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2/14/19 1:07 pm Kenneth Stampfer <kenstampfer...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Update on the late Great Blue Heron
2/14/19 9:16 am Kenneth Stampfer <kenstampfer...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Update on heron autopsy
2/14/19 9:12 am rsr <robt.s.ryan...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Update on heron autopsy
2/14/19 8:50 am '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Update on heron autopsy
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2/13/19 6:39 pm '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Re: Picking up heron at Habitat
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2/12/19 5:35 pm Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron - update
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Date: 2/15/19 2:53 pm
From: 'Marj. Rines' <marj...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Starling Murmuration Woburn
Taking a cue from Paul I showed up there at 5:15, and there was some
activity, but I'm pretty sure I was seeing only robins and they weren't
murmurating, only flying around waaaaay in the distance to roost
adjacent to Rifle Range Road. After a few minutes I started seeing some
starling movements, then more, then more, and there were many many
thousands of starlings by the time they wrapped it up around 5:30.
Really cool experience, many thanks Paul!

On 2/15/2019 1:51 PM, Paul Ippolito <paulippolito295...>
[arlingtonbirds] wrote:
> For the past few nights around 5:15 I have noticed a rather
> significant Starling Murmuration forming in Woburn along Salem Street
> at the Aberjona River crossing.
>
> This would be about 1/2 mile towards Woburn Center from Washington Street.
>
> Tough to get a decent count as I have been driving, but numbers last
> night were approaching several hundred to a thousand, which is by far
> the most I have seen this week.
>
> Thought I would share for those that happen to be in the area or want
> to take a ride.
>
> Paul Ippolito
> Woburn
>
>
> ------------------------------------
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> ------------------------------------
>
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>
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Date: 2/15/19 11:40 am
From: Paul Ippolito <paulippolito295...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Starling Murmuration Woburn
For the past few nights around 5:15 I have noticed a rather
significant Starling Murmuration forming in Woburn along Salem Street
at the Aberjona River crossing.

This would be about 1/2 mile towards Woburn Center from Washington Street.

Tough to get a decent count as I have been driving, but numbers last
night were approaching several hundred to a thousand, which is by far
the most I have seen this week.

Thought I would share for those that happen to be in the area or want
to take a ride.

Paul Ippolito
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Date: 2/14/19 1:07 pm
From: Kenneth Stampfer <kenstampfer...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Update on the late Great Blue Heron

I delivered our deceased friend to the New England Wildlife Center ( https://www.newildlife.org <https://www.newildlife.org/> ) in Weymouth earlier this afternoon. The staff I met are a very energetic and dedicated group and will do what they can to determine the cause of death. Because the bird had been dead for several days, though most of that in the outdoor equivalent of refrigeration temperature, they can’t be sure until they examine it whether decomposition would limit the extent of testing that can be done. They expect to have an initial report back to us within several days. They couldn’t say yet whether there might be any fees for lab testing that would be sent out. The organization relies a lot on volunteers and donations, and for those of you inclined to support this type of work, I would suggest checking out their website.

Thanks to all,

Ken

>
>> On Feb 14, 2019, at 11:49 AM, '<kharmony47...> <mailto:<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> <mailto:<kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<arlingtonbirds-noreply...>> wrote:
>>
>> Yesterday we worked on getting a necropsy done on the heron recently found.
>>
>> Late in the afternoon (after Tufts agreed and then changed their minds due to condition of body), we were able to make arrangements with New England Wildlife in Weymouth for a free necropsy and the possibility of a test for rodenticides depending on cost which they would give us.
>>
>> The body was to be dropped off today between 10am and 4pm.
>>
>> Ellen Mass agreed to try to find transportation if possible. I don't know if she has. If anyone is willing and able a word to her could be helpful.
>> It is about a 40 minute trip each way from Cambridge.
>>
>>
>> The vet I spoke to there told me that in the future they would be willing to help out. If the body can be brought in 24-48 hours after death it should be refrigerated. If it will be longer, it should be frozen.
>>
>> Perhaps we will get more help from this. I think I have learned how important it is to be in contact with one another to share information. No matter what we are involved with in nature, we are all on the same team and need to pull together in what we all love.
>>
>> Thanks to everyone I spoke to yesterday.
>>
>>
>> I do want to clear up misinformation I gave. The other heron that was found earlier by Nancy Welch had physical trauma, so likely was not related. Thanks to Nancy for her helpful input. She, like everyone involved is a true advocate for the animals.
>>
>> Kathy Johnson, FAR Monitor
>>
>>
>


 

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Date: 2/14/19 9:16 am
From: Kenneth Stampfer <kenstampfer...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Update on heron autopsy
I just spoke with Ellen and will meet her at 1:00 to pick up the body and head to Weymouth.
Ken

> On Feb 14, 2019, at 12:10 PM, rsr <robt.s.ryan...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> I can transport if that is needed. I'll need specifics on pickup and drop off . i live in west medford. Can't leave until 2:45 however, which may be cutting it too close given afternoon traffic on I93.
>
> R Ryan
>
> On 2/14/19 11:49 AM, '<kharmony47...> <mailto:<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> <mailto:<kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] wrote:
>>
>> Yesterday we worked on getting a necropsy done on the heron recently found.
>>
>>
>> Late in the afternoon (after Tufts agreed and then changed their minds due to condition of body), we were able to make arrangements with New England Wildlife in Weymouth for a free necropsy and the possibility of a test for rodenticides depending on cost which they would give us.
>>
>> The body was to be dropped off today between 10am and 4pm.
>>
>> Ellen Mass agreed to try to find transportation if possible. I don't know if she has. If anyone is willing and able a word to her could be helpful.
>> It is about a 40 minute trip each way from Cambridge.
>>
>>
>> The vet I spoke to there told me that in the future they would be willing to help out. If the body can be brought in 24-48 hours after death it should be refrigerated. If it will be longer, it should be frozen.
>>
>> Perhaps we will get more help from this. I think I have learned how important it is to be in contact with one another to share information. No matter what we are involved with in nature, we are all on the same team and need to pull together in what we all love.
>>
>> Thanks to everyone I spoke to yesterday.
>>
>>
>> I do want to clear up misinformation I gave. The other heron that was found earlier by Nancy Welch had physical trauma, so likely was not related. Thanks to Nancy for her helpful input. She, like everyone involved is a true advocate for the animals.
>>
>> Kathy Johnson, FAR Monitor
>
>
>


 

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Date: 2/14/19 9:12 am
From: rsr <robt.s.ryan...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Update on heron autopsy
I can transport if that is needed. I'll need specifics on pickup and
drop off  . i live in west medford. Can't leave until 2:45 however,
which may be cutting it too close given afternoon traffic on I93.

R Ryan

On 2/14/19 11:49 AM, '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...>
[arlingtonbirds] wrote:
>
> Yesterday we worked on getting a necropsy done on the heron recently
> found.
>
>
> Late in the afternoon (after Tufts agreed and then changed their minds
> due to condition of body), we were able to make arrangements with New
> England Wildlife in Weymouth for a free necropsy and the possibility
> of a test for rodenticides depending on cost which they would give us.
>
> The body was to be dropped off today between 10am and 4pm.
>
> Ellen Mass agreed to try to find transportation if possible.  I don't
> know if she has.    If anyone is willing and able  a word to her could
> be helpful.
> It is about a 40 minute trip each way from Cambridge.
>
>
> The vet I spoke to there told me that in the future they would be
> willing to help out.    If the body can be brought in 24-48 hours
> after death it should be refrigerated.   If it will be longer, it
> should be frozen.
>
> Perhaps we will get more help from this.   I think I have learned how
> important it is to be in contact with one another to share
> information.    No matter what we are involved with in nature, we are
> all on the same team and need to pull together in what we all love.
>
> Thanks to everyone I spoke to yesterday.
>
>
> I do want to clear up misinformation I gave.    The other heron that
> was found earlier by Nancy Welch had physical trauma, so likely was
> not related.    Thanks to Nancy for her helpful input.  She, like
> everyone involved is a true advocate for the animals.
>
> Kathy Johnson, FAR Monitor
>



 

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Date: 2/14/19 8:50 am
From: '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Update on heron autopsy
Yesterday we worked on getting a necropsy done on the heron recently found.
Late in the afternoon (after Tufts agreed and then changed their minds due to condition of body), we were able to make arrangements with New England Wildlife in Weymouth for a free necropsy and the possibility of a test for rodenticides depending on cost which they would give us.
The body was to be dropped off today between 10am and 4pm.
Ellen Mass agreed to try to find transportation if possible.  I don't know if she has.    If anyone is willing and able  a word to her could be helpful.It is about a 40 minute trip each way from Cambridge.

The vet I spoke to there told me that in the future they would be willing to help out.    If the body can be brought in 24-48 hours after death it should be refrigerated.   If it will be longer, it should be frozen. 
Perhaps we will get more help from this.   I think I have learned how important it is to be in contact with one another to share information.    No matter what we are involved with in nature, we are all on the same team and need to pull together in what we all love.
Thanks to everyone I spoke to yesterday.

I do want to clear up misinformation I gave.    The other heron that was found earlier by Nancy Welch had physical trauma, so likely was not related.    Thanks to Nancy for her helpful input.  She, like everyone involved is a true advocate for the animals.
Kathy Johnson, FAR Monitor
 

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Date: 2/13/19 7:13 pm
From: Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Heron death follow up
would Habitat and the rehab place not routinely do that?

On 2/13/19, paulette vartabedian <pivartabedian...> wrote:
> Might also contact state epidemiology department - contact info online - in
> case west Nike or other zoonotic disease.
>
> *Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 13, 2019, at 1:06 PM, Helena Grant <bannerh...>
>> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> yep, that's the way important things get accomplished!
>> Thanks for spearheading this.
>>
>> On 2/13/19, '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds]
>> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>> > A follow-up for this continuing story ...... I have been speaking to
>> > Habitat
>> > and Tufts Veterinary in Groton representing Friends of Alewife....... I
>> > know
>> > many are concerned about rodenticide and many about the poor water
>> > quality,
>> > particularly when the Alewife rarely freezes and more water birds eat
>> > there.... The hope is still to arrange an autopsy.....and that process
>> > is
>> > still being worked on and may be possible. What is new is that in
>> > combining information we have learned that this is the _second Great
>> > Blue to
>> > be found dead near the Alewife__..... the first being in Arlington.....
>> > which seems to validate the importance of investigating the
>> > cause.......
>> > The cost may be reasonable enough to be able to be put together with
>> > different groups or individuals.
>> > We will send follow ups to this group.
>> > What is good is that the actions of many of you and the encouragement
>> > is
>> > bringing together those who have information and those who may
>> > help.....
>> >
>> > Thanks. Kathy Johnson FAR Monitor
>>
>


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Date: 2/13/19 6:49 pm
From: paulette vartabedian <pivartabedian...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Heron death follow up
Might also contact state epidemiology department - contact info online - in case west Nike or other zoonotic disease.

*Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 13, 2019, at 1:06 PM, Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> yep, that's the way important things get accomplished!
> Thanks for spearheading this.
>
> On 2/13/19, '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds]
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> > A follow-up for this continuing story ...... I have been speaking to Habitat
> > and Tufts Veterinary in Groton representing Friends of Alewife....... I know
> > many are concerned about rodenticide and many about the poor water quality,
> > particularly when the Alewife rarely freezes and more water birds eat
> > there.... The hope is still to arrange an autopsy.....and that process is
> > still being worked on and may be possible. What is new is that in
> > combining information we have learned that this is the _second Great Blue to
> > be found dead near the Alewife__..... the first being in Arlington.....
> > which seems to validate the importance of investigating the cause........
> > The cost may be reasonable enough to be able to be put together with
> > different groups or individuals.
> > We will send follow ups to this group.
> > What is good is that the actions of many of you and the encouragement is
> > bringing together those who have information and those who may help......
> >
> > Thanks. Kathy Johnson FAR Monitor
>

 

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Date: 2/13/19 6:39 pm
From: '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Re: Picking up heron at Habitat
Actually the clinic is in South Weymouth.... about 40 minutes from Cambridge......not in Worcester area..... Kathy


-----Original Message-----
From: Ellen Mass <emass73...>
To: Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>; beandk <beandk...>; Helena Grant <bannerh...>; Paula G <pmgentile...>; Arlington Birds <arlingtonbirds...>; MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...>; Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...>; Kathy Johnson <kharmony47...>
Sent: Wed, Feb 13, 2019 9:22 pm
Subject: Picking up heron at Habitat


Volunteer driver available?
Hi,About to turn in before finding a driver to take the dead heron out to New England Wildlife in S. Weymouth for a necropcy.Will go out out to Habitat tomorrow morning (crack of dawn before traffic) to pick it up before heavy traffic into city.

Do you know of anyone who might want to drive out to around Worcester area to go to NE Wildlife.
Free for us. We need to know if there are heavy toxins in Little River and ALewife Brook.
Ellen617 290-4864

 

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Date: 2/13/19 10:06 am
From: Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Heron death follow up
yep, that's the way important things get accomplished!
Thanks for spearheading this.

On 2/13/19, '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds]
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> A follow-up for this continuing story ...... I have been speaking to Habitat
> and Tufts Veterinary in Groton representing Friends of Alewife....... I know
> many are concerned about rodenticide and many about the poor water quality,
> particularly when the Alewife rarely freezes and more water birds eat
> there.... The hope is still to arrange an autopsy.....and that process is
> still being worked on and may be possible. What is new is that in
> combining information we have learned that this is the _second Great Blue to
> be found dead near the Alewife__..... the first being in Arlington.....
> which seems to validate the importance of investigating the cause.......
> The cost may be reasonable enough to be able to be put together with
> different groups or individuals.
> We will send follow ups to this group.
> What is good is that the actions of many of you and the encouragement is
> bringing together those who have information and those who may help.....
>
> Thanks. Kathy Johnson FAR Monitor


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Date: 2/13/19 8:34 am
From: '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Heron death follow up
A follow-up for this continuing story ...... I have been speaking to Habitat and Tufts Veterinary in Groton representing Friends of Alewife....... I know many are concerned about rodenticide  and many about the poor water quality, particularly when the Alewife rarely freezes and more water birds eat there....    The hope is still to arrange an autopsy.....and that process is still being worked on and may be possible.   What is new is that in combining information we have learned that this is the _second Great Blue to be found dead near the Alewife__..... the first being in Arlington.....   which seems to validate the importance of investigating the cause.......
The cost may be reasonable enough to be able to be put together with different groups or individuals.
We will send follow ups to this  group.
What is good is that the actions of many of you and the encouragement is bringing together those who have information and those who may help.....

Thanks.   Kathy Johnson   FAR Monitor
 

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Date: 2/12/19 5:35 pm
From: Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron - update
Please keep us posted on the outcome of any testing that might be done.

Thank you!
Ruth

> On Feb 12, 2019, at 12:08 PM, MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Ellen,
>
> It was picked up by Arlington Animal Control.
>
> Habitat has it.
>
> On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 11:59 AM Ellen Mass <emass73...> <mailto:<emass73...>> wrote:
> Dear friends,
>
> I would like to hear about possibilities concerning the great blue heron bird examination.
> I looked for it yesterday and it was gone. We need it very much for testing.
> The D- rating at Little River and Alewife Brook where the bird was found warrants a necropsy, although this would have to be very soon,
> or it may be too late.
>
> Ellen Mass
> President
> Friends of Alewife Reservation
>
> On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 10:55 AM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> <mailto:<lizzylee...>> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I heard from Diane Welch (Arlington Animal Control) this morning. She picked the heron up yesterday and brought it over to her friend at Habitat in Belmont.
> They saw no obvious signs of trauma on the bird.
>
> I am not sure what Habitat will do with the bird, but anyone interested in following up can reach out to them.
>
> Liz
>
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:26 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> <mailto:<lizzylee...>> wrote:
> I spoke to Diane Welch early this morning and she promised to head over there after helping a German shepherd.
> I will call the Division of Fisheries on my lunch break!
>
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 11:38 AM David Bean <beandk...> <mailto:<beandk...>> wrote:
> I think informing Diane Welch is definitely the thing to do. Diane is very
> interested in the effects of poisoned bait on wildlife other than rats and
> can take appropriate action.
>
> We don't know what killed the heron. (They all die sometime) It would be
> nice to rule out rat poison but it may well have been.
>
> David Bean
>
>


 

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Date: 2/12/19 9:14 am
From: MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron - update
Ellen,

It was picked up by Arlington Animal Control.

Habitat has it.

On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 11:59 AM Ellen Mass <emass73...> wrote:

> Dear friends,
>
> I would like to hear about possibilities concerning the great blue heron
> bird examination.
> I looked for it yesterday and it was gone. We need it very much for
> testing.
> The D- rating at Little River and Alewife Brook where the bird was found
> warrants a necropsy, although this would have to be very soon,
> or it may be too late.
>
> Ellen Mass
> President
> Friends of Alewife Reservation
>
> On Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 10:55 AM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I heard from Diane Welch (Arlington Animal Control) this morning. She
>> picked the heron up yesterday and brought it over to her friend at Habitat
>> in Belmont.
>> They saw no obvious signs of trauma on the bird.
>>
>> I am not sure what Habitat will do with the bird, but anyone interested
>> in following up can reach out to them.
>>
>> Liz
>>
>> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:26 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I spoke to Diane Welch early this morning and she promised to head over
>>> there after helping a German shepherd.
>>> I will call the Division of Fisheries on my lunch break!
>>>
>>> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 11:38 AM David Bean <beandk...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I think informing Diane Welch is definitely the thing to do. Diane is
>>>> very
>>>> interested in the effects of poisoned bait on wildlife other than rats
>>>> and
>>>> can take appropriate action.
>>>>
>>>> We don't know what killed the heron. (They all die sometime) It would be
>>>> nice to rule out rat poison but it may well have been.
>>>>
>>>> David Bean
>>>>
>>>

 

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Date: 2/12/19 7:59 am
From: Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron - update
Hi all,

I heard from Diane Welch (Arlington Animal Control) this morning. She
picked the heron up yesterday and brought it over to her friend at Habitat
in Belmont.
They saw no obvious signs of trauma on the bird.

I am not sure what Habitat will do with the bird, but anyone interested in
following up can reach out to them.

Liz

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 12:26 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> wrote:

> I spoke to Diane Welch early this morning and she promised to head over
> there after helping a German shepherd.
> I will call the Division of Fisheries on my lunch break!
>
> On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 11:38 AM David Bean <beandk...> wrote:
>
>> I think informing Diane Welch is definitely the thing to do. Diane is very
>> interested in the effects of poisoned bait on wildlife other than rats and
>> can take appropriate action.
>>
>> We don't know what killed the heron. (They all die sometime) It would be
>> nice to rule out rat poison but it may well have been.
>>
>> David Bean
>>
>

 

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Date: 2/11/19 9:41 am
From: Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron
I spoke to Diane Welch early this morning and she promised to head over
there after helping a German shepherd.
I will call the Division of Fisheries on my lunch break!

On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 11:38 AM David Bean <beandk...> wrote:

> I think informing Diane Welch is definitely the thing to do. Diane is very
> interested in the effects of poisoned bait on wildlife other than rats and
> can take appropriate action.
>
> We don't know what killed the heron. (They all die sometime) It would be
> nice to rule out rat poison but it may well have been.
>
> David Bean
>

 

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Date: 2/11/19 8:38 am
From: 'David Bean' <beandk...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron
I think informing Diane Welch is definitely the thing to do. Diane is very
interested in the effects of poisoned bait on wildlife other than rats and
can take appropriate action.

We don't know what killed the heron. (They all die sometime) It would be
nice to rule out rat poison but it may well have been.

David Bean

-----Original Message-----
From: <arlingtonbirds...> [mailto:<arlingtonbirds...>]
On Behalf Of Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds]
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2019 10:06 AM
To: Paula G
Cc: MJ Keeler; Liz Thorstenson; <arlingtonbirds...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron

yes, I would agree, finding out cause of death is critical, to prevent
possible unnatural cause(s) of death.
that begs the question: what is the proper protocol when we stumble
across a large(r) avian or mammalian dead body in a city area - this
is not the wilderness. Leave it and report it? Bag it and give it to
..... animal control? the latter may provide the best opportunity for
determining the cause of death.

I, too, consider the Great Blue one of my "best buddies", so am
saddened as well.
Helena Grant

On 2/11/19, Paula G <pmgentile...> [arlingtonbirds]
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> So, my cousin works for the city in that area, and he wrote me this (when
I
> asked if they use poison):
>
> "No,we don't use anything like that at all over here, hate to say it but
> that area is a big homeless population that lives under the bridge and I'm
> sure they're throwing needles into that water body where heron lives,
they
> have also built up that neighborhood like you wouldn't believe so I'm sure
> those building owners are using bait traps..."
>
> How sad, if this is true.
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 10, 2019, at 11:50 PM, MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...>
>> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> It may be worth it to report this bird to find out cause of death. They
>> are known to eat rodents when fish aren't available.
>>
>> MJ
>>
>>> On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 11:03 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>
>>> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> I was so sad to come across a dead great blue heron while walking along
>>> the Alewife this late afternoon. It had to have happened recently since
>>> it is largely in tact and its feathers still look lovely. The bird is in
>>> the recently clear cut area on the right just after the wooden boardwalk
>>> from Broadway ends and it turns into dirt for awhile. Normally this area
>>> is chocked with knotweed but some entity is clearing it. Maybe the gas
>>> company.
>>> Anyway, I have a few pictures if anyone is interested.
>>> I consider the herons my closest bird friends along the Brook and this
>>> really bums me out.
>>>
>>> On the other end of the spectrum, I've been enjoying a feisty little
>>> Cooper's hawk who has been visiting my stretch of the Alewife Brook
>>> lately, giving me great views of its hunting technique. They are so fun
>>> to watch.
>>>
>>> Liz
>>> E Arlington
>>>
>>> Sent from my miniature device.
>>>
>>
>>
>


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Date: 2/11/19 8:33 am
From: MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron
Animal control first then
https://www.mass.gov/orgs/division-of-fisheries-and-wildlife


On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 10:06 AM Helena Grant <bannerh...> wrote:

> yes, I would agree, finding out cause of death is critical, to prevent
> possible unnatural cause(s) of death.
> that begs the question: what is the proper protocol when we stumble
> across a large(r) avian or mammalian dead body in a city area - this
> is not the wilderness. Leave it and report it? Bag it and give it to
> ... animal control? the latter may provide the best opportunity for
> determining the cause of death.
>
> I, too, consider the Great Blue one of my "best buddies", so am
> saddened as well.
> Helena Grant
>
> On 2/11/19, Paula G <pmgentile...> [arlingtonbirds]
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> > So, my cousin works for the city in that area, and he wrote me this
> (when I
> > asked if they use poison):
> >
> > “No,we don't use anything like that at all over here, hate to say it but
> > that area is a big homeless population that lives under the bridge and
> I'm
> > sure they're throwing needles into that water body where heron lives,
> they
> > have also built up that neighborhood like you wouldn't believe so I'm
> sure
> > those building owners are using bait traps...”
> >
> > How sad, if this is true.
> >
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> >> On Feb 10, 2019, at 11:50 PM, MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...>
> >> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> >>
> >> It may be worth it to report this bird to find out cause of death. They
> >> are known to eat rodents when fish aren’t available.
> >>
> >> MJ
> >>
> >>> On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 11:03 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>
> >>> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Hi all,
> >>>
> >>> I was so sad to come across a dead great blue heron while walking along
> >>> the Alewife this late afternoon. It had to have happened recently since
> >>> it is largely in tact and its feathers still look lovely. The bird is
> in
> >>> the recently clear cut area on the right just after the wooden
> boardwalk
> >>> from Broadway ends and it turns into dirt for awhile. Normally this
> area
> >>> is chocked with knotweed but some entity is clearing it. Maybe the gas
> >>> company.
> >>> Anyway, I have a few pictures if anyone is interested.
> >>> I consider the herons my closest bird friends along the Brook and this
> >>> really bums me out.
> >>>
> >>> On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been enjoying a feisty little
> >>> Cooper’s hawk who has been visiting my stretch of the Alewife Brook
> >>> lately, giving me great views of its hunting technique. They are so fun
> >>> to watch.
> >>>
> >>> Liz
> >>> E Arlington
> >>>
> >>> Sent from my miniature device.
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >
>

 

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Date: 2/11/19 8:18 am
From: Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron
yes, I would agree, finding out cause of death is critical, to prevent
possible unnatural cause(s) of death.
that begs the question: what is the proper protocol when we stumble
across a large(r) avian or mammalian dead body in a city area - this
is not the wilderness. Leave it and report it? Bag it and give it to
.... animal control? the latter may provide the best opportunity for
determining the cause of death.

I, too, consider the Great Blue one of my "best buddies", so am
saddened as well.
Helena Grant

On 2/11/19, Paula G <pmgentile...> [arlingtonbirds]
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> So, my cousin works for the city in that area, and he wrote me this (when I
> asked if they use poison):
>
> “No,we don't use anything like that at all over here, hate to say it but
> that area is a big homeless population that lives under the bridge and I'm
> sure they're throwing needles into that water body where heron lives, they
> have also built up that neighborhood like you wouldn't believe so I'm sure
> those building owners are using bait traps...”
>
> How sad, if this is true.
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 10, 2019, at 11:50 PM, MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...>
>> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> It may be worth it to report this bird to find out cause of death. They
>> are known to eat rodents when fish aren’t available.
>>
>> MJ
>>
>>> On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 11:03 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>
>>> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> I was so sad to come across a dead great blue heron while walking along
>>> the Alewife this late afternoon. It had to have happened recently since
>>> it is largely in tact and its feathers still look lovely. The bird is in
>>> the recently clear cut area on the right just after the wooden boardwalk
>>> from Broadway ends and it turns into dirt for awhile. Normally this area
>>> is chocked with knotweed but some entity is clearing it. Maybe the gas
>>> company.
>>> Anyway, I have a few pictures if anyone is interested.
>>> I consider the herons my closest bird friends along the Brook and this
>>> really bums me out.
>>>
>>> On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been enjoying a feisty little
>>> Cooper’s hawk who has been visiting my stretch of the Alewife Brook
>>> lately, giving me great views of its hunting technique. They are so fun
>>> to watch.
>>>
>>> Liz
>>> E Arlington
>>>
>>> Sent from my miniature device.
>>>
>>
>>
>


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Date: 2/11/19 7:52 am
From: Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Cooper's Hawk Photos
wonderful, thanks for sharing the pix

On 2/10/19, <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds]
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> Lauren,
>
> I would agree with everything you said. That bird is indeed a Cooper's Hawk,
> an adult, and Blair Piersall is a talented photographer. Great shots! Thank
> you to you both.
>
>
> Gratefully,
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...> mailto:<phawk254...>
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...>


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Date: 2/11/19 7:19 am
From: Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Local Great Horned owls
what a beauty!

On 2/11/19, Andrew March <afmarch...> [arlingtonbirds]
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> https://www.instagram.com/p/Btvbp2Fn_3_/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=dj77mk5evkt0
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Date: 2/11/19 5:18 am
From: Paula G <pmgentile...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron
So, my cousin works for the city in that area, and he wrote me this (when I asked if they use poison):

“No,we don't use anything like that at all over here, hate to say it but that area is a big homeless population that lives under the bridge and I'm sure they're throwing needles into that water body where heron lives, they have also built up that neighborhood like you wouldn't believe so I'm sure those building owners are using bait traps...”

How sad, if this is true.



Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2019, at 11:50 PM, MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> It may be worth it to report this bird to find out cause of death. They are known to eat rodents when fish aren’t available.
>
> MJ
>
>> On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 11:03 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I was so sad to come across a dead great blue heron while walking along the Alewife this late afternoon. It had to have happened recently since it is largely in tact and its feathers still look lovely. The bird is in the recently clear cut area on the right just after the wooden boardwalk from Broadway ends and it turns into dirt for awhile. Normally this area is chocked with knotweed but some entity is clearing it. Maybe the gas company.
>> Anyway, I have a few pictures if anyone is interested.
>> I consider the herons my closest bird friends along the Brook and this really bums me out.
>>
>> On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been enjoying a feisty little Cooper’s hawk who has been visiting my stretch of the Alewife Brook lately, giving me great views of its hunting technique. They are so fun to watch.
>>
>> Liz
>> E Arlington
>>
>> Sent from my miniature device.
>>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/11/19 4:58 am
From: Andrew March <afmarch...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Local Great Horned owls
https://www.instagram.com/p/Btvbp2Fn_3_/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=dj77mk5evkt0

 

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Date: 2/10/19 8:50 pm
From: MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron
It may be worth it to report this bird to find out cause of death. They are
known to eat rodents when fish aren’t available.

MJ

On Sun, Feb 10, 2019 at 11:03 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
>
> I was so sad to come across a dead great blue heron while walking along
> the Alewife this late afternoon. It had to have happened recently since it
> is largely in tact and its feathers still look lovely. The bird is in the
> recently clear cut area on the right just after the wooden boardwalk from
> Broadway ends and it turns into dirt for awhile. Normally this area is
> chocked with knotweed but some entity is clearing it. Maybe the gas
> company.
> Anyway, I have a few pictures if anyone is interested.
> I consider the herons my closest bird friends along the Brook and this
> really bums me out.
>
> On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been enjoying a feisty little
> Cooper’s hawk who has been visiting my stretch of the Alewife Brook lately,
> giving me great views of its hunting technique. They are so fun to watch.
>
> Liz
> E Arlington
>
> Sent from my miniature device.
>
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Date: 2/10/19 8:04 pm
From: Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Dead Great Blue Heron
Hi all,

I was so sad to come across a dead great blue heron while walking along the Alewife this late afternoon. It had to have happened recently since it is largely in tact and its feathers still look lovely. The bird is in the recently clear cut area on the right just after the wooden boardwalk from Broadway ends and it turns into dirt for awhile. Normally this area is chocked with knotweed but some entity is clearing it. Maybe the gas company.
Anyway, I have a few pictures if anyone is interested.
I consider the herons my closest bird friends along the Brook and this really bums me out.

On the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been enjoying a feisty little Cooper’s hawk who has been visiting my stretch of the Alewife Brook lately, giving me great views of its hunting technique. They are so fun to watch.

Liz
E Arlington

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Date: 2/10/19 7:32 pm
From: <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Cooper's Hawk Photos
Lauren,

I would agree with everything you said. That bird is indeed a Cooper's Hawk, an adult, and Blair Piersall is a talented photographer. Great shots! Thank you to you both.


Gratefully,

Paul


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Date: 2/10/19 7:25 pm
From: <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Cooper’s Hawk photos
Lauren,


I would agree with everything you said. That bird is indeed a Cooper's Hawk, an adult, and Blair Piersall is a talented photographer. Great shots! Thank you to you both.


Gratefully,

Paul

Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
<phawk254...>

> On February 10, 2019 at 10:15 PM "Lauren Wilson <lwrhinestone...> [arlingtonbirds]" <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Hello,
>
>
> I’m a pretty casual birder here in West Medford, and really enjoy reading all of your messages about sightings in our area. We’ve had what I’m fairly certain is a Cooper’s Hawk hanging around on our street the last few months, which my boyfriend — a talented amateur photographer — has taken some nice shots of this morning. Thought you might enjoy some of his photos: https://blairpiersall.smugmug.com/Nature/Coopers-Hawk/
>
> (And if this is not a Cooper’s or if other details can be gleaned from the photos I’d be very interested to know!)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Lauren W.
>
>
>
>
>
>




>




 

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Date: 2/10/19 7:16 pm
From: Lauren Wilson <lwrhinestone...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Cooper’s Hawk photos
Hello,

I’m a pretty casual birder here in West Medford, and really enjoy reading all of your messages about sightings in our area. We’ve had what I’m fairly certain is a Cooper’s Hawk hanging around on our street the last few months, which my boyfriend — a talented amateur photographer — has taken some nice shots of this morning. Thought you might enjoy some of his photos: https://blairpiersall.smugmug.com/Nature/Coopers-Hawk/

(And if this is not a Cooper’s or if other details can be gleaned from the photos I’d be very interested to know!)

Thanks,

Lauren W.


 

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Date: 2/10/19 5:21 pm
From: Paul Devaney <PaulDBooty...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Screech Owl
Sunday February 10, 20198:15 PM
A screech owl’s tremolo can be heard ever so faintly for the last few minutes just outside our bedroom.

Paul Devaney Winchester
 

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Date: 2/9/19 7:34 pm
From: Eric Smith <esmithphoto...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Bad and Good News [1 Attachment]
I bet you remember this as well, Paul... on 2/6/2005 I went on one of your
winter walks around the Mystic Lakes, and we had... 5? 6? merlins that
day. It was wonderful and amazing. We got to watch a merlin take one of
those baths you were talking about. And then it flew over and landed on a
rock by the lower mystic lake (much closer to us) and I was able to get the
included picture. The large group of us were starting to wonder if we were
bothering the merlin... when it took off and flew up into a tree right
above our heads. I guess we weren't bothering it!

Merlins are great raptors. I don't see them often enough!

Eric



On Sat, Feb 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> In the past ten days the two largest trees within a block of my home on
> Arlington Street have been removed as "liabilities." The first wind storm
> with the subzero temperatures brought down several branches from one of the
> trees, necessitating National Grid trucks for several days working on the
> lines. The three tallest trees near my home when we moved here almost forty
> years ago have disappeared, leaving it looking much more barren. When the
> tallest tree, a huge maple, was still here, it was a favorite winter perch
> for Merlins. It might seem difficult to believe but for several decades the
> most commonly seen raptor on my street was Merlin (seen only in fall and
> winter). They would perch on the top of the tree and have great views of
> the Mystic's banks and the Mystic Lakes. About 20 years ago we discovered
> that Merlins loved the banks of the Mystic River as an open area to explore
> and hunt birds using feeders. They would also go to the Mystic Lakes to
> take "sitz baths" beneath the old dam. There was a shallow, slow flowing
> stream beneath the old dam that would allow Merlins to bathe, something
> most falcons love to do. There were multiple times when observers found 3
> Merlins at the Medford Boat Club boat house, drying off after a bath. The
> new dam eliminated that shallow, rocky stream, so that Merlins are no
> longer regularly seen bathing there.
>
> After working at my desk for most the day today, I walked out the
> door to go to the lakes for a walk. As I stepped off the porch, a Merlin
> rocketed only several feet over my head, as though it had been perched on
> the utility pole in front of my house. I tried to follow it, but you know
> Merlins. It's been a long, long time since I've seen a Merlin on my block..
>
>
> Best,
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/9/19 2:30 pm
From: <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Bad and Good News
In the past ten days the two largest trees within a block of my home on Arlington Street have been removed as "liabilities." The first wind storm with the subzero temperatures brought down several branches from one of the trees, necessitating National Grid trucks for several days working on the lines. The three tallest trees near my home when we moved here almost forty years ago have disappeared, leaving it looking much more barren. When the tallest tree, a huge maple, was still here, it was a favorite winter perch for Merlins. It might seem difficult to believe but for several decades the most commonly seen raptor on my street was Merlin (seen only in fall and winter). They would perch on the top of the tree and have great views of the Mystic's banks and the Mystic Lakes. About 20 years ago we discovered that Merlins loved the banks of the Mystic River as an open area to explore and hunt birds using feeders. They would also go to the Mystic Lakes to take "sitz baths" beneath the old dam. There was a shallow, slow flowing stream beneath the old dam that would allow Merlins to bathe, something most falcons love to do. There were multiple times when observers found 3 Merlins at the Medford Boat Club boat house, drying off after a bath. The new dam eliminated that shallow, rocky stream, so that Merlins are no longer regularly seen bathing there.

After working at my desk for most the day today, I walked out the door to go to the lakes for a walk. As I stepped off the porch, a Merlin rocketed only several feet over my head, as though it had been perched on the utility pole in front of my house. I tried to follow it, but you know Merlins. It's been a long, long time since I've seen a Merlin on my block.


Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
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Date: 2/9/19 12:17 pm
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Jerrys Pit, Great Meadows
Folks: We just drove down there (turning around by Staples, traffic jam to the circle). People parked there (not birders). There they were — we counted six. Western shore. Seemed like they were just roosting (standing) though perhaps they fly up into trees for the night. As for Great Meadows, one can see good birds there! Brown Thrashers is one I remember (Spring). Tree Sparrows in the late fall. Early Red-wings. Occasional Harriers over the meadows. Once saw a Red Tail drop like a stone from an Oak by the pond onto a rodent! Woodcock Spring flights by the eastern edge of the Meadows! I have an argument with a friend that one should not bird by the List, rather choose the habitat or place you want to walk. For often the bird you read about will be gone by the time you get there. And maybe you will see a bird not listed in a new habitat. Of course there were the herons!
Regards, Oakes






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Date: 2/9/19 9:38 am
From: Andrew March <afmarch...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Plastic
Had anyone seen the screech owl at MRP recently?

On Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 10:25 PM 'David Bean' <beandk...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Kingbirds built a nest at Menotomy Rocks Park several years ago and used
> a lot of monofilament fishing line in its construction. One of the chicks
> died when it got its foot tangled in the line. I removed the nest, but less
> accessible ones I’ve seen since clearly use a lot of the same stuff. I
> understand that fishing line is available that will fall apart from UV
> exposure. Its use should be required along with barbless fish hooks. Would
> the Izaak Waltons accept that?
>
> David Bean
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> *From:* <arlingtonbirds...> [mailto:
> <arlingtonbirds...>] *On Behalf Of *Ruth Trimarchi
> <ruthtri...> [arlingtonbirds]
> *Sent:* Wednesday, December 19, 2018 10:09 PM
> *To:* Keegan Dougherty
> *Cc:* <bannerh...>; Kenneth Stampfer; Michael Alexander; MJ Keeler;
> Oakes Plimpton; Arlington Birds; <charlottemilan...>
> *Subject:* Re: [Arlington Birds] Plastic
>
>
>
>
>
> Saw this nest while walking around Horn Pond - entirely made of bubble
> wrap and other bits of plastic! There are just enough twigs to hold it
> together.. Could not get a good picture of it, but wow, talk about making
> lemonade from lemons:
>
>
>
> On Dec 18, 2018, at 12:14 PM, Keegan Dougherty <kdougherty...>
> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> I agree with everyone!
>
>
>
> All that plastic starts somewhere before it ends up in the ocean, and it
> is often from a trashcan, dumpster or landfill during windy days like
> today. If you witness an open-topped dumpster or trash blowing from an
> apartment complex or private home in Arlington, take a photo and ask the
> City of Arlington if it is in violation of their rules to prevent
> problems with dumpsters especially.
>
>
>
> I got tired of picking up trash next to the Brookside Condominiums
> building along the Alewife Brook boardwalk where two dumpsters are always
> left open and trails of trash are blown across the path and into the
> brook.. I sent my complaint to Charlotte Milan, Recycling Coordinator (
> <KSullivan...>) and CC’d Kylee Sullivan, the Arlington
> Health Compliance Officer (<KSullivan...>). Kylee went to
> check out the issues just a couple days after my complaint was filed and
> has reached out to the condo association! I am sure it will take multiple
> complaints to get them to fine them, but it is worth it to protect our
> wildlife!
>
>
>
> Warm regards to all,
>
> Keegan
>
>
>
> *From:* <arlingtonbirds...> [
> mailto:<arlingtonbirds...> <arlingtonbirds...>] *On
> Behalf Of *Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds]
> *Sent:* Monday, December 17, 2018 8:54 PM
> *To:* Kenneth Stampfer <kenstampfer...>
> *Cc:* Michael Alexander <mna.ma...>; MJ Keeler <
> <maryjane.keeler...>; Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...>; Arlington
> Birds <arlingtonbirds...>; <charlottemilan...>
> *Subject:* Re: [Arlington Birds] Plastic
>
>
>
>
>
> Goes beyond the use of plastic grocery bags. There is much hidden plastic
> in things like cosmetics, in the form of little beads but no less deadly in
> the huge quantities we have been dumping them into our environment.
>
> MassPIRG does good work, consider supporting, as do other agencies incl.
> the Environmental Working Group (see their database).
>
> In addition to supporting groups like that, I feel the most powerful way
> to vote is with our everyday dollars, in the products we buy daily. .
>
>
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 8:41 PM Kenneth Stampfer <kenstampfer...> [arlingtonbirds]
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> To all who care about birds and the value of the diversity of life on our
> planet,
>
> Some of the images on the 60 Minutes stories were among the most
> horrifying I have ever seen. Let us all resolve to take steps every day to
> reduce and eventually control this plague of disposable plastic.
>
> Ken Stampfer
>
> Belmont
>
>
>
>
>
> On Dec 17, 2018, at 6:00 PM, Michael Alexander <mna.ma...> [arlingtonbirds]
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> On December 16th (Sunday), Sixty Minutes devoted two of their three
> segments to plastics. Since it featured Midway Island, much may be the
> same as the PBS special. However, there were interviews with NOAA
> personnel, on Sixty Minutes, that helped drive home the damage plastic is
> wreaking in the oceans.
>
>
>
> – Mike Alexander
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Monday, December 17, 2018, 2:09 PM, MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...>
> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> I really want Marketbasket to stop using so many plastic bags. They have
> holes so they don't even serve a re-use purpose..
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 1:44 PM Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds]
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Birders: I just watched (second time) on TV a PBS special about the
> terrible problem of plastics in the Pacific Ocean (why not the Atlantic?)
> killing the Albatross! I think I will try to quit using plastic — glass
> jars for peanut butter, re-using plastic containers. See: <
> https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/seabirds/laysan-albatrosses-plastic-problem
> <https://ocean.si...edu/ocean-life/seabirds/laysan-albatrosses-plastic-problem>>.
> Midway Islands, in the middle of nowhere!
> I talked yesterday with a member of our bird club who set forth in the
> dark at 5 a.m. Christmas Count to call in 4 or 5 Screech Owls with his
> perfect imitation of their call (by whistling)! Mostly on the eastern edge
> of Arlington Great Meadows. . . .
> Oakes Plimpton
>
> ps: Yes plastic bags are the worse, resembling squid, etc., so good we
> banned same in Town. O.P.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/9/19 8:47 am
From: <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] NorthEast Hawk Migration Conference, Saturday, March 30, 2019, Holyoke, MA
The NorthEast Hawk Watch (NEHW) will holds it 11th quadrennial NorthEast Hawk Migration Conference on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA. The all-day conference features nine presentations by leaders in their field.

* Laurie Goodrich on Broad-winged Hawk migration to Brazil and back
* Rob Bierregard on Osprey journeys and the new technology used to track them
* Cheryl Dykstra on urban raptors and their behavioral ecology
* Chris Martin on dispersal, migration, and overwinter site fidelity of female Peregrines in New Hampshire
* Eric Masterson on following Broad-winged Hawk migration via bicycle
* David Oleyar presentation on the latest Raptor Population Index report
* Chris DeSorbo on the conflicting influences of mercury contamination and the restoration of anadromous fish on Maine’s Bald Eagle population
* Larry Fischer on the life history of Saw-whet Owls from four seasons of banding returns
* Trudy Battaly and Drew Panko on the importance of your migration counts and what they tell us

Registration for the conference is now open. For complete information, including directions to the conference, speakers’ abstracts, and registration forms, visit http://battaly.com/nehw/conference

Registration is $45 FOR NEHW members; $50 for nonmembers. ($55 covers conference registration and a year’s membership in the NEHW, including a 40 pp annual report on hawk migration in the northeast.) An optional luncheon sandwich buffet (including vegetarian selections) is $15. Register in advance; first forty registrants receive a free one-page hawk calendar.

Anyone interested in birds should find this “hawk talk” informative and fun. Everyone is invited!


Best,

Paul

Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
<phawk254...>
 

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Date: 2/9/19 6:53 am
From: Kenneth Stampfer <kenstampfer...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Great Blue Herons... [1 Attachment]

Thanks for the tip. I never thought about this as a spot for the birds, but despite it’s being in the shadow of the highway and the T station, it is well protected from human intrusions. It was pretty chilly out there but I lasted long enough to see 5 Great Blues at one time, all just along the bank, and I managed to get a few photos through the chain link fence at the far end of the parking lot.

Ken Stampfer


> On Feb 8, 2019, at 8:03 PM, '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> Many of you probably know that Great Blues often solo most of the non breeding seasons do congregate in winter sometimes (in non feeding areas primarily like frozen ponds).... and hang out there for protection, sharing warmth, perhaps even singles events as mating season is not so far away.... (humans can only guess).... In 2016 a winter colony formed at Jerry's Pit..... on the opposite side from the parking lot.... This afternoon I came across what appears to be another in the same area.... about 8 herons.... in the same spot..... It's far from human interference(no one even notices;)
> and protected by that fence ... perhaps that is why it is a good spot for this behavior.... As the season goes on more herons seem to join..... the Pond is frozen solid....likely the cleanest water around... so food territory is not an issue.....
>
> If it is interesting to you take a trip over and count how many you see there.... in trees, on the banks, near the water.... in pairs sometimes or small groups or solos not too far apart.... If I get some decent photos I will send them through.....
>
>
> Kathy Johnson FAR Monitor
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/9/19 5:28 am
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Jerrys Pit, Great Meadows
Birders: Surprisingly you can google Jerrys Pit, Cambridge, and view a street map with the pond. It is my memory you cannot turn left off of Fresh Pond or Alewife Brook Parkway onto Rindge Avenue. You have to continue on and turn around at Staples / Whole Foods parking lot, then turn right on Rindge. Parking lot on left. But maybe the Herons got blown away in last nights gales!
Yesterday walked Arlington Great Meadows (Waldorf School parking lot). Muddy off the bike path. Saw a few beautiful Robbins breasts in the sunset along the path. Nothing else. . . .

Good birding….. Oakes



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Date: 2/8/19 5:03 pm
From: '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Blue Herons...
Many of you probably know that Great Blues often solo most of the non breeding seasons do congregate in winter sometimes (in non feeding areas primarily like frozen ponds).... and hang out there for protection, sharing warmth, perhaps even singles events as mating season is not so far away.... (humans can only guess)....    In 2016 a winter colony formed at Jerry's Pit.... on the opposite side from the parking lot....      This afternoon I came across what appears to be another in the same area..... about 8 herons....  in the same spot.....   It's far from human interference(no one even notices;)  and protected by that fence ... perhaps that is why it is a good spot for this behavior....   As the season goes on more herons seem to join..... the Pond is frozen solid.....likely the cleanest water around... so food territory is not an issue...... 
If it is interesting to you take a trip over and count how many you see there....  in trees, on the banks,  near the water.... in pairs sometimes or small groups or solos not too far apart....    If I get some decent photos I will send them through.....  

Kathy Johnson   FAR Monitor

 

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Date: 2/3/19 7:42 am
From: 'Marj. Rines' <marj...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Redpolls
A couple days ago redpolls were reported at Horn Pond, and yesterday
Paul had some at the Mystic Lakes dam. So, today Renee and I went to
Dunback to look for redpolls and found a small flock of five (in the
birches on the path from the Clark School). Given that there were very
few in our area before this, this might be the start of an irruption, so
be sure to watch your feeders carefully!

--
Marj. Rines
Woburn, MA



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Date: 2/3/19 6:00 am
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Sharpie
Birders: That Eagle flying towards us standing on the dam was spectacular! Amazingly turned out to be born near the Charles River, and banded — had a number. Still all dark in color. We also saw an adult Bald Eagle. We were among the frozen who left before the flock of Redpolls alighted.. Common Mergansers. The Sharpie in the sky! Returning home, after lunch picnic, we had what we thought was a Coopers Hawk sitting (no doubt digesting) in our back yard Oak tree. It seemed bigger than a Crow with its tail feathers not flat. But after an hour or so, it turned so its back was facing us. It had a dozen white feathers (white spots) on its back. Neither bird guide showed same (Sibleys/Peterson). We have an Audubon book, and the Coopers portrait showed the white feathers. Sharp Shinned no. Looked up the Forbish and May Birds of America. The Fuertes painting of both Coopers and Sharp-shinned showed white feathers on their backs. Facing the other way, the hawk looked smaller, and indeed its tail was flat, not rounded. So we concluded we were seeing a female Sharpie, not quite mature for its back was dark brown, not dark blue.
When I was 12, 1945, we had an over-and-under (rifle/shotgun) out in our summer place (West Hills, Long Island), and we shot crows and accipitor hawks, the latter on the ground they preyed upon the song birds we liked! One time my oldest brother (by 6 yrs) killed a Sharpie and Blue Jay same shot. Having gone on a Museum expedition to the Rockies, he knew how to stuff birds, and he stuffed both in the museum fashion for our small natural history museum!

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Date: 2/2/19 2:49 pm
From: Janet Kovner <jskmystic...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Friends of Mystic River/Menotomy BIred Club Mystic Lakes Walk 2.1.19
Eric,
The Redpolls were feeding in the tall grasses on the hilly area that runs along the left (south) side of the main parking lot. (this is the area that is at the north end of the lower lake.)
Paul first spotted two Redpolls towards the end of his program.
We later saw a group of 7 in the same area, shortly before noon.
I returned to the dam briefly at around 1pm, and didn't see them at that time.Hopefully, they will hang around for a bit.
Janet 

Janet Kovner <jskmystic...> 


On Saturday, February 2, 2019 4:17 PM, "Eric Smith <esmithphoto...> [arlingtonbirds]" <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
  Hey Paul.I want to be clear about where the red polls.  I've had them along the side of the main public parking lot , between the brick building and the platform where people observe the lakes from.  In the past there has been long grasses there that they hop up and get seeds from.I think the grass has been mowed the last few years, and I haven't seen the grass or red polls.  So where are they hanging out now?
Eric
On Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 2:40 PM <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:



Today's walk drew over 30 people with temps in the high 20s, sunny skies and modest SSW winds. The lakes and upper Mystic River were about 95% ice covered, with very limited open water, mainly beneath the dam, at the bubbler by the Tufts Boat House, and at the lower entrance to the Fore Bay.
     There were several clear highlights. We had an adult male Bald Eagle perched on the Arlington side of the lower lake early, and then had MK, an almost 3-year old locally born Bald Eagle fly up and land in THE tree, where it observed most of the proceedings. Subsequently both eagles flew and provided spectacular views in powered flight and soaring.    The second set of highlights was seeing three Red-tailed Hawks soaring together, with two of the Redtails then joined by a small male Sharp-shinned Hawk soaring with them. Later on two additional Redtails soared on the west side of the upper lake, providing good views    The third highlight was a spectacular view of an adult female Sharp-shinned Hawk soaring low right above the group against a brilliant blue sky.. Because of its size and closeness, the bird was initially called a Cooper's Hawk, but it was soon seen to be a very large female adult Sharp-shinned.. Initially I though it might be the same sharpie we had seen somewhat more distant earlier, but that bird was much smaller than this bird, so we had the unusual experience of seeing two Sharp-shinned Hawks soaring. If anyone photographed the second bird, please send me copies of the photos at the address below.
     The fourth highlight was spectacular views of Common Mergansers, drakes and hens, swimming by the bubbler and occasionally flying over, like rockets shot from guns.
     Spectacular is the word of the day, accurately describing the quality of some of our views of birds.
    The most unusual sighting of the day came at the end of the trip, after some semi-frozen people had already departed. I saw a small, sparrow-like bird with a very pale base color fly past and land in the weeds on the south side of the dam. We hurriedly pursued it and discovered a gorgeous male Common Redpoll, my first of the season and year, accompanied by a second. Eventually, we had 7 Common Redpolls feeding in the weeds east of the dam. Only the second or third year I can recall a flock of Common Redpolls there. 

Canada Goose           ~80
Mute Swan                     6
Mallard
Common Merganser.  ~25
Bald Eagle                       2 (1 ad male, 1 imm female)
Sharp-shinned Hawk.      2 (1 male, 1 ad female)
Red-tailed Hawk              5
Ring-billed Gull              25
Herring Gull                   10
Song Sparrow.                 2
Common Redpoll           7

Thanks to everyone who attended. I regret I didn't get the chance to say "Hi" to many friends I haven't seen for a while.

Best,
Paul
Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA 
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Date: 2/2/19 1:18 pm
From: Eric Smith <esmithphoto...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Friends of Mystic River/Menotomy BIred Club Mystic Lakes Walk 2.1.19
Hey Paul.
I want to be clear about where the red polls. I've had them along the side
of the main public parking lot , between the brick building and the
platform where people observe the lakes from. In the past there has been
long grasses there that they hop up and get seeds from.
I think the grass has been mowed the last few years, and I haven't seen the
grass or red polls. So where are they hanging out now?

Eric

On Sat, Feb 2, 2019 at 2:40 PM <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Today's walk drew over 30 people with temps in the high 20s, sunny skies
> and modest SSW winds. The lakes and upper Mystic River were about 95% ice
> covered, with very limited open water, mainly beneath the dam, at the
> bubbler by the Tufts Boat House, and at the lower entrance to the Fore Bay.
>
> There were several clear highlights. We had an adult male Bald Eagle
> perched on the Arlington side of the lower lake early, and then had MK, an
> almost 3-year old locally born Bald Eagle fly up and land in THE tree,
> where it observed most of the proceedings. Subsequently both eagles flew
> and provided spectacular views in powered flight
>
> and soaring.
>
> The second set of highlights was seeing three Red-tailed Hawks soaring
> together, with two of the Redtails then joined by a small male
> Sharp-shinned Hawk soaring with them. Later on two additional Redtails
> soared on the west side of the upper lake, providing good views
>
> The third highlight was a spectacular view of an adult female
> Sharp-shinned Hawk soaring low right above the group against a brilliant
> blue sky. Because of its size and closeness, the bird was initially called
> a Cooper's Hawk, but it was soon seen to be a very large female adult
> Sharp-shinned. Initially I though it might be the same sharpie we had seen
> somewhat more distant earlier, but that bird was much smaller than this
> bird, so we had the unusual experience of seeing two Sharp-shinned Hawks
> soaring. If anyone photographed the second bird, please send me copies of
> the photos at the address below.
>
> The fourth highlight was spectacular views of Common Mergansers,
> drakes and hens, swimming by the bubbler and occasionally flying over, like
> rockets shot from guns.
>
> Spectacular is the word of the day, accurately describing the quality
> of some of our views of birds.
>
> The most unusual sighting of the day came at the end of the trip,
> after some semi-frozen people had already departed. I saw a small,
> sparrow-like bird with a very pale base color fly past and land in the
> weeds on the south side of the dam. We hurriedly pursued it and discovered
> a gorgeous male Common Redpoll, my first of the season and year,
> accompanied by a second. Eventually, we had 7 Common Redpolls feeding in
> the weeds east of the dam. Only the second or third year I can recall a
> flock of Common Redpolls there.
>
>
> Canada Goose ~80
>
> Mute Swan 6
>
> Mallard
>
> Common Merganser. ~25
>
> Bald Eagle 2 (1 ad male, 1 imm female)
>
> Sharp-shinned Hawk. 2 (1 male, 1 ad female)
>
> Red-tailed Hawk 5
>
> Ring-billed Gull 25
>
> Herring Gull 10
>
> Song Sparrow. 2
>
> *Common Redpoll* 7
>
>
> Thanks to everyone who attended. I regret I didn't get the chance to say
> "Hi" to many friends I haven't seen for a while.
>
>
> Best,
>
> Paul
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/2/19 11:40 am
From: <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Friends of Mystic River/Menotomy BIred Club Mystic Lakes Walk 2.1.19
Today's walk drew over 30 people with temps in the high 20s, sunny skies and modest SSW winds. The lakes and upper Mystic River were about 95% ice covered, with very limited open water, mainly beneath the dam, at the bubbler by the Tufts Boat House, and at the lower entrance to the Fore Bay.

There were several clear highlights. We had an adult male Bald Eagle perched on the Arlington side of the lower lake early, and then had MK, an almost 3-year old locally born Bald Eagle fly up and land in THE tree, where it observed most of the proceedings. Subsequently both eagles flew and provided spectacular views in powered flight

and soaring.

The second set of highlights was seeing three Red-tailed Hawks soaring together, with two of the Redtails then joined by a small male Sharp-shinned Hawk soaring with them. Later on two additional Redtails soared on the west side of the upper lake, providing good views

The third highlight was a spectacular view of an adult female Sharp-shinned Hawk soaring low right above the group against a brilliant blue sky. Because of its size and closeness, the bird was initially called a Cooper's Hawk, but it was soon seen to be a very large female adult Sharp-shinned. Initially I though it might be the same sharpie we had seen somewhat more distant earlier, but that bird was much smaller than this bird, so we had the unusual experience of seeing two Sharp-shinned Hawks soaring. If anyone photographed the second bird, please send me copies of the photos at the address below.

The fourth highlight was spectacular views of Common Mergansers, drakes and hens, swimming by the bubbler and occasionally flying over, like rockets shot from guns.

Spectacular is the word of the day, accurately describing the quality of some of our views of birds.

The most unusual sighting of the day came at the end of the trip, after some semi-frozen people had already departed. I saw a small, sparrow-like bird with a very pale base color fly past and land in the weeds on the south side of the dam. We hurriedly pursued it and discovered a gorgeous male Common Redpoll, my first of the season and year, accompanied by a second. Eventually, we had 7 Common Redpolls feeding in the weeds east of the dam. Only the second or third year I can recall a flock of Common Redpolls there.


Canada Goose ~80

Mute Swan 6

Mallard

Common Merganser. ~25

Bald Eagle 2 (1 ad male, 1 imm female)

Sharp-shinned Hawk. 2 (1 male, 1 ad female)

Red-tailed Hawk 5

Ring-billed Gull 25

Herring Gull 10

Song Sparrow. 2

Common Redpoll 7


Thanks to everyone who attended. I regret I didn't get the chance to say "Hi" to many friends I haven't seen for a while.


Best,

Paul

Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
<phawk254...>
 

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Date: 2/2/19 7:15 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Milford Pond Trumpeter Swan YES
Subject bird present behind NRG parking lot. Go left on bike trail and follow path out to end of peninsula

Cliff Cook
Watertown.

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Date: 2/1/19 7:59 am
From: <KBrandin...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] New MassAudubon Trip to Israel Nov 2-13, 2019
Hi All ~

After many years of encouragement by Jan and myself, we're so excited that MassAudubon will be offering a birding trip to Israel November 2-13, 2019! The tour leader will be Elissa Landre, Director of Broadmoor Sanctuary (who we have enjoyed traveling with previously) and the local guide will be Jonathan Meyrav who is renown in the Israeli birding world.

Situated at the crossroads of Africa and Asia, Israel is uniquely positioned as a flyway and we will be there for Fall migration. This 12-day trip also includes some cultural and historic sites.

The trip won't have more than 14 people which is so nice. Here's the link to the itinerary:
https://www.massaudubon.org/PDF/nhtravel/israel-2019.pdf#page=2&zoom=auto,-100,385 https://www.massaudubon.org/PDF/nhtravel/israel-2019.pdf#page=2&amp;zoom=auto,-100,385



We thought others in the club could be interested, too, so we are sharing.

Kerry and Jan Brandin

 

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Date: 1/30/19 7:50 am
From: Katherine Hudgins <kayhudgins...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Re: Bald Eagle Flying Along the Charles
I saw an adult eagle fly over the Mount Auburn Star Market last week in the late morning, in a more-or-less Fresh Pond to Charles River direction.

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Date: 1/29/19 3:17 pm
From: Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Fwd: [Arlington Birds] Menotomy Bird Club Trip Reminder
Sorry can't come, sounds wonderful but I am working that day.
Had some wonderful sightings of four (4!) Bald Eagles there this past
Sunday afternoon, with people there who knew them by name and band number.
Two adults, two juveniles. The female adult caught a fish and then ate it
while the others looked on!
In the course of the 45 minutes I was there they put on quite an aerial
show.
Helena Grant

On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 2:44 PM '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> This Saturday:
>
> *Saturday, February 2*
> *Mystic Winter Birding*
> Take a 90-minute walk along the Mystic Lakes and the upper Mystic River to
> discover what birds can be found in the middle of winter. Each year
> hundreds of birds winter on and around the Mystic River and Lakes as long
> as open water is available. We'll look for raptors, such as Bald Eagle,
> Merlin, Cooper’s Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk; waterfowl, including Common and
> Hooded Mergansers; possibly a wintering Great Blue Heron, Red-bellied
> Woodpeckers and much more. Dress appropriately for the weather. (In very
> cold weather, this means in layers with hat or cap, gloves, water resistant
> boots with tread.) Meet at the Mystic Lakes Dam. Park at the Medford Boat
> Club parking lot in Medford directly off the Mystic Valley Parkway. (The
> parking lot is your first left about a half mile north of the Rte 60 bridge
> crossing the Mystic.) Canceled in persistent rain or icy conditions; will
> go in light snow as long as parking is open at the Mystic Lakes. Bring a
> birding field guide and binoculars if possible; there will be car pooling
> and very limited walking from the cars. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the
> Mystic River. 10:00AM-11:30PM Paul Roberts <phawk254...>
> <phawk254...>
>
>
> Renee LaFontaine
> Medford, MA
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/29/19 3:16 pm
From: Helena Grant <bannerh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Re: Bald Eagle Flying Along the Charles
yes I have seen an adult near the Charles across the street from the
Pleasant Street DCR parking lot, near the dam.

 

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Date: 1/29/19 1:59 pm
From: Barbara Goodchild <bjgoodchild...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Bald Eagle Flying Along the Charles
This morning around 9:00 I saw an adult bald eagle flying east along the Charles River near the intersection of River Street and Memorial Drive. Very cool. I have heard of sightings other years farther up river near Watertown Square.
Barbara
 

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Date: 1/29/19 11:45 am
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Menotomy Bird Club Trip Reminder
This Saturday:

Saturday, February 2
Mystic Winter Birding
Take a 90-minute walk along the Mystic Lakes and the upper Mystic River to discover what birds can be found in the middle of winter. Each year hundreds of birds winter on and around the Mystic River and Lakes as long as open water is available. We'll look for raptors, such as Bald Eagle, Merlin, Cooper’s Hawk and Red-tailed Hawk; waterfowl, including Common and Hooded Mergansers; possibly a wintering Great Blue Heron, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and much more. Dress appropriately for the weather. (In very cold weather, this means in layers with hat or cap, gloves, water resistant boots with tread.) Meet at the Mystic Lakes Dam. Park at the Medford Boat Club parking lot in Medford directly off the Mystic Valley Parkway. (The parking lot is your first left about a half mile north of the Rte 60 bridge crossing the Mystic.) Canceled in persistent rain or icy conditions; will go in light snow as long as parking is open at the Mystic Lakes. Bring a birding field guide and binoculars if possible; there will be car pooling and very limited walking from the cars. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Mystic River. 10:00AM-11:30PM Paul Roberts <mailto:<phawk254...> <mailto:<phawk254...>


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Date: 1/28/19 2:58 pm
From: Pamswearingen <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d
This looks pretty similar to my bird I saw today. Certainly did not look like a white throated sparrow with all the dark stripes. Maybe same bird?
Thanks everyone for your responses . Seems that the consensus with most is this is a song sparrow.

Pam

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> On Jan 28, 2019, at 4:37 PM, Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...> wrote:
>
> Hhmm…I’m thinking it’s not a white-throated because it has such dramatic dark stripes across its chest. But not great photos..
>
>> On Jan 28, 2019, at 4:20 PM, Linda Willson <linda.lindawillson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> That looks like a white-throated sparrow. So perhaps not.
>>
>> Linda
>>> On Jan 28, 2019, at 4:12 PM, Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>>
>>> [Attachment(s) from Ruth Trimarchi included below]
>>> Do you think this is the same species? S/he was on my feeder yesterday and I guessed then that it is a song sparrow.
>>>
>>>
>>> Ruth
>>>
>>> <IMG_3454.jpeg><IMG_3458.jpeg>
>>>
>>>> On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:24 PM, '<pamswearingen1...>' <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
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Date: 1/28/19 1:48 pm
From: Devanthery-Lewis <devlew...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Eastern screech owl
For the past three nights, from about 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., we’ve had an eastern screech owl singing outside our bedroom window. This is a first for us in nearly thirty years of North Cambridge backyard birding. Needless to say we’re delighted by the serenade and hope s/he takes up residence.

Constance Devanthery-Lewis
Dudley St.
North Cambridge

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Date: 1/28/19 1:37 pm
From: Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d
Hhmm…I’m thinking it’s not a white-throated because it has such dramatic dark stripes across its chest. But not great photos.

> On Jan 28, 2019, at 4:20 PM, Linda Willson <linda.lindawillson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> That looks like a white-throated sparrow. So perhaps not.
>
> Linda
>> On Jan 28, 2019, at 4:12 PM, Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...> <mailto:<ruthtri...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<arlingtonbirds-noreply...>> wrote:
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>> [Attachment(s) <x-msg://4/#TopText> from Ruth Trimarchi included below]
>> Do you think this is the same species? S/he was on my feeder yesterday and I guessed then that it is a song sparrow.
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>>> On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:24 PM, '<pamswearingen1...> <mailto:<pamswearingen1...>' <pamswearingen1...> <mailto:<pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<arlingtonbirds-noreply...>> wrote:
>>>
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>>> Can anyone identify this bird in our backyard today on Belmont hill. Sorry not very good pictures with my iphone
>>> Pam Swearingen
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Date: 1/28/19 1:20 pm
From: Linda Willson <linda.lindawillson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d
That looks like a white-throated sparrow. So perhaps not.
Linda
> On Jan 28, 2019, at 4:12 PM, Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> [Attachment(s) <x-msg://4/#TopText> from Ruth Trimarchi included below]
> Do you think this is the same species? S/he was on my feeder yesterday and I guessed then that it is a song sparrow.
>
>
> Ruth
>
> <IMG_3454.jpeg><IMG_3458.jpeg>
>
>> On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:24 PM, '<pamswearingen1...> <mailto:<pamswearingen1...>' <pamswearingen1...> <mailto:<pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> <mailto:<arlingtonbirds-noreply...>> wrote:
>>
>> [Attachment(s) <x-msg://240/#TopText> from <pamswearingen1...> <mailto:<pamswearingen1...> included below]
>> Can anyone identify this bird in our backyard today on Belmont hill. Sorry not very good pictures with my iphone
>> Pam Swearingen
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Date: 1/28/19 1:17 pm
From: Ruth Trimarchi <ruthtri...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d [2 Attachments]
Do you think this is the same species? S/he was on my feeder yesterday and I guessed then that it is a song sparrow.

Ruth



> On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:24 PM, '<pamswearingen1...>' <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> [Attachment(s) <x-msg://240/#TopText> from <pamswearingen1...> <mailto:<pamswearingen1...> included below]
> Can anyone identify this bird in our backyard today on Belmont hill. Sorry not very good pictures with my iphone
> Pam Swearingen
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Date: 1/28/19 12:04 pm
From: Gretchen Wade <gretchenwade66...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d
Song sparrow was my first thought.

Gretchen Wade


On Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 2:52 PM '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Pam,
>
> I was really baffled by that heavily dark-streaked bird but finally came
> to the conclusion that it could be a Song Sparrow, assuming that your
> photos make the streaks look a lot blacker (at least on my computer screen)
> than they really are. I’ll be interested in what others think.
>
> Renee LaFontaine
> Medford, MA
>
> > On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:24 PM, '<pamswearingen1...>'
> <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> >
> > Can anyone identify this bird in our backyard today on Belmont hill.
> Sorry not very good pictures with my iphone
> > Pam Swearingen
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------------
> > Posted by: "<pamswearingen1...>" <pamswearingen1...>
> > ------------------------------------
> >
> > Links and club information at:
> > http://mrines.com/Birds/Arlington/
> > ------------------------------------
> >
> > Yahoo Groups Links
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Date: 1/28/19 12:03 pm
From: Susan Davidson <susan.davidson629...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d
I agree. My initial thought was song sparrow but the streaking looked more
prominent than I expected. The illustrations in Sibley show the streaking
as quite dark, though, and the other markings all match.

On Mon, Jan 28, 2019, 2:52 PM '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Pam,
>
> I was really baffled by that heavily dark-streaked bird but finally came
> to the conclusion that it could be a Song Sparrow, assuming that your
> photos make the streaks look a lot blacker (at least on my computer screen)
> than they really are. I’ll be interested in what others think.
>
> Renee LaFontaine
> Medford, MA
>
> > On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:24 PM, '<pamswearingen1...>'
> <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
> >
> > Can anyone identify this bird in our backyard today on Belmont hill.
> Sorry not very good pictures with my iphone
> > Pam Swearingen
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------------
> > Posted by: "<pamswearingen1...>" <pamswearingen1...>
> > ------------------------------------
> >
> > Links and club information at:
> > http://mrines.com/Birds/Arlington/
> > ------------------------------------
> >
> > Yahoo Groups Links
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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Date: 1/28/19 11:59 am
From: Pamswearingen <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d
Someone else thought it might be a Savannah sparrow .
I checked on Merlin and with my pictures they said could be song or savannah sparrow. It did seem pretty dark to me, and no yellow seen but I guess lots or variety in Savannah sparrows .did not look rusty at all that pictures of song sparrowscshow. On first picture with 2 dark spots on sides of throat , does that help distinguish.
Unfortunately our new 3 month old Bernese mt dog puppy had to go out and it flew away.

Pam

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 28, 2019, at 2:43 PM, "<dacooper...>" <dacooper...> wrote:
>
> Pam,
>
> I was really baffled by that heavily dark-streaked bird but finally came to the conclusion that it could be a Song Sparrow, assuming that your photos make the streaks look a lot blacker (at least on my computer screen) than they really are. I’ll be interested in what others think.
>
> Renee LaFontaine
> Medford, MA
>
>> On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:24 PM, '<pamswearingen1...>' <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> Pam Swearingen
>>
>>
>>
>> Posted by: "<pamswearingen1...>" <pamswearingen1...>
>> ------------------------------------
>>
>> Links and club information at:
>> http://mrines.com/Birds/Arlington/
>> ------------------------------------
>>
>> Yahoo Groups Links
>>
>>
>>
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>> Sent from my iPhone
>



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Date: 1/28/19 11:43 am
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d
Pam,

I was really baffled by that heavily dark-streaked bird but finally came to the conclusion that it could be a Song Sparrow, assuming that your photos make the streaks look a lot blacker (at least on my computer screen) than they really are. I’ll be interested in what others think.

Renee LaFontaine
Medford, MA

> On Jan 28, 2019, at 1:24 PM, '<pamswearingen1...>' <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Can anyone identify this bird in our backyard today on Belmont hill. Sorry not very good pictures with my iphone
> Pam Swearingen
>
>
>
> ------------------------------------
> Posted by: "<pamswearingen1...>" <pamswearingen1...>
> ------------------------------------
>
> Links and club information at:
> http://mrines.com/Birds/Arlington/
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Date: 1/28/19 11:07 am
From: 'Soheil Zendeh' <sohzendeh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday February 3, 2019, at 9 am; report for Jan 27 walk
Folks,

The next walk at Bear Creek Sanctuary is scheduled for 9 am on Sunday, February 3. Details for attending Bear Creek walks are at the end of this email..

Winter is in full swing. Plenty of Red-tailed Hawks and a few other raptors plus a large contingent of Horned Larks were the points of interest on the January 26 walk.

Here is the ebird list of sightings:

Bear Creek Sanctuary (Restricted Access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 27, 2019 9:23 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.07 mile(s)
33 bird species

Canada Goose 125
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 2
American Black Duck 110
Common Eider 1
Bufflehead 11
Common Goldeneye 7
Red-breasted Merganser 16
Wild Turkey 7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 56
Mourning Dove 13
Ring-billed Gull 12
Herring Gull 201
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Common Loon 5
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Northern Flicker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 111 Careful count
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 200
American Goldfinch 3
American Tree Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 11
Red-winged Blackbird 16
Northern Cardinal 5
House Sparrow 9

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52133685


Bear Creek is an upland grassland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather.

This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this property is accessible by invitation only and visitors need to be chaperoned at all times. Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual length of the trip depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually difficult to break up the party if you need to be somewhere in the early afternoon. Come prepared to stay with the group.

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down. Please let me know you’re coming so we can have a head count.

Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1½ miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just after a set of lights) you’ve gone too far — turn back. Here is a link to google maps:
http://tinyurl.com/326v87d

When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the property without an escort.

Soheil Zendeh
Lexington, MA 02421



 

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Date: 1/28/19 10:24 am
From: '<pamswearingen1...>' <pamswearingen1...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] ? I’d [4 Attachments]
<*>[Attachment(s) from <pamswearingen1...> included below]

Can anyone identify this bird in our backyard today on Belmont hill. Sorry not very good pictures with my iphone
Pam Swearingen



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Date: 1/28/19 3:48 am
From: 'Alan Ankers' <alankers...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Cape Ann trip report
Here is a report from Fran Perler about the Cape Ann trip she led on Saturday.



Alan Ankers



From: Fran Perler <franpix15...>
Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:44 PM
To: <alankers...>
Cc: Robin Cohn <cohnrobin...>; <KandyR...>
Subject: Cape Ann trip report



Hi Alan,



Here’s a report from my Cape Ann Bird Walk on Jan 26,2019. eBird reports by Robin Cohn.



Three enthusiastic birders met at Halibut Point State Park for an all day birding trip. We drove east around Cape Ann stopping at Andrew’s Point, Cathedral Ledge, Rockport Granite Pier, Bass Rocks (Elks Lodge), Eastern Point Gloucester, Niles Pond/Brace Cove Gloucester. It was a cool, but sunny day without strong winds.



Overall, we saw 22 species. We had closeup looks at Harlequins, Purple Sandpipers and Buffleheads amongst other birds. Highlights were Long-tailed Duck, Harlequin Duck, Gadwall, Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Red-necked Merganser, Black, White-winged and Surf Scoter, Common Loon and Great Cormorant. We were saddened to see a dead Common Murre at Eastern Point.



Our full bird list is below.



Take care,

Fran Perler



Andrew’s Point

Ring-necked Duck 2

Common Eider 21

Harlequin Duck 25

Surf Scoter 2

Black Scoter 6

Long-tailed Duck 6

Purple Sandpiper 8

Ring-billed Gull 4

Common Loon 1

Cathedral Ledge

Mallard 2

Common Eider 10

Harlequin Duck 21

Surf Scoter 1

Bufflehead 11

Red-breasted Merganser 1

Herring Gull 1

Great Black-backed Gull 1

Common Loon 1

American Crow 2

Granite Pier Rockport

Common Eider 21

Harlequin Duck 5

Surf Scoter 7

Bufflehead 2

Red-breasted Merganser 5

Common Loon 2

Great Cormorant 3

Bass Rocks

Surf Scoter 2

Bufflehead 25

Common Goldeneye 1

Red-breasted Merganser 4

Black Guillemot 1

Herring Gull 1

Common Loon 2

Eastern Point Gloucester

Canada Goose 6

Gadwall 4

Mallard 19

American Black Duck 5

Common Eider 360

Surf Scoter 2

Bufflehead 15

Red-breasted Merganser 5

Purple Sandpiper 5

Common Murre 1 Dead

Ring-billed Gull 1

Herring Gull 8

Great Black-backed Gull 1

Common Loon 4

Brace Cove (Niles Pond was frozen)

Mallard 4

Common Eider 8

White-winged Scoter 2

Black Scoter 2

Bufflehead 2

Common Goldeneye 3

Red-breasted Merganser 6

Purple Sandpiper 1

Black Guillemot 1

Ring-billed Gull 2

Common Loon 1



Take care,

Fran

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Sent from Fran’s iPad




 

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Date: 1/23/19 12:07 pm
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Menotomy Trip Reminder
A winter coastal trip this weekend:

Saturday, January 26
Cape Ann Waterbirds
We will meet at Halibut Point parking lot at 9 AM and continue around Cape Ann to Gloucester. Potential stops: Andrews Point, Old Granite Pier Rockport, Bass Rocks, State Fish Pier in Gloucester, Eastern Point. All day trip, join or leave at your convenience. Bringing lunch is recommended as many shops are closed in the winter. Carpooling and Birding Scopes encouraged. 9:00 AM Fran Perler <mailto:<FranPix15...>


Renee LaFontaine
Medford, MA
 

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Date: 1/20/19 1:00 pm
From: Charles Atkinson <charleshatkinson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] GBH in Alewife Brook
Yes, I have seen it there several times recently. Does anyone know what it
finds to eat the Alewife Brook? I thought the storm drain sewage issue had
wiped out most of the fish.

Chas

On Sun, Jan 20, 2019 at 1:25 PM Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

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>
> I’ve been watching a hardy great blue heron by turns preening and sitting
> stock still at the edge of the Alewife that runs along Sunnyside. It has
> been there for hours. I’m always amazed that they withstand this awful
> weather.
>
> Liz
>
> Sent from my miniature device.
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Date: 1/20/19 10:41 am
From: <jthomas139...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the Fells along the Whittemore Brook Path
This is the path that starts from Winford Way in Medford - same place I saw the Pileated Woodpecker and Winter Wrens last week. The kinglet was first reported by Karsten a few days ago. It is somewhat unusual in January (enough to trigger the eBird filter, anyway). The kinglet gave me a really special "photo op" yesterday afternoon, perching on an open branch with the red crown showing, so I thought I would share a link to some photos.


I am already nostalgic for the snow-free background seen in these photos.


Jeff Thomas
Winchester


https://www.flickr.com/photos/jthomas139 https://www.flickr.com/photos/jthomas139

 

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Date: 1/20/19 10:25 am
From: Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] GBH in Alewife Brook
I’ve been watching a hardy great blue heron by turns preening and sitting stock still at the edge of the Alewife that runs along Sunnyside. It has been there for hours. I’m always amazed that they withstand this awful weather.

Liz

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Date: 1/19/19 1:41 pm
From: 'Soheil Zendeh' <sohzendeh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Cancellation: Bear Creek walk on Sunday, 1/20
Folks,



We are canceling the Bear Creek walk for Sunday, January 20. Weather
permitting, we will resume the walks next week, Sunday January 27 at 9 am.



Here are the details if you want to attend one of our walks:



Bear Creek is an upland grassland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator
(formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and
Revere. Access information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared
to hike 3 4 miles. The property is mostly very open, so be prepared for
sun, wind and weather.



This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this property
is accessible by invitation only and visitors need to be chaperoned at all
times. Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual length
of the trip depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually
difficult to break up the party if you need to be somewhere in the early
afternoon. Come prepared to stay with the group.



Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of
binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and
birding, come on down. Please let me know youre coming so we can have a
head count.



Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem
Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and
107 is about 1 miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1
exit on Rte 60. When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard
Street bridge (just after a set of lights) youve gone too far turn back.
Here is a link to google maps:

http://tinyurl.com/326v87d



When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot
immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the
property without an escort.



Soheil Zendeh

Lexington, MA 02421




 

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Date: 1/19/19 4:18 am
From: 'Hartel, Karsten E.' <hartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds]
Hi Marj

Can we delete the <hartel...> from arlington birds and only use <karstenehartel...>

thanks


Karsten E. Hartel |Curatorial Associate in Ichthyology | Museum of Comparative Zoology| Harvard University | 26 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138 | p: 617-495-2477 | <hartel...>

 

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Date: 1/18/19 7:12 am
From: Paul Ippolito <paulippolito295...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Young birders scholarship opportunity at Hog Island
At our Menotomy Bird Club meeting last night - which was yet another
entertaining and informative presentation - during our News You can
News Session, there was mention of a scholarship opportunity for Young
Birders for a teen program at National Audubon’s Hog Island camp on
June 16-21, 2019..

We wanted to forward that information along to club members that may
themselves or know of someone who might be able to take advantage of
this opportunity.

- Paul Ippolito - Woburn

The Brookline Bird Club is extending the application deadline for our
two Young Birder Scholarships until February 21, 2019. We have not yet
received any applications for these scholarships, which cover the full
cost ($1395) of the Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens program at
National Audubon’s Hog Island camp on June 16-21, 2019. Our seven
previous recipients have had great, even transformative experiences at
Hog Island, and we hope that young birders will take advantage of this
wonderful opportunity. If you know some eligible young birders, please
encourage them to apply. The scholarship covers housing, boat travel,
and all meals. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for
transportation costs to and from the camp.

Applicants must be New England residents, ages 14-17, and must submit
a written application and two letters of reference. Preference will be
given to applicants with individual or family BBC memberships. To be
considered a member, an applicant may join the club at the time of
application. “I truly had an unforgettable experience at the Hog
Island camp,” wrote 2018 recipient Sam Mroz in a thank-you note to the
BBC, “and I would not have been able to attend within your
sponsorship.”

I know that some other clubs in the Association might also offer
scholarships, and the BBC is not looking to compete with other clubs
for applicants. If we get a qualified applicant through another club,
the BBC will cover the cost of the scholarship but would be glad to
share the credit in publicizing the scholarship.

Completed applications and references must be received by the BBC by
February 21, 2019. Selection and notification of recipients will be
completed by February 28, 2019.

For instructions on how to apply and to download an application, go
the BBC website at www.brooklinebirdclub.org

John Nelson

Chair, BBC Conservation and Education Committee


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Date: 1/18/19 2:37 am
From: Paul Devaney <PaulDBooty...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Horned
Roseann & I heard duetting Great Horned Owls this morning about 2:00 AM.

Paul Devaney Winchester
 

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Date: 1/16/19 8:56 am
From: 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] DCR's Belle Isle Marsh Oasis for Birds Sat Jan 19 8:30 a.m.
North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation

One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
781-656-1485

Date January 16, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Find yourself in a DCR State Park

East Boston\Winthrop\

Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural and cultural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Bring Water. The agency strongly recommends visitors dress appropriately for the weather, bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone 781-656-1485 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/upcoming-programs-and-events


Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

An Oasis for Birds
First and Third Saturday, Jan. 19; Feb. 2 & 16
NOTE TIME CHANGE 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Discover the abundant bird life at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of one mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult. Meet at: On or near the boardwalk to the right of the Bulletin Board, located at 1399 Bennington Street, East Boston. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection, cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

Winthrop Shores Reservation

Avian Delights at Winthrop Beach
Second & Fourth Saturday, Jan 26; Feb. 9 & 23 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Observe water birds and learn about their adaptations for survival as we walk on the beach sand for a distance of up to one mile. Terrain can be uneven. Some binoculars will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Suitable for adults and children ages 10 and older accompanied by an adult. Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. On street parking is available free of charge. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beachstop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.





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Date: 1/16/19 6:55 am
From: Megan Gately <megan_gately...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Tufts Grafton clinic: 2018 stats
Hi all,
See the year in review for wildlife (including many birds) treated at Tufts Grafton clinic: https://now.tufts.edu/articles/where-injured-wild-things-were
Happy birding,,
Megan

 

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