Date: 3/29/18 8:19 am From: John Liller <john.liller...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary - 3/28/18
I recorded the following yesterday afternoon (3/28/18) at the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. I walked the Troiano-Heron Pond-Powerline loop and also from Sprague Lane to Wilson Swamp.
Canada Goose (2 - Wilson's Swamp) Wood Duck (21 - 11 in Wilson Swamp and 10 in Heron Pond; numerous pairs) Mallard (26 - 6 in brook along Troiano, 2 in Heron Pond, 18 in Wilson's Swamp; numerous pairs) Great Blue Heron (2 - both on nest in Heron Pond) Red-tailed Hawk (1 - soaring over the wet meadow; same or 2nd bird seen over powerlines) Mourning Dove (5) Red-bellied Woodpecker (3) Downy Woodpecker (5) Hairy Woodpecker (1) Blue Jay (9) American Crow (10) FISH CROW (1 - calling; with a group of American Crows) Black-capped Chickadee (9) Tufted Titmouse (8) White-breasted Nuthatch (7) Carolina Wren (2) Golden-crowned Kinglet (1) Eastern Bluebird (1) American Robin (4) Song Sparrow (13) White-throated Sparrow (1) Dark-eyed Junco (6) Northern Cardinal (6) Red-winged Blackbird (34 - all males) Common Grackle (37) House Finch (8) American Goldfinch (2) House Sparrow (8)
Also: 3 Garter Snakes together, 1 Mourning Cloak, and lots of fresh Beaver activity along the Troiano Brookside Trail. And when I reached the southern end of the wet meadow along Troiano, I heard something squeaking at me from the trunk of a tree. It was a Little Brown Bat.
Finally, when I got back to my house in Grafton, I heard 2 Barred Owls dueting.