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2/23/18 4:18 am Megan Gately <megan_gately...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Red tails on Tufts campus
2/22/18 3:43 pm Eric Smith <esmithphoto...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Member's Photo Night sign up
2/22/18 3:40 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Arlington Reservoir: WF Goose still present, Raven
2/22/18 2:39 pm Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge Weekly Survey 2/22/2018
2/22/18 7:19 am <steph_gaynor...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Re: Red-throated Loon on Mystic River
2/22/18 6:51 am Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Yesterday, Sandy Beach Area 2/21/12
2/22/18 4:28 am Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] The Res
2/21/18 4:45 pm Paul Devaney <PaulDBooty...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Eagles
2/20/18 8:43 pm Fran Perler <franpix15...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Cluster of Ruby-crowned Kinglets ?
2/20/18 4:42 pm 'Seelman, Elizabeth' <eseelman...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] gyr rumors
2/20/18 11:58 am MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Apologies Re: Juvenile eagle [photo] taken today at Mystic Lake Dam
2/19/18 6:46 pm MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Juvenile eagle taken today at Mystic Lake Dam
2/19/18 3:02 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Medford Dam and Upper Mystic Lake Fore Bay 2/18 and 19
2/19/18 12:56 pm Martin Fraser <m.fraser781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Where are the birds?
2/19/18 7:06 am Ram Subramanian <ramkumar...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] 2 immature BAEA on the Spruce
2/19/18 6:57 am 'Ann M. Gantz' <annmgantz...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Cluster of Ruby-crowned Kinglets ?
2/18/18 5:22 pm '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Cluster of Ruby-crowned Kinglets ?
2/18/18 7:59 am Ram Subramanian <ramkumar...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Bald Eagles: Mystic Lakes
2/18/18 7:27 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Bald Eagles: Mystic Lakes
2/18/18 7:06 am Christine King - Business <bc.biz...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Medford Dam 2/17/18
2/17/18 9:08 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Medford Dam 2/17/18
2/17/18 10:53 am <jthomas139...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Greater White-fronted Goose yes
2/17/18 10:16 am '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Red-throated Loon on Mystic River
2/17/18 7:17 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Arlington Reservoir white fronted Goose
2/17/18 6:38 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] White Fronted Goose Belmont Country Club
2/17/18 6:07 am Jason Forbes <jason...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] White-fronted Goose, Belmont
2/16/18 12:07 pm '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Mystic Lakes 2/16
2/15/18 12:29 pm Anna Piccolo <sweetestlight9...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Fwd: Join Us Live from National Geographic on February 15!
2/15/18 11:40 am Dan T <dan99265...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Dan's Hawk ID
2/15/18 9:00 am John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
2/15/18 8:30 am Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge weekly survey, February 15, 2018
2/15/18 7:48 am Lisa Carr <lisacarr7968...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] blue heron in waters near Wedgemere Station yesterday morning
2/14/18 10:29 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Sandy Beach, Mystic Lake 2/14/18
2/13/18 12:43 pm Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWLR
2/13/18 8:57 am <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Dan's Hawk ID
2/13/18 7:29 am Lorraine Kaplan <lorraine.e.kaplan...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Hawk at 185 Alewife Brook Parkway
2/13/18 7:12 am Paula G <pmgentile...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Hawk ID?
2/13/18 6:44 am Dan T <dan99265...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Hawk ID?
2/12/18 10:39 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Ravens
2/12/18 7:24 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake 2/12/18
2/12/18 3:47 pm Karin Turer <oberon119...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
2/12/18 2:25 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Danehy Park --- ? almost spring
2/12/18 8:03 am Nick Pavey <nickjpavey...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
2/12/18 7:55 am John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
2/10/18 2:44 pm Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Cranes, etc.
2/10/18 6:39 am Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] 2018 Bald Eagle Video/Exhibit
2/9/18 9:14 am Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] EBird Report Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge weekly survey
2/8/18 11:35 am Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Eric Smith Photography Exhibit: The Nature of New England: GALLERY RECEPTION FRIDAY FEB 9TH 7-8;30 PM at Sanctuary 458 High St., West Medford
2/7/18 10:43 am '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Linda's photos -IDs
2/7/18 8:29 am Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Medford Dam and Upper Lake 2/6/2018
2/6/18 2:30 pm Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR boardwalk - buy a board
2/6/18 8:57 am '<sylieberson...>' <plieberson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] hawk misadventure
2/5/18 1:27 pm Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Rock Meadow
2/4/18 1:41 pm Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Snowy Owl- and Red-throated Loons
2/4/18 11:08 am '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2/4
2/4/18 7:48 am Jason Forbes <jason...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Snowy Owl, Sylvester Baxter, Somerville
2/4/18 3:52 am Sheila Driscoll <smd68...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Friends of Mystic River/Menotomy Bird Club Mystic Lakes Trip 2/3/18
2/3/18 4:35 pm Sheila Driscoll <smd68...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Friends of Mystic River/Menotomy Bird Club Mystic Lakes Trip 2/3/18
2/3/18 2:58 pm <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Friens of Mystic River/Menotomy Bird Club Mystic Lakes Trip 2/3/18
2/1/18 7:30 pm Eric Smith <esmithphoto...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Member Photo Night signup and more
2/1/18 3:52 pm patience terry <patience_terry...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] list
2/1/18 8:25 am Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] EBird Report Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
2/1/18 1:19 am 'David Bean' <beandk...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Fox and snowy owl video
1/31/18 8:32 pm <steph_gaynor...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Re: Snowy Owl Reports (or nonreports) from Arlington
1/31/18 9:00 am <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Snowy Owl Reports (or nonreports) from Arlington
1/31/18 8:51 am Karin Turer <oberon119...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Snowy owl
1/31/18 7:50 am '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Menotomy trip reminder
1/31/18 5:58 am 'David Bean' <beandk...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> RE: [Arlington Birds] Kingfisher
1/31/18 3:57 am Jk <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Snowy owl
1/31/18 2:04 am Charles Atkinson <charleshatkinson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Kingfisher
1/30/18 10:45 pm Paul Ippolito <paulippolito295...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Meeting Reminder - Thursday, February 1st
1/30/18 10:06 pm Carol Thrope <clt51...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Yesterday - Snowy Owl in Arl Hts
1/29/18 5:59 am Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Watertown Charles River Bald Eagle
1/29/18 5:56 am <steph_gaynor...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Yesterday - Snowy Owl in Arl Hts
1/28/18 3:02 pm '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow 1/28
1/26/18 11:59 am Paul Ippolito <paulippolito295...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Next Menotomy Bird Club Meeting, Thursday, February 1st
1/26/18 11:34 am Carol Thrope <clt51...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Call out for refreshments for February 1, 2018 Thursday - Fox Library
1/25/18 11:45 am Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge eBird Report for 1-25-2018
1/24/18 9:13 am '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Red-throated Loons Mystic Lakes
1/24/18 8:11 am Megan Gately <megan_gately...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] 2017 stats on recovered birds at Tufts Wildlife Clinic
 
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Date: 2/23/18 4:18 am
From: Megan Gately <megan_gately...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Red tails on Tufts campus
At 6:50 this AM, noticed two red tail hawks (hard to see much detail) perched together on antennae near the church on Tufts campus.

 

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Date: 2/22/18 3:43 pm
From: Eric Smith <esmithphoto...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Member's Photo Night sign up
The April meeting of the Menotomy Bird Club is on April 10th, and it is
Member's Photo Night!
I am now opening it up to everyone, even people who showed last year.

We still have several slots to fill, so please email me if you are
interested. Email me if you're not sure you want to do it, and want to
learn more.

The basics of it are that you get roughly 8 minutes (or around 35'ish
photos) to show on whatever you want - as long as it is appropriate for the
"nature" of the club. We've had everything from photos of birding trips,
underwater photos (fish, coral, and more), photos from the Antarctic, from
Canada, from India, from Tobago, from Medford, ... my back yard! You can
talk, you don't have to talk, the pictures can be taken with your phone or
with the best gear in the world.... as long as they fit our nature/wildlife
bend, we're happy.

I will walk you through the entire process for getting the images ready,
and how to present. So if you've never done it before, don't worry about
it. I make it easy. All we need is an interest in doing it and your
photos.

As always, it is first-come, first served. So send me an email to reserve
your spot.

Eric

Eric Smith
Waltham, MA

 

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Date: 2/22/18 3:40 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Arlington Reservoir: WF Goose still present, Raven
Arlington Reservoir, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 22, 2018 6:40 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Karsten Hartel

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) 1 G.W-F Goose on water
with Canada Geese early on; then flew off North with a group of Canadas at
about 0740 hrs. Flight call very noticeable.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 90
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 6 Originally 2 then 4 more landed but were
chased away by resident pair.
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 22
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 5
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 4
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 10
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 2 a pair landed then flew away
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 5
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 10
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 9
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 14
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1 Croaked the flew away over playing field
toward Massachusetts Ave.
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 18
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 15
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 4
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) 1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 12
blackbird sp. (Icteridae sp.) 5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

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Date: 2/22/18 2:39 pm
From: Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge Weekly Survey 2/22/2018
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US-MA (42.4752,-71.3296), Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 22, 2018 6:26 AM - 10:01 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.31 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NFWS volunteers Kevin, Audrey, Larry, Will, Tim, Dick, and Maryellen. Spring weather and warm temperatures have melted ice in impoundments and the river, which brought the first good variety of ducks this year. Fish kill evident, bringing in a number of gulls. No raptors until a Redtail flew into the parking area as we were wrapping up. Temps remained at 40° throughout, sprinkles a few times.
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 68
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 6
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 15 Careful count, not unusual at Great Meadows. Water opening up so many more ducks today.
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata) 4 Well seen in flight, white and blue stripes, distinctive male wing pattern
American Wigeon (Mareca americana) 5
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 9
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 7
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 11
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 15
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 7
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) 9
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 9
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 4
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 2
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 5
gull sp. (Larinae sp.) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus) 3
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 9
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 11
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 14
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 12
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 7
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 3
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 4
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 25
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 14
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 130
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 71 Flock seen flying over fields at Huckins Farm.
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 90
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43096794

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA
<maryellen...>
Sent from my iPhone
 

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Date: 2/22/18 7:19 am
From: <steph_gaynor...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Re: Red-throated Loon on Mystic River
Yesterday I got a good look at the Red-throated Loon. Thank you Renee and Marj for the tips in finding it! I marvel at the distances these birds travel. It would be something to see them in their breeding plumage!

https://flic.kr/p/21NNVvW https://flic.kr/p/21NNVvW

https://flic.kr/p/21NNUTJ https://flic.kr/p/21NNUTJ
 

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Date: 2/22/18 6:51 am
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Yesterday, Sandy Beach Area 2/21/12
Yesterday afternoon Wednesday The Red-winged Blackbirds are back. Also
there was I think a Purple Martin. Any ideas? Many Buffleheads. Many Gulls
fishing. Also a Red-tailed Hawk was flying around.

I have posted some photos at; https://photos.app.goo.gl/BwiFyaJkAnigVbc93.
Mystic Lakes 2018 album.

Happy Birding

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 2/22/18 4:28 am
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] The Res
Birders: We walked around the Res yesterday afternoon, May weather! Lots of Geese on the pond, a few ducks too (one or two Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers, one Ring-necked, four Black Ducks). But the stars were two brilliant Red-winged Blackbirds at the top of the trees on the farm side of the pond!
Hope the hot weather doesn’t ruin the fruit harvest as it did two years ago!
Oakes






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Date: 2/21/18 4:45 pm
From: Paul Devaney <PaulDBooty...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Eagles
Two juvenile Bald Eagles were on the ice of Upper Mystic Lake this morning. They stayed about an hour between 10:30 to 11:30 presumably eating what was frozen in the thinning ice. Earlier at 8:30 they were seen on the ice near Sandy Beach as I drove past Winchester Boat Club.

Paul Devaney
Winchester
 

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Date: 2/20/18 8:43 pm
From: Fran Perler <franpix15...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Cluster of Ruby-crowned Kinglets ?
Hi all,

I saw 3 Golden-crowned Kinglets on Saturday in Brookline/Boston in the
woods around Warden's Pond, which is just north of Jamaica Pond.

On another note, Leverett Pond in Brookline (across from the Brook House at
Route 9) has hosted 2-4 Hooded Mergs, 2-5 Ring-necked ducks and a few
Ring-billed Gulls the past several weeks, plus its resident Wood Ducks and
Coot. This is a small pond, so you can get really good looks. If you walk
south from the parking lot opposite the Brook house, the Wood ducks live on
the second small 'island' just off the shore. The other interesting ducks
also hang out there.

Take care,
Fran Perler

On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 9:56 AM, 'Ann M. Gantz' <annmgantz...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> All of the above! We saw 2 we thought at Arlington yesterday.. Definitely
> one. Multiple golden crowns too. Ann Gantz
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Feb 18, 2018, at 8:22 PM, '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...>
> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Jeff Thomas mentioned in his recent post that there seem to be a lot of
> Ruby-crowned Kinglets around, so I took a look at the ebird postings for
> February this year and confirmed that we seem to have a cluster of them in
> our area. We have sightings at six nearby places: Mystic Lakes, Mt.
> Pleasant Cemetery, Horn Pond, Dunback, Danehy Park, and Arlington Reservoir.
>
> There are no February ebird records of Ruby-crowned Kinglet this year for
> Boston, the North Shore, or the South Shore. The closest other sightings
> were one way out on the Cape at Wellfleet, one way west in Northhampton,
> and a couple down at the Rhode Island border.
>
> I don’t understand why this is. Do we just have more observant birders in
> our neighborhood? Are others concentrating on seabirds, ducks, etc.? Are we
> just lucky?
>
> Renee LaFontaine
> Medford, MA
>
>
>



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<FranPix15...>

 

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Date: 2/20/18 4:42 pm
From: 'Seelman, Elizabeth' <eseelman...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] gyr rumors
I don't expect (or want!) anyone to tell me location BUT would be neat to know a gyrfalcon is in the vicinity!
Liz Seelman

 

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Date: 2/20/18 11:58 am
From: MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Apologies Re: Juvenile eagle [photo] taken today at Mystic Lake Dam
My apologies for the subject line. I forgot to add “photo taken” on my
original message. Rest assured no eagle has been taken. 😊

-MJ

On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 9:43 PM MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> wrote:

> There were 2 juveniles when I was there this morning around 8. They were
> both on the upper Mystic ice then flew separately off, with one taking a
> break to sit on the 'Eagle Tree'. They have been hanging out looking for
> scraps of food.
>
> Here's a link to the photos of the juvenile in the tree:
>
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/sMLQtS8sX8BZAhAH2
>
> MJ
> Arlington
>

 

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Date: 2/19/18 6:46 pm
From: MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Juvenile eagle taken today at Mystic Lake Dam
There were 2 juveniles when I was there this morning around 8. They were
both on the upper Mystic ice then flew separately off, with one taking a
break to sit on the 'Eagle Tree'. They have been hanging out looking for
scraps of food.

Here's a link to the photos of the juvenile in the tree:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/sMLQtS8sX8BZAhAH2

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Date: 2/19/18 3:02 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Medford Dam and Upper Mystic Lake Fore Bay 2/18 and 19
This morning around noon the only activity at the Dam were four Red-tails
flying around together. The Upper Lake fore bay was not much activity.
Many Common Mergansers, Chickadees, Juncos and a Cardinal. Yesterday there
were three Juvenile or immature Bald Eagles flying back and forth from the
Dam and Upper Lake fore bay area. I did post a couple of photos of the
Eagles,not the greatest.,but not sure if Juveniles or immatures or even
subadults. Any ideas please me know. One of them had a very interesting
position.
..
I have posted some photos from yesterday and this morning.

Photos at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BwiFyaJkAnigVbc93. Mystic Lakes 2018
album.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 2/19/18 12:56 pm
From: Martin Fraser <m.fraser781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Where are the birds?
I have’t so much as a sparrow at my feeder in over 2 weeks, wonder why?
Normally very busy, refilling every 2-3 Days I guess.
I’m on the Fells(whitbrook trail), feeder is dry, what do I look for?

Typical (I think) seed, albeit low sunflower component(for less mess), any
advice? Seems a waste to dump seed and refil, but I would.

Thanks for any guidance.
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Date: 2/19/18 7:06 am
From: Ram Subramanian <ramkumar...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] 2 immature BAEA on the Spruce
Views from parkway on the Arlington side

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Date: 2/19/18 6:57 am
From: 'Ann M. Gantz' <annmgantz...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Cluster of Ruby-crowned Kinglets ?
All of the above! We saw 2 we thought at Arlington yesterday. Definitely one. Multiple golden crowns too. Ann Gantz

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> On Feb 18, 2018, at 8:22 PM, '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Jeff Thomas mentioned in his recent post that there seem to be a lot of Ruby-crowned Kinglets around, so I took a look at the ebird postings for February this year and confirmed that we seem to have a cluster of them in our area. We have sightings at six nearby places: Mystic Lakes, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Horn Pond, Dunback, Danehy Park, and Arlington Reservoir.
>
> There are no February ebird records of Ruby-crowned Kinglet this year for Boston, the North Shore, or the South Shore. The closest other sightings were one way out on the Cape at Wellfleet, one way west in Northhampton, and a couple down at the Rhode Island border.
>
> I don’t understand why this is. Do we just have more observant birders in our neighborhood? Are others concentrating on seabirds, ducks, etc..? Are we just lucky?
>
> Renee LaFontaine
> Medford, MA
>
>

 

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Date: 2/18/18 5:22 pm
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Cluster of Ruby-crowned Kinglets ?
Jeff Thomas mentioned in his recent post that there seem to be a lot of Ruby-crowned Kinglets around, so I took a look at the ebird postings for February this year and confirmed that we seem to have a cluster of them in our area. We have sightings at six nearby places: Mystic Lakes, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Horn Pond, Dunback, Danehy Park, and Arlington Reservoir.

There are no February ebird records of Ruby-crowned Kinglet this year for Boston, the North Shore, or the South Shore. The closest other sightings were one way out on the Cape at Wellfleet, one way west in Northhampton, and a couple down at the Rhode Island border.

I don’t understand why this is. Do we just have more observant birders in our neighborhood? Are others concentrating on seabirds, ducks, etc.? Are we just lucky?

Renee LaFontaine
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Date: 2/18/18 7:59 am
From: Ram Subramanian <ramkumar...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Bald Eagles: Mystic Lakes
Fyi they are still there. Now on the ice with a kill. Towards far end of lower Lake (seen from dam)

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On Feb 18, 2018, 10:38 AM -0500, Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>, wrote:
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> Greetings all,
>
> 3 Bald Eagles seen from Lower Dam with John Whelan this morning!  Ebird link with photos below...
>
> Craig Gibson
> Winchester, MA
>
> Mystic Lakes, Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
> Feb 18, 2018 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments: Clear skies, bright sun, wind: NW 12MPH, gusts 18MPH, 33F/24F wind chill
> 1 species: Bald Eagles 3
>
> Sub adult on the ice, lower part of Lower Mystic, viewed from Mystic Valley Pkwy near Sagamore Ave.; hopped up into wind and airborne in hover mode a number of times!
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42925391
>
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Date: 2/18/18 7:27 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Bald Eagles: Mystic Lakes
Greetings all,


3 Bald Eagles seen from Lower Dam with John Whelan this morning! Ebird link with photos below...


Craig Gibson

Winchester, MA


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Feb 18, 2018 8:50 AM - 9:10 AM
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Comments: Clear skies, bright sun, wind: NW 12MPH, gusts 18MPH, 33F/24F wind chill
1 species: Bald Eagles 3


Sub adult on the ice, lower part of Lower Mystic, viewed from Mystic Valley Pkwy near Sagamore Ave.; hopped up into wind and airborne in hover mode a number of times!

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42925391


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Date: 2/18/18 7:06 am
From: Christine King - Business <bc.biz...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Medford Dam 2/17/18
House Finch? Purple Finch male would be plain-breasted below the red,
House is striped as this one.

--Christine


On 02/18/2018 12:08 AM, Linda Thompson <lthom781...>
[arlingtonbirds] wrote:
> There were a few people at the Dam around noon. There also were two or
> three Eagles in trees and flying in the distance. When I arrived
> around 11:30 an Adult Eagle was in the tree by the Dam and flew
> shortly afterward. There were Buffleheads, Red-Breasted Mergansers,
> and several Red-tails. The last three photos were at Upper Mystic Lake
> Sandy Beach area. A Northern Cardinal, a Raven. It had to be a Raven.
> It had one of loudest croak sound I have heard and very large. I
> caught him just before it behind the trees. I think light was
> reflecting of the tail and wings. Also the last photo I need an ID. At
> first I thought it might be a female or juvenile male Cardinal because
> it was also near the male Cardinal. But not so sure.
>
> I have posted a few photos at:
> https://photos.app.goo.gl/BwiFyaJkAnigVbc93. Mystic Lakes 2018 album.
>
> Happy Birding
>
> Linda Thompson
> Arlington
>
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Date: 2/17/18 9:08 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Medford Dam 2/17/18
There were a few people at the Dam around noon. There also were two or
three Eagles in trees and flying in the distance. When I arrived around
11:30 an Adult Eagle was in the tree by the Dam and flew shortly afterward.
There were Buffleheads, Red-Breasted Mergansers, and several Red-tails. The
last three photos were at Upper Mystic Lake Sandy Beach area. A Northern
Cardinal, a Raven. It had to be a Raven. It had one of loudest croak sound
I have heard and very large. I caught him just before it behind the trees.
I think light was reflecting of the tail and wings. Also the last photo I
need an ID. At first I thought it might be a female or juvenile male
Cardinal because it was also near the male Cardinal. But not so sure.

I have posted a few photos at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BwiFyaJkAnigVbc93.
Mystic Lakes 2018 album.

Happy Birding

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 2/17/18 10:53 am
From: <jthomas139...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Greater White-fronted Goose yes
The goose was still present at 12:30 pm at Arlington Reservoir - it was fairly easy to pick out from the many Canada Geese. I posted a picture on my Flickr.
I also saw the Red-throated Loon that Renee found - she showed it to me when I arrived at the bottom of Mystic Lake That wooded area was pretty birdy by current February standards. A few pictures of the loon are also posted.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/jthomas139 https://www.flickr.com/photos/jthomas139/with/25210078947/



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Winchester


 

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Date: 2/17/18 10:16 am
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Red-throated Loon on Mystic River
I tried to send this email earlier, but it doesn’t seem to have gone through:

This morning there has been a Red-throated Loon on the Mystic River just below where it emerges from the Lower Mystic Lake. As of 11:30 it was halfway between the lake and the first bridge below the lake. Nice close views.

Renee LaFontaine
Medford, MA

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Date: 2/17/18 7:17 am
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Subject: [Arlington Birds] Arlington Reservoir white fronted Goose
Subject bird just dropped with about 200 Canadas.

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Date: 2/17/18 6:38 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] White Fronted Goose Belmont Country Club
White Fronted Goose seen yesterday at Arlington Res was just on grounds of Belmont Country Club. Best seen from Concord Ave. bird took off. Might be elsewhere on grounds but also check fields at Wilson Farms and Arlington Reservoir.

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Date: 2/17/18 6:07 am
From: Jason Forbes <jason...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] White-fronted Goose, Belmont
Currently on the Belmont Country Club course, distantly viewed from Concord
Ave. The best opening was about at the No Overnight Parking sign on the
other side of the road. I’m assuming it’s the one Christian Gras found on
Arlington area yesterday.

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Date: 2/16/18 12:07 pm
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Mystic Lakes 2/16
After the fog lifted, I went out this afternoon to see what waterfowl had landed in the Mystic Lakes and found:

166 Common Mergansers ( 97 Lower Lake, 24 Upper Lake, 45 Fore Bay)
13 Bufflehead ( 5 Lower Lake, 8 Fore Bay)
12 Ring-necked Ducks ( 3 Lower Lake, 9 Fore Bay)

In the wooded area at the southern end of the Lower Lake:
1 Brown Creeper
1 Carolina Wren
3 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet (continuing)

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Subject: [Arlington Birds] Fwd: Join Us Live from National Geographic on February 15!


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Date: 2/15/18 11:40 am
From: Dan T <dan99265...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Dan's Hawk ID
Thank you Paul, I appreciate all the details!
Saw another red-tail this morning at Fresh Pond eating what I believe was a mole.  I created a little album of shots because it was neat to see the different angles, and the difference in the throat when it was swallowing among other things.
Red-tailed Hawk 2-15-18 Fresh Pond


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On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 11:57:36 AM EST, <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

 


The hawk in question is a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, not a Sharp-shinned. Check the two out carefully in a standard field guide and you'll see considerable differences between them. (The typically heavier markings of this juvenile bird might have been responsible for the thought it could be a sharpshin.) Redtails are chunky buteos with a hooded head, light breast and belly, separated by a highly variable belly band. Juveniles/immatures are more heavily marked than the typical adult. They have short, wide tails compared to the much longer, narrower tails of a sharphin or Cooper's Hawk. 





Now is the beginning of higher-intensity Red-tailed Hawk pair bonding, especially for year-round residents, which will increasingly be seen perching together on "their" territory. (The smaller of the two is typically the male; the female can be 25% larger.) You also have wintering migrants around, including juveniles. Juveniles have light eyes and usually heavier streaking on the belly band, etc., than adults, and they do not have a redtail. Their tails are light brown above with many narrow slightly darker horizontal bands. Some might be into the first stages of molt into adult plumage, getting a red tail feather or two in early. Migrant Redtails move through the region, or wintering birds leave, primarily in March and early April.





Lorraine Kaplan reported an adult Red-tailed Hawk on the apex of 185 Alewife Brook Parkway this morning. This was almost certainly Buzz, a resident of that area for roughly 18 years, making a statement as to this being part of his territory, even though he has not used a nest within roughly a quarter mile of 185 for more than three years. His mate, Belle, is often in the area, though she has been paying attention to another nest site some distance away. There may also be "interlopers" in the area, looking to establish territories. Thus, one might often see three adult Red-tailed Hawks soaring together in February and March on bright, sunny or windy days (cold is okay). This is likely a bonded pair defending mate and territory from an interloper, who is looking for a place to establish his or her territorial home. (Males typically establish and defend the territory. Females might "flirt" with a territorial male to see if he is interested in bonding with her rather than his "current" mate. That can lead to females challenging each other for the male and his territory.) Territorial Redtails will also rise to challenge Bald Eagles flying through their territory, usually tailing them and even harassing them to escort them out of the area. Juveniles (esp males) do not typically establish breeding territories, and may not actually nest until they are 3-4 years old.





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Date: 2/15/18 9:00 am
From: John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
Karin, Nick, Someone sent me this link
<http://www.audubon.org/news/listen-sweet-soft-warble-common-ravens-sing-their-partners?ms=digital-eng-email-ea-x-20180212_ravens-partner_medium&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20180212_ravens-partner&utm_content=medium>
about
Ravens, with audio for their calls -- have you heard the courtship calls?

--John Sharp

On Mon, Feb 12, 2018 at 6:47 PM, Karin Turer <oberon119...> wrote:

> Yay ravens! As Nick (my husband) said, we've been hearing them with
> increasing regularity near Summer Street over the past two weeks, and I'm
> 99% sure I saw two today, flying towards the Turkey Hill (blue) water tower
> and vocalizing. Maybe some nestlings on the way???
>
>
> We have had maybe once-yearly hearings/sightings over the past 3 years, so
> to be hearing them more frequently is incredibly exciting for corvid fans
> like ourselves.
>
>
> Where in the Heights are you?
>
>
> -Karin T, raven fan!
>
>
> Karin Turer - Tugboat23
> www.tugboat23.com
>
> *Fundraising and Events for Grassroots Nonprofits*
> 617-599-8509 <(617)%20599-8509>
> *guiding you to success*
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <arlingtonbirds...> <arlingtonbirds...>
> on behalf of Nick Pavey <nickjpavey...> [arlingtonbirds] <
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
> *Sent:* Monday, February 12, 2018 11:03:01 AM
> *To:* John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds];
> <arlingtonbirds...>; John Sharp
> *Subject:* Re: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
>
>
>
> Absolutely! We've been hearing it around Turkey Hill and route 2a for
> weeks, and my wife just saw two of them this morning. So exciting!
>
> Cheers,
>
>
> Nick
>
>
> --
>
> Advanced linux performance analysis and debug
> Blog : nickjpavey.wordpress.com
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <arlingtonbirds...> <arlingtonbirds...>
> on behalf of John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds] <
> <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
> *Sent:* Monday, February 12, 2018 10:55 AM
> *To:* <arlingtonbirds...>
> *Subject:* [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
>
>
>
> I saw a raven Friday in Arlington Heights and I think it's the first time
> I ever saw one here. It was being scolded by four crows, who were also
> scolding a red-tail in the vicinity. Anyone else seen ravens in Arlington?
>
> -- John Sharp
> Arlington, MA
>
>
>



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Date: 2/15/18 8:30 am
From: Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge weekly survey, February 15, 2018

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US-MA (42.4752,-71.3296), Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 15, 2018 6:23 AM - 9:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.766 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NFWS volunteers, Dick, Audrey, Kevin, Bob, Will and Maryellen. What a difference a week makes! Last week the driveway and entrance road were covered in ice, this week we started with 37° and ended at 45°. Nice to hear the spring songs of Tufted Titmice, Northern Cardinals, and the return of Red-winged Blackbirds, also singing! Dare we hope Spring is just around the corner?
25 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 104
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 10
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 7 Flyover going west, all 7 birds seen well by all. All 7 were males, unmistakably Northern Pintails.
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 2
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 10 4 t 5
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 2
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 1
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 8
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 11
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 1
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 12 Spring call
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 4 All 4 birds together well seen. Photo of three of four.
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42770586

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA


Maryellen Stone
Nature's Images Photographic Art
www.naturesimages.com



 

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Date: 2/15/18 7:48 am
From: Lisa Carr <lisacarr7968...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] blue heron in waters near Wedgemere Station yesterday morning


 

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Date: 2/14/18 10:29 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Sandy Beach, Mystic Lake 2/14/18
Around 11:30 this morning spotted two Woodpeckers, one a Red-bellied and a
Downy Woodpecker, some Hooded Mergansers on the fore bay and the usual
Juncos and Chickadees. Did hear a Kingfisher but did not see him. There
also was a Red-tailed Hawk flying by. Stopped by the dam but was quiet at
that time.

Some photos at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BwiFyaJkAnigVbc93 Mystic Lakes
2018 album.

Happy Birding

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 2/13/18 12:43 pm
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWLR
Folks: Ventured out to Concord today with Pat. Spied a Turkey Vulture’s V just getting on Route Two off of Park! The Refuge was frozen and barren. Odd sign on the BB quote: Blue Birds in place.
Quite a few Crows out on the ice. What were they looking for?? Muscrat houses, one large enough to be a Beaver lodge! Flock of Canada Geese swimming in the Concord River. Then soaring over the marsh, actually mostly flying in circles (must have been too cold for updrafts) probably a male Red-tail. Red tail. We had a Sharp-shinned Hawk kill and consume a Mockingbird (favorite winter bird) last winter, the hawk hardly larger than the Mockingbird. We did not see the strike. Took it a whole hour to consume it! Even reddish streaks on its chest. I just read Mockingbirds attack Rattlesnakes in the southwest! Many more birds than Concord attending out feeders in our side yard today. . . .
Birder Oakes
 

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Date: 2/13/18 8:57 am
From: <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Dan's Hawk ID
The hawk in question is a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, not a Sharp-shinned. Check the two out carefully in a standard field guide and you'll see considerable differences between them. (The typically heavier markings of this juvenile bird might have been responsible for the thought it could be a sharpshin.) Redtails are chunky buteos with a hooded head, light breast and belly, separated by a highly variable belly band. Juveniles/immatures are more heavily marked than the typical adult. They have short, wide tails compared to the much longer, narrower tails of a sharphin or Cooper's Hawk.


Now is the beginning of higher-intensity Red-tailed Hawk pair bonding, especially for year-round residents, which will increasingly be seen perching together on "their" territory. (The smaller of the two is typically the male; the female can be 25% larger.) You also have wintering migrants around, including juveniles. Juveniles have light eyes and usually heavier streaking on the belly band, etc., than adults, and they do not have a redtail. Their tails are light brown above with many narrow slightly darker horizontal bands. Some might be into the first stages of molt into adult plumage, getting a red tail feather or two in early. Migrant Redtails move through the region, or wintering birds leave, primarily in March and early April.


Lorraine Kaplan reported an adult Red-tailed Hawk on the apex of 185 Alewife Brook Parkway this morning. This was almost certainly Buzz, a resident of that area for roughly 18 years, making a statement as to this being part of his territory, even though he has not used a nest within roughly a quarter mile of 185 for more than three years. His mate, Belle, is often in the area, though she has been paying attention to another nest site some distance away. There may also be "interlopers" in the area, looking to establish territories. Thus, one might often see three adult Red-tailed Hawks soaring together in February and March on bright, sunny or windy days (cold is okay). This is likely a bonded pair defending mate and territory from an interloper, who is looking for a place to establish his or her territorial home. (Males typically establish and defend the territory. Females might "flirt" with a territorial male to see if he is interested in bonding with her rather than his "current" mate. That can lead to females challenging each other for the male and his territory.) Territorial Redtails will also rise to challenge Bald Eagles flying through their territory, usually tailing them and even harassing them to escort them out of the area. Juveniles (esp males) do not typically establish breeding territories, and may not actually nest until they are 3-4 years old.


Best,


Paul

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

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Date: 2/13/18 7:29 am
From: Lorraine Kaplan <lorraine.e.kaplan...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Hawk at 185 Alewife Brook Parkway
Hi.
At about 9 this morning, there was a redtail sitting on the point of the
185 Alewife Brook Parkway building above the old nest - Buzz showing the
flag, perhaps?

Lorraine

 

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Date: 2/13/18 7:12 am
From: Paula G <pmgentile...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Hawk ID?
Dan,

This could be a sharp-shinned. There is a GREAT group on Facebook called
"Hawk ID" ....the group is ONLY dedicated ot that.... ID'ing hawks and
learning how to do so.

-Paula

On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 9:40 AM, Dan T <dan99265...> [arlingtonbirds] <
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Hi All,
>
> Could someone help with ID?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Dan
>
>
>

 

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Date: 2/13/18 6:44 am
From: Dan T <dan99265...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Hawk ID?
Hi All,
Could someone help with ID? 
Thanks!
Dan
 

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Date: 2/12/18 10:39 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Ravens
Ravens are all around us. To appreciate it use ebird to look at species
records for the last ten years (or you can set you own dates).

https://ebird.org/map/comrav?neg=true&env.minX=-114.521484375&env.minY=23.240427438227066&env.maxX=-12.216796875&env.maxY=52.21372602132018&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=last10&byr=2008&eyr=2018

Zoom in and click on any hotspot to see records.

You can build your own species search if the link does not work then zoom
in to eastern MA untill you see the hotspot markers

Best

Karsten

 

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Date: 2/12/18 7:24 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake 2/12/18
Hi all .

Stopped off at the Upper Mystic Lake fore bay area this afternoon. There
were some Buffleheads , two Ring-necked Ducks, Common Mergansers and one
Hooded Merganser that I saw. Didn't stay too long. Stopped off at the dam
around 3:30 or so. No activity there at that time.
I am still looking to get better photos of the Loons. But didn't see them
at all.

Photos at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/BwiFyaJkAnigVbc93. Mystic Lakes 2018.

Happy Birding.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 2/12/18 3:47 pm
From: Karin Turer <oberon119...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
Yay ravens! As Nick (my husband) said, we've been hearing them with increasing regularity near Summer Street over the past two weeks, and I'm 99% sure I saw two today, flying towards the Turkey Hill (blue) water tower and vocalizing. Maybe some nestlings on the way???


We have had maybe once-yearly hearings/sightings over the past 3 years, so to be hearing them more frequently is incredibly exciting for corvid fans like ourselves.


Where in the Heights are you?


-Karin T, raven fan!


Karin Turer - Tugboat23
www.tugboat23.com

Fundraising and Events for Grassroots Nonprofits
617-599-8509
*guiding you to success*
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From: <arlingtonbirds...> <arlingtonbirds...> on behalf of Nick Pavey <nickjpavey...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 11:03:01 AM
To: John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds]; <arlingtonbirds...>; John Sharp
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights



Absolutely! We've been hearing it around Turkey Hill and route 2a for weeks, and my wife just saw two of them this morning. So exciting!

Cheers,


Nick


--

Advanced linux performance analysis and debug
Blog : nickjpavey.wordpress.com
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From: <arlingtonbirds...> <arlingtonbirds...> on behalf of John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 10:55 AM
To: <arlingtonbirds...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights



I saw a raven Friday in Arlington Heights and I think it's the first time I ever saw one here. It was being scolded by four crows, who were also scolding a red-tail in the vicinity. Anyone else seen ravens in Arlington?

-- John Sharp
Arlington, MA




 

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Date: 2/12/18 2:25 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Danehy Park --- ? almost spring
Danehy Park, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 12, 2018 7:06 AM - 8:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.15 mile(s)
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 3 1 block out-side park
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) X
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1 Seen well, white eye-ring
and lack of crown stripes
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 23
American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 8
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
blackbird sp. (Icteridae sp.) 2
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 7
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 11

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

 

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Date: 2/12/18 8:03 am
From: Nick Pavey <nickjpavey...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
Absolutely! We've been hearing it around Turkey Hill and route 2a for weeks, and my wife just saw two of them this morning. So exciting!

Cheers,


Nick


--

Advanced linux performance analysis and debug
Blog : nickjpavey.wordpress.com
________________________________
From: <arlingtonbirds...> <arlingtonbirds...> on behalf of John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Sent: Monday, February 12, 2018 10:55 AM
To: <arlingtonbirds...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights



I saw a raven Friday in Arlington Heights and I think it's the first time I ever saw one here. It was being scolded by four crows, who were also scolding a red-tail in the vicinity. Anyone else seen ravens in Arlington?

-- John Sharp
Arlington, MA




 

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Date: 2/12/18 7:55 am
From: John Sharp <baeolophus.d...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Raven in Arlington Heights
I saw a raven Friday in Arlington Heights and I think it's the first time I
ever saw one here. It was being scolded by four crows, who were also
scolding a red-tail in the vicinity. Anyone else seen ravens in Arlington?

-- John Sharp
Arlington, MA

 

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Date: 2/10/18 2:44 pm
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Cranes, etc.
Rick Holmes wrote an op ed in the Advocate about Mississippi Sandhill Cranes (endangered), not mentioning that it is a sub-species and that you can spy the Cranes right here in Mass. He wrote me right back that he had included that information, but that the editor, no doubt a non-birder, cut that sentence! The perils of writing for publication!
The Watching Birds book I am reading is very interesting — everything you want to know about migration, plumage, ancestry, mating strategy, (some 300 pages long)! Roger Pasquier. Now I reading (from the Stop & Shop book rack) The Red Hourglass, Lives of the Predators Black Widow, Tarantula, Pigs of all things (they consumed the Do Do birds), all taking place in paces like Kansas and Oklahoma == yes, and Rattlesnakes!

Oakes



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Date: 2/10/18 6:39 am
From: Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] 2018 Bald Eagle Video/Exhibit
Greetings all,


With many thanks to Hunt's Photo and Video as well as the Mystic River Watershed Association, we have a short extension of time to submit Bald Eagle photos for the upcoming exhibit!


Please me your two best Bald Eagle photos by Friday, Feb. 16th.


Here's a quick recap:



The Hunt’s Photo staff will be setting up a gallery reception along with an online auction.


The proceeds from this auction will be going to the Mystic River Watershed, and Hunt’s will be working closely with staff at Mystic River Watershed Association in an effort to promote this event.


A small panel of judges will be picking 20 entries out of the Bald Eagle images that local photographers have submitted for consideration.


The photographers will sign a copyright release for each image so that we may put it up for auction. A copy of the release form will be sent to participating photographers in next few days.


Hunt’s will be printing and framing each Bald Eagle photo, then showcasing them in their Canon Gallery. Some photographers may have more than one photo in the Bald Eagle exhibit.


Hunt’s will be having a gallery reception on Sunday, March 25th from 3pm-5pm. Members of the Menotomy Bird Club along with all participants are encouraged to attend with their family and friends. This event is free and open to the public.


Hunts will be choosing three winners, based on clarity and composition and awarding them Hunts gift cards ($200, $100, $50) at the reception.


Both Marj Rines and Paul Roberts have graciously agreed to join us at the opening reception on Sunday, March 25th and both will share remarks on the history of the Bald Eagles in and around the Mystic Lakes as well as elsewhere in the extended watershed.


From March 1st - 31st Hunt's will be hosting the online auction. This auction will feature the 20 framed images in their gallery. The auction site we will be using is biddingforgood.com.


The URL for the auction is https://www.biddingforgood.com/Huntsphoto/baldeagle.


Hunt's will be placing the event on their Facebook and Instagram sites.


Hunt's will be featuring it on their website and in an email blast to all their customers.


They are in the process of finalizing the graphics.


Hunt’s will work closely together with MyRWA to make this event a success!


Please send me 2-3 of your favorite Bald Eagle images from the Mystic Lakes, and/or the surrounding areas within the Mystic River Watershed, by email no later that Friday, Feb. 16th.


By all means, let me know if you have any questions, by return email or on my cell phone!


Best,


Craig Gibson

Cell: 781.799.6510







> On January 16, 2018 at 11:38 PM Craig Gibson <cbgibson...> wrote:
>
>
> Greetings all,
>
>
> For those of you who have responded so far....many thanks!
>
>
> Hoping to hear from many more with an interest in the local Bald Eagles.
>
>
> All photos are welcome and all narrative comments as well.
>
>
> We are looking to gather all photos and comments by Friday, Feb 2nd!
>
>
> Any questions, feel free to be in contact by email or phone!
>
>
> best and thanks,
>
>
> Craig Gibson
>
> Cell: 781.799.6510
>
>
>
> Arlbirders,
>
>
> Greetings one and all! The Bald Eagles around the Mystic Lakes these past many winters have been an amazing and majestic sight to behold for birders, photographers, and so many others. Each year, more Bald Eagles are being seen in the warmer months as well. All of us have been blessed to have so many opportunities to observe and enjoy these magnificent birds of prey.
>
>
> In light of the year round sightings, the fascination among so many, our love of these birds as bird watchers and photographers, the opportunity for research, the opportunity to share the exciting news with others, and the expanding ability to educate family and friends………all these things have provided the inspiration to develop a new online video about Bald Eagles in and around the extended Mystic River Watershed, as well as a Bald Eagle photo exhibit at Hunt’s in Melrose, MA.
>
>
> The video will include photos and short narrative clips to provide a fascinating overview of our local Bald Eagles. The purpose is to showcase comments and photos from members and friends of the Menotomy Bird Club. Looking to have as many of you participate in this project as possible!! Hoping to create something special that we all do together, to celebrate the beauty and grace of these Bald Eagles in our backyard, and to promote the critical mission of the Mystic River Watershed Association. Their mission is to protect and restore the Mystic River and surrounding habitats.
>
>
> Once completed, in about 4 weeks, the video will be posted online for all to see and all to share. Each short quote/comment will include your name and each photo will include your name/location for the photo credit.
>
>
> For those with an interest, requesting a short phrase that describes the Bald Eagles from your perspective. The short sentence or phrase may take up to 40 spaces including blanks. The area for your name and hometown may take up to 50 spaces, again including blank spaces. For photographers, send your 2 best photos with specific location noted from around the Mystic River Watershed. More information on the watershed is available on the MRWA website.
>
>
> For photographers, you will be invited to submit your photos for an upcoming Bald Eagle exhibit taking place at Hunt’s Photo and Video in Melrose, MA. The Bald Eagle photo exhibit will be on display in late February and showcase the best photos selected from a panel of judges. The photo exhibit will include an auction to benefit the Mystic River Watershed Association. Please contact me for more details about the photo exhibit.
>
>
> Marj Rines and Paul Ippolito from the Menotomy Bird Club, as well as local raptor expert, Paul Roberts, have all provided full support on this project, which will be done in collaboration with the Mystic River Watershed Association. Patrick Herron, Executive Director of the MRWA, has provided a double thumbs up as well.
>
>
> Don’t miss this chance to participate in a fun project open to members and friends of the Menotomy Bird Club. Feel free to share any additional thoughts and ideas. Looking forward to hearing back from all of you!
>
>
> Many thanks,
>
>
> Craig Gibson
>
> Winchester, MA
>
> <cbgibson...> mailto:<cbgibson...>
>
>
>
> > >
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Date: 2/9/18 9:14 am
From: Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] EBird Report Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge weekly survey

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US-MA (42.4752,-71.3296), Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 9, 2018 6:41 AM - 9:56 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.896 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by intrepid, (some may say foolish), NFWS volunteers who braved the icy driveway and trails on a beautiful, sunny morning to continue the uninterrupted streak of weekly surveys. The hardy volunteers included Joan, Tom, Kevin, Bob, Will and Maryellen. Sixteen degrees at the start, warming up to 28°. Bright sun quickly changed to a cloudy overcast.
19 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 5
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 9
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 10
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 14
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 6
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 25
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 12
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 9
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 5
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 6
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42616394

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA

Maryellen Stone
Nature's Images Photographic Art
www.naturesimages.com



 

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Date: 2/8/18 11:35 am
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Eric Smith Photography Exhibit: The Nature of New England: GALLERY RECEPTION FRIDAY FEB 9TH 7-8;30 PM at Sanctuary 458 High St., West Medford
Our own Eric Smith is exhibiting some his outstanding nature photography at
the Gallery at Sanctuary UCC at 458 High Street in West Medford during the
month of February. Tomorrow night, Friday, February 9th, from 7-8:30 p.m.
Sanctuary is hosting a reception for Eric and guests. It is a BYOB
reception, with other refreshments also served. Eric will give a special
digital presentation on some of his favorite moments of capture and talk
briefly about his photography, with the opportunity for you to talk more
with him.

The photographs on exhibit include images from the Mystic River watershed
and the Middlesex Fells, along with other well known sites primarily in
Massachusetts. The exhibit features many birds, including owls, hawks,
eagles, warblers, and water/marsh birds as well as several mammals.

To view Erics photography online, visit http://esmithphoto.zenfolio.com and
to learn more on the exhibit at Sanctuary, visit
http://sanctuaryucc.org/inspire/gallery

Best,

Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
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Date: 2/7/18 10:43 am
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Linda's photos -IDs
Hi Linda,

Your photos of the female mergansers show a Red-breasted Merganser on the left and a Common Merganser on the right. I saw the Red-breasted earlier in the day diving at the edge of the ice at the southern end of the lake where the Mystic River begins. About 1:15 it took off and flew up the Lower Lake, so that’s where you saw it. The most obvious difference is the sharp line between the reddish head and the white neck on the Common, but a more gradual change in color on the Red-breasted. -Also the wispy crest on the Red-breasted, which shows clearly on your photo. Sibley also says the Red-breasted has a thinner bill.

I’m more puzzled by the loons. For a couple weeks, people have been reporting one or two Red-throated Loons on the Lower Lake. Then on Sunday I thought one loon looked much bigger than the other, and one other birder posted it as a Common Loon that day. Yesterday another birder using a 60x scope described the field marks very clearly on his ebird posting - one Red-throated Loon and one Common Loon. I measured the lengths of the bodies along the waterline in your photos and got 36 mm and 30 mm.

I’m inclined to think your photo shows a Common on the left and a Red-throated on the right, but I’m really not sure. Did we have two Red-throated Loons for a while, and now one of each? What do others think? Does anyone have better, closer photos?

Linda, thanks for bringing this up.

Renee



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Date: 2/7/18 8:29 am
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Medford Dam and Upper Lake 2/6/2018
At the Dam late afternoon yesterday there some Common mergansers by the
boat club. Down on the middle lower lake there were two Loons.
Unfortunately they were a distance from the Dam. I did manager to get a
couple of distance shots. Not the greatest. But I need ID as to which was
which. Red Throated or Common. In the Upper Lake. There were some
Buffleheads. Again across the Lake. There were the usual Juncos on the
wall by the small pond. There was a Cardinal among the Juncos being social.
The Black Squirrel was in a tree being very cold.

I have posted some photos at:https://photos.app.goo.gl/BwiFyaJkAnigVbc93.
Mystic Lakes 2018 album. Thanks for any IDs.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 2/6/18 2:30 pm
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Fwd: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR boardwalk - buy a board
Arl Birders
I am forwarding this for your information ... Friends of PRNWR is a 501(c)
organization
Karsten


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Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River NWR boardwalk - buy a board
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Thanks to David Larson for the following announcement.

Barbara Volkle
Northborough, MA
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As many of you will know, budget cuts have severely hampered the operations
of the National Wildlife Refuges. Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
needs to replace many of the boardwalks and the Friends of the PRNWR is
currently fundraising for that project. You can buy an engraved board
through the Friends group for $100, and that money will go directly to the
boardwalks fund. See http://parkerriver.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/
FPRNWR-HCT-ML-Fund.pdf for details.

Dave



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Date: 2/6/18 8:57 am
From: '<sylieberson...>' <plieberson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] hawk misadventure
An adult red-tailed hawk just banged into my study window while trying to grab a sparrow off of a feeder. The sparrow escaped and the hawk seemed to be alright. He sat in a nearby tree for a few minutes and then flew off. I live across the parkway from the lower end of the lower Mystic Lake.


Pat Lieberson
 

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Date: 2/5/18 1:27 pm
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Rock Meadow
Walk in Rock Meadows, Belmont, some muddy ground and cold and windy. But some natural history sites: a mangy thin Coyote limping through the Community Gardens! Someone yelled at us heads up. Small yellow balls from some plant on the meadow grass. We cut across into the woods by the bird boxes. Spied a Brown Creeper going up a tree! Interestingly Creepers climb up, Nuthatches go down the trees. R.T.P. Then we viewed a pair of Red-tailed Hawks soaring over the meadow!
Two good books I found in my book case. One: Watching Birds, an Introduction to Ornithology, by Roger Pasquier, Intro by R.T.P. Well illustrated, covers evolution and else. Then The Wind Masters, the Lives of North American Birds of Prey by Pete Dunne, beautiful drawings by David Sibley, a gripping description and drawing of a dying young Golden Eagle dying from ingested lead pellets eyed by a nearby Raven I turned a page to!

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Date: 2/4/18 1:41 pm
From: Bob Stymeist <bobstymeist...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Snowy Owl- and Red-throated Loons
Birders

The Snowy Owl reported earlier today by Jason from Sylvester Baxter Park
was still present late this afternoon, it was flushed off the end of the
boat dock, flushing the several hundred gulls before I had any chance of
searching for anything unusual. The owl flew across to the Medford side and
landed on the big "NO Wake" buoy.

At Torbett MacDonald Park there were two Red-throated loons

pictures of the Snowy Owl can be seen on my ebird checklist

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42491960

Red-throated Loons

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42493066

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Date: 2/4/18 11:08 am
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2/4
For the past two weeks I’ve been looking for the Ruby-crowned Kinglet that Jason Forbes photographed in the wooded area at the southern end of the Lower Mystic Lake in Medford. I thought I heard its chatter yesterday but couldn’t find it. This morning it was easy to spot - foraging on the ground with several other birds (Song and White-throated Sparrows, Carolina Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Juncoes, etc.)

There was also a Ring-necked Duck nearby in the Mystic River just below the lake.

Renee LaFontaine
Medford, MA

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Date: 2/4/18 7:48 am
From: Jason Forbes <jason...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Snowy Owl, Sylvester Baxter, Somerville
On the end of the dock. Earlier, it was behind one of the buoys and only
visible from the little park across the river behind Station Landing
(thanks Julie).
Jason


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Date: 2/4/18 3:52 am
From: Sheila Driscoll <smd68...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Friends of Mystic River/Menotomy Bird Club Mystic Lakes Trip 2/3/18
Correction:  I meant to say the "merganser" tutorial.  Paul commented
that the cormorants have stayed away this winter.


On 2/3/2018 7:34 PM, Sheila Driscoll <smd68...> [arlingtonbirds]
wrote:
>
> Paul,
>
> Many thanks for the wonderful cormorant tutorial and other informative
> tidbits about the Mystic Lake birds, all during a very sunny but
> bitterly cold morning.  After the eagle appeared, you suggested maybe
> the red tails would become territorial, and bingo, exactly what you
> predicted happened.  Thanks again for sharing your phenomenal
> knowledge about the ducks, eagles, and other birds that come to the
> Mystic Lakes.
>
> Sheila Driscoll
>
>
> On 2/3/2018 5:58 PM, <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] wrote:
>>
>> It was a sunny, beautiful day in the low 20s with a bone-chilling
>> southwest wind. Roughly three dozen people attended. The lower lake
>> was roughly 50% frozen, but slowly freezing up again. The upper lake
>> was 90-95% frozen, including Forebay.
>>
>>
>> There were several clear highlights. We saw the first Red-throated
>> Loon we have ever seen on our early February trips (roughly 20-25
>> yrs). Marj RInes reported seeing 2 in bad light. We had good views of
>> a drake Hooded Merganser and a female Common Merganser swimming and
>> in flight, and more distant views into the sun of several dozen
>> Common Mergs.
>>
>>
>> We spent around 80 minutes at the dam and then went up to Fore Bay
>> and walked to the Aberjona. The clear highlight was having a subadult
>> Bald Eagle (white head and tail, but dark smudging with a dark
>> eyestripe and a narrow dark terminal band on the tail, with some
>> vertical streaking). The eagle came in low right in front of us and
>> then started soaring slowly in front of us. As forecast, it attracted
>> a local, territorial Redtail who began stutter flapping over the
>> eagle and then flying on its tail. THe eagle dropped down and
>> eventually disappeared behind the canopy, while another Redtail got
>> up and started acting territorial. The other highlight was seeing
>> territorial Redtails (three adults) soaring together, drifting
>> northeast over the Upper Lake. Ended up looking like a male
>> territorial on the west side of the lake was escorting another male
>> and a female out of his territory, back to the parkway side, where
>> they soared without intrusion. After the eagle disappeared, we had a
>> different pair of Redtail soaring west of the male sentry, so a total
>> of five Redtails soaring on a beautiful winter's day for soaring.
>>
>>
>> The intense cold and heavy ice-up in December and January
>> considerably reduced the variety of waterfowl and waterbirds we saw
>> ()including noticeably no cormorants, esp Great Cormorants, and no
>> Great Blue Heron) and we did not look actively for woodland birds.
>>
>>
>> Canada Goose            1
>>
>> Mute Swan & #160; 4
>>
>> Mallard 4+
>>
>> Hooded Merganser      3 min
>>
>> Common Merganser      40 min
>>
>> Ring-billed Gull       30 min
>>
>> Herring Gull 4 min
>>
>> Red-throated Loon 1 min
>>
>> Bald Eagle     1 subadult
>>
>> Red-tailed Hawk       5 adults
>>
>> American Crow     1
>>
>> Song Sparrow       3
>>
>> Dark-eyed Junco    5
>>
>>
>> Best,
>>
>>
>> Paul
>>
>>
>> Paul M. Roberts
>> Medford, MA
>> <phawk254...>
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Date: 2/3/18 4:35 pm
From: Sheila Driscoll <smd68...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Friends of Mystic River/Menotomy Bird Club Mystic Lakes Trip 2/3/18
Paul,

Many thanks for the wonderful cormorant tutorial and other informative
tidbits about the Mystic Lake birds, all during a very sunny but
bitterly cold morning.  After the eagle appeared, you suggested maybe
the red tails would become territorial, and bingo, exactly what you
predicted happened.  Thanks again for sharing your phenomenal knowledge
about the ducks, eagles, and other birds that come to the Mystic Lakes.

Sheila Driscoll


On 2/3/2018 5:58 PM, <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] wrote:
>
> It was a sunny, beautiful day in the low 20s with a bone-chilling
> southwest wind. Roughly three dozen people attended. The lower lake
> was roughly 50% frozen, but slowly freezing up again. The upper lake
> was 90-95% frozen, including Forebay.
>
>
> There were several clear highlights. We saw the first Red-throated
> Loon we have ever seen on our early February trips (roughly 20-25
> yrs). Marj RInes reported seeing 2 in bad light. We had good views of
> a drake Hooded Merganser and a female Common Merganser swimming and in
> flight, and more distant views into the sun of several dozen Common Mergs.
>
>
> We spent around 80 minutes at the dam and then went up to Fore Bay and
> walked to the Aberjona. The clear highlight was having a subadult Bald
> Eagle (white head and tail, but dark smudging with a dark eyestripe
> and a narrow dark terminal band on the tail, with some vertical
> streaking). The eagle came in low right in front of us and then
> started soaring slowly in front of us. As forecast, it attracted a
> local, territorial Redtail who began stutter flapping over the eagle
> and then flying on its tail. THe eagle dropped down and eventually
> disappeared behind the canopy, while another Redtail got up and
> started acting territorial. The other highlight was seeing territorial
> Redtails (three adults) soaring together, drifting northeast over the
> Upper Lake. Ended up looking like a male territorial on the west side
> of the lake was escorting another male and a female out of his
> territory, back to the parkway side, where they soared without
> intrusion. After the eagle disappeared, we had a different pair of
> Redtail soaring west of the male sentry, so a total of five Redtails
> soaring on a beautiful winter's day for soaring.
>
>
> The intense cold and heavy ice-up in December and January considerably
> reduced the variety of waterfowl and waterbirds we saw ()including
> noticeably no cormorants, esp Great Cormorants, and no Great Blue
> Heron) and we did not look actively for woodland birds.
>
>
> Canada Goose            1
>
> Mute Swan & #160; 4
>
> Mallard 4+
>
> Hooded Merganser      3 min
>
> Common Merganser      40 min
>
> Ring-billed Gull       30 min
>
> Herring Gull 4 min
>
> Red-throated Loon 1 min
>
> Bald Eagle 1 subadult
>
> Red-tailed Hawk       5 adults
>
> American Crow     1
>
> Song Sparrow       3
>
> Dark-eyed Junco    5
>
>
> Best,
>
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul M. Roberts
> Medford, MA
> <phawk254...>
>



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Date: 2/3/18 2:58 pm
From: <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Friens of Mystic River/Menotomy Bird Club Mystic Lakes Trip 2/3/18
It was a sunny, beautiful day in the low 20s with a bone-chilling southwest wind. Roughly three dozen people attended. The lower lake was roughly 50% frozen, but slowly freezing up again. The upper lake was 90-95% frozen, including Forebay.


There were several clear highlights. We saw the first Red-throated Loon we have ever seen on our early February trips (roughly 20-25 yrs). Marj RInes reported seeing 2 in bad light. We had good views of a drake Hooded Merganser and a female Common Merganser swimming and in flight, and more distant views into the sun of several dozen Common Mergs.


We spent around 80 minutes at the dam and then went up to Fore Bay and walked to the Aberjona. The clear highlight was having a subadult Bald Eagle (white head and tail, but dark smudging with a dark eyestripe and a narrow dark terminal band on the tail, with some vertical streaking). The eagle came in low right in front of us and then started soaring slowly in front of us. As forecast, it attracted a local, territorial Redtail who began stutter flapping over the eagle and then flying on its tail. THe eagle dropped down and eventually disappeared behind the canopy, while another Redtail got up and started acting territorial. The other highlight was seeing territorial Redtails (three adults) soaring together, drifting northeast over the Upper Lake. Ended up looking like a male territorial on the west side of the lake was escorting another male and a female out of his territory, back to the parkway side, where they soared without intrusion. After the eagle disappeared, we had a different pair of Redtail soaring west of the male sentry, so a total of five Redtails soaring on a beautiful winter's day for soaring.


The intense cold and heavy ice-up in December and January considerably reduced the variety of waterfowl and waterbirds we saw ()including noticeably no cormorants, esp Great Cormorants, and no Great Blue Heron) and we did not look actively for woodland birds.


Canada Goose 1

Mute Swan 4

Mallard 4+

Hooded Merganser 3 min

Common Merganser 40 min

Ring-billed Gull 30 min

Herring Gull 4 min

Red-throated Loon 1 min

Bald Eagle 1 subadult

Red-tailed Hawk 5 adults

American Crow 1

Song Sparrow 3

Dark-eyed Junco 5


Best,


Paul


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
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Date: 2/1/18 7:30 pm
From: Eric Smith <esmithphoto...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Member Photo Night signup and more
As was mentioned at this month's meeting of the Menotomy Bird Club, this
April's meeting (April 10th at 7pm!) is the next Member's Photo Night.

This is often our most popular night of the year. We had great attendance
at tonight's meeting, but lets see if we can do better! We have a great
time with pictures from around the world or in our local area... you never
know what you'll see.

Well, you never know.. unless you choose to show pictures!

This email is not only an announcement of the meeting, it is a call to our
members to sign up to show pictures. If you would like to show pictures,
please send me (<esmithphoto...>) an email saying you would like to
show. If you aren't sure if you want to or not, send me an email asking
questions. It doesn't matter if you've never shown pictures anywhere
before, or if you show every month... all are welcome. I'm happy to talk
you through the process of making a presentation, or just explain how it
works so you can decide if you want to do it.

The first 7 people that contact me will get to show. If we don't get
enough people by Monday the 12nd, then I'll open it up to all (I will send
out email as a reminder.)

The night is casual fun, where we get to see some pictures, and get to know
a bit more about other our members.

If this sounds interesting to you, let me know. I'm sure we can make it
work.

I was also asked to mention this, but since this isn't really the purpose
of the club I'll make it short.

If you're a long term member of the club, you'll have seen my photos before
(I've given talks at meetings, led photo trips, and I run the member's
photo night)... well, if you'd like an opportunity to see my wildlife
photos hung as prints, I have a gallery show at a church in Medford. The
"Meet The Artist" event is on Feb 9th at 458 High Street, Medford, MA. You'll
not only get to see my photos, eat some yummy food (I'll be bringing some
baked goods I'll have made), I'll also be giving a short slideshow of my
work as well. If this sounds interesting, feel free to send me an email or
check out their website:
http://sanctuaryucc.org/event/feb-gallery-installation-eric-smith-nature-photographer/?instance_id=4013519

Eric

 

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Date: 2/1/18 3:52 pm
From: patience terry <patience_terry...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] list
please add me to your mailing list.  thanks  .   <patience_terry...>
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Date: 2/1/18 8:25 am
From: Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] EBird Report Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US-MA (42.4752,-71.3296), Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Feb 1, 2018 6:55 AM - 9:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NFWS volunteers Tom, Audrey, Joan, Kevin, Will, Larry and Maryellen. Relatively warmer morning with very light, decorative snow flurries to start.
17 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 60
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 2
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 7
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 5
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 7
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 4
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 12

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42408649

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA

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Date: 2/1/18 1:19 am
From: 'David Bean' <beandk...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Fox and snowy owl video
A friend just sent this to me. Might as well help it go viral.

http://www.ehn.org/a-fox-and-a-snowy-owl-met-on-a-winter-night-mnn-mother-na
ture-network-2528935119.html

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Date: 1/31/18 8:32 pm
From: <steph_gaynor...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Re: Snowy Owl Reports (or nonreports) from Arlington
Hi Paul and all,

I have added the following to my FB posts to the Arlington List with photos of the Snowy Owl. I posted Sunday evening, after the bird had flown away. Everyone I saw that afternoon was respectful both of the bird and the home on which it was perched. The house is owned by friends of friends of mine.

It's a shame that people can get greedy and go to far trying to photograph a beautiful bird. It is also a shame that to protect birds, we now have to be careful about the timing of reporting certain types of sightings.

So here is what I added to my FB post:

PSA: Adapted from Paul Roberts, a local raptor expert: Disturbing the owl is a valid concern. I am deeply concerned about people (including but not limited to raw amateur and experienced photographers) possibly harassing vulnerable raptors, particularly nesting raptors or owls on a roost trying to sleep during the daytime. If a snowy owl were roosting in a "protected" area, such as on top of a house, an auto dealership (they love large flat roofs), or a school roof there would be some measure of safety and security from disturbance afforded the raptor. If it were perched on the ground or quite low close to human activity and quite vulnerable to being harassed and flushed, it would be another matter entirely.


Thank you,

Stephanie Gaynor





 

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Date: 1/31/18 9:00 am
From: <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Snowy Owl Reports (or nonreports) from Arlington
Monday morning at 7 a.m. my daughter told me she had seen a posting on an Arlington listserv about a Snowy Owl being seen (apparently Sunday) in Arlington Heights. This was said as she ran out the door at 7 a.m. to get to work and my wife and I were arriving to take care of our youngest granddaughter. Apparently it was seen again (or through) yesterday, but although people saw it and posted it on one or more listservs, it was not posted on this birding listserv. I posted my report from my Iphone Monday morning but it did not actually appear on the listserv until this morning. I do not know if the owl was seen at the same location for 3 days or was moving around the Heights.


Some birders might not have posted it due to the issue of not revealing owl locations and unleashing hordes of people that might disturb the owl. This is a valid concern. It is ironic that it was posted one or more places in Arlington but NOT on the birding listserv. Personally, I am deeply concerned about people (including but not limited to raw amateur and experienced photographers) possibly harassing vulnerable raptors, particularly nesting raptors or owls on a roost trying to sleep during the daytime. If a snowy owl were roosting in a "protected" area, such as on top of a house, an auto dealership (they love large flat roofs), or a school roof there would be some measure of safety and security from disturbance afforded the raptor. If it were perched on the ground or quite low close to human activity and quite vulnerable to being harassed and flushed, it would be another matter entirely. Last week Mark Resendes reported a Snowy Owl near Union Square Somerville on top of a house where it remained safely sleeping undisturbed all day in the rain.


Best,


Paul


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Medford, MA
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Date: 1/31/18 8:51 am
From: Karin Turer <oberon119...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Snowy owl
Do you know where in Arlington Heights?


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Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 8:14:09 AM
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Subject: [Arlington Birds] Snowy owl



A Snowy Owl is apparently being reported in Arlington Heights this morning on local listservs.

Paul

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Date: 1/31/18 7:50 am
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Menotomy trip reminder
Don’t miss Paul Roberts’ annual Mystic Lakes winter walk this Saturday:

Saturday, February 3
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, even an exceptionally cold one. 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; 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 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 <http://mrines.com/menotomy/<phawk254...>

Also, we’re starting work on the Spring trips schedule, so if you have an idea for a walk you’d be willing to lead (you don’t have to be an expert birder), please contact us soon.


Renee LaFontaine
Medford, MA
 

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Date: 1/31/18 5:58 am
From: 'David Bean' <beandk...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Arlington Birds] Kingfisher
Bad link.



Try https://www.facebook.com/BBCSpringwatch/videos/1632157833544385/



The way his head remains motionless while the body bobs around on the slim
reed looks like photoshop fakery! I would be surprised if our kingfishers
didn't do much the same.


DKB



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From: <arlingtonbirds...> [mailto:<arlingtonbirds...>]
On Behalf Of Charles Atkinson <charleshatkinson...> [arlingtonbirds]
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 12:59 PM
To: Arlington Birds
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Kingfisher








UK kingfisher spotting fish. Does the Belted Kingfisher use the same
technique?



https://www.facebook..com/BBCSpringwatch/videos/1632157833544385/
<https://www..facebook.com/BBCSpringwatch/videos/1632157833544385/>











 

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Date: 1/31/18 3:57 am
From: Jk <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Snowy owl
A Snowy Owl is apparently being reported in Arlington Heights this morning on local listservs.

Paul

Sent from my iPhone


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Date: 1/31/18 2:04 am
From: Charles Atkinson <charleshatkinson...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Kingfisher
UK kingfisher spotting fish. Does the Belted Kingfisher use the same
technique?

https://www.facebook.com/BBCSpringwatch/videos/1632157833544385/

 

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Date: 1/30/18 10:45 pm
From: Paul Ippolito <paulippolito295...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Meeting Reminder - Thursday, February 1st
As a reminder we have our next meeting of the season this coming
Thursday, February 1st @ 7:30 PM. The doors open at 7:00 PM for some
social time and setup.

Fox Library Community Room

The Evolution of Beauty
Richard O. Prum
William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University

Join us as Richard O. Prum, the William Robertson Coe Professor of
Ornithology at Yale University, explores the science of avian beauty.
The sexual ornaments of birds– including plumage coloration, song, and
display– often evolve through mate choice. The talk will explore
Darwin's theory of mate choice as an aesthetic process in which birds
choose mates purely for their pleasure. The talk concludes that birds
are beautiful because they are beautiful to themselves, and that
animals can be active agents in their own evolution. Richard is the
author of The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of
Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World– and Us, which was named one of
the Top Ten Books of 2017 by the New York Times.

If anyone would like to bring a baked item, bought item or drink that
would be fantastic! Please email Carol Thrope at <clt51...> so we
can coordinate our contributions.

Hope to see you there!!!

Paul Ippolito - Woburn


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Date: 1/30/18 10:06 pm
From: Carol Thrope <clt51...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Yesterday - Snowy Owl in Arl Hts
Stephanie, I also saw the Gray St. Snowy Owl late yesterday. I
hesitated to put out the word with the day losing its light. There
were alot of cars on a busy street so I called John Sharp who also is
walking distance from the owl's perch. The owl took off at about 5:20
pm and was said to have been in the same spot for several hours. A
wonderful and shocking wild visitor!Â

Carol Thrope


1/29/2018 8:54 AM, <steph_gaynor...> [arlingtonbirds] wrote:

Â

I assumed it had been posted here and am sorry I did not post as
soon as I could. There was a Snowy Owl atop the chimney of a
house on Grey Street and School Street. Middle house on block of
3 houses on the east side of Grey. I heard it was there from mid
morning and I left around 3 PM.

There was a crowd on and off the whole time I was there.

all my best, Stephanie Gaynor


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Date: 1/29/18 5:59 am
From: Cliff Cook <ccook13...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Watertown Charles River Bald Eagle
An afternoon walk along the Charles downstream from Bridge Street included
a first or second year Bald Eagle cruising up the river about 25 feet off
the water. Nothing else of note.

Cliff Cook
Watertown

 

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Date: 1/29/18 5:56 am
From: <steph_gaynor...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Yesterday - Snowy Owl in Arl Hts
I assumed it had been posted here and am sorry I did not post as soon as I could. There was a Snowy Owl atop the chimney of a house on Grey Street and School Street. Middle house on block of 3 houses on the east side of Grey. I heard it was there from mid morning and I left around 3 PM.

There was a crowd on and off the whole time I was there.

all my best, Stephanie Gaynor




 

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Date: 1/28/18 3:02 pm
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Hermit Thrush, Fox Sparrow 1/28
A nice birdy morning at the Brooks Estate in Medford this morning - a surprise, since it’s been quiet the last few times I’ve been there.
Besides the usual suspects, there were these highlights:

2 Hairy Woodpeckers (m and f together)
1 Brown Creeper
2 Golden-crowned Kinglets
1 Hermit Thrush (possibly the one Karstel reported a couple weeks ago)
1 Fox Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrows (one singing)
35 or more Dark-eyed Juncoes (one singing)

Renee LaFontaine
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Date: 1/26/18 11:59 am
From: Paul Ippolito <paulippolito295...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Next Menotomy Bird Club Meeting, Thursday, February 1st
Our next meeting of the season is Thursday, February 1st @ 7:30 PM. The
doors open at 7:00 PM for some social time and setup.

Fox Library Community Room

The Evolution of Beauty
Richard O. Prum
William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology at Yale University

Join us as Richard O. Prum, the William Robertson Coe Professor of
Ornithology at Yale University, explores the science of avian beauty. The
sexual ornaments of birds– including plumage coloration, song, and display–
often evolve through mate choice. The talk will explore Darwin's theory of
mate choice as an aesthetic process in which birds choose mates purely for
their pleasure. The talk concludes that birds are beautiful because they
are beautiful to themselves, and that animals can be active agents in their
own evolution. Richard is the author of The Evolution of Beauty: How
Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World– and Us,
which was named one of the Top Ten Books of 2017 by the New York Times.

If anyone would like to bring a baked item, bought item or drink that would
be fantastic! Please email Carol Thrope at <clt51...> so we can
coordinate our contributions.

Hope to see you there!!!

Paul Ippolito – Woburn

 

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Date: 1/26/18 11:34 am
From: Carol Thrope <clt51...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Call out for refreshments for February 1, 2018 Thursday - Fox Library
Hello Birders, We are looking for baked or bought cookies, drinks or
something snack-like for the meeting with Richard O. Prum,
ornithologist from Yale University. Yes, this is less than one
week's notice, so mark your calendars right now to come on Thursday
night, 7:00 pm for socializing, 7:30 pm for the talk at Fox Library in
Arlington on February 1, Thursday.Â

Please write to me if you want to bring something. Napkins, cups and
small plates are provided.Â

Carol <clt51...>




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Date: 1/25/18 11:45 am
From: Maryellen Stone <maryellen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge eBird Report for 1-25-2018
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord US-MA (42.4752,-71.3296), Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 25, 2018 6:54 AM - 9:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.159 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey conducted by NFWS volunteers Tom, Kevin, Frank, Will, Joan, Bob, and Maryellen. Sunny but cold, 18 degrees to start 23 to finish, the biting wind made it feel much colder.
15 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 7
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 10
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 6
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 3
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42222816

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Maryellen Stone
North Reading, MA

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Date: 1/24/18 9:13 am
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Red-throated Loons Mystic Lakes
This morning there are two Red-throated Loons on the Lower Mystic Lake in the open water below the dam. Probably best viewed from Mystic Valley Pkwy, since the sun’s glare is in your eyes from the dam parking lot.

Renee LaFontaine
Medford, MA

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Date: 1/24/18 8:11 am
From: Megan Gately <megan_gately...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] 2017 stats on recovered birds at Tufts Wildlife Clinic
Hi all,

I know many of you have known or even participated in wildlife recovery and rehabilitation efforts. See this article from Tufts Now about 2017 statistics on recovered wildlife, particularly birds: http://now.tufts.edu/articles/eagles-turtles-and-bears-oh-my?utm_source=Tufts+Now+-+Faculty+and+Staff&utm_campaign=051f799664-Tufts_Now_external_170927&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e2c82ed1e3-051f799664-207429229.

Interesting findings!

Best,

Megan


 

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