Date: 10/28/19 7:09 pm From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 10/26 Blue Grosbeak at Lost Pond in Brookline, etc.
Thanks to Paul Peterson for the following report.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA barb6202theworld.com
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2019 16:48:14 +0000 (UTC) From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> Subject: 10/26 Blue Grosbeak at Lost Pond in Brookline, etc.
Hi, You can either park at Skyline Park on Tranfer Station Dr. in Brookline or Kennard Park on Dudley Rd. in Newton. Newton is easier, just park and go up the driveway a short distance to take the left at the sign into the lovely woods. Soon you get to a path that goes left into the low-lying pond area. Don't take it. Instead, continue straight until you come to the meadow with the long wall at the top. Keep the wall to your right as you walk all the way down to the end, staying paralell to, but below the wall. You will be near the tan building, but on other side of the fence from it. (former incinerator?) There is also a tiny pond/watering hole here. Unbeknownst to me, the bird was feeding invisible in the weeds with a flock of forty mostly visible House Finches. I walked close and flushed the birds . The immature BLUE GROSBEAK landed on a sapling in the nearby cattails. I birded here from 3:40-5:30. UNLESS NOTED, ALL BIRDS FROM LOST POND MEADOW AREA:
Great Horned Owl 2 heard Hairy Woodpecker 1 Blue-headed Vireo 1 Eastern Bluebird 4 Yellow-rumped Warbler 7 including five along Tranfer Station Dr. Common Yellowthroat 2 including one along Tranfer Station Dr. Indigo Bunting 1 BLUE GROSBEAK 1 SEE ABOVE
P.S. At the nearby D. Blakely Hoar Sanctuary in Brookline earlier in the day, there was a ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER along the boardwalk near the tennis courts, just before the boardwalk briefly widens. Also, there were a minimum of six Swamp Sparrows there.