. 9 (Ware/Belchertown). The species list is not long. BTW: there were many fishermen along the river and by late morning, quite a few people in the park. Weirdly, we were headed home and suddenly realized we hadn¿t birded in front of the Administration Building !
  • Turkey Vulture (1 soaring over Quabbin Park but another 6 perched in the town of Ware on our way in); Bald Eagle (8 minimum: 5 ad. Nice show at Enfield); Golden Eagle (1ad: from Enfield..last seen flying north along Prescott); Ring-billed Gull (14: 3 flying high and west from Enfield; the rest at the trout hatchery). Passerine highlights: C Raven (1); E Bluebird (4); A Robin (71: on grassy areas); A Goldfinch (we had a HUGE fly-by close and low heading to the right from Enfield. Minimally 100, with 13 seen elsewhere).
  • Heading home we birded a few areas in Hardwick with very few birds. On the street near my house, we had an immature Sharpie bathing in a puddle.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/11/22 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This AM we surveyed the water bodies in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). The ponds are still ice covered, but the ice is looking weak in areas. This isn¿t stopping the ice-fishermen, though there weren¿t as many as we have seen earlier. All waterfowl were on rivers. Fields have lots of bare ground.
  • Mute Swan (4); Mallard (8); A Black Duck (46); Green-winged Teal (1m); Hooded Merganser (7); Common Merganser (16); Bald Eagle (ad pair at the nest on Wickabog); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Ring-billed Gull (6); Barred Owl (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    Passerines were in modest number and typical of mid/late winter. Highlights: Fish Crow (2); Carolina Wren (5); E Bluebird (16); A Robin (51: out on grassy patches on fields); Red-winged Blackbird (15+, no males singing on territory yet, still in flocks); Rusty Blackbird (1); C Grackle (40: we also had a flock of 20+ fly over Tatnuck Sq., Worcester).
  • On the way home we checked the airport and had (1) Red-tailed Hawk and (5) Bluebirds and nothing else.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/10/22 -- Chaffin pond, Holden
    This morning at end of Gail Drive in Holden overlooking Chaffin pond, there was a catbird eating berries from a bush, 2 Red winged blackbirds (m&f), and a Brown Creeper. (report from Scott Matthews).

    2/9/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights in the afternoon were 1 Am. Wigeon (m), 2 Green-winged Teal (m&f), 3 Mute Swans (a new adult was being harassed by one of the two that have been there regularly for months), 2 Great-blue Herons, and 3 Am. Robins on the lawn, acting like it's spring. (report from Rick Quimby).

    1/28/22 -- Brookfields and Warren
    This morning we birded the QUABOG IBA and a few areas in WARREN. All the major ponds in the Brookfields are now ice-covered and all of them had ice fishermen out on the ice. Waterfowl were on various points on the river. As is to be expected, mergansers are the dominant species under these circumstances.: Mute Swan (6); A Black Duck (4); Mallard (3); Hooded Merganser (18); Common Merganser (26); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (3). Passerines were typical for midwinter.
  • In WARREN there was very little open water, but we did have (3) Black Ducks and (1) Sharp-shinned Hawk . Passerines included a pair of ravens; (4) bluebirds; (6) waxwings; (3) Tree Sparrows; and (46) juncos.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/26/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    As usual for the pond in winter, there was a bit of open water due to the stream that comes in on the far side of the pond. Highlights at noon were 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Green-winged Teal, 2 Am. Black Ducks, 1 Am. Wigeon, and 5 Hooded Mergansers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    1/24/22 -- Worcester
    A few interesting sightings around the city: today at Green Hill Park near Worcester Technical High School, I heard and observed a Common Raven.
  • Yesterday (1/23) near Assumption College I had 2 sub-adult Bald Eagles, flying low near our house, didn¿t fly close enough to check the yard bird box though.
  • Also, since early December, we¿ve had a Ruby Crowned Kinglet coming to the suet feeder.
    (report from Lisa Hennin).

  • 1/24/22 -- Blackstone
    I saw an eagle in the trees on Harris Pond, Blackstone, MA on Wednesday January 19th and today the 24th. (report from Erica Bissonnette).

    1/23/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir/Lake Quinsigamond-Flint Pond
    This morning we started at WACHUSETT RESERVOIR, birded a few areas and Harvard, then did a waterfowl count at the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND COMPLEX.
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (3 still remain in a small area of open water in mid-reservoir. Best seen from the dam. These birds really are running a risk of being trapped in a small area of open water among the ice because Common Loons need a long distance to take off); Double-crested Cormorant (1: Quinapoxet River at Thomas Basin. Initially found by Tom Pirro, luckily it remained till we arrived,); Mute Swan (7); Canada Goose (37); Mallard (31); Bufflehead (7); Common Goldeneye (45); Hooded Merganser (9); Common Merganser (24); Bald Eagle 2imm+1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (6); Rough-legged Hawk (1: still in same place); C Raven (2).
  • LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND: (NB: mostly ice-covered, but streams are still open for now); Mute Swan (4); Canada Goose (390); A Black Duck (6); Mallard (128); N Pintail (3); Red-tailed Hawk (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/22/22 -- Worcester Airport/Wachusett Reservoir
    This afternoon we started at WORCESTER AIRPORT and Rt. 56 area. No sign, for us, of the Rough-legged. Red-tailed Hawk (7); Wild Turkey (9); Pileated Woodpecker (1); E Bluebird (7); A Robin (31). Other birders that were already there had 2 harriers heading east. PLUS: 1 large E COYOTE padding round the runways.
  • Then, we headed to WACHUSETT RESERVOIR which is now 90% ice-covered. Open water areas (that had waterfowl) included the Quinapoxet River and a piece of Thomas Basin; an area off the RT. 110 causeway; an open area west of Cunningham Ledge. There were more waterfowl near Cemetery Island, but the lighting and distance and heat distortion made them impossible to ID.
    Common Loon (7: in that modest open water near Cunningham. This happened last year.); Mute Swan (4); Canada Goose (6); Mallard (11); Greater Scaup (4); Common Goldeneye (20); Hooded Merganser (13); Common Merganser (23); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Rough-legged Hawk (1: seen 3:45PM-4:10 PM perched in several spots in that field opposite the intersection of Rt.62 an Rt.70. This is a VERY tough spot for birders. You cannot pull off on Rt. 70 and Rt. 62 has very few pulloffs. Both routes have lots of speeding traffic. We pulled off very briefly on the north edge of Rt.62 and Sheila got a few brief poor record shots of the bird flying in difficult
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/20/22 -- Mendon
    At 1:30 there was a Great Blue Heron standing in a field, facing east, less than 50 ft from road on very busy North Ave, Mendon MA. Approximately a month ago, same time of day, a great blue heron was standing in the exact spot, facing west. No swamp or water nearby. Closest body of water may be about 1/2 mile to swamp at Miscoe Hill School. Lake Nipmuc about a mile via air, GBH rookery south of lake.
    (report from Patricia Cavanaugh).

    1/19/22 -- Worcester-Leicester
    This morning we birded some areas close to home.
  • WORCESTER AIRPORT -RT.56: Mallard (2; in stream); Red-tailed Hawk (2: no sign of Rough-legged); Mourning Dove (16); C Raven (2); A Robin (40+); Northern Shrike (1: perched on tall tree at edge of field on Whittemore Street, Leicester. A man walking his dog came along the field and flushed it, flying north. We scanned a number of fields along Whittemore and all over the area and could not re-find the bird); Tree Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (8). NB: no sign of larks. We checked all over the airport several times and could not refind them.
  • NOTRE DAME CEMETERY: Mute Swan (3); Wood Duck (1 drake); Mallard (6); Mallard X Black (1);A Black Duck (14); Common Goldeneye (1f: a first for me for this location. See photo); Hooded Merganser (8); Belted Kingfisher (1); Fish Crow (2); Tree Sparrow (2).
  • COES POND (not reservoir); Great Blue Heron (1: still hanging out in a small open area of water at far end.); Mallard (8); Hooded Merganser (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/19/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 2 GB Herons, 2 Mute Swans, ~90 Canada Geese, 2 Am Black Ducks, ~30 Mallards, 1 Am. Wigeon (m), and 13 Hooded Mergansers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    1/16/22 -- Blackstone-Millville
    This morning we birded a few spots in the towns of BLACKSTONE-MILLVILLE. Many spots on the Blackstone River were ice-covered, as were the ponds.
  • Canada Goose (120); Mallard (35); Hooded Merganser (3); Common Merganser (2); Black Vulture (12 minimum); Turkey Vulture (51): NB: when we arrived, we first checked the transfer station in Woonsocket and found NO vultures there. Then we checked the roofs of houses in Woonsocket on the border with Blackstone and had only 18 roosting and warming Turkey Vultures, no Black Vultures. Much later in the morning, we checked Tupper Park (Boys and Girls Club nearby). This parking area along the river is not always available as the only entrance/exit road is typically gated with a high chain link fence. Today it was open. Here we had 2 Black Vultures flying high and north, soon followed by 2 Turkey Vultures (Sheila got shots). Happy with these, we were driving along Rt.122 in Blackstone and we spotted a LARGE mixed vulture flock on right, catching what thermals there were and peeling off NE. We headed to cemetery on Mendon Street, Blackstone and here all the vultures passed (and were easily counted) . The big kettle split up into 4 groups. All the Black Vultures stayed together flying high and away. One flock of Turkey Vultures flew low and eventually perched in a large dead tree in the backyard of a house on Mendon St.); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Ring-billed Gull (9); Herring Gull (11) NB: most of the gulls were on the ice on Harris Pond. Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Downy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (1).
    Passerines were typical and in mostly low numbers. Highlights included: Common Raven (1: no sign YET of nesting on the microwave relay tower); Carolina Wren (9); E Bluebird (6); A Robin (74); A Tree Sparrow (1).
  • On the way home in the Millbury cemeteries we had a fly-over immature Bald Eagle.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/14/22 -- Quabog IBA/New Braintree
    Today we birded the ponds in the QUABOG IBA. The ponds are now mostly ice-covered, even Quacumquasit (South Pond). Waterfowl were in small open areas or on the river (which also had lots of ice in spots). Great Blue Heron (1: I hope it gets out of here before tonight); Mute Swan (10); Mallard (21); Hooded Merganser (1); Cooper¿s Hawk (1ad); Bald Eagle (1imm); Ring-billed Gull (7). On Lake Quabog there were lots of ice boats out.
  • Before we birded Quabog IBA, we birded around NEW BRAINTREE. Highlights included (5) Red-tailed Hawks; (6) Horned Larks; (5) Common Ravens; (9) Tree Sparrows; and (131) juncos.
  • On the way out, on Powder Mill Pond, Barre (right along Rt.122) an adult Bald Eagle was sitting on the ice next to what looked like a well worked over carcass.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/12/22 -- Rutland, Paxton, Worcester Airport
    This morning we started in Rutland looking for larks in Rutland along Muschapauge Rd. We have had them here many times , but not today. It was windy and very cold AND there are so many areas along here they can go, much of it out of sight. Repeated visits are the key. We did have Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, lots of starlings, but nothing else.
  • We birded several other places and saw very few other birds: Rutland State Hospital Grounds; Alta Vista Farm; Worcester Memorial Cemetery, Paxton. (here we did have a large flock of juncos and goldfinch).
  • We then birded the greater Worcester Airport area: nothing along Rt. 56 or along Mulberry Street (2 Song Sparrows). We were ready to bag it, but decided to go up over Airport Hill, past the terminal, en route to Coes Pond. Sheila decided to drive into the main parking lot and here we found a flock of 40+ Horned Larks. This flock was VERY restless (it was windy here at the time). They flew up; split up into different flocks; and moved to over the fence (runway area); to the median strip; to the long term parking area in front of the building; and eventually behind the buildings and out of sight. It was a real challenge to relocate them and get good looks at them without blocking roads. At one point when part of the flock was at the entrance to the Main Parking area, we were scanning with binoculars from inside the car (blocking the entrance to the lot) and we had good views of a LAPLAND LONGSPUR. I have had this species among flocks of larks a number of times at the airport and it is amazing how they vanish for long periods of time only to appear suddenly. Years back there were 2 in the lark flocks and I missed them most of the time. These birds have a lot of habitat to visit, most of which is off limits. Years back, before Jet Blue, the Main Lot was almost empty most of the time and larks, buntings, and longspur often turned up in that space. Nowadays, the lot is mostly filled, so the birds spend more time elsewhere.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/8/22 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This afternoon we did a basic point count of WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. I'm sure a hike in Gate 8, would produce even more. There is a brief period of time when most of the surrounding ponds are mostly ice-covered, BUT the reservoir is mostly ice-free. At that time the reservoir has good numbers of waterfowl, like today. This will likely end Tuesday with the deep cold setting in. BTW: parking can be tough now as snow is piled up in many places. Scar Hill Cemetery wasn¿t even plowed out.
  • Common Loon (6); Canada Goose (61); Mute Swan (7); Mallard (97); A Black Duck (5); Greater Scaup/scaup sp. (102: now at South Bay, not Coachlace, which was mostly ice-covered); Lesser Scaup (4+); Common Goldeneye (94); Hooded Merganser (46); Common Merganser (12); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ring-billed Gull (59); Herring Gull (6).
  • A very quick detour to Bolton Flats had the 3 Sandhill Cranes far out in the same fields, best seen with a scope, from Neck Road. DO NOT HARASS THESE BIRD BY TRYING TO APPROACH CLOSELY. Also in area: Snow Bunting (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/6/22 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 2 GB Herons, 10 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Common Mergansers, 3 Song Sparrows, and 2 White-throated Sparrows. (report from Rick Quimby).

    1/6/22 -- Quabog IBA
    Early this afternoon after the icy roads were melted) we birded the water bodies of the QUABOG IBA. Quabog was mostly open, but rapidly icing over; Quacumquasit was completely open (this is always the last of the 4 big Quabog IBA ponds to ice over); Wickabog was mostly iced-over; Lashaway was 75% ice-covered. Our list:
  • Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (59); Mallard (128); Green-winged Teal (2: north end of Lashaway); Common Goldeneye (1m: Quabog outflow from Wickabog); Hooded Merganser (10); Common Merganser (5); Bald Eagle (2imm+2ad); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Belted Kingfisher (1); Common Grackle (80+); Rusty Blackbird (1).
  • On the way home we did a brief check for the Rough-legged Hawk between Rt. 56 and the airport and only had 2 Red-tails. This does not mean the bird is not there, just that we did not find it.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/31/21 -- Lake Quinsigamond-Flint Pond
    This morning we searched the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND/FLINT POND water body in Worcester and Shrewsbury. Lots of waterfowl of just a few common species: Great Blue Heron (3); Canada Goose (194); Mute Swan (22); Mallard (180); Hooded Merganser (14); Common Merganser (29); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (152); Herring Gull (4); N Flicker (1); Common Raven (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    12/29/21 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded the water bodies in the QUABOG IBA. What a difference 2 weeks make! On the Sturbridge CBC all water was open. Now most still water is ice-covered, though slushy-looking gray ice.: Lashaway: 95% ice-covered (north end has some open water); Quabog: 95% ice-covered ( small open water area where river enters); Wickabog: 90% ice-covered (north end with some open water); Mill Pond 95% ice-covered. Quacumquasit (South Pond): almost completely open. This is always the last pond to freeze over. Almost all ¿moving¿ waters were open.
  • Totals: Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (9); Canada Goose (44); Mallard (106); A Black Duck (30); Hooded Merganser (18); Common Merganser (1); Bald Eagle (1imm on ice at Lashaway eating something); Ring-billed Gull (31); Mourning Dove (19); Belted Kingfisher (2).
    Passerines were in low variety, but jays were common everywhere. WE did have nice views of a Winter Wren and a large flock (120) of Common Grackle at a marsh. We also had (4) Red-winged Blackbirds and (1) Rusty Blackbird.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/27/21 -- Leicester-Worcester
    This morning we looked for the Rough-legged again. We started at the Rt.56 fields and did not see it. We then checked the fields on Whittemore and could not find it there. Returning to the Rt.56 fields, we easily found the bird hunting and hovering on the east side of the road. We watched the bird for awhile and eventually it disappeared over the edge of the field. Driving down Mannville, we had the hawk fly over us, heading for the airport. Driving down Mulberry, we had nice views of the bird hunting over the fields on the west side of Mulberry, then over to the airport fields, sticking somewhat close to the edge and we lost sight of it by the isolated control tower. Driving to the terminal, we checked from there, but could not refind it. What we learned: this hawk is covering a LARGE area, and as Ed Kittridge said (we met him on Mulberry) you need luck to see it. I would add ¿persistence¿ and likely repeat visits.
  • At COES POND+ RESERVOIR: Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (4); Canada Goose (19); Mallard (7); Hooded Merganser (16); Common Merganser (13); Red-tailed Hawk (3: pair chased an interloper out of the area); Ring-billed Gull (2); A Crow (30+); Fish Crow (4). We watched a crow fly over to a drake Hoodie and ¿ding¿ it on the head with it¿s bill. Maybe trying to get a fish?
  • SOUTHWESTERN CEMETERIES: Not much: Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (31); Mallard (34); A Black Duck (8); Belted kingfisher (2). Some of the water is now ice-covered.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/26/21 -- Worcester to Lancaster to Leicester
    This morning we headed out to Lancaster, but along the way:
  • WORCESTER, WEST BOYLSTON STREET (Greendale area): Cooper¿s Hawk (1: perched atop power pole. Large adult and therefore presumed female).
  • WORCESTER, WEST BOYLSTON STREET (Summit area): Peregrine Falcon (1ad also perched on power pole); Cooper¿s Hawk (1).
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: as we drove past: Red-tailed Hawk (4) in various locations.
  • BOLTON FLATS, LANCASTER: Sandhill Crane (3: 2 ad+1imm) in field on corner of Neck Road and Center Bridge Road).
  • Holden center: C Raven (1).
  • LEICESTER: Worcester Airport-RT.56 and beyond: Red-tailed Hawk (3); Rough-legged Hawk (1: originally seen perched on west side of Rt.56 at airport overlook, it flew south and away, harassed by a Red-tail. WE then refound it perched in a tree across from the intersection of Washburn and Whittemore. It then flew to back part of field and perched.) Also: E Bluebird (5); Snow Bunting (4).
  • WORCESTER: COES POND: besides the waterfowl noted by John Shea, Great Blue Heron (1); Bald Eagle (1ad)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/23/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we did a brief superficial survey of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. Sterling Peat and The Quag were now mostly ice-covered, South Meadow Pond was mostly ice-covered while Meadow Pond was open. Visibility on the reservoir was a challenge: the heat loss of the water caused visual distortion and the wind whipped up small white-caps, making spotting birds on the surface tough. It was cold.
  • Mute Swan (4); Canada Goose (823 minimal: flocks were in Coachlace; on the high school A-fields, coming and going. On Coachlace, they were so dense I could have easily missed a Cackling, though I searched and searched for one); Mallard (12); Greater Scaup/¿scaup sp.¿: the flock was dense at Coachlace: 139+);Lesser Scaup (4); Bufflehead (7); Common Goldeneye (71): Hooded Merganser (42); Common Merganser (35); Bald Eagle (3: 2ad+1imm: an adult and immature at East Waushacum); Red-tailed Hawk X Red-shouldered Hawk (1: in it¿s usual area near the parking lot for the rail trail); Ring-billed Gull (18); C Raven (1); A Pipit (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/20/21 -- Marlborough
    Today I had a Baltimore Oriole appear briefly at my feeders. It flew when I ran to grab a camera. Unfortunately I live in Marlborough and several miles outside the Worcester CBC count circle. It would have made an interesting count week addition! (report from Laura Lane).

    12/18/21 -- Worcester Christmas Count
    Here are the results of the Worcester Christmas Count for 2021. (report from John Liller).

    12/16/21 -- Westboro, Northboro, Wachusett Reservoir
    After doing some pre-count checking for Saturday¿s WORCESTER CBC, we checked some other ponds:
  • SUASCO, WESTBORO: Mute Swan (30); Canada Goose (45); Mallard (51); Hooded Merganser (4); Great Black Backed Gull (1adW)
  • CHAUNCY LAKE, WESTBORO: Mute Swan (18); Canada Goose (6); Hooded Merganser (52); Common Merganser (502: these were in constant motion, reason: see below, so this my be a low count); Bald Eagle (1ad).
  • LITTLE CHAUNCY, NORTHBORO: Mute Swan (4); Mallard (2); N Flicker (2); E Towhee (1m: see photo)
  • BARTLETT POND, NORTHBORO: Mute Swan (4); Canada Goose (31); Mallard (8); Bald Eagle (1ad).
  • We made a few checks along the eastern side of WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. There were nothing on the open water, but in Carville Basin and South Bay combined: Common Loon (1); Common Goldeneye (84).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/16/21 -- North Brookfield
    For the 3rd winter in a row I have a Baltimore Oriole visiting my grape jelly feeder daily. (report from Jeff Smith).

    12/16/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights in early afternoon were 56 Hooded Mergs, 1 Am. Wigeon (m), and 1 Gadwall (f). (report from Rick Quimby).

    12/14/21 -- Sturbridge CBC
    On Tuesday December 14 , 34 birders and feeder watchers in 21 teams fanned out across our circle. 9.45 hours were spent owling, covering 70.4 miles and tallying 16 owls of 4 species. That seems like a lot of effort for just a little reward, but that's what it takes to get owls on any count.
  • CBCers spent 66.5 hours on foot covering 61.75 miles outside. Those high numbers are thanks to the weather and no snow or ice. Birders also spent 75.85 hours and 581.85 miles by car. 77 count species (higher than average), 1 "count week" (thanks to Rodney!) species, and 21321 individuals.
  • There was 1 new bird for the count circle: a hatch year female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD that had been coming to a feeder since late summer in Wales. The host humans did NOT want the word out but allowed hummingbird bander Anthony Hill to band it (see photo). The bird stayed after it was banded and visited the feeder 4 or 5 times the day of the count. This species was actually expected (if only eventually) to show up in the circle.
  • There were record high numbers for quite a few species: Bufflehead; Bald Eagle; Red-shouldered Hawk (ditto the Worcester Count); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; Common Raven; Catbird; Yellow-rumped Warbler. Wildly high counts were also had for a number of blackbird species: Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, and Brown-headed Cowbird. These counts would seem more typical of a month earlier. Great to have on the count, and certainly not seen every year or even every other year, were Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Virginia Rail, American Wigeon, and American Kestrel. It was a treat to get so many ducks on the count. There have been years when most of all the ponds have been ice-covered and we struggle to get a handful of Mallards.
  • Weirdly, we had record low count for Wild Turkey. I note this because I still have a family of 6 visiting my feeders in my teeny backyard in the city. Missed species included Common Goldeneye (you would think with so much open water) ; Ruffed Grouse (what is happening with that species in the circle?) and Horned Lark. As farm fields disappear to development, larks are going to get scarcer. There were NO "winter finches" , no surprise, but we did have decent count of Golden-crowned Kinglets. Ruddy Ducks were also no show. Red-breasted Nuthatches were barely there.
  • Every team had some good birds and numbers. Bill and Nancy once again had the most people and teams in the field. Mammals seen: Red Squirrel, Gray Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, mouse sp., Beaver, Eastern Cottontail, Raccoon, River Otters, Red Fox, Eastern Coyote, and one teamreported (3) Bigfoot. There's a story there.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/12/21 -- Quabog IBA+Holland
    This morning we did some ¿count week¿ checking of ponds in the Sturbridge CBC circle:
  • QUABOG IBA (all in the Sturbridge CBC circle): Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (101); Mallard (211); A Black Duck (26); Ring-necked Duck (4); Hooded Merganser (90); Common Merganser (653); Cooper¿s Hawk (1); Bald Eagle (6: 2ad+1sub/ad+3imm); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (162); Herring Gull (2); Belted Kingfisher (1).
  • HAMILTON RESERVOIR, HOLLAND: Common Loon (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Mallard (56); A Black Duck (2); Bufflehead (6); Hooded Merganser (30); Common Merganser (8); Ring-billed Gull (16); Herring Gull (1); Belted Kingfisher (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/10/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we birded the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. We were on a sharp-lookout for a Cackling Goose. A large flock of 350 geese were feeding on the north most soccer field across from the high school. By pulling in the road into the A-field parking area, we had perfect looks of all the geese. We both scanned the flock a number of times AND. THERE. WAS. NO. CACKLING! There were no geese on Coachlace, and very few geese on the reservoir. Kevin B. had good looks at the Cackling flying over his house later in the AM. That goose had to have come from some other location, like the fields near Kevin. Waterfowl numbers, other than geese and scaup, were modest at best. Once again, Sterling Peat was ice covered and had nothing. The Quag was mostly ice-covered and had little (2 Hooded Mergs).
  • South Meadow Pond was 1/3 ice-covered but had a large flock of scaup, more than Coachlace did. The rain and warm weather will re-open most of these ponds, but often (not always) once waterfowl move out of a pond, they don¿t return till spring, except mergs. Common Loon (6); Canada Goose (388); Mute Swan (3); Mallard (6); Greater Scaup/scaup sp. (69); Lesser Scaup (10); Long-tailed Duck (2m); Bufflehead (7); Common Goldeneye (20); Hooded Merganser (26); Common Merganser (10); Cooper¿s Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (4: on the west side of the res we had 2 Red-tails sitting VERY close, facing each other, perched atop a Tree Swallow box. It looked very weird); Ring-billed Gull (3); Belted Kingfisher (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/9/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights in the late afternoon were 2 GB Herons, 3 Mute Swans, 1 Green-winged Teal (m), 8 Am. Black Ducks, 30 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Belted Kingfisher (m), and 1 Am. Robin (singing like it was spring!). (report from Rick Quimby).

    12/9/21 -- Lake Quinsigamond-Flint Pond, Worcester/Shrewsbury
    This morning we birded the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND-FLINT POND water complex in Worcester and Shrewsbury. Lots of waterfowl, but not much variety.
  • Great Blue Heron (2); Mute Swan (28); Canada Goose (127); Mallard (186); A Black Duck (9); Green-winged Teal (2); Hooded Merganser (82); Common Merganser (134); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Bald Eagle (2: 1ad+1imm); Killdeer (2: see photo: north end); Ring-billed Gull (88); Herring Gull (4).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/9/21 -- Chaffin pond, Holden
    Some early morning birding from the short trail at end of Gail drive today:
  • Brown creeper; Red breasted nuthatch; Red bellied woodpecker; Yellow bellied sapsucker; Hooded merganser; Pied billed grebe; 4 Rusty blackbirds; 3 Eastern Bluebirds; 2 American Bald Eagles (Adults -- one was tagged, perched on frozen pond); Screech owl roosting in nest box.
    (report from Scott Matthews).

  • 12/6/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 1 Green-winged Teal (f), 1 Am. Wigeon (m), and 42 Hooded Mergansers. (report from Rick Quimby).

    12/5/21 -- New Braintree-North Brookfield
    Today we birded around NEW BRAINTREE. We were hoping to turn up some flocks of Horned Larks or Snow Buntings in the many fields there, but we totally dipped (though I am sure they pass through here). This morning was a story of 2 “J”s: jays and juncos: all over. Birds were around feeders (no surprise). There are no big open water areas in New Braintree and the marshes were mostly ice-covered:
  • Canada Goose (571: all fly-overs, none on the ground); Snow Goose (1 in a flock of Canadas heading sw); Green- winged Teal (5: put down in a small open stream in a field); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Downy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (1); Blue Jay (104); A Crow (9); C Raven (2); Black-capped Chickadee (14); Tufted Titmouse (7); White-breasted Nuthatch (4); E Bluebird (6); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (32); A Tree Sparrow (11); Dark-eyed Junco (102); White-throated Sparrow (1); N Cardinal (8); Red-winged Blackbird (3); House Finch (19); A Goldfinch (2).
  • At nearby HORSE POND, NORTH BROOKFIELD: Canada Goose (468); A Black Duck (3); Bufflehead (1f); Belted Kingfisher (1); White-throated Sparrow (35); Dark-eyed Junco (3); Tree Sparrow (4).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 12/4/21 -- Quabog IBA-Spencer
    This morning we counted waterfowl on ponds and rivers in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields). Some of the ponds have started to ice over: Lashaway had scatted slushy ice and the water has been lowered; Quabog had some ice along the edges; Quacumquasit was ice-free; Wickabog had a little ice. Small marshy ponds were mostly ice-covered. There were good numbers of Common and Hooded Mergansers, Mallards. Lashaway and Quabog had the most Common Mergs, and Wickabog also had decent numbers. Quacumquasit had nothing, but boats were out. When we started, there were no boats out on Quabog, by late morning, boats were out and the big merg flocks had broken up and scattered and in far fewer numbers.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (201); Wood Duck (6); Mallard (308); A Black Duck (7); Green- winged Teal (6); Greater Scaup (2); Hooded Merganser (178); Common Merganser (1179); Red-breasted Merganser (1m); Cooper’s Hawk (2); Bald Eagle (8: 5 immatures together at Lashaway and 3 adults at 3 very different locations. One of these was perched low in a tree on a residential road); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (280: when there are lots of mergs, you’ll often see lots of Ring-billed Gulls harassing (kleptoparasitizing) them); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (2).
  • On the way home we stopped by STILES RESERVOIR, LEICESTER-SPENCER: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (3); Mallard (134); A Black Duck (8); Hooded Merganser (24); Common Merganser (13); Ring-billed Gull (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/30/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 1 Great Blue Heron, 3 Mute Swan, 2 Green-winged Teal (f), 2 Am. Wigeon (1m, 1f), 10 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Carolina Wren, and 2 Song Sparrows. Note: part of the pond had a thin ice layer, but much was open. (report from Rick Quimby).

    11/26/21 -- Worcester city ponds
    We briefly counted water fowl at 3 city ponds (Worcester) before the rain started:
  • INDIAN LAKE: Great Blue Heron (2); Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (51); Mallard (38); A Black Duck (3); Hooded Merganser (40); Common Merganser (259); GULLS: Ring-billed (78); Herring (1); Great Black-backed (3); Belted Kingfisher (1).
  • COES POND-RESERVOIR: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (8); Mallard (4); Hooded Merganser (6); Common Merganser (42).
  • CURTIS POND: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (2); Mallard (8); Hooded Merganser (24); Ring-billed Gull (12).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/25/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    Today we birded the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. There was nothing at Sterling Peat, the Quag and very few ducks on the Waushacums. Coachlace had the largest number and best variety. The reservoir proper had VERY little waterfowl and very few loons. Common Loon (3); Double-crested Cormorant (1: Coachlace); Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (5); Canada Goose (190); A Black Duck (1); Mallard (15); Greater Scaup (63); Bufflehead (3); Hooded Merganser (12); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (5); Mourning Dove (11); Belted Kingfisher (4).
  • We also visited Davis Farmland (Canada Goose (102), N Flicker and raven; Bartlett Pond (Sterling) : 2 swans; Dexter Drumland (nothing special).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/21/21 -- Paxton-Leicester-Worcester
    This morning we birded some spots close to home:
  • WORCESTER COUNTY MEMORIAL PARK, PAXTON: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (16); Hooded Merganser (10: either immatures or females; no adult males); Belted Kingfisher (1); A Robin (14).
  • WORCESTER AIRPORT-RT. 56: almost nothing: 2 Song Sparrows and a Carolina Wren.
  • WAITE POND LEICESTER: Mute Swan (4); Mallard (18); Ring-necked Duck (204).
  • COES POND/RESERVOIR: Mallard (5); Bufflehead (2); A Crow (14); Fish Crow (3).
  • CITY OF WORCESTER: SW CEMETERIES. This is 4 adjacent (or almost so) cemeteries in the southwestern area of the city: Notre Dame, Hope, All Faiths, St. Johns. Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (67); Mallard (79); A Black Duck (3); Hooded Merganser (44); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (2); Mourning Dove (6); E Screech Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1m); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (1); Blue Jay (33); A Crow (7); Fish Crow (1); Carolina Wren (2); Black-capped Chickadee (9); Tufted titmouse (4); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); A Robin (36); Cedar Waxwing (4); Song Sparrow (9); Swamp Sparrow (1); Dark-eyed Junco (36); N Cardinal (2); House Finch (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/21/21 -- Leominster
    At 8 am, a pair of peregrine falcons perched on St Cecilia Church at the junction of Mechanics St and Third Street. The larger bird (presumably female) was tearing into some unidentifiable prey. The other bird was perched on the main steeple. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler).

    11/20/21 -- Oxford
    There were 2 male Purple Finches at my feeder this morning. This was the first time I had seen this species in my yard (report from Robert Brady)

    11/19/21 -- Sutton/Douglas/Webster/Dudley
    Today we birded some ponds in Sutton, Douglas, Webster, and Dudley. Highlights were few.
  • We did have a flock of 7 Wood Ducks (5m) on Lake Manchaug (Sutton/Douglas), which are not typical for this pond.
  • Whitin Reservoir had the most birds and best variety: Pied-billed Grebe (1); Bufflehead (9); Common Goldeneye (12); Common Merganser (4).
  • Webster Lake beach had the usual gang of gulls including (3) Great Black-backs.
  • At Wallis Pond in Dudley there were (2) Killdeer still hanging in there.
  • Town Farm Road in Sutton: (1) We had a cock pheasant standing in the middle of the road, that we ¿herded¿ off the road with our car. I could have hit it with a rock. Obviously, a release from Fish and Game. If they are releasing birds this tame to be hunted, that¿s not much sport. (2) we noticed a structure toward the back of the field. Shooting blind? Looked like it, but I am not sure. BTW: hunters were in quite a few locations, so WEAR YOUR ORANGE.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/17/21 -- Holden/Rutland/Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we checked these places:
  • WORCESTER/INDIAN LAKE: The water is lowered, making it attractive to mergs and gulls: Great Blue Heron (2); Mute Swan (8); Canada Goose (82); Mallard (12); Hooded Merganser (55); Common Merganser (104); Ring-billed Gull (111); Herring Gull (2).
  • HOLDEN/EAGLE LAKE-STUMP POND: Starting to ice over. Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (8); Mallard (23); A Black Duck (42); Ring-necked Duck (6); Hooded Merganser (4); Wild Turkey (13).
  • RUTLAND: PINE HILL RESERVOIR: nothing.
  • RUTLAND: MUSCHAPAUGE ROAD: nothing except MANY starlings.
  • HOLDEN: QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR: Bufflehead (3m).
  • HOLDEN: COURNOYER POND: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Bufflehead (14).
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA: A noisy airboat was zipping all over the main reservoir. Many fishermen lining the shores. Nothing at Sterling Peat or The Quag. Red-throated Loon (1 in Carville Basin. Sheila got a few identification shots as it flew north); Common Loon (11); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Mute Swan (4); Canada Goose (295); Mallard (6); Greater Scaup (105); Lesser Scaup (2); Bufflehead (3); Hooded Merganser (14); Common Merganser (6).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/14/21 -- Petersham, Hardwick, Quabog IBA
  • Petersham: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (19); Mallard (11); Ring-necked Duck (14); Hooded Merganser (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Hermit Thrush (1); Many robins, jays, and juncos. Plus 2 River Otters.
  • Hardwick: Canada Goose (310);Ring-necked Duck (13); Hooded Merganser (1). Also many jays and juncos.
  • Quabog IBA: Common Loon (1); Pied-billed Grebe (1); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (115); A Black Duck (1); Greater Scaup (1); White-winged Scoter (11); Bufflehead (9); Hooded Merganser (51); Common Merganser (130); Bald Eagle (1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/14/21-- Sterling
    There were a Cattle Egret and an American Kestrel at Davis Farm, Redstone Hill Road this morning around 10. (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

    11/13/21 -- Holland, Wales, Quabog IBA
  • Hamilton Reservoir, Holland: very few waterfowl: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (3); Mallard (32); Bufflehead (4); Ruddy Duck (31).
  • Lake George, Wales: NOTHING! Which is surprising.
  • Quabog IBA: Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (4); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (18); Mallard (5); A Black Duck (6); Hooded Merganser (6); Common Merganser (125); Red-breasted Merganser (1); Bald Eagle (1ad).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/11/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we did a quick look at the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA before my afternoon of interviews.
  • Common Loon (13); Horned Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (2); Mute Swan (5); Canada Goose (2); Mallard (2); Ring-necked Duck (9: flew from The Quag to West Waushacum); Greater Scaup (59); Long- tailed Duck (4 drakes: a tight flock of 3 put on a nice show looking from the dam in the direction of Cunningham Ledge. Perfect light and water conditions); Surf Scoter (1m+1f); White-winged Scoter (7: we watched 1 drake from the dam, fly north, circle around and eventually join the Long-tailed Ducks); Bufflehead (1); Hooded Merganser (4); Common Merganser (3); Ruddy Duck (4 continue on West Waushacum); NB: from the dam, and with the scope on max, we could see a large flock of waterfowl across from Gate 8 and against Greenhalge Point. Maybe 60+ birds. We could barely make them out as waterfowl. We went back to the dike and scoped out the area from that vantage point and could NOT see them. You would have to hike out Gate 8 or to Greenhalge to get a look); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Belted Kingfisher (4).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/7/21 -- Westboro/Northboro/Southboro/Harvard/Worcester
    Today we made short visits to a number of places:
  • WESTBORO: SuAsCo (2 overlooks); Pied-billed Grebe (5: all seen from the Mill Street side); Mute Swan (16); Canada Goose (17); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (10); A Black Duck (17); Ring-necked Duck (50).
  • WESTBORO: CHAUNCY LAKE (2 overlooks): Mute Swan (17); Mallard (3); Hooded Merganser (1); Ring-billed Gull (7).
  • NORTHBORO: BARTLETT POND (2overlooks): Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (4); Mallard (7); Ring-necked Duck (2).
  • SOUTHBORO: SUDBURY RESERVOIR (many overlooks): Great Blue Heron (1); Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (202); Mallard (31); Lesser Scaup (2); Ring-necked Duck (292); Bufflehead (1); Ruddy Duck (136); Ring-billed Gull (1); E Phoebe (1); E Towhee (1).
  • HARVARD: BARE HILL POND: Canada Goose (32); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (2); Barred Owl (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: from the dam only: Common Loon (5); Double-crested Cormorant (3); Ring-billed Gull (19); Herring Gull (2).
  • WORCESTER: INDIAN LAKE (from the beach): Double-crested Cormorant (1); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (18); Common Merganser (62).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/6/21 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded the water bodies in the QUABOG IBA. Nothing out of the ordinary, and actually lower than usual numbers and variety for this time of the year.
  • Common Loon (1: Lake Quabog); Great Blue Heron (6); Canada Goose (324); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (30); Ring-necked Duck (2); Hooded Merganser (61); Common Merganser (63); Bald Eagle (1); N Harrier (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1: we had another shoulder in Paxton on the drive out); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ring-billed Gull (33); Herring Gull (1); Mourning Dove (14); Red-bellied Woodpecker (5); N Flicker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
  • Passerines were typical for this time of the year. WE had (11) bluebirds; (1) catbird; (69) Red-winged Blackbirds; (1) Rusty Blackbird. Sparrows were dominated by far by White-throats (48) and juncos (51)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/5/21 -- Holden/Rutland/Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we birded several spots in Holden; Rutland; and Wachusett Reservoir.
  • HOLDEN/EAGLE-LAKE-MUDDY POND: skim ice covering large areas: Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (77); Wood Duck (1); Green-winged Teal (39); A Black Duck (20); Ring-necked Duck (72); Bufflehead (2); Hooded Merganser (1); Killdeer (10).
    NB: This is a tough area to bird well. Take extreme caution if you are out on the causeway: it’s narrow and some cars speed along the area.
  • RUTLAND: MUSCHOPAUGE ROAD FARMLANDS: Huge numbers of geese tucked into a very tough place to check well. We had to scope them at a distance from WACHUSETT STREET (do not trespass). Canada Goose (c.1100: we scoped this large tight flock for awhile but could only see Canadas. In the past Snow, Greater White-fronted, and Pink-footed Geese have all showed up here.); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Also present was a huge flock of blackbirds passing through and feeding: estimates: Red-winged Blackbird (c.1000); C Grackle (60+); Cowbird (30+), plus many hundreds of starlings. Frustrating, but cool to see.
  • HOLDEN: QUINAPAOXET RESRVOIR: Common Merganser (5); Hooded Merganser (also 5).
  • HOLDEN: COURNOYER POND: NB: this is a private pond, but you can, with some effort, scope if from the lot for Mason Conservation Area.: Canada Goose (1); Mallard (12); Ring-necked Duck (1f); Bufflehead (18).
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR (quick check): Common Loon (7); Red-throated Loon (1); Double-crested Cormorant (3); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (4); American Pipit (c.35); Snow Bunting (3). Thanks to Nancy Demers for the report of the last 2 species. This morning the pipits were being kicked up a lot by mowers. The buntings were around the rocks. NB: Again that deer hunting is on-going here.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 11/5/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon included 3 Mute Swan, 8 Hooded Mergansers, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk (flew in and landed in tree, staying a while giving great views), 1 Killdeer, 3 A. Robins, 8 Song Sparrows, 12 White-throated Sparrows, and 5 House Finches.
    Yesterday (11/4), notable birds were 3 Am. Black Ducks and 4 Red-winged Blackbirds.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

    10/29/21 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we birded the water in the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields+). We actually had to do the ponds twice because of the morning fog (starting temps went as low as 30F).
  • Pied-billed Grebe (3); Great Blue Heron (5); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (41); Wood Duck (2); American Wigeon (1m); A Black Duck (11); Mallard (44); Ring-necked Duck (19); Greater Scaup (3); Hooded Merganser (13); Common Merganser (3); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (39); Herring Gull (1imm); Belted Kingfisher (1).
  • We didn’t really focus on sparrows and so did not do the MAS at Elm Hill and other field areas. White-throats were still around in good numbers, but Swamp Sparrow number are declining. Good numbers of robins in several spots, and (4) Yellow-rumped Warblers. Fave sighting of the day was the 3 young otters giving us the once over.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/29/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 1 GB Heron, 3 Mute Swan, 12 Hooded Mergansers, 2 Killdeer, 1 Belted Kingfisher, 1 Hairy Woodpecker, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 3 Am. Robins, 1 Cedar Waxwing (imm), 1 Blackpoll Warbler (nice looks), 10 White-throated Sparrows, and 1 Red-winged Blackbird.
  • Yesterday (10/28) there were ~20 Hooded Mergs, 25+ White-throated Sparrows, and 1 White-crowned Sparrow.
  • Special note for birders: The raised boardwalk along the NW section of the pond is now open, and provides convenient access to the wooded/swampy part of the park that was formerly only accessible by bushwacking through the woods. This will be a good spot for viewing landbirds in the park, although shy waterfowl will no longer consider this "secret cove" so secret anymore.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 10/27/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we birded most of the water of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA, except Sterling Peat. We had NO loons (!) and NO gulls (!!).
  • Double-crested Cormorant (52, including a flock of 40 on the water of the reservoir); Mute Swan (3); Wood Duck (26: all on The Quag); Mallard (18); Ring-necked Duck (11); Greater Scaup (12); Black Scoter (2); White-winged Scoter (15); Surf Scoter (1) NB: all the scoters were in 1 flock of all drakes at the reservoir, best seen from the dam. They flew around several times); Bufflehead (1); Common Merganser (85: 1 flock on East Waushacum); Turkey Vulture (6); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1).
  • On the way home we checked Indian Lake, Worcester: Double-crested Cormorant (51); Canada Goose (30);Common Merganser (4); Ring-billed Gull (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/23/21 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded a few areas of the QUABOG IBA (Brookfields, and small adjacent parts of Warren, and Sturbridge). Lots of sparrows, but not a lot of waterfowl. Part of this may be due that the fair weather, which has meant there are still lots of fishing boats out (also this AM, some event was going on at the beach of Wickaboag) and high water means not as many dabbling species at ponds like Wickabog and Lashaway. All in all, nothing rare. BTW: hunters were out in several locations and when wandering from the car, we wore orange. :
  • Pied-billed Grebe (2); Great Blue Heron (5); Canada Goose (119); A Black Duck (1); Mallard (39); Ring- necked Duck (2); Turkey Vulture (7); Bald Eagle (1ad); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Red- tailed Hawk (3); Wild Turkey (4); Killdeer (5); Ring-billed Gull (17); Mourning Dove (13); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (8); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Phoebe (5); Blue Jay (66); A Crow (10); Black-capped Chickadee (7); Tufted Titmouse (4); White- breasted Nuthatch (5); Carolina Wren (9); E Bluebird (17); Hermit Thrush (6); A Robin (73); Gray Catbird (1); N Mockingbird (1); Cedar Waxwing (24); Yellow-rumped Warbler (1); Palm Warbler (7).
    SPARROWS: Chipping (7); Vesper (1); Savannah (4); Song (81); Swamp (66); White-throated (194); White-crowned (2imm); Dark-eyed Junco (16).
    N Cardinal (3); Red-winged Blackbird (92); House Finch (11).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/21/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA/Indian Lake
    This morning we did a quick survey of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA.
  • Common Loon (14); Pied-billed Grebe (2); Double-crested Cormorant (31); Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (53); Mallard (14); Ring-necked Duck (1f at Sterling Peat; none at the Quag); Greater Scaup (16); Bufflehead (6: 1f); Common Merganser (flock of 42 at East Waushacum. We watched these birds apparently cooperatively herd schools of fish in the shallows along the beach. No adult breeding plumage males); Sharp-shinned hawk (1); Northern Harrier (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (21); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
  • On the way home, at INDIAN LAKE, city of WORCESTER: Canada Goose (18); Common Merganser (33); Osprey (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/17/21 -- Blackstone-Millville
    Today we birded BLACKSTONE/MILLVILLE, two small MA towns on the border of Rhode Island. There are a few trails to hike (most notably the Blackstone bikeway), but birding the area is mostly stopping at small “pocket places”. The area is well known as a great place to see Black Vultures. These (and many Turkey Vultures) are attracted to the transfer station in Woonsocket right on the border with Blackstone. These birds eventually waft over the state line at some point, and some then head north along the river. Most stay in the area of Blackstone/Millville/Woonsocket. This area also hosts good counts of Fish Crows, apparently traveling north along the river. These are most regularly observed on early winter mornings. We dipped on them today, but did have:
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (19); Mute Swan (5); Mallard (4); Black Vulture (10); Turkey Vulture (23); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1: we watched this bird strafe a small flock of starlings right in front of us, and nail one bird badly. There was a burst of feathers, but the starling got away. The Sharpie stayed in the area, hoping the wounded bird would show up again); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Mourning Dove (32); E Screech Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (5); Downy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (5).
    E Phoebe (2); Blue Jay (75); A Crow (5); Black-capped Chickadee (9); Tufted Titmouse (1); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Carolina Wren (16); E Bluebird (13); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (9); Gray Catbird (3); N Mockingbird (6); Yellow-rumped Warbler (23); Blackpoll Warbler (4).
    SPARROWS: Chipping (6); Savannah (1); Song (43); Lincoln’s (1); Swamp (8); White-throated (77); Dark-eyed Junco (29).
    N Cardinal (6); House Finch (18); A Goldfinch (11).
  • On the way home, we made a brief stop at WHITIN POND, NORTHBRIDGE: Great Blue Heron (2); Mute Swan (19); Canada Goose (1); Bald Eagle (1imm).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/14/21 -- Ware River IBA/Holden
    Today we birded parts of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Birding along the roads through forested areas was very slow. This was also true Tuesday (10/12) when we birded the roads through forests in Winchendon and South Royalston. Be forewarned: the dirt roads in this IBA were only in fair condition because of all the rain. High carriage vehicles are best.
  • Today: Canada Goose (2); Turkey Vulture (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (2); Virginia Rail (1); Mourning Dove (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (1); E Phoebe (5); Blue Jay (54); A Crow (10); C Raven (1); Black-capped Chickadee (22); Tufted Titmouse (7); White-breasted Nuthatch (14); Brown Creeper (3); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Hermit Thrush (22); A Robin (42); Gray Catbird (2).
    WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (6); Palm (4); Blackpoll (1); C Yellowthroat (2).
    SPARROWS: Chipping (6); Savannah (4); Song (11); Swamp (21); White-throated (16); Dark-eyed Junco (10).
    Red-winged Blackbird (3).
  • On the way home we checked out EAGLE LAKE/STUMP POND in Holden: Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (322); Wood Duck (5); Mallard (26); A Black Duck (6); Green-winged Teal (20); Killdeer (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/8/21 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded PETERSHAM, including Harvard Pond, several other ponds, MAS and TOR properties, and along several roads. Birds were typical for this time of the year, but we dipped on phoebe which was weird.
  • Pied-billed Grebe (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Wood Duck (83); Mallard (12); Green-winged Teal (1); Turkey Vulture (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1: we watched this bird chase and catch a White-throat); Mourning Dove (2); Barred Owl (2); N Saw-whet Owl (very vocal at 12:30PM!); Red-bellied Woodpecker (12); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (13); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    Blue Jay (61); A Crow (7); C Raven (2);; Black-capped Chickadee (38); Tufted Titmouse (9); Red-breasted Nuthatch (5); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); Golden-crowned Kinglet (4); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (34); Hermit Thrush (15); A Robin (3); Gray Catbird (2).
    WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (11); Black-throated Green (1); Palm (1); Blackpoll (4); C Yellowthroat (1).
    SPARROWS: Chipping (73); Song (18); Lincoln’s (1); White-throated (158); Dark-eyed Junco (2).
    N cardinal (2); Red-winged Blackbird (1).
  • Our only butterfly was an Eastern Comma. But we did find 2 Oil Beetles.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/6/21 -- Hardwick
    This morning we birded a few areas in Hardwick, including Gate 43 fishing area, Muddy Brook WMA, and a number of roads. There were few land birds at Gate 43, which was unusual. Typically, at this of the year you find good movements of migrant warblers along the shore. Not today. We did find clouds of White- throats in a number of other locations, and eventually we found a few migrant warblers.
  • Common Loon (2); Double-crested Cormorant (12); Canada Goose (182); Wood Duck (2); Common Merganser (1m); Turkey Vulture (9); Black Vulture (2); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (2ad); A Kestrel (1); Ring-billed Gull (4); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (17); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (5); Pileated Woodpecker (3).
    E Phoebe (9); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (41); A Crow (4); C Raven (2); Black- capped Chickadee (28); Tufted Titmouse (12); Red-breasted Nuthatch (6); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); Brown Creeper (1); Carolina Wren (1); Winter Wren (1); Golden-crowned Kinglet (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (20); E Bluebird (17); Hermit Thrush (12); A Robin (2); Gray Catbird (8).
    WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (12); Palm (14); Blackpoll (4); Black and White (1); C Yellowthroat (2).
    SPARROWS: E Towhee (9); Chipping (58); Song (37); Swamp (21); White-throated (279); White-crowned (2).
    N Cardinal (3); A Goldfinch (6).
  • PLUS: Nodding Ladies Tresses (an orchid) at Gate 43; and a River Otter crossing the road in Muddy Brook.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/3/21 -- Quabog IBA
    We birded the QUABOG IBA this morning. It was a BIG morning for sparrows, and we had White-throats at many spots. Boats are still out in numbers on the large ponds and river, so waterfowl were few and far between.
  • Pied-billed Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (4); Canada Goose (127); Mute Swan (2); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (36); Turkey Vulture (6); Osprey (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (6); Virginia Rail (2); A Coot (1: L Quabog); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Ring-billed Gull (18); Morning Dove (15); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (3); Red-bellied Woodpecker (16: one of my highest counts for any location. They were vocal at many stops. ); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Downy Woodpecker (5); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Phoebe (19); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (69); A Crow (22); C Raven (3); Black-capped Chickadee (18); Tufted Titmouse (22); White-breasted Nuthatch (10); Carolina Wren (13); House Wren (4); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); E Bluebird (13); A Robin (16); Gray Catbird (31); N Mockingbird (2); Cedar Waxwing (18).
    WARBLERS: Magnolia (1); Yellow-rumped (48); Palm (3); C Yellowthroat (7).
    E. Towhee (6);
    SPARROWS: Chipping (35); Savannah (6); Nelson’s (1: at Elm Hill MAS (Slab City Road) , in weedy field across from Bobolink field (where the winter Grasshopper Sp. Was several years back); brief but identifiable looks among 100+ sparrows flitting about. We went back 2 hours later and most (95%) of the sparrows were GONE from all the fields at Elm Hill. I have no clue where all those sparrows went); Song (56); Lincoln’s (8); Swamp (98); White-throated (236); White-crowned (1).
    N Cardinal (4); A Goldfinch (11).
  • Plus: several Painted Turtles still out; E Garter Snake (1 recent road-kill); 20+ peepers calling. Butterflies: Cabbage White (1); Clouded Sulphur (1) and that was it.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 10/1/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Turkey Vulture 8; Osprey 2 2 143 Bald Eagle 4; Northern Harrier 2 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 ; Cooper's Hawk 9 ; Broad-winged Hawk 9 ; Red-tailed Hawk 3 ; American Kestrel 8 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 1.
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    10/1/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded along the dirt roads of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Several of the roads continue to degrade due to rain, so low carriage vehicles beware. Also we saw several people out that looked like they were looking for deer sign. The highest number of birds was near the Prison Camp, BUT lots of dogs were about, so we didn’t linger there. Monday is the start of bow hunting season, so BEWARE. If you anywhere in forest or field: wear 100 square inches of HUNTER’S ORANGE (a very specific color).
    This morning was another very poor day for migrant warblers. This has been my worst fall EVER for migrant warblers. They just seem to be where I am not.
  • Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (19); Wood Duck (8); Mallard (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (5: we had a great prolonged sighting of a gang of 4 Sharpies harassing a flock of jays, flying at and chasing them,, and being chased by them. WE have seen this several times in the past and it’s always a great show.Sharpies will chase and harass anything it seems and we have seen them force a Pileated down and continually harass an Osprey.); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3); A Kestrel (3); Mourning Dove (4); Barred Owl (2: 1 we found thanks to mobbing jays); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (8).
    E Phoebe (16); Blue-headed Vireo (1 still singing); Blue Jay (77); A Crow (3); C Raven (2); Black-capped Chickadee (16); Tufted Titmouse (12); White-breasted Nuthatch (4); Brown Creeper (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (8); E Bluebird (9); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (2); Gray Catbird (7).
    WARBLERS: Yellow-rumped (10); Palm (14); C Yellowthroat (6).
    E Towhee (10).
    SPARROWS: Chipping (45); Song (22); Lincoln’s (1); Swamp (23); White-throated (92).
    Evening Grosbeak (1: we recorded them well into mid/late spring very nearby).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/30/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we did a quick survey of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. Not much for landbirds, but we did have:
  • Common Loon (4); Double-crested Cormorant (21); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (6); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (12); Mallard (72); Ring-necked Duck (17); Greater Scaup (2m); Turkey Vulture (2); Cooper’s Hawk (1); A Kestrel (1); Killdeer (5); Ring-billed Gull (34); Herring Gull (1); Mourning Dove (8); Belted Kingfisher (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/29/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Turkey Vulture 13 ; Osprey 9 ; Bald Eagle 8 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 55 ; Cooper's Hawk 13 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 2 ; Broad-winged Hawk 536 ; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 30 ; Merlin 3 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 .
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    9/25/21 -- Warren
    This morning we birded WARREN. Overall it was another poor land bird migration day here, with 2 exceptions: White-throats and juncos..
  • Turkey Vulture (6); Sharp-shinned Hawk (2); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Virginia Rail (2); Mourning Dove (14); Red-bellied Woodpecker (5); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (3).
    E Phoebe (18); Blue-headed Vireo (2); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (69); A Crow (5); C Raven (2); Black-capped Chickadee (11); Tufted Titmouse (3); Carolina Wren (4); House Wren (3); E Bluebird (14); Swainson’s Thrush (1); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (17); Gray Catbird (42); Cedar Waxwing (1); Yellow- rumped Warbler (5: all together); C Yellowthroat (5); E Towhee (24); Chipping Sparrow (11); Savannah Sparrow (4); Song Sparrow (35); Swamp Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (82); Dark-eyed Junco (45); N Cardinal (3); House Finch (2); A Goldfinch (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/23/21 -- Clark University campus, Worcester
    At about 4:30 PM, seen from Woodland Street and May Streets, at the inbound bus stop: one adult bald eagle seen coming from the north toward the southeast by Clark Univ campus, back and forth across the sky with a 2nd adult bald eagle following, then tracing several very wide circles across the sky, each eagle at opposite sides of the circle at any one time ( one at west end, the other at east end), almost following one another. They repeated the circle about 3 times. The then both flew northward and I lost sight of both.
    (report from Deb Ellstrom).

    9/22/21 -- New Braintree
    This morning we birded a few spots in NEW BRAINTREE. The weather was not great: dark, overcast; periodic showers, at times breezy, and eventually rain. This put a definite crimp in seeing migrant passerines. But we persisted….
  • Canada Goose (27); Wood Duck (2); Turkey Vulture (6); N Harrier (2); Sharp-shinned Hawk (4); A Kestrel (5); Merlin (1); Wild Turkey (11); Mourning Dove (33); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (9).
    Least Flycatcher (1); E Phoebe (21); Red-eyed Vireo (2); Blue Jay (65); A Crow (85); C Raven (5); Black-capped Chickadee (5); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (4); E Bluebird (11); A Robin (152); Gray Catbird (41); Cedar Waxwing (4); Palm Warbler (1); Connecticut Warbler (1: pure luck); C Yellowthroat (9); E Towhee (10); Chipping Sparrow (28); Song Sparrow (17); Lincoln’s Sparrow (1); Swamp Sparrow (7); White-throated Sparrow(46);Red-winged Blackbird (58); Rusty Blackbird (1 post-breeding male. This bird was feeding on a dirt road with Chipping Sparrows. Sheila got some nice shots); A Goldfinch (16).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/20/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 13 ; Bald Eagle 12 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 45 ; Cooper's Hawk 10 ; Broad-winged Hawk 58 ; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 8 ; Merlin 4 ;
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    9/20/21 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Daily Raptor Counts: Black Vulture 1 ; Turkey Vulture 2 ; Osprey 5 ; Bald Eagle 9 ; Northern Harrier 2 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 32 ; Cooper's Hawk 4 ; Broad-winged Hawk 708 ; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 6 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 1 ;
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

    9/19/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 9 ; Bald Eagle 24 ; Northern Harrier 6 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 31 ; Cooper's Hawk 13 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 3 ; Broad-winged Hawk 1049 ; Red-tailed Hawk 7 ; American Kestrel 19 ; Merlin 8 ;
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    9/19/21 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Daily Raptor Counts: Turkey Vulture 3 ; Osprey 5 ; Bald Eagle 28 ; Northern Harrier 5 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 21 ; Cooper's Hawk 8 ; Broad-winged Hawk 1124 ; American Kestrel 28 ; Merlin 6 ; Peregrine Falcon 2 ;
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

    9/19/21 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Kim Kastler and I recorded the following highlights of 36 species this morning along the Troiano Brookside Trail at the Broad Meadow Brook, as part of the Central Mass Half-Day Big Sit.
  • Great Blue Heron 1; Cooper's Hawk 2 ("playing" together); Red-shouldered Hawk 1 (moving south between thermals); Broad-winged Hawk 1 (moving south between thermals); Red-tailed Hawk 2 (resident pair); Barred Owl 1 (calling in the trees in the back of the phragmites right at 6:15); Northern Flicker 3; Eastern Phoebe 3; Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1; Carolina Wren 2; Gray Catbird 8; Cedar Waxwing 18; Song Sparrow 16; Lincoln's Sparrow 1; Swamp Sparrow 6; Eastern Towhee 2; Red-winged Blackbird 2; Common Grackle 116 (mostly in a single group leaving phragmites with starlings); Black-and-white Warbler 1; Common Yellowthroat 2; Northern Parula 3; Palm Warbler 8; Yellow-rumped Warbler 8.
  • other verts: Green Frog, Muskrat, Painted Turtle, White-tailed Deer, Short-tailed Shrew
    (report from John Liller).

  • 9/19/21 -- Mulberry Street, Leicester
    Half-day Big Sit: We decided at the last moment to sit at a spot on Mulberry Street, Leicester, adjacent to Worcester Airport. We picked a spot with shrubs and small trees on one side, yet with a good view of the airport (through the chain link fence). We kept expecting a good movement of broad-wings, but only saw 3 distant ones. We did have an amazing Sharpie show, which started before dawn. 6:15AM-noon.
  • Turkey Vulture (2); Canada Goose (37); Mallard (2); Osprey (1); N Harrier (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (11 minimum); Cooper’s Hawk (2); Red-shouldered Hawk (1: harassed by local Red-tail); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Red-tailed Hawk (4); a Kestrel (1); Peregrine Falcon (2imm); Killdeer (1); Mourning Dove (2); Barred Owl (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (9); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Wood Peewee (1); E Phoebe (4); Red-eyed Vireo (4); Blue Jay (138: flocks flying high, heading SW); A Crow (28); C Raven (4); Black-capped Chickadee (3); Tufted Titmouse (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (1); E Bluebird (4); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (61); Gray Catbird (7); E Starling (86); Cedar Waxwing (1).
    WARBLERS: Tennessee (1); Yellow-rumped (5); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (2); Palm (2); Blackpoll (1); C Yellowthroat (2). NB: we had an additional 25+ “warbler sp.” Zip by, and land where we could not see them. Frustrating!)
    Scarlet Tanager (1); E Towhee (4); Savannah Sparrow (16); Song Sparrow (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Bobolink (17); C Grackle (2); House Finch (2); A Goldfinch (14).
  • PLUS: E Coyotes; Green Frogs; 8 species of butterfly.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/18/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 14 ; Bald Eagle 17 ; Northern Harrier 2 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 14 ; Cooper's Hawk 9 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 184 ; Red-tailed Hawk 15 ; American Kestrel 32 ; Merlin 5 ; Peregrine Falcon 4 ;
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    9/18/21 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 2 ; Bald Eagle 10 ; Northern Harrier 4 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 30 ; Cooper's Hawk 11 ; Broad-winged Hawk 530 ; Red-tailed Hawk 1 ; American Kestrel 16 ; Merlin 1 ;
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

    9/18/21 -- sw cemeteries, city of Worcester
    This morning, due to a feline vet appointment, we only had a few hours and decided to bird the cemeteries in the southwest corner of the city of Worcester: Hope; Notre Dame; All Faiths. We left out St. Johns as they already had the mowers out. Though these cemeteries are often birded in spring for warbler migration, they are poorly covered in fall migration except for a few stalwart birders like John Shea. The weather was not great: overcast and misty while we were there, but we did manage an interesting list of birds for a morning in the city, though we barely saw any warblers.
  • Double-crested Cormorant (3); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (98: many on the ground in Hope); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (18); Mallard (42); Osprey (1); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); A. Kestrel (1m); Virginia Rail (2); Killdeer (1); Mourning Dove (32); Chimney Swift (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (19).
    E Phoebe (9); Blue Jay (29); A Crow (11); Black-capped Chickadee (13); Tufted Titmouse (4); Red- breasted Nuthatch (1); White-breasted Nuthatch (5); Carolina Wren (4); House Wren (2); A Robin (59); Gray Catbird (13); N Mockingbird (1); Black-throated Blue Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (3); Chipping Sparrow (26); Song Sparrow (7); C Grackle (2); Brown-headed Cowbird (flock of 46 molting immatures feeding in grass among tombstones).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/17/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded a loop in the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. The weather was darkly overcast and birds were few and far between. We did come across 2 fair “waves”, but for the most part, many areas in the forest were quiet except the calls of jays. We didn’t spend any time at the Prison Camp area because two guys were training their beagles there.
  • Great Blue Heron (2); Wood Duck (5); Sora (1); Hairy Woodpecker (6); N Flicker (21); Pileated Woodpecker (4).
    Olive-sided Flycatcher (1: see photo taken by Sheila Carroll); E Wood Peewee (1); E Phoebe (19); Red- eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (32); C Raven (1); Black-capped Chickadee (47); Tufted Titmouse (12); Red- breasted Nuthatch (13); House Wren (3); Hermit Thrush (1); A Robin (17); Gray Catbird (33).
    WARBLERS: N Parula (1); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (34); Blackpoll (6); Black and White (2); A Redstart (2); Connecticut (1); C Yellowthroat (2).
    E Towhee (20); Chipping Sparrow (11); Song Sparrow (9); Swamp Sparrow (2); N Cardinal (3); Bobolink (1 fly-over); Purple Finch (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/15/21 -- Woodland Street, Worcester
    I saw an adult bald eagle, coming in low -- maybe 5 to 10 feet above the roofs of the triple deckers in my neighborhood, heading southeast toward the Clark University campus. I could clearly see the white head and brown/black body. I've seen one at far distance for the last several days, but this was right over my head, and low. (report from Deb Ellstrom).

    9/15/21 -- Warren
    This morning we birded a few spots in WARREN. For most of the morning it was dark, overcast, and breezy on top of hills. Migrant warblers were almost a no-show. But flickers were on the move.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (4); Turkey Vulture (3); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (1ad); Mourning Dove (23); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Downy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (22); Merlin (1).
    E Wood Peewee (1); E Phoebe (8); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (31); A Crow (8); Black-capped Chickadee (5); Tufted Titmouse (2); Red-breasted Nuthatch (1); House Wren (3); E Bluebird (3); Wood Thrush (1); A Robin (45); Gray Catbird (36); Magnolia Warbler (1); C Yellowthroat (6); Scarlet Tanager (4); E Towhee (10); Chipping Sparrow (21); Song Sparrow (9); Swamp Sparrow (3); Dark-eyed Junco (1: this was a surprise, it was feeding in the middle of a dirt road); N Cardinal (4); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2m); Dickcissel (1: in a weedy field along Coy Hill Road. This is our first for Warren, but expected); Bobolink (4); Red-winged Blackbird (6m t-eed up in a marsh. Soon, they flew down into the cattails.); House Finch (2); A Goldfinch (9).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/14/21 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Daily Raptor Counts: Black Vulture 1 ; Osprey 8 ; Bald Eagle 12 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 15 ; Cooper's Hawk 6 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 2 ; Broad-winged Hawk 1059 ; American Kestrel 4 ; Merlin 7 .
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

    9/14/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 10 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 ; Cooper's Hawk 3 ; Broad-winged Hawk 344 ; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 7 ; Merlin 5 ; Peregrine Falcon 1.
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    9/13/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 3 ; Bald Eagle 14 ; Northern Harrier 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 12; Cooper's Hawk 2 ; Broad-winged Hawk 1902 ; Red-tailed Hawk 3; American Kestrel 10 ; Merlin 1 ; Peregrine Falcon 2.
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    9/13/21 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 2 ; Bald Eagle 11 ; Northern Harrier 3 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 3 ; Cooper's Hawk 5 ; Broad-winged Hawk 932 ; Red-tailed Hawk 1 ; American Kestrel 2 ; Merlin 7 ;
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

    9/12/21 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded a few spots, mostly ponds, in PETERSHAM. The weather was in the low 60s, mostly cloudy early AM, and quite breezy. Land birding for most of the morning was very poor, but once the wind dropped and the sun came out, we had a few migrants.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Green Heron (2); Canada Goose (6); Wood Duck (91 !); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (5); N Harrier (1); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (the beautiful leucistic individual); Wild Turkey (5: 1ad w/5 pre-teens); Killdeer (5); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (2); Mourning Dove (1); Barred Owl (1); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Wood Peewee (1); E Phoebe (16); Red-eyed Vireo (13); Blue Jay (24); A Crow (12); C Raven (2); Black- capped Chickadee (17); Tufted Titmouse (8); Red-breasted Nuthatch (3); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); A Robin (2); Gray Catbird (10); Cedar Waxwing (1).
    WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (1); Black-throated Green (3); Pine (10); Blackpoll (1); A Redstart (3); C Yellowthroat (2).
    E Towhee (2); Chipping Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (7).
  • PLUS: The good flight of Monarchs continues; this AM we also had a notable flight of Green Darners (dragonfly).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/11/21 -- Mount Watatic, Ashburnham
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 2 ; Bald Eagle 7 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Red-shouldered Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 173 ; Merlin 1 ;
    (report from Brian Rusnica).

    9/11/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 13 ; Bald Eagle 1 ; Sharp-shinned Hawk 2 ; Broad-winged Hawk 59 ; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; Merlin 1 ;
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    9/11/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    Today we birded parts of the WARE RIVER IBA. Clear, starting temp: 46F.
  • Wood Duck (19); Mallard (1); Hooded Merganser (1 imm); Turkey Vulture (5); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Broad-winged Hawk (2imm); Virginia Rail (2); Sora (1); Mourning Dove (3); Barred Owl (2; calling back and forth to each other c.10: 30AM); Chimney Swift (2); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); N Flicker (6).
    E Wood Peewee (5: still calling); Least Flycatcher (1); E Phoebe (46); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (26); Blue Jay (61); Black-capped Chickadee (20); Tufted Titmouse (5); Red- breasted Nuthatch (12); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); E Bluebird (13); Hermit Thrush (2); Gray Catbird (76).
    WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (1); Black-throated Blue (1m); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (39: a few singing); Bay-breasted (1); C Yellowthroat (8).
    E Towhee (33); Chipping Sparrow (14); Field Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (17); Swamp Sparrow (7); N Cardinal (4); A Goldfinch (6).
  • Plus: a good movement of Monarchs (53); and Sheila found and photo’d a Carolina Saddlebags (an uncommon (inland) dragonfly); nice display of Closed Gentian.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/10/21 -- Wachusett Mountain, Princeton
    Daily Raptor Counts: Osprey 2 ; Bald Eagle 14 ; Northern Harrier 1; Sharp-shinned Hawk 4 ; Cooper's Hawk 1 ; Broad-winged Hawk 68; Red-tailed Hawk 2 ; American Kestrel 6; Merlin 7 .
    (report from Eric Mueller).

    9/10/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    At noon highlights were 3 DC Cormorants, 1 GB Heron, 1 Green Heron, 1 Bald Eagle (imm, perched on tree across pond), 2 Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, and a rather tame rabbit along the near shore. (report from Rick Quimby).

    9/9/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we did a quick check of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA in between rain.
  • Common Loon (14: including a young bird with parent); Double-crested Cormorant (43); Great Blue Heron (4); Canada Goose (23); Mute Swan (1); Mallard (4); Bald Eagle (2imm); N Harrier (1); Cooper’s Hawk (1imm we watched for 15 minutes walking and running under bushes where many Chipping Sparrows were tucked in.); Wild Turkey (24); Killdeer (31: Clinton HS playing fields); Ring-billed Gull (45); Herring Gull (1); Mourning Dove (24); Belted Kingfisher (4); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (5); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Phoebe (3); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (20); A Crow (17); Tufted Titmouse (3); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); E Bluebird (7); Gray Catbird (16); N Mockingbird (4); Cedar Waxwing (14); N Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (1); Chipping Sparrow (90: 2 huge flocks); Song Sparrow (1); White-throated Sparrow (1); N Cardinal (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); A Goldfinch (7).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/5/21 -- Lancaster, Bolton, Sterling
    Water levels high still though some evidence of receding waters. Mallards in a flooded field near the Dexter Drumlin in Lancaster off Langen Rd. Bluebirds, Flicker and Goldfinches. Cherry trees are a real attractant. ( Pin and Black Cherry crop this year is amazing, along with the old field domestic cherries.) More mallards in the pond off Rte 117 by Kalon Farm and nearby flooded corn fields. At the Bolton Flats barn parking lot we saw a female Yellowthroat, Catbird and Cardinal. Lots of mosquitoes… Still River very high, flooding well over the bridge. 3 wood ducks in pond across from Pine Hill section entrance of Bolton Flats WMA. One a male juvenile. Hunter was training his dog on the Pine Hill property, dog didn’t seem to get the idea of finding and retrieving the lure. Two hen turkeys with 3 nearly full grown poults on the road out from Pine Hill. Nothing in flooded fields near the old 5 corners area of Lancaster except a lone killdeer. Neck Road, Lancaster, views of the field revealed 3 wood ducks and a Great Blue Heron.
  • Best finds were at Bartlett’s Pond in Sterling. The fledgling osprey is still in the area and very vocal. About 10 wood ducks on far side of pond with at least 6 colorful males standing on a log…but they quickly hopped off and swam into the vegetated area nearby. A Merlin flew in to the pond area, perched in a dead branch and was very cooperative. Watched it for many minutes before we left. 4 Tom turkeys in field on Wiles Rd, 2 displaying…3 Kestrels on the telephone wires near jct of Wiles Rd and Redstone Hill Rd, Sterling. First time we saw 3 birds in the area this season; probably one had fledged from a kestrel box at Davis Farm. In a number of places we also observed monarch butterflies.
    (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

  • 9/5/21 -- Warren/the Brookfields/ Worcester Airport/Paxton
    This morning we birded WARREN in overcast skies and periodic showers. WE thought we were going to be checking ponds and marshes, but we lucked into some nice waves of migrants. Several of the species we saw we both thought were at least a week early. The biggest numbers occurred in areas of birch, alder, choke cherry, and feral crab apples. We returned to the hot spot a half hour later and there were NO birds in the same area.
  • Double-crested Cormorant (1); Great Blue Heron (9); Wood Duck (7); Mallard (4); Osprey (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Virginia Rail (3); Mourning Dove (25); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); BA Robin (136elted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (5); Hairy Woodpecker (4); N Flicker (4).
    E Wood Peewee (1); E Phoebe (17); Warbling Vireo (5: most still singing); Philadelphia Vireo (1: good views); Red-eyed Vireo (7); Blue Jay (32); A Crow (5); Tree Swallow (6); Barn Swallow (2); Black-capped Chickadee (17); White-breasted Nuthatch (2); Carolina Wren (2); House Wren (1); E Bluebird (4); Veery (1); Swainson’s Thrush (1: unexpected, seems early); Hermit Thrush (3); A Robin (136: feasting on all that fruit); Gray Catbird (35); Cedar Waxwing (93: like the robins, feasting on all the fruiting bushes and trees; a real mix of adult and streak-breasted young birds).
    WARBLERS: N Parula (3); Chestnut-sided (3); Cape May (1: with the BT Greens: see below); Black-throated Green (11, minimal, all in 1 area of alders and birches); Palm (1: this started off the wave. We were looking at herons and we heard the familiar chip note of a Palm. WE looked up in the small tree next to us, and there it was, tail wagging away. This seems very early for this species); A Redstart (8); C Yellowthroat (6); Canada (1).
    E Towhee (16); Chipping Sparrow (31); Song Sparrow (8); Swamp Sparrow (2); N Cardinal (3); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1); Red-winged Blackbird (1); House Finch (5); A Goldfinch (11).
  • The rain really started to fall, so we moved on to the ponds of the Brookfields (we did not check South Pond/Quacumquasit) : Here we had: Pied-billed Grebe (L. Wickabog); Great Egret (4); Mallard (20); Least Sandpiper (1: while were watching the tern, this bird flew low over the water, calling, towards the boat launch/parking lot, then turned around and flew out); Ring-billed Gull (5); Black Tern (1: Lake Quabog). NB: Lake Quabog has very high water at the moment with no real edge for shorebirds).
  • WORCESTER AIRPORT: Quick check : Wild Turkey (7); Killdeer (1); A Kestrel (3).
  • Before we went to Warren, and again after the Brookfields, we visited the Worcester Memorial Park in Paxton inspired by Cindy’s report of c.40 Killdeer here yesterday. Both times we had (24) Killdeer; (9) Canada Goose; and (6) young Hooded Mergansers.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/4/21 -- Mt. Wachusett, Princeton
    On a hike up Wachusett Mountain to look for migrating hawks, I was pleasantly surprised to see 2 Black-and-white Warblers and a N. Parula, along the Jack Frost Trail in the lower section. At the summit, winds were brisk from the wnw, causing birds to stay low, with many Broadwings going around the mountain low, out of view from the summit. A few nice close views of Broadwing Hawks right over the summit, but not a good day for kettles. (report from Rick Quimby).

    9/3/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded some of the southern sections of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. NB: All of Prison Camp and related roads are now gated, very likely to road damage from the extreme rain. We did bird along Coldbrook Road; Muddy Pond Road, Pine Plain Road. Birds were very scarce with a few exceptions.
  • Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (17); Wood Duck (14); A Black Duck (1); Turkey Vulture (1); Bald Eagle (1ad); Broad-winged Hawk (1 confiding juvenile); Mourning Dove (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (10: all on the road feasting on the ants the floods brought to the surface); Pileated Woodpecker (7).
    E Wood Peewee (7: still calling); E Phoebe (6); Warbling Vireo (2 still singing); Red-eyed Vireo (3); Blue Jay (27: the most obvious species in the forest); A Crow (4); Barn Swallow (2); Black-capped Chickadee Black-throated Green (1); (64); Red-breasted Nuthatch (23); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); E Bluebird (5); Hermit Thrush (2); Gray Catbird (11).
    WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (1); Yellow-rumped (2); Black-throated Green (1); Pine (7); Prairie (2-1 singing a weak version of song); C Yellowthroat (13).
    Scarlet Tanager (1); E Towhee (20); Chipping Sparrow (115: several large flocks along the dirt roads in the forest); Song Sparrow (1); N Cardinal (5); A Goldfinch (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/3/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon today were: 4 DC Cormorants, 1 GB Heron, 3 Green Herons (1a, 2im), 4 Mute Swans, 15 Canada Geese, 1 Bald Eagle (adult, perched on tree on island -- it gave a warning screech and ducked when a RT Hawk flew by a couple of times), 1 Red-tailed Hawk (ad), 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Least Sandpiper, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 1 Warbling Vireo (singing), 2 Common Yellowthroat, and 2 Song Sparrows. (report from Rick Quimby).

    9/2/21 -- Worcester Airport/Wachusett Reservoir
    WE set out this AM to check if something got put down by the rain.
  • We started out at WORCESTER AIRPORT. In years past, shorebirds have put down on the runways after storms in late summer/fall including plovers, yellowlegs, and (very rarely) Buff-breasted and Upland Sandpipers. Today was slim pickings: Turkey Vulture (1); Wild Turkey (9); Killdeer (5); A Kestrel (2).
  • Then on to WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (4); Double-crested Cormorant (14); Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (1: where did all the geese go?); Turkey Vulture (9: off the landfill); Bald Eagle (2imm); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Killdeer (10: all in 1 Clinton HS A-field); Least Sandpiper (2: in same field with the Killdeer); Bonaparte’s Gull (1 ad post breeding plumage); Herring Gull (1imm); Ring-billed Gull (28); C Raven (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 9/2/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    A brief noontime walk yielded 5 DC Cormorants, 1 Green Heron (ad), 4 Mute Swans (3 white, 1 brown, all same size), 2 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 E Phoebe, 1 Warbling Vireo (singing), and 2 Song Sparrows. The most unusual sighting was a duck decoy, realistically painted as a female Wood Duck. It was floating among the matts of surface plants, turning occasionally with the underwater currents. I actually had to watch it for a while to make sure it wasn't a real duck! Someone is playing mind games with the birders...
  • The aquatic plant growth covers more than 1/2 the pond, and is strewn with garbage of various types, including many soccer balls!
    (report from Rick Quimby).

  • 9/1/21 -- Quabog IBA/ Worcester Airport
    This morning we birded the QUABOG IBA in dark, overcast skies and showers. WE concentrated on the major ponds.
  • Pied-billed Grebe (1); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (4); Great Egret (3: all perched in the same tree at Lake Quabog); Canada Goose (172); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (8); A Black Duck (4); Mallard (51); Green-winged Teal (7); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (1imm); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Ring-billed Gull (34); Mourning Dove (15); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    Passerines were typical and low in variety and numbers, but we did hear (2) Warbling Vireos singing as well as (3) Red-eyed Vireo.
  • NB: If you bird here, you may have noticed a large (and getting larger) mat of small flowering aquatic plants. We think(if you have a different ID, please let me know) these are Carolina Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana). According to Padget’s AQUATIC PLANTS OF MASSACHUSETTS, this species is common, invasive, and prohibited that can be problematic because of its aggressive growth.
  • On the way home we stopped by the Worcester Airport where we had: Red-tailed Hawk (1); A Kestrel (1f); Killdeer (5); Savannah Sparrow (7); and Bobolink (6).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/30/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    In the late afternoon highlights were: 2 DC Cormorants, 2 Great Blue Herons, 2 Green Herons (much vocalizing), 4 Mute Swan (all full size, one brown and the others white), 2 Killdeer, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Least Sandpipers, 1 N Flicker, 2 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Warbling Vireo (singing), and 1 Song sparrow. (report from Rick Quimby).

    8/29/21 -- Holden-Rutland-Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we birded some spots close to home, mostly to check on some spots that had produced shorebirds in years past.
  • EAGLE LAKE/STUMP POND, HOLDEN: Water levels are high, and not productive for shorebirds in general, but a yellowlegs and/or Least of two may put in close to the causeway. I was surprised we didn’t even find a Spotted. That said, all the emergent vegetation is attractive to Wood Ducks:
    Great Blue Heron (1); Wood Duck (38); Mallard (9); Chimney Swift (7).
  • On route to other locations, we were driving along the Alta Vista Farm hill road when we came across a nice flock of migrants: E Phoebe (9); House Wren (4); Barn Swallow (11); Red-eyed Vireo (10); E Bluebird (12); A Redstart (3); C Yellowthroat (3): Black and White Warbler (2);Blackburnian Warbler (1imm); Nashville Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (9); Mourning Warbler (1imm/f).
  • PINE HILL RESERVOIR: As filled as I have ever seen it.
  • MUSCHAPAUGE ROAD, RUTLAND: Nothing except (5) Wild Turkeys.
  • QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR: also filled to the brim. Nothing.
  • WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: obviously still high water, but birders should be on the lookout for some odd shorebird on the rocks, or even on the dike trail. Buff-breasted has appeared rarely. We had:
    Common Loon (9: including a young of the year still being attended by an adult); Double-crested Cormorant (31); Great Blue Heron (4); Mute Swan (1); Canada Goose (67); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (3); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (25: all on the Clinton HS playing fields); Ring-billed Gull (21). Passerines were typical, but we did have: Tree Swallow (2); E Bluebird (9); Chipping Sparrow (large flocks: 42).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/28/21 -- Hardwick
    This morning we visited a few spots in HARDWICK under overcast skies and breezy conditions. This included a brief foray into Gate 43, Quabbin. Passerines were tough to come by.
  • Common Loon (2); Double-crested Cormorant (3); Great Egret (2); Wood Duck (6); Turkey Vulture (8); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (4); A Kestrel (1f); Wild Turkey (7); Killdeer (2); Mourning Dove (12); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (5); Belted Kingfisher (2); Downy Woodpecker (1).
    Olive-sided Flycatcher (1); E Wood Peewee (4); E Phoebe (11); E Kingbird (1).
    Red-eyed Vireo (7); Blue Jay (7); A Crow (3); Tufted Titmouse (2); Red-breasted Nuthatch (1); White- breasted Nuthatch (2); E Bluebird (2); A Robin (19); Gray Catbird (28); Cedar Waxwing (9: 1 had a large growth under the bill); C Yellowthroat (7); E Towhee (6); Chipping Sparrow (7); Song Sparrow (5); Bobolink (5 overhead); C Grackle (4); Baltimore Oriole (2); A Goldfinch (19).
  • N: butterflies and odonates were in low-modest numbers, but we did get a “Year” invertebrate: a colony of bryozoans.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/25/21 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded some spots in PETERSHAM:
  • Great Blue Heron (2); Green Heron (2); Wood Duck (82); Green-winged Teal (1f); Turkey Vulture (5); Red- shouldered Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (3: including the wild pure white leucistic individual); Wild Turkey (2ad w/3yg); Killdeer (12); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (5); Pectoral Sandpiper (7); Mourning Dove (5); Common Nighthawk (flock of 18 flying along powerline heading NE at 10:30AM); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Hairy Woodpecker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (5).
    E Wood Peewee (12); E Phoebe (9); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); E Kingbird (1); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Blue-headed Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (51); Blue Jay (17); C Raven (2); Barn Swallow (3); Black- capped Chickadee (29); Tufted Titmouse (17); Red-breasted Nuthatch (1); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); Carolina Wren (1); E Bluebird (2); Hermit Thrush (3); A Robin (only 1 !); Gray Catbird (35).
    WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (1); Pine (12); Black and White (2); C Yellowthroat (9).
    E Towhee (8); Chipping Sparrow (32); Song Sparrow (12); N Cardinal (4); C Grackle (3); Baltimore Oriole (1); A Goldfinch (24).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/23/21 -- Quabog IBA
    Today we birded the ponds in the QUABOG IBA and had the following:
  • Great Blue Heron (6); Great Egret (6 minimum); Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (43); Wood Duck (7); Mallard (4); Turkey Vulture (4); Osprey (2); Bald Eagle (4: 3 (2ad+1imm) seen all together at South Pond/Quacumquasit. An adult caught a large fish and flew off and the other 2 followed. The other immature was at Lashaway); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Black-bellied Plover (1 fly-over calling at Quabog. It was heading NE); Ring-billed Gull (24);
      Black Tern (2 juv/or ad non-br: while watching a Great egret at Quabog, 1 Black Tern flew into view rapidly followed by a second. This was just as it started to rain. Sheila followed the first bird as it headed right low over the water. I followed the second bird and suddenly it flew up and was gone. The first bird stayed for at least 3 hours, flying back and forth, and often taken a rapid downturn to the water. C. 10:30AM, this bird followed the same route to the left, up and out and we never saw it again);
    Mourning Dove (16); Tree Swallow (6+); Barn Swallow (19).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/20/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we did a quick survey of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA checking Sterling Peat; The Quag; The Waushacums; Meadow Pond; Coachlace; and several overlooks of the reservoir proper.
  • Common Loon (7: including 1ad on West Waushacum); Double-crested Cormorant (30); Great Blue Heron (1); Great Egret (1: on the reservoir, seen from Prescott Cove); Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (78); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (14); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); A Kestrel (1m); Killdeer (1); Ring-billed Gull (6); Mourning Dove (14); Belted Kingfisher (1).
    E Wood Peewee (1); E Kingbird (1); Tree Swallow (2; migrating); Barn Swallow (3 migrating); C Raven (4).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/18/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we spent a few hours birding in the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA, this time along Coldbrook and Muddy Pond Roads. Vireos and peewees were still singing as well as a handful of Hermit Thrushes. By and large, passerines were tough to come by, but we did come across 1 interesting multi-species flock of warblers.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Mourning Dove (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); E Wood Peewee (6); E Phoebe (7); Red-eyed Vireo (16); Barn Swallow (9); Blue Jay (10); C Raven (1); Black-capped Chickadee (17); Tufted Titmouse (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (14); House Wren (2); Hermit Thrush (4); A Robin (2); G Catbird (6);
    WARBLERS: Pine (12); Black and White (1m); A Redstart (2); C Yellowthroat (1); Canada (3 newly fledged birds).
    E Towhee (11); Chipping Sparrow (4); Song Sparrow (3); Baltimore Oriole (1m); A Goldfinch (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/15/21 -- Warren
    We birded WARREN this morning -- just a few stops.
  • Great Blue Heron (16); Great Egret (1); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (7); Turkey Vulture (7); Osprey (3; including 2 still ON the nest. This could have been the 2 young returned to the nest; or an adult still trying to lure a bird out of the nest. WE have seen the nest empty last week. Lots of vocalization.); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Solitary Sandpiper (5); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Mourning Dove (12); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Belted Kingfisher (4); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (2).
    E Wood Peewee (3); Yellow-bellied Flycatcher (1); “Trails-type”(1: could be either a Willow or Alder, both breed in the vicinity. It did not vocalize); E Phoebe (9); E Kingbird (12); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (11); Blue Jay (11); Barn Swallow (36); Tufted Titmouse (3); White-breasted Nuthatch (5); House Wren (2); E Bluebird (10); A Robin (42); Gray Catbird (31); N Mockingbird (1); Cedar Waxwing (12); C Yellowthroat (7); E Towhee (4); Chipping Sparrow (32); Song Sparrow (16); N Cardinal (2); Red- winged Blackbird (17); A Goldfinch (9).
  • Plus: White-tailed Deer (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/8/21 -- Warren
    This morning we birded a few spots in WARREN:
  • Great Blue Heron (10); Green Heron (1); Wood Duck (12: including 1f w/2 ducklings); Mallard (1); Turkey Vulture (1: relentlessly harassed by an Osprey); Osprey (3: the last bird left the nest); Bald Eagle (1ad. WE watched it snag a large pickerel and then sit on a tussock and eat it); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Virginia Rail (4); Semipalmated Plover (6); Greater Yellowlegs (4); Solitary Sandpiper (8); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Semipalmated Sandpiper (1); Least Sandpiper (20); Pectoral Sandpiper (3); Mourning Dove (13); Belted Kingfisher (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Downy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (4).
    Passerine highlights: E Wood Peewee (1); E Phoebe (8); E Kingbird (7); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (8); Tree Swallow (only 4); House Wren (4); Marsh Wren (1); E Bluebird (3); Cedar Waxwing (7); C Yellowthroat (3); Swamp Sparrow (3); Red-winged Blackbird (14).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 8/6/21 -- Hardwick
    This morning we birded just a few spots in HARDWICK including the boat launch in Gate 43, Quabbin. WE tried for but did not see the cranes, but we also did not linger in the area.
  • Common Loon (4ad in a group. Typically a pair breeds in this part of Quabbin, but we saw no young birds. Did the nest fail because of all the rain?); Double-crested Cormorant (3); Great Blue Heron (1); Great Egret (1); Canada Goose (11); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (6); Common Merganser (3f); Turkey Vulture (1); Broad-winged Hawk (5); Red-tailed Hawk (3); A. Kestrel (2); Mourning Dove (16); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (4); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (2).
    Passerines included: E Wood Peewee (12: all still calling); E Phoebe (18); E Kingbird (8); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (23); Tree Swallow (6); Barn Swallow (18); Red-breasted Nuthatch (3); House Wren (1); E Bluebird (11); Hermit Thrush (4 still singing); Cedar Waxwing (9); Prairie Warbler (1 singing a weak , slow version of the song); Louisiana Waterthrush (1 still singing constantly); E Towhee (12); Field Sparrow (1); Baltimore Oriole (1adM).
  • Plus: E Garter Snake (2); River Otter (1). Plus: many E Forktails.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/31/21 -- Winchendon
    This morning we birded along the dirt roads that run between BIRCH HILL DAM (South Royalston) and OTTER RIVER SP (Winchendon). The weather was cool for this time of the year (mid-50s) and very breezy at times. Birds were at times scarce and song was basically vireos and Hermit Thrushes. By mid-morning people really began to pile into the State Park.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (1); Wood Duck (8); Broad-winged Hawk (4); Mourning Dove (3); Ruby- throated Hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Downy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (2).
    Alder Flycatcher (4); E Phoebe (5); Blue-headed Vireo (6); Red-eyed Vireo (63); Blue Jay (18); Tree Swallow (34); Barn Swallow (7); Black-capped Chickadee (21); Tufted Titmouse (7); Red-breasted Nuthatch (34); White-breasted Nuthatch (9); House Wren (4); E Bluebird (6); Hermit Thrush (39); A Robin (8); Gray Catbird (13).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (1); Yellow-rumped (4); Black-throated Green (3); Pine (17); Black and White (2); C Yellowthroat (11).
    E Towhee (11); Chipping Sparrow (9); Song Sparrow (9); Swamp Sparrow (8); White-throated Sparrow (1); Bobolink (2); A Goldfinch (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/29/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded the southern section of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. The weather was cloudy, breezy, and sometimes in drizzle. The roads here were a bit rough because of all the recent rain. Lots of deep puddles and lots of deep rutting along edges.
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (2); Wood Duck (13); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (6: all birds perched along the dirt roads, hunting, and not shy); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Virginia Rail (2); Mourning Dove (8); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Chimney Swift (7: as it started to rain, these came down out of the clouds to feed low over the Ware River); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3); Downy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (2).
    E Wood Peewee (3); Alder Flycatcher (3: still calling); Least Flycatcher (1); E Phoebe (7); Great Crested Flycatcher (1); E Kingbird (6); Blue-headed Vireo (4); Red-eyed Vireo (65); Blue Jay (24); C Raven (1); Barn Swallow (7: with the swifts); Black-capped Chickadee (19); Red-breasted Nuthatch (13); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); House Wren (6); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); E Bluebird (3); Veery (1); Hermit Thrush (21: all singing); A Robin (4); Gray Catbird (17); Cedar Waxwing (33).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (2); Chestnut-sided (2); Black-throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (14); Pine (28); Black and White (3); Ovenbird (1); C Yellowthroat (7).
    Scarlet Tanager (11); E Towhee (28); Chipping Sparrow (11); Song Sparrow (6); Swamp Sparrow (8); Rose- breasted Grosbeak (1); Indigo Bunting (1); Red-winged Blackbird (20); Purple Finch (6); A Goldfinch (9).
  • Plus: Short-tailed Shrew (1); WE also found a colony of nesting Great Golden Digger Wasps and got to watch them carrying katydids to their burrows.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/28/21 -- Warren
    Today we birded WARREN for a few hours:
  • Great Blue Heron (9); Great Egret (7: these flew in as a flock, perched in some bare trees, and after 20 minutes, 1 by 1 flew down to feed. Photos); Green Heron (1); Canada Goose (21); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (1); Turkey Vulture (2); Osprey (2 fully feathered young still sitting in nest); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Virginia Rail (5); Killdeer (2); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Solitary Sandpiper (4); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); E Wood Peewee (2); E Phoebe (2); E Kingbird (8); Tree Swallow (40); Barn Swallow (15); Warbling Vireo (1); Red-eyed Vireo (21); G Catbird (6); Cedar Waxwing (pair pulling material out of old nest and flying off with it); Song Sparrow (13); Swamp Sparrow (5); Red-winged Blackbird (46).
  • At LAKE QUABOG, BROOKFIELD: Great Egret (1); Ring-billed Gull (22: all S ad except for 1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/25/21 -- Warren and Wachusett Reservoir
  • Today we did a quick survey of Wachusett Reservoir, hoping the Bonaparte’s Gulls were still there. No such luck (we checked from the dam several times). The front that passed over earlier this AM may have pushed them to the coast. We did have: Common Loon (2); Double-crested Cormorant (9); Canada Goose (68); Mallard (7); Bald Eagle (1imm); Wild Turkey (25); Ring-billed Gull (24).
  • Yesterday (7/24), we birded just a few stops in Warren. We have a route that we usually follow, but today we were seeing many butterflies and odonates as well, so we took our time and only visited less than half the sites on our route. Bird song has declined dramatically. Red-eyed Vireos are the most persistent singers now, with a few other species sometimes singing. Migrant Passerines were tough to turn up, which is typical at this point until fall migrations begins in earnest.
    Great Blue Heron (16); Canada Goose (49); Wood Duck (6); Black Vulture (2); Turkey Vulture (29:26 in one flock); Osprey (1ad calling to two fully feathered young still sitting in nest. At least 1 was continually leaping up and testing their wings); Bald Eagle (1imm); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild turkey (1); Virginia Rails (6); Solitary Sandpiper (3); Mourning Dove (16); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (3).
    Highlights of songbirds seen: E Wood Peewee (2); E Phoebe (3); E Kingbird (14) Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (2); Red-eyed Vireo (43); Tree Swallow (32 over 1 pond); Barn Swallow (6); Carolina Wren (3); House Wren (4: 1 family: 1 ad w/3 just fledged young); Wood Thrush (2); Gray Catbird (21); Cedar Waxwing (9); A Redstart (1); C Yellowthroat (7); E Towhee (4); Field Sparrow (2); Swamp Sparrow (12); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1m).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/11/21 -- Hardwick
    This morning we birded a few areas in HARDWICK including Gate 43 boat launch (busy as expected); several WMAs, and a few other spots.
  • Common Loon (1ad); Double-crested Cormorant (2imm); Canada Goose (19); Mallard (1f); Turkey Vulture (3+a flock of 40 at a cattle farm. Likely there was a carcass, but we could not see it); Black Vulture (1 with the large flock); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2); A Kestrel (1m); Wild Turkey (1ad w/5yg); Bobwhite (1 very vocal bird likely a game farm escape); Sand Hill Crane (adult pair w/1 young that we could see. 2 young have been seen very recently, but this morning they were in tall weeds. These birds are very skittish. We stayed in our car and did not linger); Killdeer (2); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Ring-billed Gull (1adS); Mourning Dove (15); Barred Owl (1 calling bird; 1 recent road kill); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (8); Downy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Wood Peewee (8); E Phoebe (3); E Kingbird (9); Yellow-throated Vireo (5); Blue-headed Vireo (3); Red-eyed Vireo (122); Blue Jay (10); A Crow (8); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (6: the swallows have “all but 1” left their numerous nesting boxes at Gate 43. Fall migration begins); Black-capped Chickadee (7); Tufted Titmouse (19); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); Carolina Wren (2); House Wren (9); Winter Wren (1); E Bluebird (3); Veery (54); Hermit Thrush (14); Wood Thrush (16); A Robin (52); Gray Catbird (65); N Mockingbird (2); Cedar Waxwing (2).
    WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (12);Black-throated Blue (1); Pine (12); Prairie (2); Black and White (1); Ovenbird (23); C Yellowthroat (28).
    Scarlet Tanager (15); E Towhee (35); Chipping Sparrow (11); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (46); Swamp Sparrow (22); N Cardinal (4); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (7); Indigo Bunting (3); Red-winged Blackbird (54); C Grackle (12); Baltimore Oriole (1); House Finch (3); A Goldfinch (34).
  • Plus: at one grass marsh Green Frogs were in high vocalization, sounding like it was spring.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/10/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir/Worcester Airport/Quuinapoxet Reservoir
  • We started birding the WORCESTER AIRPORT and adjacent fields up to Rt. 56: Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (6); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (6); Mourning Dove (31); E Wood Peewee (2); E Kingbird (3); Barn Swallow (14); Red-eyed Vireo (20); Veery (1); G Catbird (21); Chestnut-sided Warbler (2); A Redstart (2); Ovenbird (5); C Yellowthroat (6); E Towhee (6); Savannah Sparrow (12); Song Sparrow (16); Bobolink (24: many just fledged young birds).
  • QUINAPOXET RESERVOIR, HOLDEN: NB; the water levels here are still extremely high. Late summer/fall shorebirding in the County could be very tough this year. Great Blue Heron (1); Double-crested Cormorant (2); Canada Goose (23); Mallard (1); Common Merganser (2f); Spotted Sandpiper (1); C Raven (2).
  • Then we did another quick check of WACHUSETT RESERVOIR: Common Loon (3ad+1ad w/2 downy chicks); Double- crested Cormorant (7); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (17); Mallard (5); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Red- tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (3); Herring Gull (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1).
    Passerines were typical, but we did have 4 species of swallow and 2 just fledged Baltimore Orioles. WE also saw a recently road-killed Long-tailed Weasel. BTW: people were everywhere. Expect any of your birding destinations to be crowded.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 7/9/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    We went out to WACHUSETT RESERVOIR just as the storm passed to check for any storm-assisted birds. Short answer: there were none. By late afternoon, it was a pleasant summer afternoon, no wind. We did have: Common Loon (4); Double-crested Cormorant (1); Canada Goose (flock of 31); Turkey Vulture (3); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Wild Turkey (5); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Ring-billed Gull (36).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    7/2/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we birded the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA in rain, rain, and more rain. I hadn’t been able to bird all week, and I was determined to get out. Fairly quickly this became a challenge of “how many birds” we could see despite the rain. We set a goal of 20 species. Amazingly, we did quite a bit better and in the end had an OK, if very wet, morning. Though we were certainly short on songbird species, surprisingly we had a decent roster of raptors. The rain was so heavy at times, even hearing song was hampered. Many individuals and species just seemed to quit singing in these conditions. Some birds had to seek food despite the rain, and that was the case for species like catbirds. The rain let up by 10:30, but at that point we were really done. Amazingly, Sheila even photo’d a dragonfly. We never wandered far from the car.
  • Common Loon (1ad at West Waushacum+ adult pair with 2 just hatched young at the reservoir); Green Heron (1 flyover at East Waushacum); Canada Goose (8); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (2f w/10yg); Mallard (4); Turkey Vulture (3); Osprey (1 soaring and hunting over Thomas Basin); Bald Eagle (1imm); Cooper’s Hawk (1ad); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3: all just perched out in the rain and looking miserable); Killdeer (1); Ring-billed Gull (12); Herring Gull (2adS); Mourning Dove (19: another species that doesn’t seem to mind just sitting out in the rain); Chimney Swift (4); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1).
    E Phoebe (1); E Kingbird (2); Blue Jay (9); A Crow (4); Tree Swallow (48); N Rough-winged Swallow (4); Barn Swallow (57: the swift and swallows were all seen flying low over water and fields desperately seeking insects. WE saw several Barns land and pick at stuff on the ground); Black-capped Chickadee (6); Tufted Titmouse (6); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (1); A Robin (34); Gray Catbird (8); E Starling (41); Ceadr Waxwing (2); C Yellowthroat (2: sang as the rain started to let up).
    E Towhee (4); Chipping Sparrow (3); Song Sparrow (14: many sing despite rain); N Cardinal (5); Red- winged Blackbird (36); E Meadowlark (1); C Grackle (23); Brown-headed Cowbird (1m); ORCHARD ORIOLE (1adM: this was the surprise of the morning. We were parked along an edge of the reservoir, and this bird popped up not 5 feet away giving great views and then flew off); Baltimore Oriole (1m); A Goldfinch (1); House Sparrow (4).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/27/21 -- Warren
    This morning we birded a few areas in WARREN. Bird song has already started to drop off.
  • Great Blue Heron (3); Green Heron (3); Canada Goose (28); Wood Duck (2); Black Vulture (1); Turkey Vulture (7); Osprey (adult pair w/2 nestlings); Cooper’s Hawk (1imm); Wild Turkey (4); Virginia Rail (4); Mourning Dove (31); Chimney Swift (3); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); N Flicker (3).
    E Wood Peewee (2); Alder Flycatcher (1); Least Flycatcher (2); E Phoebe (2); E Kingbird (12); Yellow-throated Vireo (4); Warblling Vireo (9); Red-eyed Vireo (27); Blue Jay (7); A Crow (5); Tree Swallow (21); N Rough-winged Swallow (3); Barn Swallow (30); Black-capped Chickadee (4); Tufted Titmouse (2); House Wren (7); Veery (31); Wood Thrush (7); A Robin (72); G Catbird (89); Cedar Waxwing (13).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (17); Chestnut-sided (6); Pine (3); A Redstart (8); Ovenbird (21); C Yellowthroat (60).
    Scarlet Tanager (5); E Towhee (12); Chipping Sparrow ( 25); Field Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (34); Swamp Sparrow (7); N Cardinal (9); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5); Red- winged Blackbird (104); Brown-headed Cowbird (2); House Finch (5); A Goldfinch (7).
  • We had very few butterflies that included an Eastern Comma and Least Skipper; Mammals included White-tailed Deer.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/25/21 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded a few areas in PETERSHAM in mist, drizzle, damp and cool. The weather had an effect on bird song, cutting down of the amount and variety of many warbler species and others. But woodland thrushes were in full song, particularly Veerys. This is a great time to WATCH birds (as opposed to just ticking them) as breeding and raising young is in full swing.
  • Great Blue Heron (4 fully feathers and looking ready to leave the nest young, standing, crowded in 1 nest waiting to be fed plus another 2 adults); Green Heron (1); Canada Goose (9); Wood Duck (this was the day to see broods of this waterfowl. We had a total of 61 adults or young birds PLUS another 42 tiny ducklings. There were 9 different broods accompanied by a female ranging in size of 1 to 6 ducklings. We also saw 3 tiny ducklings with no adult accompanying them.); Mallard (8); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1 extreme leucistic, that has been in this general area for several years. This bird is shocking pure white except for dark-eyes and a colored bill. We watched this bird through a scope for over 15 minutes hunting. Flying it looks like an egret it is so white); Wild Turkey (9ad+3yg); Killdeer (2); Mourning Dove (9); Belted Kingfisher (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (6); Downy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (6).
    E Wood Peewee (2); E Phoebe (5); E Kingbird (5); Yellow-throated Vireo (3); Blue-headed Vireo (9); Red-eyed Vireo (94); A Crow (3); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (21); Barn Swallow (10); Black- capped Chickadee (5); Tufted Titmouse (13); Red-breasted Nuthatch (7); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (4); Winter Wren (1 singing); Veery (35); Hermit Thrush (21); Wood Thrush (1); A Robin (16); Gray Catbird (32); Cedar Waxwing (7).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (2); Chestnut-sided (11); Black-throated Blue (4); Yellow-rumped (3); Black- throated Green (6); Blackburnian (4); Pine (12); Prairie (2); Ovenbird (74); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (27); Canada (1).
    Scarlet Tanager (12); E Towhee (17); Chipping Sparrow (10); Song Sparrow (21); Swamp Sparrow (3); N Cardinal (3); Red-winged Blackbird (95+); C Grackle (18).
  • Red Efts were on dirt roads, so watch your steps!
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/24/21 -- Mt. Wachusett, Princeton
    On a mid-day hiking trip up the mountain, highlights were 3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, 1 Winter Wren (singing and seen), 2 Hermit Thrush, 3 Black-throated Blue Warblers, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler, 1 Black-and-white Warbler, and 3+ Dark-eyed Junco (seen and heard singing). (report from Rick Quimby).

    6/20/21 -- Erving
    Today we birded/butterfly-ed, and ode-ed the small town of ERVING (Franklin County) including a few adjacent areas. Several species were only found along the banks of the river.
  • BIRDS: Great Blue Heron (1); Turkey Vulture (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Chimney Swift (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (6); Downy Woodpecker (1); E Wood Peewee (2); Alder Flycatcher (1); Least Flycatcher (3); E Phoebe (14); E Kingbird (2);
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (4); Blue-headed (13); Warbling (8: only along the river); Red-eyed (77);
    Blue Jay (16); A Crow (1); Tree Swallow (6); Barn Swallow (4); Black-capped Chickadee (9); Tufted Titmouse (8); Red-breasted Nuthatch (6); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (3); E Bluebird (2); Veery (27); Hermit Thrush (9); Wood Thrush (4); A Robin (12); Gray Catbird (13); Cedar Waxwing (4).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (7); Chestnut-sided (16); Magnolia (1); Black-throated Blue (7); Black-throated Green (13); Blackburnian (6); pine (3); Black and White (7); A Redstart (3); Ovenbird (41); C Yellowthroat (15); Canada (2).
    Scarlet Tanager (20: we watched 2 different pairs in which the female was gathering nesting materials, like pine needles, on the ground while the male kept a close eye on her c. 6 feet above on a branch); Chipping Sparrow (11); Song Sparrow (16); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Indigo Bunting (2m); Red-winged Blackbird (12); Baltimore Oriole (2); Purple Finch (1); A Goldfinch (2).
  • There were few butterflies, but we did have several “White Admiral” forms of the Red-spotted Admiral as well as a Long Dash.
  • Odonate highlights included a handful of Rusty Snaketails; Moustached Clubtail; Powdered and Blue Dancers.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/18/21 -- Wendell
    Today we birded, butterfly-ed, and ode-ed around WENDELL (Franklin County). We spent most of our time along the dirt roads of the State Forest, but visited other locations as well including the large MAS property. It was mostly forest birding. Nothing unusual, but we had some nice counts of certain species. A bonus was the outstanding display of MOUNTAIN LAUREL.
  • Birds: Great Blue Heron (1); Wood Duck (13: including a female with 8 ducklings); Hooded Merganser 2: both flying by: either females or fledged young); Turkey Vulture (4); Mourning Dove (9); Black-billed Cuckoo (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (9); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Wood Peewee (8); Alder Flycatcher (4); E Phoebe (3); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); E Kingbird (4).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (2); Blue-headed (17: including my first (apparent) road-killed individual); Warbling (4); Red-eyed (142).
    Blue Jay (7); A Crow (2); Tree Swallow (11); Black-capped Chickadee (17); Tufted Titmouse (7); Brown Creeper (3 singing); House Wren (6); Veery (23); Hermit Thrush (12); Wood Thrush (2); A Robin (12); Gray Catbird (36); Cedar Waxwing (4).
    WARBLERS: Chestnut-sided (23); Black-throated Blue (49: Wendell with its copious undergrowth of Mountain Laurel is a great spot for this species. We got to watch several females very closely as they were intent on gathering food); Black-throated Green (9); Pine (15); Prairie (5); Black and White (9); A Redstart (3); Ovenbird (124); C Yellowthroat (21); Canada (3).
    Scarlet Tanager (25); E Towhee (41); Chipping Sparrow (14); Song Sparrow (17); N Cardinal (2); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (7); Indigo Bunting (2); Red-winged Blackbird (41); C Grackle (19); Baltimore Oriole (2); Purple Finch (2); A Goldfinch (7).
  • Best butterflies included a number of Red-spotted Admirals and a few Silver-bordered Fritillary. Best odes included Martha’s Pennent; Elfin Skimmer; and saving a Moustached Clubtail from a spider’s web. Mammal highlights included Short-tailed Shrew ad White-tailed Deer. In one small pool we had hundreds of tadpoles, adult Red-spotted Newts; and larval salamanders, likely newts but also possibly Spotted Salamanders.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/14/21 -- Sterling Airport, Sterling
    The Sterling Town Meeting was held outdoors at the Sterling Airport. Cars parked in rows had the feeling of a drive in movie but no big screen. Overcast sky, no wind, 64 degrees. During the meeting (5:45 p.m. - 7:50 p.m.) I observed or heard the following species:
  • Green heron - Several flyovers; Killdeer - Loudly disapproving of the proceedings on the airfield; Mallard; Tree swallow; Barn swallow; Chimney swift; Robin; Red-winged blackbird; Starling; Ovenbird; Red-eyed vireo; Goldfinch; Mourning dove; Chipping sparrow;
    Several unidentified passerines flew over in silhouette.
    Barred owl flew over the car on Redstone Hill Road at the end of the evening.
    (report from Marion Larson)

  • 6/5/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we returned to the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA, this time concentrating mostly on areas along Gilbert and Granger Roads parallel to the Burnshirt River. Be forewarned that some sections of these dirt roads are best driven with high carriage vehicles. All birds seen today were assumed to be breeders.
  • Great Blue Heron (3ad w/16 yng in 9 active nests: 1 rookery); Hooded Merganser (1f); Red- shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (3); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (1ad w/at least 1 chick); Mourning Dove (4); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Wood Peewee (12); Alder Flycatcher (6); Least Flycatcher (5); E Phoebe (8); Great Crested Flycatcher (5); E Kingbird (8).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (4); Blue-headed (7); Warbling (4); Red-eyed (74).
    Blue Jay (4); Tree Swallow (8); Black-capped Chickadee (32); Tufted Titmouse (11); Red-breasted Nuthatch (7); House Wren (9); Winter Wren (1); Veery (24); Hermit Thrush (18); A Robin (19); Gray Catbird (18); Cedar Waxwing (3).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (5); Chestnut-sided (9); Black-throated Blue (4); Yellow-rumped (2); Black- throated Green (6); Blackburnian (5); Pine (14); Prairie (3); Black and White (9); A Redstart (2); Ovenbird (101); C Yellowthroat (31); Canada (2).
    Scarlet Tanager (8); E Towhee (10); Chipping Sparrow (23); Song Sparrow (16); Swamp Sparrow (5); White-throated Sparrow (1); N Cardinal (4); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3); Indigo Bunting (2); Red-winged Blackbird (60); C Grackle (16); Baltimore Oriole (6); Purple Finch (1); A Goldfinch (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/4/21 -- Hardwick
    This morning we birded a circular route around HARDWICK.
  • Common Loon (adult pair. We watched 1 of them start building a nest); Double-crested Cormorant (1); American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (7; including 3 goslings); Wood Duck (9: including 1f w/7 ducklings); Mallard (1m); Turkey Vulture (4); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (5); A Kestrel (1; likely breeder); Wild Turkey (1+1ad w/at least 2 young in very deep grass); Killdeer (1); Spotted Sandpiper (2); Mourning Dove (13); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Wood Peewee (6); Alder Flycatcher (5); Willow Flycatcher (1); Least Flycatcher (12); E Phoebe (5); Great Crested Flycatcher (5); E Kingbird (6); Yellow-throated Vireo (10); Warbling Vireo (11); Red-eyed Vireo (156); A Crow (2); C Raven (3); Tree Swallow (38); Barn Swallow (2); Tufted Titmouse (17); White-breasted Nuthatch (4); House Wren (30); E Bluebird (9); Veery (67); Hermit Thrush (8: 3 that were together foraging on a road looked like just fledged young. Is that even possible this early?); Wood Thrush (10); A Robin (89); Gray Catbird (104); N Mockingbird (1: inside Gate 43, Quabbin at the DCR shack. Mockers are very uncommon deep inside Quabbin, though they breed at the Administration building off Rt.9); Cedar Waxwing (7).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (6); Yellow (22); Chestnut-sided (43); Black-throated Blue (6); Black- throated Green (2); Pine (3); Prairie (2); Black and White (7); A Redstart (26); Ovenbird (116); Northern Waterthrush (3); C Yellowthroat (70).
    Scarlet Tanager (18); E Towhee (46); chipping Sparrow (23); Field Sparrow (3); Song Sparrow (53); Swamp Sparrow (60; N Cardinal (4); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (14); Indigo Bunting (3m); Bobolink (10); Red-winged Blackbird (136); C Grackle (18); Brown-headed Cowbird (12); Baltimore Oriole (14)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 6/2/21 -- Hadwen Park, Worcester
    The 2 juvenile Great Horned Owls have been at Hadwen Park, often perched together. I was able to get this photo of one of them this morning. They can be seen along the dirt road on top of the glacial esker. They are usually perched in the White Pines on the right as you approach Curtis Pond from the top of Knox Street. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    5/26/21 -- New Braintree
    This morning we birded around NEW BRAINTREE. New Braintree has quite a number of large hayfields, as well as woodlots, areas of forests, marshes, and several WMAs. Though we bird here often, we have not birded here much in spring migration. Today we got a (very) small handful of “passing through” migrants, and by far most of the birds we saw and heard were migrant breeders. Spring migration seems to have started early and ended early this year, though birders should still keep an ear/eye out for traditional late migrants like Olive-sided Flycatcher and Mourning Warbler. Seen today:
  • Canada Goose (30adults w/13 goslings); Wood Duck (3m); Mallard (1); Turkey Vulture (2); Wild Turkey (1); Killdeer (1); Mourning Dove (7); Yellow-billed Cuckoo (2); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); N Flicker (3).
    FLYCATCHERS: Olive-sided (1); E Wood Peewee (8); Alder (19: they were everywhere this morning where there was the right habitat); Willow (1); Least (3); E Phoebe (8); Great Crested (2); E Kingbird (4).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (6); Warbling (13); Red-eyed (104).
    Blue Jay (11); A Crow (16); C Raven (8); Tree Swallow (9); Barn Swallow (21); Black Capped Chickadee (7); Tufted Titmouse (13); White-breasted Nuthatch (2); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (17); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); E Bluebird (3); Veery (38); Wood Thrush (10); A Robin (61); Gray Catbird (57); Brown Thrasher (1); Cedar Waxwing (7: 1 flock).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (3); Yellow (15); Chestnut-sided (34); Black-throated Green (1); Blackburnian (1); Pine (9); Blackpoll (2); Black and White (3); A Redstart (21); Ovenbird (110); C Yellowthroat (45).
    Scarlet Tanager (7); E Towhee (7); Chipping Sparrow (31); Savannah Sparrow (4); Song Sparrow (45); Swamp Sparrow (5); N Cardinal (11); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (13); Indigo Bunting (22); Bobolink (56: we only counted birds we saw/heard in a short stop); Red-winged Blackbird (168); C Grackle (37); Brown-headed Cowbird (2); Baltimore Oriole (11); A Goldfinch (6).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/25/21 -- city of Worcester
    This morning we birded the 4 cemeteries in the southwestern corner of the city of Worcester: Hope, Notre Dame, All Faiths, and St. Johns, in that order. The weather was cool and breezy. There were a few migrants, but mostly in was breeders (resident and migrants) going about nesting and post nesting. Now, with the leaves fully out, trying to get views of birds in trees or even along the Middle River was much more difficult than 2 weeks ago.
  • Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (10); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (8); Killdeer (2); Mourning Dove (15); Chimney Swift (14); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (minimally 3: a pair attending a nesting hole feeding young, but we could only see 1 young head at a time);N Flicker (4).
    E Wood Peewee (2); E Phoebe (1); Great Crested Flycatcher (3); E Kingbird (1); Warbling Vireo (29: in every cemetery in good numbers); Red-eyed Vireo (5); Blue Jay (9); A Crow (1); Tree Swallow (2); N Rough-winged Swallow (4); Black-capped Chickadee (6); Tufted Titmouse (2); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Carolina Wren (2); House Wren (10); A Robin (79: many just fledged spotted birds hopping about, still attended by adults); Gray Catbird (28); N Mockingbird (7); Starling (c.40+: many just fledged birds).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (8); Pine (1); Blackpoll (4); A Redstart (1); Mourning (1: found originally in Hope along the river, it moved towards St. John’s end and we lost it); C Yellowthroat (3).
    Chipping Sparrow (21); Song Sparrow (9); N Cardinal (3); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Red-winged Blackbird (35); C Grackle (24); Brown-headed Cowbird (5); Orchard Oriole (3m); Baltimore Oriole (13); House Finch (11); A Goldfinch (2).
  • NB: At All Faith’s we had 3 species of turtle: E Painted; Red-eared Slider (introduced); and 2 HUGE Snapping Turtles mating. If you have never seen this, it is something to behold. Sheila took a number of shots.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/23/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    WE started to head out to Otter River very early this AM, but I got some sudden intestinal woes, and we headed home, but by 6:30AM I was feeling better, so we headed to HOPE CEMETERY, which was a total disappointment (best bird: 3 peewees; we also got to watch a pair of Hairys at a nest hole), so on an impulse we headed to the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA deciding to concentrate on areas for dragonflies (Sheila’s passion) along roads in the southern parts. We did NOT cover the Prison Camp area. It was another poor migration day and we heard/saw mostly migrant breeders until the end. As the morning heated up (c.9:30AM), song dropped off dramatically except for Red-eyed Vireos and Ovenbirds. BTW: there was some disk golf event going on and there was NO parking left at the restroom areas of Barre Falls Dam.
  • Birds:
    Canada Goose (10/3 goslings); Wood Duck (7); Mourning Dove (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (2).
    E Wood Peewee (9); Alder Flycatcher (5); Least Flycatcher (8); E Phoebe (4); Great Crested Flycatcher (15: a notably high count for the area we covered, so many were likely migrants); E Kingbird (2).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (6); Blue-headed (3); Warbling (2); Red-eyed (66).
    Blue Jay (9); Tree Swallow (6); Barn Swallow (15); Black-capped Chickadee (11); Tufted Titmouse (8); Red-breasted Nuthatch (9); White-breasted Nuthatch (8); House Wren (2); Winter Wren (1); Veery (27); Hermit Thrush (10); Wood Thrush (1); A Robin (15); Gray Catbird (12); Cedar Waxwing (2).
    WARBLERS: Yellow (8); Chestnut-sided (14); Black-throated Blue (4); Yellow-rumped (5); Black-throated Green (7); Blackburnian (2); Pine (18); Prairie (3); Bay-breasted (1); Blackpoll (3); Black and White (3); A Redstart (6); Ovenbird (129); Northern Waterthrush (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (26); Canada (1: likely breeder).
    Scarlet Tanager (18); E Towhee (23); Chipping Sparrow (25); Savannah Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (12); Swamp Sparrow (1); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (12); Indigo Bunting (1); Red-winged Blackbird (42); C Grackle (24); Baltimore Oriole (8); A Goldfinch (2).
  • PLUS: BUTTERFLIES included double digit counts of Tiger Swallowtail, and Sheila got a shot of a Dreamy Duskywing (there were numbers of Juvenal’s). DRAGONFLIES: the highlight for me was that Sheila rescued, because they had just emerged and were flipped over in the water, 2 MOUSTACHED CLUBTAILS with our net. She got some nice shots. HERPS included an E Garter Snake and many trilling American Toads, and a Pickerel Frog we had to usher off a driving road. BLOOMS included many Fringed Polygala, Star Flowers.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/21/21 -- Petersham
    We birded a few spots in PETERSHAM today. There were some movements of migrants, including northern breeding warblers (a few) and Scarlet Tanagers (more than typically breed in these areas).
  • Great Blue Heron (1ad w/3 still downy yng in nest+2 other adults); Green Heron (2); Canada Goose (10 ad+10 goslings); Wood Duck (4m); A Black Duck (1f w/1 very young duckling that was keeping very close); Hooded Merganser (1f); Red-shouldered Hawk (3); A Woodcock (1 that sat in the middle of a dirt road and only eventually rhumba-ed it’s way off to the side); Mourning Dove (8); Barred Owl (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1m); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (13); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (6); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    Olive-sided Flycatcher (1); E Wood Peewee (8); Alder Flycatcher (4); Least Flycatcher (7); E Phoebe (6); Great Crested Flycatcher (6); E Kingbird (12).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (13); Blue-headed (10); Warbling (7); Red-eyed (198);
    Blue Jay (17); A Crow (2); Tree Swallow (49); Barn Swallow (18); Black-capped Chickadee (19); Tufted Titmouse (26); Red-breasted Nuthatch (16); White-breasted Nuthatch (5); Brown Creeper (1); House Wren (5); Winter Wren (2); Veery (38); Swainson’s Thrush (2); Hermit Thrush (19); Wood Thrush (14); A Robin (27); Gray Catbird (45).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (1); Nashville (1: likely breeder); Yellow (11); Chestnut-sided (44); Cape May (1); Black-throated Blue (1); Yellow-rumped (10); Black-throated Green (11); Blackburnian (9); Pine (19); Prairie (2); Bay-breasted (4); Blackpoll (2); Black and White (5); A Redstart (11); Ovenbird (146); Northern Waterthrush (5); Louisiana Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (50); Canada (1).
    Scarlet Tanager (34); E Towhee (19); Chipping Sparrow (31); Song Sparrow (9); Swamp Sparrow (5); N Cardinal (6); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (7); Indigo Bunting (1); Bobolink (24); Red-winged Blackbird (117); C Grackle (56); Baltimore Oriole (14); Purple Finch (5); A Goldfinch (9).
  • Red Fox+MANY American Toads trilling.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/20/21 -- Gate 28, Wachusett Reservoir
    A late morning walk into Gate 28 past the Lilly Ponds and on to the reservoir yielded these highlights: 1 Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 RT Hummingbird, 2 Eastern Wood-Pewees, 2 Great Crested Flycatchers, 1 Swainson's Thrush (seen well, along forest road bordering reservoir), 1 Hermit Thrush (singing), 2 Yellow-throated Vireos, 1 Warbling Vireo, 6+ Red-eyed Vireos, 1 Pine Warbler, 3 Prairie Warblers, 1 Am Redstart, 10+ Ovenbirds (several seen well), 1 Common Yellowthroat, 3 Scarlet Tanager, 6+ Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, 3 E Towhee (1 f seen), and 6+ Baltimore Orioles. (report from Rick Quimby).

    5/20/21 -- Warren
    This morning we birded a few spots in WARREN. Warren has one of the most scenic large area of grassy fields left in the County along Coy Hill Road. My suggestion is to get out and enjoy it while you can. An huge, dense solar panel field is being erected just abutting these fields, obliterating a huge area of second growth that used to host many species and migrants. I can’t imagine these fields and farms will last too much longer. Today we had mostly breeders.
  • Great Blue Heron (4: 1 on nest); Black Vulture (1, likely nester); Turkey Vulture (7); Canada Goose (20ad+17 goslings); Wood Duck (1); Mallard (2); Osprey (4: 1pair at nest in dead tree in small swamp, 1 sitting tight on nest+ another pair in a microwave relay tower with nest); Broad-winged Hawk (2); Ring- necked Pheasant (1 uncountable); Virginia Rail (3); Solitary Sandpiper (1); Mourning Dove (21); Black- billed Cuckoo (1); Chimney Swift (16); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Downy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (5).
    E Wood Peewee (4); Least Flycatcher (5); E Phoebe (3); Great Crested Flycatcher (5); E Kingbird (17).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (9); Warbling (20); Red-eyed (74).
    Blue Jay (12); A Crow (3); Common Raven (1); Tree Swallow (22); Barn Swallow (55); Black-capped Chickadee (8); Tufted Titmouse (16); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Carolina Wren (5); House Wren (13); E Bluebird (2); Veery (34); Wood Thrush (43); A Robin (72); Gray Catbird (142); N Mockingbird (2).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (4); N Parula (1); Yellow (45); Chestnut-sided (13); Pine (2); Prairie (3); Black and White (7); A Redstart (35); Ovenbird (77); C Yellowthroat (58).
    E Towhee (17); Chipping Sparrow (25); Field Sparrow (1); Savannah Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (34); Swamp Sparrow (3); Scarlet Tanager (12); N Cardinal (14); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (30); Indigo Bunting (2m); Bobolink (37); Red-winged Blackbird (195); C Grackle (18); Brown-headed Cowbird (8); Baltmore Oriole (23).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/19/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded in a wide and twisted loop of the southern section of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. Now that butterflies and dragonflies and herps are about, making headway along the roads was a slow process. There was lots of breeding species and only a small number of migrants “just passing through”. One feature of this morning here were thrushes. Of the thrushes we ID’d, MANY more just zipped by across the dirt roads in front of us too quickly to be identified.
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (4: we did not check any of the rookeries yet); Canada Goose (pair w/5yng+pair w/6yng); Wood duck (3m); Hooded Merganser (1m); Broad-winged Hawk (5, possibly all breeders); Ruffed Grouse (1 drumming); Virginia Rail (2); Sora (1); Mourning Dove (5); Belted Kingfisher (1f); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Wood Peewee (8); Least Flycatcher (17); E Phoebe (3); Great Crested Flycatcher (6); E Kingbird (13).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (7); Blue-headed (6); Warbling (6); Red-eyed (113).
    Blue Jay (18); C Raven (3); Tree Swallow (35); Barn Swallow (18); Black-capped Chickadee (11); Tufted Titmouse (19); Red-breasted Nuthatch (16); White-breasted Nuthatch (5); Brown Creeper (2); House Wren (10); Winter Wren (3); Veery (17); Swainson’s Thrush (8); Hermit Thrush (29); Wood Thrush (9); A Robin (13); Gray Catbird (70); Cedar Waxwing (4).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (2); Nashville (1); Yellow (31); Chestnut-sided (21); Magnolia (1); Black-throated Blue (7); Yellow-rumped (3); Black-throated Green (11); Blackburnian (1); Pine (33); Prairie (8); Blackpoll (1); Black and White (6); A Redstart (7); Ovenbird (163); Northern Waterthrush (5); C Yellowthroat (46); Wilson’s (1); Canada (1).
    Scarlet Tanager (28); E Towhee (43); Chipping Sparrow (30); Song Sparrow (24); Swamp Sparrow (9); N Cardinal (6); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (14); Indigo Bunting (2); Bobolink (12); Red-winged Blackbird (66); C Grackle (20); Baltimore Oriole (13); Purple Finch (3); A Goldfinch (11).
  • Herps included: painted turtle, garter snake, American toad, Gray Tree Frog, Pickerel Frog, peepers.
  • Blooms included: Starflower, Dwarf Ginseng, Fringed Polygala.
  • Butterflies included a tally of (92) Spring Azure as well as Tiger Swallowtail; Pine Elfins, Juvenal’s Duskywing.
  • The best Mammal hands down was a Black Bear.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/14/21 -- Lake Wickaboag, West Brookfield
    Today around 1:15 pm I was watching a boat on the lake, and all of a sudden I see an adult bald eagle dive in the water and come up with a fish. He then flew towards the north side. The people on the boat weren’t paying attention and missed it :(
    (report from Daniel P Roche).

    5/12/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded the southern sections of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED IBA. The weather was cool at first, breezy, sometimes even windy, with winds from the west. Not a great day for migration. There were Ovenbirds and towhees at many stops, and modest numbers of BREEDING species. We had no species that I could definitely say were “just migrants, not migrant breeders". Song, other than the ever-present Ovenbirds, was low key.
  • Great Blue Heron (5); Canada Goose (12+pr w/3 goslings); Wood Duck (6: all drakes); Mallard (1m); Osprey (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Ruffed Grouse (1); Virginia Rail (3); Mourning Dove (5); Great Horned Owl (1); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1m flew in and nectared on some blueberry blooms); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (3).
    Least Flycatcher (13); E Phoebe (5); Great Crested Flycatcher (2); E Kingbird (5).
    VIREOS: Yellow-throated (3); Blue-headed (4); Warbling (3); Red-eyed (1).
    Blue Jay (22); Tree Swallow (69); Barn Swallow (20); Black-capped Chickadee (11); Tufted Titmouse (9); Red-breasted Nuthatch (2); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); Brown Creeper (2); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (6); Winter Wren (3 singing); Veery (4); Hermit Thrush (23); A Robin (28); Gray Catbird (29).
    WARBLERS: Nashville (1); Yellow (13); Chestnut-sided (23); Black-throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (22); Black-throated Green (13); Pine (27); Prairie (3); Black and White (9); A Redstart (1); Ovenbird (180: a careful count of singing birds; we also saw many too); Northern Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (31).
    Scarlet Tanager (6); E Towhee (62); Chipping Sparrow (14); Song Sparrow (14); Swamp Sparrow (13); Rose- breasted Grosbeak (10); Bobolink (13); Red-winged Blackbird (95+); C Grackle (42); Brown-headed Cowbird (1f); Baltimore Oriole (12); Purple Finch (1); A Goldfinch (9).
  • Blooms included MANY Wood Anemone and violets; Butterflies included Canadian Swallowtail; E Pine Elfin; Spring Azures; Juvenal’s Duskywing. Among the more common E Painted Turtles we found (3) Spotted Turtles; Mammals including a Jumping Mouse species (possibly Woodland) and Short-tailed Shrew.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/9/21 -- Blackstone/Millville
    This morning we birded the adjacent towns of BLACKSTONE and MILLVILLE, on the Rhode Island border. WE covered much of this area for the Breeding Bird Atlas II. There are some parks, a long trail along the Blackstone River (mobbed with walkers, bicyclists, and dog walkers), and a few other spots to pull off and walk a little like the area at Blackstone Gorge. But most of the area is suburban with small patches of forest and wooded wetlands. Today we did not have many migrants, mostly migrant breeders. The highest species totals were for those species that love small woodlots, like House Wren). Even so, we had no “woodland” thrushes ( we were expecting Veery and Wood), which was odd. We also had no vultures which is odd considering the number of TVs and even BVs that over winter here along the border with Woonsocket. Of course as soon as we left the area, driving further north on Rt 122, we saw numbers of vultures.
  • American Bittern (1 pumping in a large area of marshland. May stay to breed.); Canada Goose (11); Mallard (7 drakes); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (1 at nest with at least 2 yng+3 others); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Mourning Dove (21); Chimney Swift (8); Red-bellied Woodpecker (5); Downy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (5).
    E Phoebe (14); Great Crested Flycatcher (4); E Kingbird (4); Yellow-throated Vireo (1); Warbling Vireo (13); Red-eyed Vireo (1); Blue Jay (25); A Crow (3); Common Raven (pair attending nest with three almost fledged young in a microwave relay tower. They have been using this tower for 10+ years. We had an additional (1) raven in an area where we suspect they also breed); Tree Swallow (17); Barn Swallow (8); Black-capped Chickadee (23); Tufted Titmouse (37); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); Carolina Wren (34); House Wren (29); Winter Wren (1 singing away in suitable nesting habitat: not typical for this area); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2birds we watched gathering lichen for their nest); E Bluebird (5); A Robin (102); Gray Catbird (69); N Mockingbird (4); Brown Thrasher (1).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (3); Yellow (32); Yellow-rumped (6); Pine (2); Prairie (3); Ovenbird (26); Northern Waterthrush (2); C Yellowthroat (9); Canada (1).
    E Towhee (9); Chipping Sparrow (29); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (67); Swamp Sparrow (3); N Cardinal (46); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (5); Red-winged Blackbird (66); C Grackle (22); Orchard Oriole (3m: the southern half of the Blackstone National Corridor, (Massachusetts section) is the best place in Worcester County for this species.); Baltimore Oriole (44); House Finch (32); A Goldfinch (12).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/9/21 -- Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
    In a 3 hour walk this morning, I covered most parts of the sanctuary. Highlights were ~10 Chimney Swifts, 10 Tree Swallows, 6 N. Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Common Ravens, 1 Carolina Wren, 4 House Wrens, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 2 E. Bluebird, 5 Gray Catbird, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1 Warbling Vireo, 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 7 N. Parula, 8 Yellow Warblers, 7 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler, 7 Praire Warbler, 7 Ovenbird, 4 Common Yellowthroat, 1 Scarlet Tanager (f along power lines), 2 Rose-breasted Grosbeak, 5 Eastern Towhee, 1 Field Sparrow, 7 Baltimore Orioles, and 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers. (report from Rick Quimby)

    5/7/21 -- Hardwick
    We birded several stops this morning in HARDWICK. This included a short trip into Gate 43 which was mobbed with fishermen. There was a lot of song early in the morning, which died off considerably by 9AM. We came across a number a small waves.
  • Great Blue Heron (2); Canada Goose (8ad+2 goslings); Wood Duck (9); Mallard (5); Hooded Merganser (1m); Common Merganser (2f); Turkey Vulture (9); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Wild Turkey (1); Killdeer (2); Mourning Dove (17); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (7); Yellow- bellied Sapsucker (10); Downy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (11); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    Least Flycatcher (6); E Phoebe (15); E Kingbird (2); Blue-headed Vireo (3); Warbling Vireo (9); Blue Jay (10); C Raven (2); Tree Swallow (51); N Rough-winged Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (12); Black-capped Chickadee (19); Tufted Titmouse (37); Red-breasted Nuthatch (3); Brown Creeper (1); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (30); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); E Bluebird (7); Veery (7); Hermit Thrush (14); Wood Thrush (18); A Robin (66); Gray Catbird (51); Brown Thrasher (1).
    WARBLERS: Blue-winged (6); Nashville (1); N Parula (5); Yellow (32); Chestnut-sided (9); Black-throated Blue (2); Yellow-rumped (14); Black-throated Green (4); Pine (5); Prairie (5); Cerulean (1 non-singing male in a moving group that included Parula and BT Green); Black and White (6); A Redstart (1); Worm- eating (1 in possible nesting habitat); Ovenbird (107:Singing everywhere); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); C Yellowthroat (17).
    E Towhee (35); Chipping Sparrow (54); Song Sparrow (34); Swamp Sparrow (5); White-throated Sparrow (12); N Cardinal (13); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (8); Bobolink (2m); Red-winged Blackbird (64); C Grackle (17); Brown-headed Cowbird (9); Baltimore Oriole (22); Purple Finch (7); House Finch (5); A Goldfinch (17).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/7/21 -- Notre Dame and Hope cemeteries, Worcester
    This morning at 7:30 I birded the portions of these cemeteries near water. The lawn machinery was out in full force, but I could still hear the birds. Highlights were 1 Osprey (ND), 1 Virginia Rail (heard only at ND, in the marsh), 3 Killdeer, 1 Eastern Kingbird (Hope, seen and heard), 1 Winter Wren (ND), 3 House Wren (Hope), 3 Gray Catbird, 1 Blue-headed Vireo (Hope), 5+ Warbling Vireos, 1 N. Parula (ND), 1 Magnolia Warbler (ND), ~10 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Black-throated Green Warbler (nice views in Hope cemetery, heard both songs), 2 Black-and-white Warblers, ~15 Chipping Sparrows, ~6 Song Sparrows, 5 White-throated Sparrows, 1 Dark-eyed Junco (ND), 3 Baltimore Orioles. (report from Rick Quimby).

    5/7/21 -- Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester
    There was a Great Horned Owl being mobbed by crows. The Owl was in a tree near the mausoleum on the Webster Street side. A few days ago the owls were in the trees near the mausoleum at the top of the hill on the river side. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    5/6/21 -- cemeteries in sw Worcester
    We did some birding this AM in the 4 cemeteries in sw Worcester city (Hope, St. John, All Faiths, Notre Dame). It was not a great migration day, breezy and cool. Most vocalizations were early on.
  • Great Blue Heron (2: where is the nearest rookery? Broad Meadow?); Canada Goose (8, 1 on nest); Mute Swan (3, 2 on nests); Wood Duck (3: pair flying around Hope looking for nest site); Mallard (4); Osprey (1); Red-tailed Hawk (4); Killdeer (3); Spotted Sandpiper (1); Ring-billed Gull (2); Mourning Dove (11); Chimney Swift (10); Belted Kingfisher (1); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (nesting pair); N Flicker (8).
    Blue-headed Vireo (5); Warbling Vireo (18); Blue Jay (11); Tree Swallow (13); N Rough-winged Swallow (2); Barn Swallow (6); Black-capped Chickadee (8); Tufted Titmouse (5); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Carolina Wren (1); House Wren (8); A Robin (131: likely undercounted); Gray Catbird (14); N Mockingbird (10).
    WARBLERS: Nashville (4); N Parula (1); Yellow (8); Magnolia (1); Yellow-rumped (8); Pine (2); Prairie (1); Black and White (1); Ovenbird (1); C Yellowthroat (1).
    SPARROWS: Chipping (27); Savannah (4: uncommon migrant, all together in an open area); Song (27); White-throated (5).
    N Cardinal (3); Red-winged Blackbird (30); C Grackle (17); Brown-headed Cowbird (4); Orchard Oriole (3: 2adM+1 1st yr); Baltimore Oriole (19); House Finch (15); A Goldfinch (2).
  • NB: yesterday (5/5) we birded the Wachusett Reservoir IBA hoping for Bonies, terns, or some “seaducks”, all of which appeared elsewhere, but we dipped on all of that. We even dipped on the Red-breasted Merganser Valerie B. turned up. We did have an OK list of warblers, and LOTS of swallows first thing: many hundreds of “swallow species” too far out to ID, MANY Tree and Barns, with a few N Rough-winged, Bank and (2) Cliff. At West Waushacum we got nice views of a female PURPLE MARTIN. This is the third time I have had this species in spring at this IBA, but obviously it is rare or at least very uncommon.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 5/3/21 -- Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester
    There were 2 Great Horned Owls at Notre Dame cemetery. They perched in a tree near the mausoleum at the top of the hill. (report from Brian Mulhearn).

    5/2/21 -- Bolton Flats, Lancaster/Oxbow NWR, Harvard/Bartlett Pond Sterling
    We got out at the late-ish hour of 7:30 am and headed to Bolton Flats. Lots of water of course! Heard about the snipe and pipit from some helpful birders. We spotted them and 6 green wing teal, greater and lesser yellowlegs, 1 spotted sandpiper, (all FOYs) and tons of Canada geese. Looked very hard at what turned out to be a Bonapartes Gull! Great looks at this FOY that we usually see on the coast. Catbird, yellow warblers, warbling vireo, yellowthroats and 4 chimney swifts were also FOYs for us. Tree swallows and a barn swallow coursed through. Mallards, wood ducks, grackles, cardinal, robin, red tail hawk, redwing blackbirds, chipping, swamp and song sparrows also rans....
  • Headed to Oxbow NWR around 10. Some birders and photographers here. Took about 2 hours or so on the tank road and turnpike trail back to the Nashua River. Greeted by a blue-wing warbler and a very vocal blue- gray gnatcatcher in the parking lot. Nice way to check off more FOYs. Ovenbird, great naked eye view of redstart singing, other FOYs included black-throated blue, black and white warbler, very vocal great- crested flycatcher, great close looks at several palm warblers along the trail. Flicker, pileated and downy woodpecker, raven, 1 turkey, 1 turkey vulture, house and goldfinches, blue jays, bluebird, pine warblers and a hooting barred owl. Non-bird sightings included a huge bullfrog, (at least 6 inches long) painted turtles, garter snake, mourning cloak butterfly. Spring ephemeral flowers were wood anemones and bellflower in nice quantities. Blueberry bushes were loaded with flowers. Lots of fresh beaver activity.
  • On to the Pine Hill section of Bolton Flats WMA for a short time seeing a kestrel, towhee calling, field sparrow singing away and prairie warbler winding up the chromatic scale. A hen turkey flushed from under a small pitch pine less than ten yards away giving Marion an unexpected shot of adrenaline. No eggs to be seen, maybe it was just taking a siesta. Check out the bat box and kestrel box at this location!
  • Checked Bartlett Pond in Sterling to see the rebuilt osprey nest. Saw both adults. Several herons on nests. Bank and rough-winged swallows..(FOY) Birds were flying into holes excavated in the sand piles at the gravel operation across the way. Saw a beaver swimming. In all we recorded about 70 bird species with over 25 FOYs for the day.
    (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

  • 5/2/21 -- Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Worcester
    Highlights this morning: Canada Goose (8 + a group of very young goslings); Hooded Merganser (pair); Great Blue Heron (2 - one on nest and the other carrying material to the nest); Red-tailed Hawk (1 immature - it kept trying to grab the baby geese); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2 - the first time I have seen it at BMB); Northern Flicker (3); Eastern Phoebe (1); Eastern Kingbird (1); Blue-headed Vireo (3); Warbling Vireo (1); Tree Swallow (18); Barn Swallow (2); House Wren (3); Carolina Wren (2); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); Eastern Bluebird (1); Gray Catbird (4); Ovenbird (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (1 - singing near the brook); Blue-winged Warbler (1); Black-and-white Warbler (2); Common Yellowthroat (6); American Redstart (2); Northern Parula (1); Yellow Warbler (3); Palm Warbler (10 - probably more); Yellow-rumped Warbler (18 - probably more); Prairie Warbler (1); Eastern Towhee (5); Song Sparrow (9); Swamp Sparrow (2); White-throated Sparrow (4); Rose-breasted Grosbeak (4); Red-winged Blackbird (15); Brown-headed Cowbird (4); Baltimore Oriole (1).
    (report from John Liller).

    5/1/21 -- Worcester airport and vicinity
    I had 5 american kestrel at worcester airport (2 on route 56 and 3 on mulberry street). Would be nice if some of them stay! (report from Susan LaBree).

    5/1/21 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded around PETERSHAM. It was cold to start with (mid-30s) and still breezy. Birding was often slow, and we didn’t come across any “waves”. The foliage here is at least a week behind the city of Worcester. As a matter of fact, returning to the city after a morning in what often looked like March in Petersham, the riot of yellow-green leaves coming out on the city trees was striking.
  • Double-crested Cormorant (2); Great Blue Heron (5; 2 occupied nests); Canada Goose (14: including a pair w/2 goslings and 2 on nests); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (6; including 1 Mallard X Black); Ring-necked Duck (6); Hooded Merganser (6 drakes); Turkey Vulture (2); Osprey (1); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Mourning Dove (11); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (12); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (3).
    E Phoebe (11); Blue-headed Vireo (20); Blue Jay (15); A Crow (3); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (77); Barn Swallow (21); Black-capped Chickadee (9: we watched two different pairs excavate a nest hole in rotted stubs); Tufted Titmouse (8); Red-breasted Nuthatch (18); White-brested Nuthatch (6); Brown Creeper (9); Carolina Wren (1); Winter Wren (3); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (20); Hermit Thrush (18); A Robin (29).
    WARBLERS: Black-throated Blue (2m); Yellow-rumped (14); Black-throated Green (8); Pine (33); Prairie (1); Palm (1); Black and White (3); Ovenbird (10); Northern Waterthrush (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (1).
    E Towhee (16); Chipping Sparrow (36); Song Sparrow (14); Swamp Sparrow (5); White-throated Sparrow (2); N Cardinal (4); Red-winged Blackbird (87); C Grackle (31); Brown-headed Cowbird (5); Purple Finch (5); House Finch (1); A Goldfinch (9); Evening Grosbeak (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/29/21 -- Ware River Watershed IBA
    This morning we birded an erratic loop of roads around the SE section of the WARE RIVER WATERSHED. The gated roads have only just opened, and roads for the most part are in fair-good conditions. Possibly because of the forecast, with only a few exceptions, we had the place to ourselves. The weather first thing was actually pleasant, and the sun “sorta” came out, but by 10:15 showers turned to rain. We had no “waves” and we actually couldn’t tell if the birds we found were breeders, or migrants just passing through. Important: the Intervale Road “connector” (runs from the paved Intervale Road to the Prison Camp, is now blocked at both ends because the bridge over the East Branch of the Ware River is considered no longer safe. So you can no longer access the Prison Camp from Intervale Road.
  • American Bittern (1); Great Blue Heron (4); Canada Goose (5); Wood Duck (8: we watched a pair flying up into a tree inspecting a possible nest hole); Mallard (3 drakes); Hooded Merganser (1 drake); Osprey (1); Virginia Rail (2); Mourning Dove (1); Barred Owl (1); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (8); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Phoebe (7: 1 on nest); Blue-headed Vireo (19); Blue Jay (23); A Crow (1); C Raven (5); Tree Swallow (43); Black-capped Chickadee (26); Tufted Titmouse (8); Red-breasted Nuthatch (21); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Brown Creeper (3); Winter Wren (1 singing); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (2); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2); E Bluebird (5); Hermit Thrush (24); A Robin (26).
    WARBLERS: Black-throated Blue (1); Yellow-rumped (11); Black-throated Green (2); Pine (18); Black and White (9); Ovenbird (36); Northern Waterthrush (1); Louisiana Waterthrush (2).
    E Towhee (34); Chipping Sparrow (36); Song Sparrow (17); Swamp Sparrow (16); White-throated Sparrow (2); N Cardinal (2); Red-winged Blackbird (69); C Grackle (11); Purple Finch (4); A Goldfinch (7); Evening Grosbeak (2).
  • BLOOMS noted included: Purple Trillium; Marsh Marigold; Wood Anemone; Hobblebush; Serviceberry. All the Bloodroot is now past.
  • VERTS included: many Spring Peepers; White-tailed Deer; and a very distracted Porcupine.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/28/21 -- Worcester cemeteries/Worcester Airport
    This morning with a front having passed over us in the middle of the night and rain, we headed to the cemeteries in SW city of Worcester (Hope, All Faiths, Notre Dame, and St. John) hoping for a fall-out of some birds. We had a very modest fall out, mostly of Yellow-rumps. Often it was “visually sift through the feeding warblers and see if you can find a “NOT Yellow-rump””. It was fun birding. List:
  • Common Loon (1: I looked up while on the hill in Hope and there was a Common Loon flying swiftly, high overhead, zipping to the NW. Not a typical bird to expect in the cemeteries and a lesson to, every once in a while, scan the skies); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (16); Mute Swan (3: 2 on nests); Wood Duck (2 drakes); Mallard (4 drakes); Virginia Rail (1 calling from where we have had 1 a few times before. They don’t seem to stay and breed); Killdeer (3); Mourning Dove (6); Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1m); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Downy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (11).
    E Phoebe (1); E Kingbird (1); Blue-headed Vireo (7); Blue Jay (19); A Crow (1); Tree Swallow (2); N Rough- winged Swallow (5); Barn Swallow (2); Black-capped Chickadee (11); Tufted Titmouse (6); White-breasted Nuthatch (6); Carolina Wren (4); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (7); Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (1); E Bluebird (1m); Hermit Thrush (6); A Robin (128); N Mockingbird (8); Brown Thrasher (1very vocal bird);
    WARBLERS: N Parula (4); Yellow (2); Yellow-rumped (131); Pine (2: including a female we watched on the ground gathering nesting material); Palm (10); Black and White (4).
    E Towhee (2); Chipping Sparrow (57: THE sparrow of MA cemeteries); Song Sparrow (29); Swamp Sparrow (4); White-throated Sparrow (12); Dark-eyed Junco (1); N Cardinal (10); Red-winged Blackbird (44); C Grackle (16); Brown-headed Cowbird (6); House Finch (14); A Goldfinch (11).
    Plus: E Cottontail; American Tads (trilling); and E Painted Turtles.
  • THEN we birded the airport fields from the airport proper to Rt.56 airport overlook. No warblers (but is was later in the AM); but we did have: Turkey Vulture (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (2);A Kestrel (2); Field Sparrow (2); Vesper Sparrow (1: perched on the fence from the parking lot. Sheila got some decent photos); Savannah Sparrow (13); E Meadowlark (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/27/21 -- Uxbridge
    I admit to being jealous when other Worcester County residents have reported Evening Grosbeaks at their feeders this winter. Not here, never here, I gave up. So imagine my surprise & delight when 3 female/immature & 1 male showed up at the seed feeder at 8:45 this morning! (report from Beth Milke)

    4/24/21 -- South Royalston-Winchendon
    This morning we birded in north County, along the dirt roads between BIRCH HILL DAM (South Royalston) and OTTER RIVER SP/SF (Winchendon). It was cool, a bit breezy. Foliage was about a week behind Worcester city. There were some decent counts of a few species, but we had no “waves”
  • Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (17, 1 on nest); wood Duck (2); Mallard (3); Green-winged Teal (21); Hooded Merganser (pair); Common Merganser (1f); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Broad-winged Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1); A Kestrel (2); Wild Turkey (1); Killdeer (2); Wilson’s Snipe (1); Mourning Dove (9); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Downy Woodpecker (4); N Flicker (5); Pileated Woodpecker (9: they were in all areas. Behind Birch Hill Dam we watched 2 pairs (4 birds) scream and fly at each other. Looked like a territorial dispute of some kind).
    E Phoebe (9); E Kingbird (1); Blue-headed Vireo (22); Blue Jay (30); A Crow (1); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (13); Black-capped Chickadee (32: we watched a pair nest-building inside the metal crossbar of a DCR gate); Tufted Titmouse (10); Red-breasted Nuthatch (42); White-breasted Nuthatch (3); Brown Creeper (9); Carolina Wren (1); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (13); Hermit Thrush (9); A Robin (4); Yellow-rumped Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (38); Louisiana Waterthrush (1); Chipping Sparrow (17); Savannah Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (16); Swamp Sparrow (16); N Cardinal (11); Red-winged Blackbird (36); C Grackle (21); Purple Finch (2).
  • PLUS: Red Fox (1); White-tailed Deer (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/23/21 -- Worcester city
    This morning we did some birding in the 4 small cemeteries in the southwest corner of Worcester: Hope; Notre Dame; All Faiths; St.John). The weather was breezy to windy and cold. We had the following:
  • Canada Goose (9: 2 on nests); Mute Swan (3: 2 on nests); Wood Duck (3); Mallard (3 drakes); Turkey Vulture (1); Osprey (2 moving north, one quickly after the other, flying rather low); Killdeer (1); Mourning Dove (11); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1); Downy Woodpecker (4); N Flicker (9).
    Eastern Kingbird (1); Blue Jay (11); A Crow (4); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (2); Black-capped Chickadee (9); Tufted Titmouse (4); White-breasted Nuthatch (5); Carolina Wren (4); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (9); E Bluebird (1m); A Robin (147); N Mockingbird (8); Yellow-rumped Warbler (32); Palm Warbler (23); Chipping Sparrow (42); Field Sparrow (1); Song Sparrow (15); Swamp Sparrow (2); White-throated Sparrow (4); Dark-eyed Junco(1); N cardinal (6); Red-winged Blackbird (17); C Grackle (13); Brown-headed Cowbird (2); House Finch (8).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/23/21 -- Burncoat area, Worcester
    Just happened to look out my westward-facing window, and saw an adult bald eagle sailing west into the strong wind, low to the ground. It continued west down the Burncoat ridge, over rt. 12. Not unusual in itself, but this has happened a few times before, by chance, and I really don't spend all day looking out the window! Hawks in general seem to like working the westward winds deflected upwards by this ridge. I've also seen and heard a raven in this neighborgood this spring. (report from Rick Quimby).

    4/22/21 -- Hardwick
    This morning we birded HARDWICK, including a trip into Gate 43. The weather was not conducive to birding: cold (below 32F to start, puddles had skim ice); windy and got windier; mostly overcast; finally it was spitting snow every once in a while. We managed to see (highlights only):
  • Common loon (pair); Canada Goose (12); A Black Duck (pair); Mallard (2 pair); Ring-necked Duck (6); Turkey Vulture (6); Osprey (1); Bald Eagle (5: 2ad+at least 3imm: all in Gate 43); Broad-winged Hawk (1); American Kestrel (1: we also had 2 pair in New Braintree); Merlin (1); Killdeer (a pair we watched mating several times); Belted Kingfisher (1); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3).
    E Phoebe (0nly 1, likely due to wind, they were keeping low); Blue-headed Vireo (1); Common Raven (2); Tree Swallow (30: migrants); Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1); E Bluebird (2); Hermit Thrush (18: all but 1 along the Gate 43 road: must have been a small fall out); Yellow-rumped Warbler (1); Pine Warbler (1); E Towhee (1); Swamp Sparrow (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/21/21 -- Mendon
    There was a Red-headed Woodpecker at my suet feeder in Mendon (First ever).
    [Ed. note: detailed description submitted].
    (report from Bill Sartorelli).

    4/18/21 -- New Braintree
    We spent the morning birding around NEW BRAINTREE. There was still some snow about, particularly on hill tops.
  • American Bittern (1); Canada Goose (79); Mallard (5); Turkey Vulture (8); Bald Eagle (1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (8); Golden Eagle (1ad heading northwest. WE were doing some hawkwatching, totally dipping on Broad-wings, when Sheila picked this bird out of a migrating group of TVs. It soon left them (they were heading NNE) and flew high towards us. Good views, but seems late to me); Wild Turkey (1); Killdeer (7); Mourning Dove (3); Barred Owl (3 calling birds); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Downy Woodpecker (3); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (15); Pileated Woodpecker (2); American Kestrel (5).
    E Phoebe (11); Blue Jay (21); A Crow (15); C Raven (7); Tree Swallow (just 2); Black-capped Chickadee (11); Tufted Titmouse (38); White-breasted Nuthatch (7); Brown Creeper (2); Carolina Wren (2); E Bluebird (13); A Robin (102); N Mockingbird (2); Pine Warbler (14); Palm Warbler (1); E Towhee (7); Chipping Sparrow (7); Field Sparrow (4); Savannah Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (43); Swamp Sparrow (18); White-throated Sparrow (3); N Cardinal (32); Red-winged Blackbird (117); C Grackle (19); Brown-headed Cowbird (13); Purple Finch (1); House Finch (6); Evening Grosbeak (4: in the same general area where they have been all winter and spring).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/17/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    This morning we birded the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. The weather was cool and damp and overcast.
  • Common Loon (3ad br); Double-crested Cormorant (25, including a flock of 13 on the res); Great Blue Heron (1); Canada Goose (23); Mute Swan (5); Wood Duck (8); Mallard (19); Greater Scaup (1m); Bufflehead (3: 2f+1m); Hooded Merganser (3: 2m+1f); Common Merganser (3f+2m); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring- billed Gull (2); Mourning Dove (10); Belted Kingfisher (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (2).
  • Passerine highlights: C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (480+); N Rough-winged Swallow (1); Barn Swallow (3); Brown Creeper (1); Hermit Thrush (2); Brown Thrasher (1); Pine Warbler (9); E Towhee (1); Field Sparrow (2).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/16/21 -- Shrewsbury
    A hummingbird (likely Ruby-throated) came to our feeder on Spring St in Shrewsbury today at 6:30pm. [ed. note: video supplied]. (report from Joe and Rose Fish).

    4/10/21 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning in the QUABOG IBA:
  • Great Blue Heron (5 birds/3 occupied nests); Canada Goose (71); Mute Swan (6); Wood Duck (3m); Mallard (15); Ring-necked Duck (16); Turkey Vulture (5); Bald Eagle (2: pair, 1 on nest); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Virginia Rail (1); Killdeer (2); Greater Yellowlegs (1); Ring-billed Gull (1); Mourning Dove (12); Red-bellied Woodpecker (8); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2); Downy Woodpecker (6); N Flicker (14).
    E Phoebe (26); Blue Jay (37); A Crow (19); Fish Crow (4); C Raven (1); Tree Swallow (13); Black-capped Chickadee (22); Tufted Titmouse (32); Red-breasted Nuthatch (13); White-breasted Nuthatch (10); Brown Creeper (9); Carolina Wren (24); A Robin (104); N Mockingbird (2); Pine Warbler (31); E Towhee (10); Chipping Sparrow (16); Field Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (52); Swamp Sparrow (10 singing); White-throated Sparrow (16); Dark-eyed Junco (7); N Cardinal (47); Red-winged Blackbird (69); Rusty Blackbird (1); C Grackle (38); Brown-headed Cowbird (15); Purple Finch (1); House Finch (13); White-winged Crossbill (2); A Goldfinch (16).
  • PLUS: Coltsfoot in bloom; many peepers; (5) American Toad; many E Painted Turtles; (1) River Otter.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/9/21 -- Petersham
    This morning in PETERSHAM:
  • Great Blue Heron (1 on nest); Canada Goose (8/2 on nests); Wood Duck (20); A Black Duck (2); Mallard (10); Ring-necked Duck (24); Hooded Merganser (11); Common Merganser (pair); Turkey Vulture (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1 leucistic: all bright white but with dark eyes. This bird has been in this area of Petersham for a few years and has been reported as a Snowy Owl) ; Ruffed Grouse (1 drumming); Mourning Dove (9); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (7); Downy Woodpecker (4); Hairy Woodpecker (4: we watched a pair mating); Pileated Woodpecker (2); A Kestrel (1m).
    E Phoebe (33); Blue Jay (29); A Crow (4); C Raven (2); Tree Swallow (60+); Black-capped Chickadee (29); Tufted Titmouse (34); Red-breasted Nuthatch (34); White-breasted Nuthatch (12); Brown Creeper (6: all singing); Carolina Wren (2); Winter Wren (1 singing); E Bluebird (1); Hermit Thrush (2 singing); A Robin (55); Pine Warbler (41); Palm Warbler (5); Louisiana Waterthrush (3); Field Sparrow (4); Song Sparrow (26); Dark-eyed Junco (3); N Cardinal (4); Red-winged Blackbird (74); C Grackle (41); Brown-headed Cowbird (3).
  • PLUS: (2) River Otters; many Spring Peepers and E Painted Turtles.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 4/4/21 -- Blackstone-Millville
    This morning we birded in the towns of BLACKSTONE and MILLVILLE, 2 small County towns on the border of Woonsocket, RI. Birds were in modest variety, but we had some nice counts of a few species.
  • Canada Goose (8); Mute Swan (pair); Wood Duck (4); Mallard (11); Ring-necked Duck (pair); Hooded Merganser (1m); Black Vulture (9: we had two birds in what appeared to be a display flight, with one bird chasing another relentlessly, zooming up and down and all about); Turkey Vulture (17); Osprey (pair, mating atop power line pole in a marsh); Cooper’s Hawk (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (2); Red-tailed Hawk (9: 1 sitting tight on a nest); Killdeer (2); Herring Gull (2imm: no other gulls); Mourning Dove (18); Red-bellied Woodpecker (13); Downy Woodpecker (2); Hairy Woodpecker (1); N Flicker (17).
    E Phoebe (28); Blue Jay (51); A Crow (14); C Raven (1. We checked the microwave tower where they have nested before, and could make out a nest, but saw no ravens there); Tree Swallow (2: seemed very low); Black-capped Chickadee (26); Tufted Titmouse (59); White-breasted Nuthatch (12); Carolina Wren (24); E Bluebird (8); A Robin (234); N Mockingbird (4); Cedar Waxwing (3); Yellow-rumped Warbler (3); Pine Warbler (3); Chipping Sparrow (5); Field Sparrow (11); Song Sparrow (79); White-throated Sparrow (3); Dark-eyed Junco (25); N Cardinal (58); Red- winged Blackbird (47); C Grackle (28); Brown-headed Cowbird (23); House Finch (26); A Goldfinch (7).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/28/21 -- Petersham
    This morning we birded a few small ponds in PETERSHAM. Of course the largest body of water in Petersham is a section of Quabbin, but it would take all morning to hike one of the gates. Birds included:
  • Pied-billed Grebe (1: my first of spring) ; Great Blue Heron (pair standing on nest); Canada Goose (40); Wood Duck (18); A Black Duck (9); Mallard (8); Green-winged Teal (16); Ring-necked Duck (34); Bufflehead (6); Hooded Merganser (15); Common Merganser (9); Ruffed Grouse (1 drumming); Killdeer (2);Belted Kingfisher (2); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
    E Phoebe (6); Tree Swallow (2); Red-breasted Nuthatch (10); Brown Creeper (2); E Bluebird (6).
    Red-winged Blackbirds and grackles were in many places where we stopped and we had (8) cowbirds.
  • On the way home we stopped by north Wachusett Reservoir to give a try for the Canvasback that had been spotted there, but we dipped. We did have Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, and Common Goldeneye as well as (60)+ Tree Swallows and (6) Chipping Sparrows.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/26/21 -- Wauchusett Reservoir IBA
    This morning we birded the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA. Besides the reservoir, this includes: Sterling Peat; The Quag; the Waushacums (east and west); South Meadow Pond; and Coachlace Pond. Highlights only:
  • Canada Goose (11); Mute Swan (8); Wood Duck (8); A Black Duck (9); Mallard (14); Ring-necked Duck (63); Greater Scaup (31); Lesser Scaup (2); Bufflehead (32); Common Goldeneye (33); Hooded Merganser (pair); Common Merganser (54); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Killdeer (6).
  • Gulls: the water at Wachusett Reservoir is still low and there are a number of sandbars at the north end. When we were there, there were several hundred gulls, many too bunched up to get a good count of. We had minimally 80+ Ring-billed Gull; 40 Herring; at least 4 Great Black Backed Gulls; and 1 immature GLAUCOUS. Gulls were constantly coming and going, so I have no idea how long they will stay.
  • Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (6); E Phoebe (1); Common Raven (1); Tree Swallow (12: all at Sterling Peat); Carolina Wren (6); E Bluebird (12); N Mockingbird (7); Field Sparrow (2 singing).
  • Plus: 1 River Otter; many Spring Peepers; (10+) Wood Frogs; (1) Green Frog.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/25/21 -- Quabog IBA
    This AM we birded the QUABOG IBA. The major ponds are ice free which means boats are rampant, particularly at South Pond/Quacumquasit where apparently some “derby” was in play and cars and boats were everywhere. This means fewer waterfowl and low variety.
  • Great Blue Heron (2 standing on 2 different nests); Canada Goose (39); Mute Swan (1); Wood Duck (17); A Black Duck (9); Mallard (17); Green-winged Teal (4); Ring-necked Duck (46); Bufflehead (9); Hooded Merganser (1m: many of these are likely already nesting); Common Merganser (11); Bald Eagle (adult pair w/1 ad on nest+another adult); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Wild Turkey (29: toms in display-a-palooza); Killdeer (4); Ring-billed Gull (14); Belted Kingfisher (3); N Flicker (1); Pileated Woodpecker (2).
  • Highlights of passerines: E Phoebe (5); Fish Crow (pair); C Raven (1); Red-breasted Nuthatch (8); Brown Creeper (2: 1 singing); Carolina Wren (5); E Bluebird (4); Red-winged Blackbird (173); C Grackle (128); Rusty Blackbird (2); Lots of peepers and (8) E Painted Turtles.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/17/21 -- Worcester-Auburn
    This morning we started out to bird the ponds in AUBURN. We pulled off in the empty parking lot of the “yet to be open” Cultivate on Southbridge Street (near Auburn border) to get out our binoculars which were packed in my backpack. No sooner had I got out the car, then I heard the distinctive “jip…jip..jip” of close by Red Crossbills. Right next to the lot was a tall, cone-laden conifer and (16) Red Crossbills flew out heading low to the direction of All Faiths Cemetery (Worcester/Auburn).
  • Eventually we birded the ponds (some still had ice on them) in AUBURN and had the following: Mute Swan (pair); Canada Goose (13); Mallard (15); Hooded Merganser (17); Common Merganser (2); Turkey Vulture (1); Bald Eagle (pair at nest); Ring-billed Gull (36) and a phoebe. The Bald Eagle nest is on Dark Brook Reservoir and can be viewed from the very end of Hardscrabble Road. Caveat: this small road is very busy with trucks, but the end of the road, a cul de sac, is free of truck traffic. A scope is nice to have for detailed views.
  • Finally, heading home, at COES RESERVOIR in the city, we had Greater Scaup (1); Hooded Merganser (6); Common Merganser (13); Ring-billed Gull (26); Herring Gull (2); Fish Crows (3); Common Raven (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/14/21 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we birded the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields, concentrating on water. It was cold at sun-up, and as the wind picked up, “the feels-like” temp seemed much colder. Most of the larger bodies of water were now mostly open, with some ice. Most of the waterfowl were on the larger ponds and very few ducks were on the river. A scope was a necessity.
  • Canada Goose (87); Mute Swan (2); Wood Duck (17); American Wigeon (pair); A Black Duck (37); Mallard (35); Green-winged Teal (1); Ring-necked Duck (57); Lesser Scaup (pair); Bufflehead (6); Common Goldeneye (28); Hooded Merganser (83); Common Merganser (234); Turkey Vulture (4); Bald Eagle (1imm+ adult pair at nest, 1 bird sitting tight on nest); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Wild Turkey (32: a large number of males in full display); Killdeer (1); Ring-billed Gull (101); Herring Gull (5); Mourning Dove (23); Belted Kingfisher (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (2); Downy Woodpecker (1); Hairy Woodpecker (2); N Flicker (2); Pileated Woodpecker (1).
    E Phoebe (1); Blue Jay (37); A Crow (24); Fish Crow (4); C Raven (1); Black-capped Chickadee (13); Tufted Titmouse (44); Red-breasted Nuthatch (3); White-breasted Nuthatch (9); Brown Creeper (1); Carolina Wren (5); E Bluebird (12); A Robin (48); N Mockingbird (2); Fox Sparrow (2); Song Sparrow (25); White-throated Sparrow (4); Dark-eyed Junco (20); N Cardinal (32); Red-winged Blackbird (185); C Grackle (73); House Finch (7).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/13/21 -- Sterling, Wachusett Reservoir, Bolton Flats Area
    Clear, breezy and about 40, but with the wind in some places gave a colder feel. As we were preparing to head out, a Turkey Vulture flew over the house.
  • STERLING: Muddy Pond in is ice free. We observed Mute Swans, Canada Geese, a Ring-neck Duck, Mallards, and Hooded Mergansers. Just down the Muddy Pond Road in the little pond near the Stillwater River bridge we saw 5 wood ducks (FOY), 3 males, 2 females (1 intrepid flyfisherman near the bridge on Muddy Pond Rd and 2 basking painted turtles FOY) .
  • Along the Stillwater River draining into Thompson Basin at Wachusett Reservoir: there is still ice, but one reach with open water contained a few Mallards, 1 swan, 2 Common Mergansers, a lone Bufflehead, and ~12 Hooded Mergansers.
  • W. BOYLSTON - Quinapoxet River/Thompson Basin area: (about 60% open water) There were 60+ Common Mergansers floating along the ice edged shore, 2 Common Loons, a Common Goldeneye, an immature Bald Eagle flew over and a Crow took after it. A lone swan, Downy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch and titmice were observed. (2 flyfishing folk suiting up on River Road near the dam). Much of the Reservoir in South Bay is still ice covered.
  • Spruce Pond in BOYLSTON near the intersection of Rtes 70 and 140 had a couple of Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Chickadee, and a Red-tailed Hawk.
  • CLINTON: Ice covers the east side of the Reservoir and Lancaster Pond. Mossy Pond and South Meadow Pond are mostly ice except on the boat access side of South Meadow where the water is mostly open. We saw a group of 4 Lesser Scaup (3 males, 1 female) and heard Red-wing Blackbirds. Coachlace Pond is iced over near the New Harbor Road area, but opens up in the western portion. Six geese, 5 Lesser Scaup, and 6 Common Mergansers.
  • LANCASTER: We journeyed to Dexter Drumlin in LANCASTER, hoping to see Sandhill Cranes, but no such luck. A Carolina Wren was singing, 3 Red-tailed hawks soaring, 2 Eastern Bluebirds in a small tree and Robins flying.
  • Bolton Flats WMA area: At the red barn in Bolton, the beaver dam is holding strong, no access on foot without hip waders to the Flats. Bluebirds near the barn, Cardinal and Titmice. Hundreds and hundreds of Canada Geese in the corn fields and the flooded areas of the Still River and Bolton Flats area. Great Blue Heron, Wood Ducks, Mallards and Hooded Mergansers on the Still River area near Rte 117. We also heard a Red- bellied Woodpecker. Seven Green-winged Teal (FOY) and 6 Killdeer in the Flats on the agricultural crop fields beyond the state land. Surprisingly , there is hardly any mud walking up the property line and towards the Nashua River.
  • STERLING- Heading back home we checked Bartlett's Pond. The Osprey nest is gone, possibly due to the windstorms. No ice on the pond. There were a few Mallards and Hooded Mergansers. A Great Blue Heron on one of the nests in the heronry off the Chocksett Cut Off road . An American Kestrel (FOY) flew over the fields near the intersection of Rte 62 and Chocksett Cutoff. Finally, after pulling into the garage we watched 6 unconcerned deer in our back woods when a Barred Owl flew up into a tree. It has been calling regularly in the mid-late afternoon this past week.
    (report from Marion Larson/Scott Handler)

  • 3/13/21 -- Dudley/Charlton
    This morning we checked a few ponds in DUDLEY. There was a lot of open water (most bodies were almost ice-free) but very few waterfowl: Mute Swan (3: 1 building a nest); Canada Goose (46); Wood Duck (2); Mallard (59); A Black Duck (16); Green-winged Teal (2); Ring-necked Duck (6); Hooded Merganser (7); Common Merganser (20); Red-shouldered Hawk (1).
  • On the way home at Orlando’s Ponds in CHARLTON: Canada Goose (124); Wood Duck (5); Bufflehead (1m); Hooded Merganser (4); Killdeer (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/10/21 -- Sterling
    Two woodcocks were heard flying in the fields by Davis Farm. FOY for us after several evenings of sitting for the last week or so.
  • On 3/6 in Leominster, an adult bald eagle was soaring overheard at 9:30AM, near St Cecilia's Church (3rd St)
    (report from Marion Larson and Scott Handler)

  • 3/10/21 -- Warren; Quabog River
    This morning we started in WARREN. Ponds were still ice-covered. Highlights: Canada Goose (2); A Black Duck (9 in small stream); Mallard (4); Turkey Vulture (8); Red-shouldered Hawk (pair); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Red-bellied Woodpecker (4); Pileated Woodpecker (2); E Bluebird (12); Hermit Thrush (1: NB: the one that has been at my feeder in the city of Worcester was last seen Sunday); A Robin (96); Cedar Waxwing (17: 1 flock); Red-winged Blackbird (47); C Grackle (11); Brown-headed Cowbird (26).
  • Later we checked several spots along the Quabog River in the BROOKFIELDS: Great Blue Heron (1);Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (51); Wood Duck (4: 2 pair); Mallard (20); A Black Duck (4); Ring-necked Duck (119); Hooded Merganser (27); Common Merganser (33); Turkey Vulture (3); Bald Eagle (pair on nest tree, 1 on nest); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Ring-billed Gull (26); Fish Crow (3 at Lake Quabog); C Raven (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/10/21 -- Burncoat area, Worcester
    Feeling more like spring today during a walk through the Burncoat area, with a grackle perched up high in a tree, and a junco singing. I always like to hear the juncos singing first in the spring, to get my ears calibrated for the pine warbers and chipping sparrows to come with their similar songs. (report from Rick Quimby).

    3/9/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    We birded the ponds, lakes, and the reservoir of the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA this morning. This included Sterling Peat (ice covered); the Quag (ice covered); the Waushacums (ice covered); Coachlace (99% ice covered); Fort Meadow Pond (97% ice covered), and Wachusett Reservoir (98% ice covered). Rivers were mostly open. AS you can imagine, the species list is short :Mute Swan (4); Canada Goose (19); Mallard (24); A Black Duck (1); Common Goldeneye (1m); Hooded Merganser (4); Ring-billed Gull (4); C Raven (1); E Bluebird (12); Red-winged Blackbird (13). The water at the reservoir is still low. From the dam looking out to the low stony/sandy island we saw what (at first glance) looked like a Snowy Owl, but after close inspection, proved to be piece of ice. At Bolton Flats we saw c.400+ Canada Geese, but they were on a stretch of the Still River only seen between houses on Rt.110. There are no good places to pull off here, so we just got a close, frustrating glance. Also in the area: Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (3).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    3/7/21 -- Rutland
    A short drive this evening along roads in RUTLAND revealed no woodcocks in places where we have had them before. Likely still too much snow and very frozen ground. We did have (6) Great Horned and (1) Barred Owl.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    3/6/21 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we birded the QUABOG IBA (the Brookfields) . The weather was cold and breezy. More water was more ice-covered compared to last week’s survey. There was even more ice along the edges of the Quabog River. All ponds and lakes were ice-covered, and the larger bodies had ice fishermen. But the river was mostly open and this is where we found the waterfowl, often tucked in closely to the edge vegetation to stay out of the wind.
  • Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (96); Wood Duck (43); A Black Duck (25); Mallard (44); Ring-necked Duck (24); Hooded Merganser (68); Common Merganser (36); Turkey Vulture (3); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Ring-billed Gull (16); Belted Kingfisher (1).
  • Passerines were typical, in typical numbers for this time of the year. We did have an Eastern Towhee, which at this point I’m not sure if it is an over-winterer or a really early migrant. We had (7) Red-winged Blackbirds singing on territory; (1) grackle, and (6) cowbirds.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 3/6/21 -- Grafton
    I had two black vultures circling over Millbury St. in Grafton today. Signs of spring? (report from Garry Kessler).

    2/28/21 -- Southboro/Westboro/Shrewsbury/Worcester
    Today we birded some spots east of Worcester. Our first sighting was just as we left the house and spotted 2 Red-tailed Hawks mating atop the weather vane of the First Baptist Church, Park Ave.
  • Then, we checked out the SUDBURY RESERVOIR, SOUTHBORO: Almost all the still water was ice-covered, but streams and rivers were open: Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (4); Mallard (20); Hooded Merganser (2); Common Merganser (1); Cooper’s Hawk (1); N Flick (1). Passerines were typical and cardinals were singing everywhere.
  • At CHAUNCY LAKE, WESTBORO: ice-covered with lots of ice-fishermen. Around the soccor fields and grass fields: Canada Goose (98); E Bluebird (4); Red-winged Blackbird (2m).
  • At SUASCO, WESTBORO: Ice-covered with many ice-fishermen: Wood Duck (4: in marsh across Arch Street); Mallard (1); Hooded Merganser (2); Ring-billed Gull (2).
  • At TUFTS VETINARIAN SCHOOL GROUNDS: Canada Goose (19); Wild Turkey (8); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Cedar Waxwing (15).
  • Then we birded the LAKE QUINSIGAMOND/FLINT POND area in Worcester/Shrewsbury. The water was about 85% ice-covered: Mute Swan (29); Canada Goose (65); Mallard (122); A Black Duck (21); N Pintail (4: 2 pairs); Ring-necked Duck (34); Bufflehead (1); Common Goldeneye (11); Hooded Merganser (51); Common Merganser (41); Bald Eagle (1ad on tree that has nest); Red-tailed Hawk (4).
  • WORCESTER CC: Canada Goose (97); Hooded Merganser (3).
  • Finally, we checked out the upper parking lot of QUINSIGAMOND COMMUNITY COLLEGE looking for the Merlin. We dipped on that, but did have: Turkey Vulture (1); Bald Eagle (1ad).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/26/21 -- South Grafton
    Today I got to view a Bald Eagle in South Grafton on top a tree on Pleasant Street. I’ve hiked all over MA, Vt and NH and here a Bald Eagle was right near my house! (report from Lisa Lasoskie).

    2/26/21 -- Quabog IBA, Brookfields
    This morning we started birding Hardwick, but found the birds few and far between. So, we headed to the QUABOG IBA in the Brookfields to check the river for waterfowl. The main ponds and lakes are all still 99% ice-covered except where rivers run into the water body. Ice fishermen were still out on all the large lakes. Numbers of the early first wave of spring waterfowl migrants are just starting to build up. Highlights: Mute Swan (3); Canada Goose (50); Wood Duck (pair); Mallard (72); A Black Duck (84); Hooded Merganser (64); Common Merganser (73); Turkey Vulture (2); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (5); Ring-billed Gull (5).
  • Passerines were typical for this time of the year. Highlights: C Raven (2); E Bluebird (18); A Robin (53: most on bare patches in fields and lawns); Red-winged Blackbird (1 male singing on territory. Though we have seen a number of Red-wings this winter at feeders and in small flocks, this is my first on breeding territory for this spring.)
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/24/21 -- Quabbin Park
    Today we birded the SOUTH QUABBIN/QUABBIN PARK area. When I bird this area, besides birding along the roads inside Quabbin Park, I also bird Cold Spring Road, trout hatchery (today it was closed to the public), across the bridge to River Road and back up to Rt. 9. I also bird along the dead- end Enoch Sanford Road. The main body of Quabbin was mostly ice covered. From the Administration Building, looking north, you could, through the haze, see some open water far to the north. The river was open, and loaded with fishermen up towards the main body of the reservoir. There were a surprisingly amount of people in Quabbin Park for a weekday. Highlights: Mallard (15 on the river); Common Merganser (2f on the river); Bald Eagle (5: 3ad+1 sub-ad+1imm); Golden Eagle (1imm: from Enfield Lookout, initially looking NNE, the bird rose, and soared far to the N and out of sight. Strong black band at end of tail with white on the inner areas of the rectrices; a very dark raptor over all, but with 2 light/white areas on the inner areas of the outer wings; light tan nape; small head and bill when compared with Balds; flew with a slight dihedral. Whenever I see a Golden at a distance, my first impression has sometimes been eagle? Buteo? Eagle? Buteo? And finally, with close views I realize it’s a Golden. We were able to watch today’s bird with bins and scope till it soared up and out of sight); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Blue Jay (44); A Crow (6); C Raven (4: including a pair); Black-capped Chickadee (32); Tufted Titmouse (24); Red- breasted Nuthatch (13); White-breasted Nuthatch (12); Brown Creeper (1); E Bluebird (8); Dark-eyed Junco (37); Song Sparrow (1).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    2/21/21 -- Blackstone National Corridor: a few spots
    This morning we birded around BLACKSTONE/MILLVILLE. They got as much, if not more, snow as Worcester and it has affected numbers of birds. Ponds were ice-covered, but rivers were open. Highlights: Canada Goose (38); Mallard (9); Hooded Merganser (3); Common Merganser (1).
  • Just after dawn we checked the houses and chimneys along the border between Blackstone and Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Here in winter, good numbers of vultures (mostly Turkey) can be found staying warm on the roofs and particularly the chimneys, of certain houses. This is not a situation that the home owners are really fond of. Vultures defecate while roosting, and to put it simply, it doesn’t look great having 4 or 5 vultures hanging out on your house. If you travel here to see this phenomena, BE DESCRETE. Look from inside your car and don’t block roads! Don’t stand there on the sidewalk with your camera talking shots. A quick count of just several blocks on the border between MA and RI had: Turkey Vulture (51); Black Vulture (3). Later in the morning and definitely IN MA we had: Turkey Vulture (10); Black Vulture (3). Black Vultures have also been known to roost en masse in areas inside Blackstone, including on the hill with the school, but we did not find this roost today. One of the reasons the vultures are here is the transfer station in Woonsocket, right on the Blackstone River and right on the state border. It’s closed on Sundays and gated, but when we visited it in mid-morning we saw a bunch of vultures, including at least 1 Black, sunning on piles of trash in the open ended building.
  • Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (13); Herring Gull (3); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (1).
  • We had no large movements of Fish Crows this morning, but still saw (3). We had a pair of Common Ravens in flight display at Kimball Sand Company where we have suspected breeding for years now. We also checked the microwave relay tower in north Blackstone where they have nested in years past, but could find no ravens when we were there. BUT we did see displaying pairs of ravens in Millbury and Sutton. So watch for them now doing their cool aerial flights and checking out nesting locations. They typically return to a nesting location if they were successful the year before and undisturbed.
  • Carolina Wren (7) E Bluebird (16); A Robin (23); Gray Catbird (1 still hanging in in a very shrubby section of the Mill River).
  • On the way home we checked a few spots: Whitin Pond, Uxbridge had geese, swans, Mallards and Black Ducks, and a flock of (13) Ring-necked Ducks. This might be the largest flock of Ring-necks in Worcester County in mid- February (they are very common spring and fall migrants, and local breeders (Eagle Reserve in Royalston for the last 2 years), but in mid-winter they are tough to turn up in Worcester County.
  • We also checked Linwood Pond and Arcade Pond in Northbridge and had more Mallards, Black Ducks, and swans. At Riverdale in Northbridge there were (5) Common Mergansers and an adult Bald Eagle.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/20/21 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we went to the QUABOG IBA to see if we could turn up any waterfowl, always a bit of a challenge in mid-February in Worcester County. As expected, all the ponds and lakes were ice-covered and ice fishermen were out on most of them, especially Lake Quabog. But the river was mostly open and it was from various overlooks that we found the following: Mute Swan (2); Canada Goose (18); Mallard (44); A Black Duck (17); Hooded Merganser (25); Common Merganser (34). Other birds noted included Fish Crow (4 feeding along the edge of the Quabog River); Common Raven (16: an amazing group engaged in spectacular aerial displays. Ravens are early nesters, typically by March. This particular area where we saw them this morning we have seen double-digit counts ever since we found this out of the way spot during the Breeding Bird Atlas II).
  • On the way home we found (8) Evening Grosbeaks in New Braintree where they have been found for 2 months now.
  • In OAKHAM we heard a single BARRED OWL.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/16/21 -- Greendale YMCA, Worcester
    At 1:00 PM I had an adult Bald Eagle perched in tree behind Greendale YMCA. Soggy, but Beautiful. He flew off toward Lake Quinsigamond 40 minutes later. (report from Susan LaBre).

    2/14/21 -- Southbridge/Quabog IBA
    Today we did some birding in south County. We started at the Dunkies in Webster Square and had (4) Fish Crows. Though these birds seem like they are “around”, in fact this is a relatively new situation the County. C. 40 years ago, they were very tough to find in Worcester County, most often seen/heard in large winter crow flocks. During the Breeding Bird Atlas II we found them in a few places but never confirmed a nest. In the last few years we have found them (1 pair) nesting in West Brookfield and double digit (a few triple digit) counts are had in winter down in Blackstone of movements of Fish Crows heading north, but exactly where is still to be discovered. This is a species that often follows rivers to colonize new areas. As spring comes, keep and ear out for potential breeding pairs.
  • In CHARLTON we had a nice flock of (19) Snow Buntings.
  • We spent a lot of time in SOUTHBRIDGE. Much of this town is in the STURBRIDGE CBC circle, so we have learned a lot about pocket areas to look for birds in winter. IN addition, Sheila and I covered two blocks in Southbridge for the Breeding Bird Atlas II, spending many field hours in this area. It was while doing the Atlas that the devastating tornado crossed our 2 blocks here and other blocks we were covering in Monson and Sturbridge. One day there was all these trees and shrubs, the next it was devastated. THAT was an experience looking for breeding birds before and after a tornado! This morning we covered the airport, the roads around the airport marsh and capped landfill; Westville Dam ACE; various spots around the former sprawling American Optical campus; farms and fields along N Woodstock Road. There are many other places to bird here. Highlights: Hooded Merganser (pair); Bald Eagle (1 sub ad); Red-tailed Hawk (2); Red-bellied Woodpecker (3); N Flicker (1); Horned Lark (20); Northern Shrike (1imm); Hermit Thrush (2); A Robin (30+); Tree Sparrow (10); Snow Bunting (11).
  • On the way back home we hit just a few spots in the QUABOG IBA: Mallard (18); Hooded Merganser (41); Common Merganser (56); Wild Turkey (8); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (1). Completely unexpected and very wild: in one large area of wooded marsh that had several seeps still open: E Phoebe (1) and Gray Catbird (1) and lots of common winter species.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/8/21 -- Prentice St., Holliston
    Bald eagle spotted in Holliston, MA at 1:05 pm today. It was over Prentice St by the Pinecrest golf course. (report from Nick Reffel).

    2/7/21 -- Worcester; Wachusett Reservoir; Lancaster; Harvard
    This morning we got out for a few hours before the snow. WE checked out WACHUSETT RESERVOIR. Even more of the surface is ice-covered since my last post. In one very small opening there was still a COMMON LOON! Loons need a certain length of water to take off, so it is very likely this bird is now trapped here. Sitting on the edge of the ice, mere feet away, was an adult BALD EAGLE. The loon was still diving, but we never saw it catch anything. Eagles have been known to take loons (we have seen them do it at Quabbin), but it is tough to say if the eagle was waiting for its chance or was going to kleptoparasitize the loon if and when the loon caught anything. Eventually, the eagle flew off, leaving the loon alone.
  • Also at Wachusett Reservoir was a flock of minimally 120 Common Redpolls. We were enjoying closely watching these birds when a Sharp-shinned Hawk flushed all into the sky and they left.
  • At SOUTH MEADOW POND, Lancaster in a small opening in the ice: Mute Swans (3); Hooded Merganser (1m).
  • In LANCASTER we had c.35 Canada Geese off Dexter Drumlin.; (2) Red-tailed Hawks, and (1) E Screech Owl.
  • Birds along STILL RIVER DEPOT ROAD, HARVARD included a Red-tailed Hawk (1); (2) Red-bellied Woodpeckers; (6) Eastern Bluebirds; (2) Tree Sparrows; (4) Song Sparrows.
  • (86) Canada Geese were on the course at the WORCESTER COUNTRY CLUB. A small goose among them was not a Cackling, just likely a “minima”.
  • At Mountain Street, Worcester we had a Common Raven flying under the railroad overpass, a place where we have had them nesting in years past.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/6/21 -- Quabog IBA & other locations
    This morning we birded around the QUABOG IBA (the “Brookfields”) to see what (if anything) was remaining of waterfowl. All 4 of the major ponds (Quabog; South Pond; Lashaway; and Wickabog) were 99% ice-covered and ice fishing was happening on all 4. Quabog was jumping with ice fishermen: the parking area was crammed and cars were parked all along the road. My guess is there have to have been an organized derby or some such thing. The river was still mostly open and it was along the river that we had our few ducks: Mute Swan (2); Mallard (15); A Black Duck (1); Hooded Merganser (6); Common Merganser (10); Sharp-shinned Hawk (1); Cooper’s Hawk (1); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (2); Belted Kingfisher (1); Ring-billed Gull (2). Landbirds were scarce but we did see Fish Crow (3); C Raven (1); Snow Bunting (flock of 20).
  • We then drove to NEW BRAINTREE to check on the Evening Grosbeaks that we have had for the last 2 months. We found (6),with (2) Purple Finches.
  • Driving down MUCHOPAUGE ROAD, RUTLAND we had (25) Horned Larks.
  • We checked the Worcester Airport fields both from Mulberry and from the lot next to the building and had nothing.
  • Back home in the city of Worcester, Sheila looked out our window and found a BARRED OWL sitting in the small dogwood tree in our front yard. It stayed there till well after dark.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 2/6/2 1-- Worcester Common
    Early this morning I saw a Peregrine Falcon fly over Worcester Common. It perched on a ledge of 50 Franklin Street, then flew to the top of the People's United Bank building. (report from Robert Brady)

    2/3/21 -- Whitinsville
    There was a partially albino turkey crossing Fletcher Street, at the Whitinsville Golf Course. This was among at least 40 turkeys together, stopping traffic. (report from Patricia Cavanaugh ).

    1/31/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir IBA
    Today we decided to do a survey of all the ponds in the WACHUSETT RESERVOIR IBA to see if any water was open.
  • Coachlace Pond: ice covered;
  • South Meadow Pond (99% ice covered; as small open area in a corner had 5 Hoodies and 1 Mallard;
  • Sterling Peat: ice covered; surprising amount of plane activity at Sterling Airport;
  • The Quag: ice covered;
  • both Waushacums: ice covered.
  • The reservoir was for the most part ice covered. Even the Quinapoxet River was ice covered. BUT when we got to the dam we saw two dense groups of geese around two different narrow open spots in mid-reservoir. They almost filled each opening. Whether these were pressure ridges, naturally open spots, or were kept open by the geese we could not tell. Sheila then spotted 6 COMMON LOONS in a very narrow stretch of water at one end of one of the flocks of geese. I then spotted an additional 4 loons in a small open area further out. This was very concerning because most of the time Common Loons need a large area of open water to take off. BUT while we were there we watched 2 loons, one after the other, take off, fly a long distance over ice and circling around, slowly, were able to clear the trees and were able to take off out of there.
      Common Loon (10); Canada Goose (442); Mute Swan (12: in with the geese. 1 bird flew out. ); Mallard (3: low. In many winters, we have tallied a good number of Mallards in the Nashua River by Wheetabix. They were not there this winter.); C Goldeneye (dense flock of 64 along another narrow, small open area); Hooded Merganser (9); Sharp- shinned Hawk (1); Bald Eagle (1imm); Red-tailed Hawk (6); Ring-billed Gull (2).
    Passerines were typical for this time of the year, except we had (19) Common Redpolls and (1) Hoary.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/22/21 -- Blackstone-Millville
    WE spent this morning birding around BLACKSTONE/MILLVILLE. Highlights only:
  • Canada Goose (9); Mute Swan (3); A Black Duck (1); Mallard (34); Hooded Merganser (4); Common Merganser (10); VULTURES: we got to the Blackstone, MA/Woonsocket, RI border early and had the following roosting on the roofs and chimneys in a small area that straddled the border: Black (10); Turkey (53); later we had flying over Blackstone: Black (2); Turkey (22).NB: many of the Black Vultures often waft north along the river or east out of the County, but we did not see a big flock flying this AM); Cooper’s Hawk (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1); Red-tailed Hawk (9); GULLS: Ring-billed (37); Herring (36); Great Black-backed (6); Mourning Dove (21); Red-bellied Woodpecker (11); N Flicker (1); Eastern Phoebe (1: along Mill River); Blue Jay (52); A Crow (27); Fish Crow (32: very few seen during morning flight north; most seen around 1 farm field); C Raven (3: no sign of them nesting YET at the microwave relay tower); Carolina Wren (12); E Bluebird (1); A Robin (54); Song Sparrow (8); Swamp Sparrow (1); White- throated Sparrow (5); Dark-eyed Junco (8); NB: house Finches were the only finches seen (41).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/20/21 -- Princeton; Bolton; Northboro; Westboro
    Today we birded a few spots in the County. In PRINCETON we finally sought out the long-reported RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on Whitiker Road. It has to have been the easiest stake-out bird I have made an effort to see. The road becomes “private” right where you pull off onto a dirt parking area. About 75 feet down a well-marked path you will see a handwritten sign noting that this is private land, but standing right there you can see the woodpecker. Which you can. You are also clearly notified to NOT go any further than the sign, so there is NO excuse for birders to do so.
  • Next we looked for Pine Grosbeaks at an elementary school in Princeton and dipped (BTW: school was in session).
  • Driving through STERLING on our way to Bolton, we saw (1) Pine Grosbeak.
  • In BOLTON we got outstanding looks at (11) Pine Grosbeaks at the back of the Bolton Industrial Park. When we saw them, they were feeding in trees and on the ground at the very back edge. Also in Bolton (c.113) Robins feeding in the orchard.
  • BARTLETT POND, NORTHBORO: Mostly ice-over: (2) Mute Swans; (19) Canada Geese; and c.100 American Robins.
  • CHAUNCY LAKE, WESTBORO: Common Loon (1); Mute Swan (8); Lesser Scaup (13); Hooded Merganser (52); Common Merganser (11); Red-tailed Hawk (1); Ring-billed Gull (22).
  • SUASCO, WESTBORO: Mute Swan (9); Canada Goose (57); Mallard (1); Bufflehead (1m); Hooded Merganser (6); Ring- billed Gull (57); Herring Gull (72); Lesser Black-backed Gull (1adW); Great Black-backed Gull (6).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

  • 1/19/21 -- Spencer
    Spotted an adult Bald Eagle at Spencer State Forest over the pond late this afternoon.
    (report from Kevin Gaffney).

    1/19/21 -- Hodges Village Dam, Oxford
    This morning an adult Bald Eagle was perched on a low tree branch along Howarth Road. (report by Robert Brady)

    1/17/21 -- Quabog IBA
    This morning we birded the water bodies in the QUABOG IBA. The windy weather made it tough to search for passerines. Most ponds were mostly covered in ice. The river was open, running swiftly. Few birds and little variety: highlights: Mute Swan (7); Canada Goose (16); Mallard (56); Hooded Merganser (64); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-shouldered Hawk (1: this bird pounced on some mammal on the road right in front of us. It flew off with it’s prey only to be swiftly pursued out of sight by a Red-Tail . The Red-shouldered then flew back across our view, away from the Red tail without the prey item. ); Red-Tailed Hawk (6); Ring-billed Gull (7); Belted Kingfisher (1); Peregrine Falcon (1 perched atop powerline pole at north end of Lashaway); Common Raven (1); A Tree Sparrow (15); Swamp Sparrow (1); Red Crossbill (4 seen and heard at Elm Hill MAS).
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    1/15/21 -- Institute Park, Worcester
    Highlights at noon were 1 Great Blue Heron, 2 Mute Swans, 2 Am. Black Ducks, 1 Gadwall (f), 7 Hooded Mergansers, and 3 Common Mergansers.
    (report from Rick Quimby).

    1/13/21 -- Wachusett Reservoir
    A quick survey of Wachusett Reservoir and near ponds (Coachlace/S Meadow Pond) today had the following: Common Loon (6); Pied-billed Grebe (1: on main body); Canada Goose (36); Mute Swan (11); Mallard (33); A Black Duck (1); Greater Scaup (66); Bufflehead (14); Common Goldeneye (61); Hooded Merganser (10); Common Merganser (1m); Red- breasted Merganser (1f-type); Bald Eagle (1ad); Red-tailed Hawk (3); Ring-billed Gull (23); Herring Gull (22: all on ice at S Meadow Pond); and great views of the Yellow-throated Warbler on South Meadow Road.
    (report from Mark Lynch/Sheila Carroll).

    1/7/21 -- Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner
    There were 4 female Pine Grosbeaks feeding in and under the crabapple trees in the small traffic circle in front to the Haley Academic Center at noon today. (report from Robert Brady)

    1/6/21 -- Notre Dame Cemetery,Worcester
    There were a few American Tree Sparrows. The Wood Duck was not here. We went to All Faiths Cemetery, and I saw the Wood Duck fly by at the channel near Rt. 290. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    1/5/21 -- Notre Dame Cemetery / Curtis Pond, Worcester
    There was a male Wood Duck with 11 Black Ducks. (report from Brian Mulhearn)

    1/1/21 -- Pierpont Meadow Audubon Sanctuary, Dudley
    I saw a Hermit Thrush here this afternoon. (report from Robert Brady)

    For previous sightings, see 2020 Archives or Archive Index