Date: 6/3/18 3:20 pm
From: Sam Miller <zamziller...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] White-Eyed Vireo, Old Weston Nurseries Land, Hopkinton, Jun 3, 2018
A White-eyed Vireo was singing this afternoon not far from the cell-phone tower in the northwest corner of the old Weston Nurseries land. It sang long enough for me to get a tolerable iPhone recording, and I eventually saw it quite well. I notified Dave and Tim Swain, who alerted me to this spot, but we could not relocate it after they arrived. I only had it in hearing/view for about five minutes, but it seems like perfect WEVI habitat, and the date makes me think it might hang around, rather than being a late migrant. Who knows... It’s a nice property to bird, and seems underbirded.
Location and direction details for the WEVI spot are included in the eBird report below.
Sam Miller
Acton, MA
> Old Weston Nurseries Land, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Jun 3, 2018 8:44 AM - 4:24 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Went to the old Weston Nurseries land after Dave and Tim Swain alerted me to this promising spot. At around 2:20 in the afternoon, I heard a White-eyed Vireo singing, and got close enough for a recording and a couple of pretty good looks (never could see the eye well). Bird was in an overgrown field just southeast of the small pond that is 100 or 200 yards east of the cell phone tower in the northwest section of the property.
> Easiest access route to look for the bird is probably the following:
> From Rt. 135 (East Main St., I think) in Hopkinton, take Legacy Farms Road north. Follow it along the northern border of the old Weston Nurseries land all the way to the stop sign at Wilson St. Turn left, and almost immediately turn left on an unmarked road that heads east through a meadow, more or less paralleling Legacy Farms Road. This road will take you to the cell tower in a quarter mile or so. Park near there. Walk east a hundred yards or so to the small pond. Turn left on the track that goes north, and almost immediately there is an entrance to a large, down-sloping overgrown field. The WEVI was at the bottom of this field, ranging along the bushes that border the field, in the northwest corner.
> Alternatively, you can enter the old nurseries land via Phipps St., off Legacy Farms Rd., and work your way across to the cell phone tower area on old roads.
> 39 species
> Canada Goose 17
> Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 1
> Green Heron 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 2
> Mourning Dove 1
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
> Black-billed Cuckoo 2
> Chimney Swift 4
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 3
> White-eyed Vireo 1 Singing, recorded, eventually seen quite well. Yellow flanks, wing bars, glimpse of spectacles; furtive behavior; seen while singing. Wanted to see white eye, but missed it.
> Warbling Vireo (Eastern) 2
> Blue Jay 7
> American Crow 4
> Common Raven 2
> Barn Swallow (American) 4
> Tufted Titmouse 2
> American Robin 10
> Gray Catbird 11 CF
> Brown Thrasher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 1
> Cedar Waxwing 13
> Blue-winged Warbler 4
> Common Yellowthroat 7
> Yellow Warbler (Northern) 16
> Chipping Sparrow 8
> Field Sparrow 7
> Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica) 19 CF
> Eastern Towhee 6
> Northern Cardinal 2
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
> Indigo Bunting 6 Minimum. Lots of good INBU habitat.
> Orchard Oriole 2
> Baltimore Oriole 2
> Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 3
> Brown-headed Cowbird 1
> Common Grackle (Bronzed) 1
> American Goldfinch 12
> View this checklist online at
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

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