Date: 4/5/18 9:47 am From: Fred Bouchard <frederickbouchard...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Spring Birdwalks Begin @ Hall's Pond & Amory Woods!
Hey Folks! come on down to find the spring migrants and wicked local resident species walks go Tues (Neil Gore leader) and Thursday (Fred Bouchard). 7-8:30 AM, thru May. Fred B
Hall's Pond & Amory Woods, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US Apr 5, 2018 6:55 AM - 8:15 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.2 mile(s) Comments: Sunny, harsh 20-knot n/w winds, 30F+. Nora Dooley a 'drop-in'. Green limited to a few buds, skunk-cabbage shoots pond-side, and frostbent-but-unbowed snowdrops. No turtles out! Accosted by two unruly dogs: cute irish terrier and small greyhound with a ball. Too cold for baseball! 20 species
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6 pair housekeeping on pond; 2 pair flyovers Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 7 3 on pond; 2 in cattails; 2 in still-flooded amory swale; tame expecting handouts Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1 sits quiet on pond snag; lifts off toward Charles after 9am Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1 leisurely coursing over ballfield at 9:15 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 3 Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 0 whirring wings? Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1 has 'barrie' been here all winter? as 12/17, wide-eyed in forked pine 70' from pond. Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2 M on amory oak; F grubbing in golden birch-bark by boardwalk Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1 in sunny leeward of ballfield Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 8 noisy, treetopping American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1 Common Raven (Corvus corax) 0 two resonant croaks @ 8am; no visual Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 singing American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 33 widespread, esp. on ball field (herded by dogs, pacing joggers); low estimate Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 3 sunny amory side, with robins Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1 leaf-littering right by cattails Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4 pair by boardwalk, another by 24 churchill Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4 one singing; 3 flyovers Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 22 half of them rummaging thru leaves in wet swale; rest scattered, 'check'-ing House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1 singing on ball field House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6 tennis courts and 1080 beacon