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7/21/17 7:47 am 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Revere Beach Evening Birding Program Tuesday July 25 6:30 p.m.
7/20/17 9:20 am 'Alan & Ruth Bragg' <alan.ruth.bragg...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 20, 2017
7/19/17 10:23 pm Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Some photos from yesterday afternoon Mystic Lakes (Sandy Beach)
7/19/17 6:36 am <resdez...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] 4th of July Merlin [1 Attachment]
7/19/17 5:01 am PAUL ROBERTS <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Black-crowned NIght Heron and Shorebirds at the Dam
7/18/17 8:34 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake Misc 7/18/17
7/17/17 9:35 am Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Correction on fledged Kingbirds 7/9/17
7/17/17 6:46 am Christine King - Business <bc.biz...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake, 7/16/17
7/17/17 4:45 am PAUL ROBERTS <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] id again? [1 Attachment]
7/16/17 7:45 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake, 7/16/17
7/16/17 6:55 pm '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] id again?
7/15/17 6:56 am Anna Piccolo <sweetestlight9...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] A Mystery of Seabirds, Blown Off Course and Starving - The New York Times
7/14/17 9:17 am <jthomas139...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Carolina Wrens at Horn Pond
7/14/17 8:40 am Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Update on Buzz and Belle: The Alewife Redtails July 2017 (Long)
7/13/17 10:14 am 'Alan & Ruth Bragg' <alan.ruth.bragg...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 13, 2017
7/13/17 6:47 am Anna Piccolo <sweetestlight9...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] CNN: Wimbledon: Why Rufus the Hawk rules the roost on Centre Court
7/12/17 12:07 pm 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Oasis for Wildlife Walk Saturday July 15 8:15 a.m. Belle Isle Marsh, East Boston
7/9/17 6:39 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Fledged Kingbirds at Upper Mystic Lake 7/9/17
7/9/17 6:44 am Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] FW: eBird Report - Blair Pond, Jul 9, 2017
7/8/17 6:36 am Kandy Rathinasamy <kandyr...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Fells - owl [2 Attachments]
7/8/17 5:04 am Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Fwd: Photos from NWR, Concord
7/7/17 9:53 pm Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Photos from NWR, Concord
7/7/17 7:56 am 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] DCR July FREE Birding Programs
7/6/17 7:07 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lakes 7/5-6/17
7/6/17 12:25 pm 'Joan Chasan' <jec56...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Tony Sweet [1 Attachment]
7/6/17 9:03 am 'Alan & Ruth Bragg' <alan.ruth.bragg...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 6, 2017
7/4/17 6:10 pm Kandy Rathinasamy <kandyr...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Spot pond herons
7/3/17 7:31 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake 7/3/17
7/3/17 11:25 am Christopher Ciccone <cnciccone...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Kingbirds and sharing photos
7/3/17 9:09 am MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Sharing google photos
7/3/17 8:02 am RIch Turk <turkrich...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Kingbirds
7/2/17 9:03 pm Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Kingbirds
7/2/17 8:18 pm Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake Kingbird. 7/2/17 and album problem
7/2/17 7:51 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake Kingbird. 7/2/17 and album problem
7/1/17 4:42 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Young Kingbirds Next to Nest Now. 7/1/17
7/1/17 11:07 am Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Piping Plovers at Revere Beach
7/1/17 9:22 am <juliecroston...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Red Winged Blackbirds
7/1/17 8:16 am RIch Turk <turkrich...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Kingbird and Chicks, Upper Mystic Lake 6/29/17 [1 Attachment]
6/30/17 4:17 am 'David Bean' <beandk...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Re kingbirds
6/29/17 9:07 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Kingbird and Chicks, Upper Mystic Lake 6/29/17
6/29/17 3:52 pm '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Thanks....
6/29/17 12:27 pm 'Rita Grossman' <leahjen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> RE: [Arlington Birds] Id help
6/29/17 12:17 pm 'Rogers, Jean' <jrogers...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> RE: [Arlington Birds] FREE Events in your state parks this weekend
6/29/17 11:58 am MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Id help
6/29/17 11:51 am Christine King - Business <bc.biz...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Id help
6/29/17 10:26 am '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Id help
6/29/17 8:04 am 'Alan & Ruth Bragg' <alan.ruth.bragg...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jun 29, 2017
6/28/17 6:00 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake 6/28/17
6/28/17 4:37 pm 'Alan & Lisa Ankers' <alankers...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Carlisle Dragonfly walk on Sunday
6/28/17 5:43 am 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] FREE Events in your state parks this weekend
6/28/17 3:19 am <JOHNGARP...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Kingbird nest, Mystic Lakes [2 Attachments]
6/24/17 10:38 am 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Revere Beach-Shorebird Surprises Tuesday June 27 7:00 p.m.
6/24/17 6:55 am <juliecroston...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Red-Winged Blackbirds get their day in the sun
6/23/17 6:28 pm <e_wylde...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Wood Ducks at Black's Nook, Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge
6/23/17 6:26 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] On my previous re Wood Ducks
6/23/17 5:54 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Wood Ducks at Upper Mystic Lake fore bay a few days ago.
6/23/17 1:07 pm '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Sandy Beach Wood Ducks 6/23
6/22/17 11:52 pm Lisa Carr <lisacarr7968...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Black-crowned Night Herons, Mystic Dam 6/21-22/l7
6/22/17 6:09 pm Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> [Arlington Birds] Black-crowned Night Herons, Mystic Dam 6/21-22/l7
6/22/17 6:48 am Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> Re: [Arlington Birds] Black-crowned Night Heron
 
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Date: 7/21/17 7:47 am
From: 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Revere Beach Evening Birding Program Tuesday July 25 6:30 p.m.

Shorebird Surprises
Revere Beach Reservation
Tuesdays, July 25 6:30 -8:00 p.m.
Explore beautiful Revere Beach for shorebirds and Manx Shearwaters and learn how these birds are adapted for survival. Walk up to 3 miles on the beach, on mud flats and paths. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Meet at: Across the street from One Carey Circle on the sidewalk of the semicircular parking lot. Accessible by MBTA Bus # 441 or 442 to Point of Pines stop: Cross street, turn right and walk approximately 0.3 miles to the sidewalk of the semicircular parking lot across the street from One Carey Circle. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).

Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR>




 

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Date: 7/20/17 9:20 am
From: 'Alan & Ruth Bragg' <alan.ruth.bragg...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 20, 2017
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 20, 2017 6:00 AM - 11:02 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Will, Kathy, Maryellen,
Larry, Tom, Audrey, Soheil & Alan
Also seen Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly, American Lotus blooming, mink
50 species

Canada Goose 25
Wood Duck 18
Mallard 2
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 6
Green Heron 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee 3
Willow Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 2
Warbling Vireo 4
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 4
Tree Swallow 16
Barn Swallow 6
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 1
Marsh Wren 29 Careful count
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 5
Gray Catbird 8
Cedar Waxwing 4
Common Yellowthroat 4
Yellow Warbler 3
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 11
Swamp Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2 Young male
Red-winged Blackbird 120
Common Grackle 30
Baltimore Oriole 2
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S38233364

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
​Alan Bragg
Bedford MA​

 

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Date: 7/19/17 10:23 pm
From: Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Some photos from yesterday afternoon Mystic Lakes (Sandy Beach)
Had a great view of a Northern Flicker feeding on the ground. Here are some
photos of the flicker and some other birds:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/fdFHmSW6Rp4jDw9y1


Chandrashekhar Tibrewal

 

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Date: 7/19/17 6:36 am
From: <resdez...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] 4th of July Merlin [1 Attachment]
Hi All,

On 4th of July while sitting on my porch with my wife we were listening to a bunch of passerines alarm calling, we just assumed that it was most likely a local cat. But more birds joined the band, so we decided to look around. Realizing that the birds were dive-bombing something in the tree next to our house, it was a Merlin looking for lunch. I was able to get a couple of photos of it. It took off but returned about 20 minutes later with lunch. It looked like a House Sparrow. It did not stay long because of all the birds dive-bombing it. So it flew off towards Rumney Marsh.

Cheers,

Mark Resendes


 

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Date: 7/19/17 5:01 am
From: PAUL ROBERTS <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Black-crowned NIght Heron and Shorebirds at the Dam
This morning I was pleasantly surprised, actually shocked, when I found three sandpipers feeding in the spillway of the Mystic Lakes dam. In very early light I assumed they were Semipalmated Sandpipers. The legs looked dark. Wrong. On closer examination, they were two adult Least Sandpipers and a Spotted Sandpiper, all in breeding plumage. I don't recall ever seeing Leasts on the spillway before.

There were also up to 9 Black-crowned Night Heron, 8 adults in high breeding plumage and one juvenile, occasionally feeding on or around the spillway but primarily lurking in the trees, especially THE tree, and sallying forth now and then. There were four immature Greater Black-backed Gulls sitting on the tops of various boats, lords or ladies of all they surveyed, while some small fingerlings were occasionally seen in the overflow over the spillway. No idea what they were.

Best,

Paul

Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
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Date: 7/18/17 8:34 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake Misc 7/18/17
Just a few photos of this mid morning. I stopped by for a short while.
There were no swimmers at Sandy Beach because of closure, but there were
many Juvenile and female Mallards. Seems as if they were all preeming. The
forebay area had some Cedar Waxwings, a Flicker, a Great Blue Heron. some
Kingbirds. The Wood Ducks and the young were among the algae. On the way
home I stopped off at the dam and it was very quiet. No activity. Except
for the Tufts boat house and Medford Boat Club.

Photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 7/17/17 9:35 am
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Correction on fledged Kingbirds 7/9/17
Thanks to Renee she pointed out that the recent photos labeled as Kingbird
Fledgings are actually Tree Swallows."The color pattern is similar to the
Kingbirds, but notice the forked tail and the long wings which extend way
down." Maybe the ones I saw in flight were Tree Swallows and some
Kingbirds. The ones out on the branch, of three or four were Tree
Swallows. There might one more in one of the photos. Thank you Renee for
the info.

Happy Birding

Linda Thompson

 

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Date: 7/17/17 6:46 am
From: Christine King - Business <bc.biz...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake, 7/16/17
Is that the Pickerelweed?

--Christine


On 07/16/2017 10:45 PM, Linda Thompson <lthom781...>
[arlingtonbirds] wrote:
> They were on some stems that are quite common but can't remember name.



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Date: 7/17/17 4:45 am
From: PAUL ROBERTS <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] id again? [1 Attachment]
Hi Kathy,


Black-crowned Night Heron are a bit like Red-tailed Hawks. They don't start molting into their breeding plumage until they are roughly a year old. Thus you have the juvenile birds (hatched that year) that are streaked grayish/brownish and look nothing like the adult plumage, and year-old birds that look somewhat like adults but are not as crisp and clear in their plumage. They look dirty white; not bright white and crisp black, and they don't have nuptial plumage (the head plumes, etc). They molt into adult plumage during the first half of their second year. And then you have the bright, crisp, red-eyed adults that look spectacular.


Black-crowned is our area are not doing well at all, so appreciate them while we can. Recent studies (e.g., by the Center for Conservation Biology at William & Mary) suggest that some Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night Heron can and do breed successfully in their first year. (Something that holds true for Redtails as well, but is rare.)


Paul M. Roberts
Medford, MA
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Date: 7/16/17 7:45 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake, 7/16/17
Mid morning today had a new bird, a Cedar Waxwing. There were a few
Kingbirds flying around. The Wood Ducks and the young are busy. I haven't
seen as many dragonflies, but quite a few bees. They were on some stems
that are quite common but can't remember name. They were also on the
Buttonbush. Another bird today I am not quite sure of flew in and out. I
need an ID.

I have posted photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9. Mystic
Lakes 2017 album. I am not sure why some photos have captions and others
not. But the captions are on the top right of the screen with "i".if needed.

Happy Birding

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 7/16/17 6:55 pm
From: '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] id again?
Is this BCNH juvvie, adult or ????..... is there a tween?.....never saw these colors on an adult or these feathers on a juvvie...... thanks again, Kathy

 

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Date: 7/15/17 6:56 am
From: Anna Piccolo <sweetestlight9...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] A Mystery of Seabirds, Blown Off Course and Starving - The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/nyregion/seabird-deaths-long-island.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&moduleDetail=inside-nyt-region-2&module=inside-nyt-regionion=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region&_r=0


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Date: 7/14/17 9:17 am
From: <jthomas139...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Carolina Wrens at Horn Pond
I was happy to see and hear a pair of Carolina Wrens in the community garden area of Horn Pond this morning. My first of the year in MA and I have been getting out quite a bit!
One of them even allowed for some photos:


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



Jeff Thomas
Winchester


 

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Date: 7/14/17 8:40 am
From: Paul Roberts <phawk254...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Update on Buzz and Belle: The Alewife Redtails July 2017 (Long)
A brief update on Buzz and Bells status.

Buzz and Belle nested for the third straight year in a quiet private
residential area of Cambridge, away from 185 and Fresh Pond Mall. All the
information with regard to nesting here is from others who have followed the
nesting closely. Again, I have not visited the nest site for reasons stated
previously.

The private neighborhood site Buzz and Belle had used the two previous years
was not available to them this year. It had been purloined by another raptor
that nests earlier than Redtails, and that frequently occupies used Redtail
nests because they do not build their own: Great Horned Owls. The owls did
not successfully fledge young from that nest, but their presence drove Buzz
and Belle (more likely particularly the latter) to find/build a nest several
blocks away in a private neighborhood. The nest did not appear well built or
situated, exposed to wind from photos I saw, but it survived the season.
Only one chick apparently hatched, and it fledged successfully. Its gender
is uncertain, as it is not a particularly large bird or a particularly small
one. The youngster has remained in this relatively densely wooded part of
Cambridge, unlike its older siblings who gradually gravitated to Dads
territory around Fresh Pond Mall, and in particular the area surrounding the
RA or radio antenna (tower) off Concord Avenue and Fern Street.

For over two weeks Belle, and to a lesser extent Buzz, have resumed perching
on the RA for good portions of the day, particularly in the morning. They
can almost certainly see the area of their most recent nest and some of the
activities of their fledgling. Today for the first time in a long while, the
two adult Redtails perched together on the antenna on Raytheon. Buzz has
occasionally perched on the Mobil pine, an old haunt. The two adults are now
back in Buzzs core territory much of the time and are more visible.

Check out the RA carefully. The owner recently added a new FM antenna near
the top, which Buzz and Belle have opted to use as it now provides the
highest good perch on the tower. (The highest perch is usually the dominant
and preferred perch. To perch lower is to allow other raptors to perch above
you and strike at you at will.) It is a chore to fly that high, requiring a
physical effort they might not like to exert every morning, especially
earlier. (Its easier when there is a good breeze or thermals.) You have to
look really high.

There have been intruders in Buzzs territory this year. A pair of Redtails
to the west, the male of which looks very Buzz-like, but it seems as though
they might have nested well west of Raytheon. A second-year Redtail has been
seen occasionally, including recently, once perching on Rindge Towers,
another time on the teacups at the Alewife Brook Rotary at Rte 2/16. The
Peregrines that have wintered on Rindge Towers have been back from their
nest site. Their young (three) have fledged and at least one, possibly more
of them, have been brought over to Fresh Pond Mall occasionally to hunt.
There presence is sporadic, but they still want to control the airspace.
This past week I was watching the adult female Peregrine hunt. Suddenly, she
took off like an air-to-ground missile, rocketing from 22 stories high
towards the old B&M Maintenance Yard west of Rte 16. Boing! She had spotted
a Red-tailed Hawk sitting on a utility pole along the train tracks and
aggressively drove it off. The Redtail appeared to be an adult; at least it
had an essentially bright red tail. It might have been Buzz, but I doubt it.
It might have been the second-year Redtail, who Mark Resendes said recently
now had an almost full adult tail. Whatever, the Redtail rolled over on its
back three times with talons up as the female Peregrine buzzed it, but I did
not see any actual contact. The hawk retreated behind the trees just east of
the Fawcett St apartments where Buzz had once nested. (Weve not see Buzz in
that area for a long time, but it could have been him.)

It is an open question if Buzz and Belles fledgling will be drawn over to
Fresh Pond Mall or will continue to learn to hunt and be increasingly on
his/her own in the quieter, less heavily trafficked nest area.

There are a lot of questions about Buzz and Belle, and urban Redtails. Buzz
is at least 19 years old, and quite possibly several years older than that,
so he is probably in the oldest 1% of Redtails in the universe. Several wild
Redtails are known to have lived to be 27-28 years old, including one in the
Blue Hills of Boston. Second, most raptors that live longer than 15-18 years
are believed to have a significantly diminished capacity to effectively
fertilize eggs. (Think Pale Male.) That might explain why the past three
years Belle has had 1, 2, and 1 young respectively. Of course, we dont know
her age at all, and that could well have something to do with it. I think
there is also a reasonable possibility that she has laid fewer fertilized
eggs because of tension and stress. My impression is that she is relatively
shy, does not much like being around people, and does not like being exposed
in a ledge nest. She has compelled Buzz to expand his territory, and
increased the physical and possibly emotional demands on him, to nest
quietly in a relatively secluded setting in a traditional tree nest.
Extrapolating from human experience, added stress and tension during mating
season can have negative consequences on successful reproduction.

Im also intrigued because currently there is a lot of new research being
conducted on urban raptors, a relatively new phenomenon. Cheryl Dykstra,
editor of Raptor Research, is editing a book of fascinating papers on urban
raptors that should be out within the next year or two. Redtails, Coopers
Hawks, and Great Horned and Barred Owls, have been incredibly successful
exploiting new urban habitats, and these habitats have facilitated or
prompted dramatic changes in behavior, including towards human beings and
each other! Last fall I learned that Northern Goshawks have successfully
moved into cities in Germany. Yesterday I learned they have been breeding
very successfully in urban Finland! Can you imagine goshawks as urban birds!
Whatever, one clear consequence of urbanization is that many Redtails now
find adequate prey in cities year round so they no longer migrate south.
Redtail migration counts are dropping dramatically. Wintering counts are
decreasing in the southern U.S. and skyrocketing in the north. With
adequate prey (squirrels, pigeons, and rats) year round, Redtails might
also be afraid to leave and have someone else claim their territory.

Another change is that with much great population densities in the city than
in the countryside, it is possible for individuals to find mates quicker and
more easily compared to their country brethren; to comparison shop because
you find more floaters in cities than in comparable rural areas, and to find
a floater as a replacement for a suddenly lost mate.(Ask young people from
rural areas about the challenges of finding a potential mate, compared to
those in the city.) It is also possible for there to be more intense
competition for nest sites and mates. Its generally believed that most
eagle injuries seen in rehab centers now are not caused by cars, buildings,
wires, or non-injury-induced starvation, but by young adult eagles in their
first active breeding season or two! New technology and the Coopers hawk
invasion of cities has enabled researchers to document that in urban areas
where the Coopers Hawk population is fairly dense, already mated females
visit the nest site of neighboring pairs to check out the territory and
the male to see if either is more attractive than their current situation.
This helps explain the recent discovery that 10-20% of the Coopers chicks
hatched do not have the same father. (Sort of gives mate for life a new
meaning.) It appears that with raptors as with human beings, cities are
driving significant changes in behavior.

The urban environment, as we all know, is fast paced and changing rapidly in
many ways. There is significantly less green space or brown waste areas
available to prey and predators around Fresh Pond Mall than there was just
two or three years ago. How many thousand tons of concrete have been poured
into foundations for new apartment buildings, office buildings, and garages?
That might make Redtails more dependent on the old dependables: squirrels,
bridge rats (or bridge falcons, i.e. pigeons), and rats, highly susceptible
to rodenticides.

Weve seen the Redtail pairs that nested at Huron Towers and over by
Vineyard Fellowship dissolve and disappear for reasons unknown. (Might be
related to the crash in the squirrel population several years ago, which is
now recovering rather well.)

Who knows what the coming year holds for Buzz and for Belle? Whatever, you
now have a reasonable chance of seeing them on the RA, and perhaps
increasingly on some of their other old haunts.

Good luck.

Best,

Paul



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







 

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Date: 7/13/17 10:14 am
From: 'Alan & Ruth Bragg' <alan.ruth.bragg...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 13, 2017
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 13, 2017 6:07 AM - 9:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Will, Alan, Tom, Kathy, Joan,
Audrey, Frank & Maryellen.
Quite cool, one heavy rain shower. Two beaver at lower impoundment water
control structure.
37 species

Canada Goose 46
Wood Duck 9
Mallard 2
Wild Turkey 3
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 1
Virginia Rail 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Mourning Dove 3
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Northern Flicker 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Tree Swallow 11
Barn Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Marsh Wren 19 Careful count
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 7
Gray Catbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 1
Common Yellowthroat 7
Yellow Warbler 4
Pine Warbler 1
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 13
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 40
Common Grackle 20
American Goldfinch 7
House Sparrow 1

​Alan Bragg

Bedford MA

 

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Date: 7/13/17 6:47 am
From: Anna Piccolo <sweetestlight9...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] CNN: Wimbledon: Why Rufus the Hawk rules the roost on Centre Court

Wimbledon: Why Rufus the Hawk rules the roost on Centre Court
CNN

Rufus the Hawk has been scaring pigeons away from the courts of Wimbledon for a decade. Read the full story


Shared from Apple News



Sent from my iPad
 

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Date: 7/12/17 12:07 pm
From: 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Oasis for Wildlife Walk Saturday July 15 8:15 a.m. Belle Isle Marsh, East Boston
Please join us this Saturday at Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/july-nrcd.pdf

Just some highlights for this week: American Oystercatcher, Willet, Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Glossy Ibis, Snowy Egret, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Yellow-billed Cuckoo.



An Oasis for Wildlife
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Saturdays, July 15 8:15 -9:15 a.m.
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request.



Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com for bus and train information. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.



Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...> For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR .


Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

Follow@ | Tag#

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Date: 7/9/17 6:39 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Fledged Kingbirds at Upper Mystic Lake 7/9/17
Mid morning today the only activity were the fledged Kingbirds using their
wings. They are all sticking together and practicing. Flying out and coming
back. Very active. In some cases I am not sure if an adult is mixed in. The
young ones are growing. I
have posted some photos. I wish I could have cropped more. My camera is in
the shop for two or so weeks with Nikon. Using an older camera with half
the pixels.

Photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9. Mystic Lakes 2017
album.

Happy Birding.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 7/9/17 6:44 am
From: Karsten Hartel <karstenehartel...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] FW: eBird Report - Blair Pond, Jul 9, 2017
Black-crowned Night-Heron plus a lot of the local breeders

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

From: <ebird-checklist...>
Sent: Sunday, July 9, 2017 9:42 AM
To: <karstenehartel...>
Subject: eBird Report - Blair Pond, Jul 9, 2017

Blair Pond, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 9, 2017 8:20 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.15 mile(s)
21 species

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 9
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 3
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 8
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 5
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 2
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 7
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 4
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 15

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38045327

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


 

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Date: 7/8/17 6:36 am
From: Kandy Rathinasamy <kandyr...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Fells - owl [2 Attachments]
Heard lots of bird chatter as I was walking in the fells this morning. Stopped to see what was bothering the birds, expecting to see a red tail. It turned out to be an owl. No binoculars or camera, but we watched each other for a while.
I think it's a barred owl - perhaps a juvenile. Can anyone confirm? Smartphone pix attached.
KandyWinchester




Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
 

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Date: 7/8/17 5:04 am
From: Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Fwd: Photos from NWR, Concord
I forgot to provide the link to the photos. Thanks Melissa for pointing
that out. Here it is:

https://goo.gl/photos/dJVWYKemoAxfUKMz8

Chandrashekhar Tibrewal
917-603-1361


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...>
Date: Sat, Jul 8, 2017 at 12:53 AM
Subject: Photos from NWR, Concord
To: Arlingtonbirds <arlingtonbirds...>


Here is a link to some photos that I took on Thursday at the NWR, Concord.
There is a hummingbird nest on a tree in the parking lot (see the first
photo).

Chandrashekhar Tibrewal
917-603-1361 <(917)%20603-1361>

 

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Date: 7/7/17 9:53 pm
From: Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Photos from NWR, Concord
Here is a link to some photos that I took on Thursday at the NWR, Concord.
There is a hummingbird nest on a tree in the parking lot (see the first
photo).

Chandrashekhar Tibrewal
917-603-1361

 

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Date: 7/7/17 7:56 am
From: 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] DCR July FREE Birding Programs


North Region Coastal District

Department of Conservation and Recreation



July 2017 COMING EVENTS



All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR> .



Osprey Viewing

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation (Saratoga Street Entrance)

Saturday , July 8 8:30-9:30 a.m. CANCELLED

Due to nest failure. Please attend another program listed below.







Winged Wonders

Winthrop Shores Reservation

Saturday, July 8 10:00 -11:00 a.m.

Explore the Winthrop Shores for shorebirds and learn how these birds are adapted for survival. On Friday July 7 we spotted Piping Plover, least tern, killdeer and oystercatchers. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them.

Meet at: Winthrop Beach on Winthrop Shore Drive across from Sturgis Street and 62 Winthrop Shore Drive, Winthrop, MA. On street parking is available free of charge. Accessible by Public Transportation: Paul Revere Transportation bus 712 or 713 Point Shirley-Orient Heights, arrive at the Winthrop Beach stop then walk down Sturgis Street, Winthrop MA (If traveling from outside Winthrop, board the bus at the MBTA Orient Heights station on the blue line). Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees). Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.







Shorebird Surprises

Revere Beach Reservation

Tuesdays, July 11 & 25 6:30 -8:00 p.m.

Explore beautiful Revere Beach for shorebirds and Manx Shearwaters and learn how these birds are adapted for survival. Walk up to 3 miles on the beach, on mud flats and paths. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Meet at: Across the street from One Carey Circle on the sidewalk of the semicircular parking lot. Accessible by MBTA Bus # 441 or 442 to Point of Pines stop: Cross street, turn right and walk approximately 0.3 miles to the sidewalk of the semicircular parking lot across the street from One Carey Circle. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).





An Oasis for Wildlife

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation

Saturday, July 15 8:15 -9:15 a.m.

Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.







Birding 101 at Halibut Point State Park

Sunday, July 16 8:00 -10:00 a.m.

Halibut Point State Park

Join us on a two-hour walk over easy to moderate trails in search of seasonal specialties. Beginners are encouraged to attend. Boots are advisable. Please bring your binoculars and if you are able to a spotting scope to share. For more information, contact Caroline at <songbirder...><mailto:<songbirder...>

Meet at: Halibut Point State Park, Parking lot, on Gott Avenue in Rockport.

Daily Parking Fee applies, visit http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/passes-and-fees/

Co-sponsored by the Brookline Bird Club.


Matthew Nash
Visitor Services Supervisor
DCR North Region Coastal District
One Eliot Circle
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 ext. 105

Find yourself in a DCR Park!

Follow@ | Tag#

[dcr circle logo for email] MassDCR
[http://scalablesocialmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/twitterbird.jpg] [Instagram for email]


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Date: 7/6/17 7:07 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lakes 7/5-6/17
Saw Glen Campbell at the Mystic Dam before noon today. Quiet there. Went up
to Upper Mystic Lake. The only activity we saw there were the Wood Ducks
and little ones and one or two Kingbirds. Couldn't get photos.

I have posted photos of a Northern Cardinal and a Great Blue Heron taken
yesterday in the Sandy Beach area.

Photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9. Mystic Lakes 2017
album.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 7/6/17 12:25 pm
From: 'Joan Chasan' <jec56...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Tony Sweet [1 Attachment]


For the photographers in the Arlington birding club you may be interested in this.

Tony Sweet all day seminar on Saturday November 18th. See attached flyer..

If interested, please send a check for $80 made payable to Gateway Camera Club.

Please mail Paul Smith, 117 Upland Rd., Marlborough, MA 01752

Price of ticket includes coffee and doughnuts in the morning and a buffet lunch at noon.

Thanks

Joan Chasan

<Jec56...>


 

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Date: 7/6/17 9:03 am
From: 'Alan & Ruth Bragg' <alan.ruth.bragg...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jul 6, 2017
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jul 6, 2017 6:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR volunteers Ginger, Melanie, Joan,
Audrey, Janet, Soheil, Chandra, Jonathan, Will, Larry & Alan.
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 57
Wood Duck 21
Mallard 5
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 4
Osprey 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1
Mourning Dove 14
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Willow Flycatcher 1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 4
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 23
Barn Swallow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 1
Marsh Wren 34 Careful count
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Wood Thrush 2
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 4
Cedar Waxwing 6
Common Yellowthroat 13
Yellow Warbler 5
Pine Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 16
Swamp Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 3
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 47
Common Grackle 31
Baltimore Oriole 2
House Finch 2
American Goldfinch 12

​Alan Bragg

Bedford MA

 

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Date: 7/4/17 6:10 pm
From: Kandy Rathinasamy <kandyr...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Spot pond herons
There are several great-blue heron nests on an island in Spot Pond in Stoneham. I counted at least 5 nests, with several fledglings flapping their wings and being fed over the last week+. Others mentioned as many as 11 nests. You'll need a boat (which you can rent) to see them.
KandyWinchester,MA


 

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Date: 7/3/17 7:31 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake 7/3/17
This afternoon the three young Kingbirds were together at the end of a
branch not too far from the nest. I noticed there was only one adult
Kingbird around that area and didn't seem to pay much attention to them. It
landed on the other end of the branch and didn't seem to bother the young
ones at all and they weren't asking for food. There was an Osprey that
flew by and all the Kingbirds disappeared fast. I don't think the Osprey
were after them.
I have posted a few photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9.
Mystic Lake 2017 album.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 7/3/17 11:25 am
From: Christopher Ciccone <cnciccone...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Kingbirds and sharing photos
Good Afternoon All,


Most of the list-servs that I am a member of do not allow you to upload photos directly with your posts. (Some list-servs simply do not have the ability to allow attachments.)

The workaround for most is to post a link to another site where you post your own images (as Linda does with her Google pages) - there are many sites out there ranging from free like Flickr and Google, to ones that have paid memberships, all the way up to folks that have their own web-sites.


I've uploaded a few of my shots from Saturday morning (some admittedly similar to others which have already posted) at: http://www.cicconephoto.com/temporary-2/


Best regards,

Christopher



Christopher N. Ciccone
Christopher Ciccone Nature Photography
www.cicconephoto.com
www.facebook.com/cicconephoto


> On July 3, 2017 at 11:02 AM "RIch Turk <turkrich...> [arlingtonbirds]" <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
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>
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> Chandra,
> These are great. As are Linda's.
> I don't understand Google photos one bit, and they keep changing it.
>
> What is the best way to share photos with tbe group? I've sent a few as attachments which wind up in the yahoo folder. Is that appropriate to do?
>
> Rt
>
>
> I still dont know the best
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>
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> On Jul 3, 2017 12:03 AM, "Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> mailto:<ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds]" <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> mailto:<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> > wrote:
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> >
> >
> >
> > Hi everyone
> >
> > Here is a link to some photos that I mistakenly added to Linda's album. My apologies to Linda again! I have now removed the photos from her album and put them in an album of my own.
> >
> > These are photos of the kingbird family with all the 3 chicks - two of them have fledged and one was still in the nest.
> >
> > https://goo.gl/photos/wtfnvZbGPCM2dt4F9 https://goo.gl/photos/wtfnvZbGPCM2dt4F9
> >
> > I will be very appreciative if you provide your feedback and comments. I am a relatively new birder and very new to DSLR photography. Thanks.
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> > Chandrashekhar Tibrewal
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Date: 7/3/17 9:09 am
From: MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Sharing google photos
If you share Google Photos, you will need to switch *Collaberate* - under
Sharing Options to OFF.

That should make it uneditable.

Hopefully that will work for those who don't want to have their photos
added to.

MJ

 

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Date: 7/3/17 8:02 am
From: RIch Turk <turkrich...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Kingbirds
Chandra,
These are great. As are Linda's.
I don't understand Google photos one bit, and they keep changing it.

What is the best way to share photos with tbe group? I've sent a few as
attachments which wind up in the yahoo folder. Is that appropriate to do?

Rt


I still dont know the best



On Jul 3, 2017 12:03 AM, "Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...>
[arlingtonbirds]" <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:



Hi everyone

Here is a link to some photos that I mistakenly added to Linda's album. My
apologies to Linda again! I have now removed the photos from her album and
put them in an album of my own.

These are photos of the kingbird family with all the 3 chicks - two of them
have fledged and one was still in the nest.

https://goo.gl/photos/wtfnvZbGPCM2dt4F9

I will be very appreciative if you provide your feedback and comments. I am
a relatively new birder and very new to DSLR photography. Thanks.


Chandrashekhar Tibrewal





 

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Date: 7/2/17 9:03 pm
From: Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Kingbirds
Hi everyone

Here is a link to some photos that I mistakenly added to Linda's album. My
apologies to Linda again! I have now removed the photos from her album and
put them in an album of my own.

These are photos of the kingbird family with all the 3 chicks - two of them
have fledged and one was still in the nest.

https://goo.gl/photos/wtfnvZbGPCM2dt4F9

I will be very appreciative if you provide your feedback and comments. I am
a relatively new birder and very new to DSLR photography. Thanks.


Chandrashekhar Tibrewal

 

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Date: 7/2/17 8:18 pm
From: Chandrashekhar Tibrewal <ctibrewal...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake Kingbird. 7/2/17 and album problem
Hi Linda

This is Chandra. I am the one who added photographs to your album. In
following the email thread from Rich, I got to your album. I saw a bunch of
other names attached to the album (Cambridge RatMom, Wendy McIntosh, Carol
Thorpe, Arlingtonbirds) and found the album to be a shared album. I took
that to mean that you meant the album to be a common resource for the
arlingtonbirds group. So, instead of sending my photos to the group via
email, I added them to yours. am sorry that it has upset you. I will remove
the photos If it allows me. Otherwise please feel free to remove them.


On Jul 2, 2017 10:51 PM, "Linda Thompson <lthom781...>
[arlingtonbirds]" <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:



Stopped by the Kingbirds nest area mid morning. Very quiet. Only saw one
newly fledged young one and a couple of adult Kingbirds. Very quiet all
around.

I found last night in my album some one has added their photos into my
Mystic Lake 2017 album. I have never wanted or had anyone include their
photos into my albums. Maybe it is because Google Photos has added a "new"
site to include such items. It bothers me because it included letting
someone into Library files also. I think i can maybe just use a block. Has
anyone seen this? I did change a setting to not include others to add
their photos to my albums. But that was old instructions. Not sure if it
will work. At least they do put photographer's name on the photos. I can
block anyone, but am not sure how extensive that would be for the person
with Arlington Birds. I think that might be the easiest thing to do if it
only blocks them from using my albums and libraries. She is on my list for
Sharing Options. MARJ, any information on that?

Linda Thompson
Arlington, MA





 

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Date: 7/2/17 7:51 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake Kingbird. 7/2/17 and album problem
Stopped by the Kingbirds nest area mid morning. Very quiet. Only saw one
newly fledged young one and a couple of adult Kingbirds. Very quiet all
around.

I found last night in my album some one has added their photos into my
Mystic Lake 2017 album. I have never wanted or had anyone include their
photos into my albums. Maybe it is because Google Photos has added a "new"
site to include such items. It bothers me because it included letting
someone into Library files also. I think i can maybe just use a block. Has
anyone seen this? I did change a setting to not include others to add
their photos to my albums. But that was old instructions. Not sure if it
will work. At least they do put photographer's name on the photos. I can
block anyone, but am not sure how extensive that would be for the person
with Arlington Birds. I think that might be the easiest thing to do if it
only blocks them from using my albums and libraries. She is on my list for
Sharing Options. MARJ, any information on that?

Linda Thompson
Arlington, MA

 

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Date: 7/1/17 4:42 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Young Kingbirds Next to Nest Now. 7/1/17
Went over to the Kingbird nest short time before lunch today. Two have left
the nest and settled on a branch by the nest. There is a third, I believe
still in the nest maybe near by. Thought I saw a head in the nest. In one
photo there is a Kingbird just out side the nest looking in. Thought an
adult. But maybe the third.

I had posted a photo this week of a Kingbird with a red splotch under it's
chin. And questioned it. Some mentioned to Rich Turk it might be residue
from a berry of some sort it had eaten. Very Plausible.
.
I have posted photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9. Mystic
Lakes 2017 Album of today's episode. No particular order.

Happy Birding

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 7/1/17 11:07 am
From: Oakes Plimpton <opoakes...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Piping Plovers at Revere Beach
Birders: Yes the Piping Plovers were there (heard their piping first) with tiny babies, perhaps not even a day old! Two of them huddled under their mother’s breast, with a third trying to join them. They were precocial. The male chased off a House Sparrow! Later I saw a Plover chasing a Herring Gull! No Least Terns, but we viewed Common Terns diving into the ocean only a foot from shore! When our companion figures out his myriads of photographs, hopefully will send you all along the site.

Best, Oakes

ps: ps: Yes not too easy to drive there — Route 16, and you take a right to go to the beach. The plovers were half way down the beach — where you can see green beach grass. There are fences of a kind around where they are. Bob Stymeist delivering Bird Coffee told us Oystercatchers were nesting on the coastal breakwater islands off Winthrop Beach, many young ones!
O.P.

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Date: 7/1/17 9:22 am
From: <juliecroston...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Red Winged Blackbirds
Is there anyone here who is particularly interested in Red-Winged Blackbirds and is familiar with their nesting, behavior, distribution, vocalizations, and seasonality in Cambridge? Do you have recordings of various calls?

(I'm gearing up for the Mighty, Mighty Red-Winged Blackbird Day at Riverside Press Park on Monday, August 7th).


Best,
Julie
Julie Croston
Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project - fresh pond wildlife at comcast dot net
 

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Date: 7/1/17 8:16 am
From: RIch Turk <turkrich...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Kingbird and Chicks, Upper Mystic Lake 6/29/17 [1 Attachment]
Thanks for the post Linda, good to see you on Thurs.

After Linda left I reviewed my images in camera and also wondered about the
mysterious reddish patch on the adult kingbird's throat. Is it a breeding
patch? It looked like an injury to me the way the feathers were messed up.
See attached photo.

I went to the nest early this morning (Sat.)and ran into Chris and Jim with
their cameras. I showed them the images and they surmised that the
coloring was from berries that the bird may have eaten. Come to think of
it, the color reminded me of red wine! Specifically Manischewitz
Loganberry....which my family swilled down on Passover.

Anyway, neither adult bird showed any red coloring this morning. While
we were there the 2 of the 3 young birds fledged, the 3rd was still in the
nest, being attended to when I left.

Rgds
Rich


On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 12:07 AM, Linda Thompson <lthom781...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Went over to check out the Kingbird chicks about 4:30 or this afternoon.
> Ran into Rich Turk. We spent quite awhile watching them being fed. The
> lighting was not the greatest. Particularly with no sun. But it was fun to
> watch them and take some photos. They seem to be moving their wings a
> little. Maybe getting ready to fledge.
>
> I am curious about one of the parent Kingbirds that had a reddish spot
> under its chin. I know they sometimes have red on their crown. But I have
> never noticed it under the chin. Is it a breeding sign? I should think it
> is a little early for that. Any ideas?
>
> I have posted a couple photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9.
> Mystic Lake 217 Album.
>
> Linda Thompson
> Arlington
>
>
>
>
>
>



--

Rich Turk

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Date: 6/30/17 4:17 am
From: 'David Bean' <beandk...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Re kingbirds
I love kingbirds. They are so admirable; they migrate such vast distances,
they are so tough, and they are so handsome.

The [usual?] pair at Menotomy Rocks seemed to be nesting about a month ago
in a limb of one of the dying pines next to the pond. Yet I've seen no
kingbirds at the pond in weeks. Did anyone notice activity there? They seem
to have vanished far too early for the family to have fled the nest.

And has anyone followed the nest near the east entrance of Alewife station?

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Date: 6/29/17 9:07 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Kingbird and Chicks, Upper Mystic Lake 6/29/17
Went over to check out the Kingbird chicks about 4:30 or this afternoon.
Ran into Rich Turk. We spent quite awhile watching them being fed. The
lighting was not the greatest. Particularly with no sun. But it was fun to
watch them and take some photos. They seem to be moving their wings a
little. Maybe getting ready to fledge.

I am curious about one of the parent Kingbirds that had a reddish spot
under its chin. I know they sometimes have red on their crown. But I have
never noticed it under the chin. Is it a breeding sign? I should think it
is a little early for that. Any ideas?

I have posted a couple photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9.
Mystic Lake 217 Album.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 6/29/17 3:52 pm
From: '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Thanks....
for so many direct responses id'ing the wood duck.... yes, I should have known.... and will remember.....This one showed up this afternoon and I think I might have known without a request......Also wanted to share that I saw a BCNH at Yates today as well....full adult......that felt great..... Kathy Johnson

 

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Date: 6/29/17 12:27 pm
From: 'Rita Grossman' <leahjen...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Arlington Birds] Id help
I believe this is a juvenile male wood duck.
Rita Grossman

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From: <arlingtonbirds...> [mailto:<arlingtonbirds...>]
On Behalf Of '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds]
Sent: Thursday, June 29, 2017 1:26 PM
To: <arlingtonbirds...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Id help




Still working on learning.... saw this duck pair at Yates Pond for the last
few days..... guessing a mallard mix but never saw one quite like it......
curious Kathy Johnson (apologizing for poor quality photo)..... it's far
out...so to speak:).... whatisthisyates6-27-17.jpg




 

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Date: 6/29/17 12:17 pm
From: 'Rogers, Jean' <jrogers...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [Arlington Birds] FREE Events in your state parks this weekend
Hi Arlington Birders,
MassWildlife received the request below but doesn't have anyone available on that date. I immediately thought of you as talented, urban, and then some, birders. Anyone interested in leading this walk? If so, contact Susan Janowsky below.
Jean Rogers, Fresh Pond Reservation
We at the Esplanade Association are reaching out to you, the Wildlife Education Specialist for MassWildlife, in the hopes of speaking with you about a program in the Esplanade this summer. Family Adventures on the Charles River Esplanade are geared toward bringing families to the Esplanade to engage them in the local environment and educate them about biodiversity in the Charles River Basin. We are interested in bringing a wildlife specialist in for our Wildlife Watch day on Saturday, August 19th from 10:00am to 1:00pm to lead a walk through the Esplanade, along the Charles and speak on the native and non-native species.
The program is intended to focus on all kinds of wildlife, however, considering the urban nature of the Esplanade and the abundance of birds, we are hoping to find someone with a strong ornithological knowledge. We plan to provide the children with binoculars and packets with species information for wildlife bingo. We would love to have you or a colleague lead the walk to ensure the success of this program. We are eagerly awaiting a response.
Best,
Susan Janowsky
Programs Assistant
The Esplanade Association
376 Boylston Street, Suite No. 503
Boston, MA 02116
201-704-9388<tel:(201)%20704-9388> - Mobile


From: <arlingtonbirds...> [mailto:<arlingtonbirds...>] On Behalf Of 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 8:16 AM
To: <arlingtonbirds...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] FREE Events in your state parks this weekend




North Region Coastal District
Department of Conservation and Recreation
One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 Ext. 105
Date June 21, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
Find yourself in a DCR State Park
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/july-nrcd.pdf<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mass.gov%2Feea%2Fdocs%2Fdcr%2Fevents%2Fjuly-nrcd.pdf&data=02%7C01%<7Cjrogers...>%7Ce7bbd89df45e4b8d3efd08d4be234a2a%7Cc06a8be784794d73b35193bc9ba8295c%7C0%7C1%7C636342506157249850&sdata=8lcAVPmYegJ5DIWw1N0nTfM%2FmjNZT8F96G0H5nwyBkc%3D&reserved=0>






Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mass.gov%2FDCR&data=02%7C01%<7Cjrogers...>%7Ce7bbd89df45e4b8d3efd08d4be234a2a%7Cc06a8be784794d73b35193bc9ba8295c%7C0%7C0%7C636342506157259859&sdata=kCtfu9PLTDgoq90RJnvxttUOppYxBjAETcphJ1aL6L8%3D&reserved=0> .


An Oasis for Wildlife
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Saturdays, July 1 & 15 8:15 -9:15 a.m.
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mbta.com%2F&data=02%7C01%<7Cjrogers...>%7Ce7bbd89df45e4b8d3efd08d4be234a2a%7Cc06a8be784794d73b35193bc9ba8295c%7C0%7C0%7C636342506157259859&sdata=eGrCshJ3m8enNTRNSIphGeLrbRpT%2FI98vxsDtZrQX%2Bs%3D&reserved=0> for bus and train information. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

What Lies Beneath the Sea
Short Beach Section of Winthrop Shores Reservation
Saturday, July 1 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Discover what animals lay beneath the sea on this tide pool exploration and learn how these animals struggle for survival and satisfy their voracious appetites. Be prepared for walking on rocky and slippery ground and getting your feet wet. Some nets will be provided but bring a net if you have one. Meet at: Short Beach section of Winthrop Shores Reservation, Winthrop, MA, (Beachside on the sidewalk near the boundary between Revere Street, Winthrop, MA and Winthrop Parkway, Revere MA). Parking is free of charge but limited on the street and in a small lot across the street. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.





 

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Date: 6/29/17 11:58 am
From: MJ Keeler <maryjane.keeler...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Id help
Looks like a young male Wood Duck. The eye ring is there, with red on the
bill.

Here's a photo:

https://www.google.com/search?q=female+wood+duck&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiUnpzU3ePUAhWEdz4KHQreBzcQ_AUICigB&biw=1270&bih=642#tbm=isch&q=immature+male+wood+duck&imgrc=eDdeJNWfpWdX6M
:

On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 1:26 PM, '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...>
[arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> Still working on learning.... saw this duck pair at Yates Pond for the
> last few days..... guessing a mallard mix but never saw one quite like
> it...... curious Kathy Johnson (apologizing for poor quality photo).....
> it's far out...so to speak:).... [image: whatisthisyates6-27-17.jpg]
>
>
>

 

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Date: 6/29/17 11:51 am
From: Christine King - Business <bc.biz...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Id help
Looks like a Wood Duck to me. --Christine


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Date: 6/29/17 10:26 am
From: '<kharmony47...>' <kharmony47...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Id help
Still working on learning.... saw this duck pair at Yates Pond for the last few days..... guessing a mallard mix but never saw one quite like it...... curious Kathy Johnson (apologizing for poor quality photo)..... it's far out...so to speak:)....

 

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Date: 6/29/17 8:04 am
From: 'Alan & Ruth Bragg' <alan.ruth.bragg...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Jun 29, 2017
Great Meadows NWR--Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 29, 2017 6:00 AM - 10:04 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.1 mile(s)
Comments: Weekly survey by NWR Volunteers Larry, Soheil, Joan, Will,
Frank, Jonathan & Alan
45 species

Canada Goose 64
Wood Duck 27
Mallard 3
Least Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron 5
Osprey 1
Killdeer 2
Mourning Dove 6
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Willow Flycatcher 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
Warbling Vireo 7
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 4
American Crow 1
Tree Swallow 24
Bank Swallow 1
Barn Swallow 4
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Tufted Titmouse 7
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Marsh Wren 25 Careful count
Wood Thrush 1
American Robin 12
Gray Catbird 8
Cedar Waxwing 1
Ovenbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 10
Yellow Warbler 9
Pine Warbler 2
Chipping Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 15
Swamp Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird 46
Common Grackle 35
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
American Goldfinch 17
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S37866256

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
​Alan Bragg
Bedford MA​

 

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Date: 6/28/17 6:00 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Upper Mystic Lake 6/28/17
I went over to Upper Lake shortly before noon to see the nest and chicks of
the Kingbird John Garp had mentioned near the stone bridge. I did have some
luck. I just got a couple of photos depending on the lighting among the
leaves. There was also a Northern Flicker flying around I believe swallows
also, but not sure which one.Thanks for any ID..
I ran into John just a I was leaving. He was going to watch for any
possible fledging time. Right now I think they were too busy wanting food

Photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9. Mystic Lake 2017 album.

Enjoy the weather

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 6/28/17 4:37 pm
From: 'Alan & Lisa Ankers' <alankers...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Carlisle Dragonfly walk on Sunday
The Carlisle Conservation Foundation's next dragonfly walk will be this
Sunday, July 2, at the Carlisle Cranberry Bog (750 Curve Street), starting
at 10:00 AM.

We should find some birds and butterflies, and often find other interesting
bugs (and sometimes have people who can identify them!).

All assuming the weather forecasters are wrong..



Alan Ankers

Carlisle, MA




 

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Date: 6/28/17 5:43 am
From: 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] FREE Events in your state parks this weekend

North Region Coastal District
Department of Conservation and Recreation
One Eliot Circle Contact: Matthew Nash
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 485-2804 Ext. 105
Date June 21, 2017


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Find yourself in a DCR State Park
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/july-nrcd.pdf






Join a DCR Park interpreter to learn about the wonderful natural history of your state parks. All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...><mailto:<Matthew.Nash...>. For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR> .


An Oasis for Wildlife
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Saturdays, July 1 & 15 8:15 -9:15 a.m.
Discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. We will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Reasonable accommodations available upon request. Meet at: Main Parking lot near the bulletin board, located on Bennington Street, East Boston between address 1236 Bennington St., East Boston and 173 Bennington St., Revere. Parking is on a paved lot and is free of charge. Accessible by public transportation: MBTA Blue line, Beachmont Station. Exit station, turn right, at intersection cross State Road/Bennington Street, travel right along Bennington Street to park entrance on the left. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

What Lies Beneath the Sea
Short Beach Section of Winthrop Shores Reservation
Saturday, July 1 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Discover what animals lay beneath the sea on this tide pool exploration and learn how these animals struggle for survival and satisfy their voracious appetites. Be prepared for walking on rocky and slippery ground and getting your feet wet. Some nets will be provided but bring a net if you have one. Meet at: Short Beach section of Winthrop Shores Reservation, Winthrop, MA, (Beachside on the sidewalk near the boundary between Revere Street, Winthrop, MA and Winthrop Parkway, Revere MA). Parking is free of charge but limited on the street and in a small lot across the street. Co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.





 

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Date: 6/28/17 3:19 am
From: <JOHNGARP...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Kingbird nest, Mystic Lakes [2 Attachments]
Good morning....There is a great Kingbird nest near the stone bridge at the Mystic Lakes. It looks like the chicks will fledge very soon. Yesterday I was lucky enough to catch the mother feeding the chicks dragonflies.


Enjoy.....Johngarp



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz4kfDF0aqQ KINGBIRD FEEDING CHICKS DRAGONFLY, MYSTIC LAKES #104 06/27/17


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_F7_EkJxks KINGBIRD FEEDING CHICKS DRAGONFLY, MYSTIC LAKES #105 06/27/17


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzLoCb6SMno KINGBIRD FEEDING CHICKS, MYSTIC LAKES #92 06/27/17


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0BrHrwQano KINGBIRD CHICKS, MYSTIC LAKES #91 06/27/17





 

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Date: 6/24/17 10:38 am
From: 472Matthew Nash <parkranger553...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Revere Beach-Shorebird Surprises Tuesday June 27 7:00 p.m.

North Region Coastal District Department of Conservation and Recreation

JUNE 2017 COMING EVENTS

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dcr/events/june-nrcd.pdf

Shorebird Surprises
Revere Beach Reservation
Tuesday, June 27 7:00 -8:30p.m.
Explore beautiful Revere Beach for shorebirds and Manx Shearwaters and learn how these birds are adapted for survival. Walk up to 3 miles on the beach, on mud flats and paths. Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Meet at: Across the street from One Carey Circle on the sidewalk of the semicircular parking lot. Accessible by MBTA Bus # 441 or 442 to Point of Pines stop: Cross street, turn right and walk approximately 0.3 miles to the sidewalk of the semicircular parking lot across the street from One Carey Circle. Visit www.MBTA.com<http://www.mbta.com/> for bus and train information (schedule, route and fees).


All Programs are FREE and open to the public. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children may have difficulty using binoculars or a spotting scope and must be accompanied by an adult. For program cancellations phone 978-937-2094 ext. 121, one hour before start time. Rain Cancels. Strongly recommend sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and footwear suitable for walking on the beach, and on paths. For more information phone (781) 485-2804 Ext. 105 or email <Matthew.Nash...> For a listing of programs at other DCR state parks visit www.mass.gov/DCR<http://www.mass.gov/DCR> .

 

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Date: 6/24/17 6:55 am
From: <juliecroston...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Red-Winged Blackbirds get their day in the sun
Hi Arlington Birders!


I am seeking birders who can help (1) provide expertise and background information and (2) talk to children under 12 in an informal setting—specifically about red-winged blackbirds.


Any knowledge you have of life cycle, behaviors, habitat/ ecosystem, identification and the like will be useful either behind the scenes or in person at a kid-friendly event on Monday, August 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. called THE MIGHTY, MIGHTY RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD.


This red-winged blackbird-themed event is the inaugural day of the four-day


Fly, Buzz, and Honk! Festival


that I am organizing for the Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project http://www.cambridgeoutdoors.org/cwpp. Expected attendance is between 40 and 100 children.


The CWPP's red-winged blackbird costumes will be available for volunteers who are game to wear in adult sizes, and we'll help kids try on the smaller versions that we have.


Volunteers are needed to:
help kids make red-winged blackbird masks,
guide young children in making a red-winged black bird model nest (of raffia and bamboo poles), provide information to the kids and their counselors/caregivers/parents,
help me design and set up the visual aids and art materials in the weeks leading up to 8/7, and other logistical support.
It's a great opportunity to seed the love of birding in the younger generation!


Red-winged blackbird trading cards in multiple languages are also on the agenda...let me know if you want to lend your expertise to that as well!


The event will take place in Riverside Press Park, Cambridge. Subsequent themed days include
DAY 2 8/8 POLLINATION IN THE NATION
DAY 3 8/9 OUR CITY's HABITATS
DAY 4 8/10 ANIMAL SOUND AND MOTION (includes mini-parade, with musicians, around the park perimeter)--I also wonder if anyone here on this list would like to help with information/demonstrations on the topic of animal sound and motion.



Julie Croston
Cambridge Outdoors http://cambridgeoutdoors.org and Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project http://www.facebook.com/cambridgewildlife. Please email me at freshpondwildlife at comcast dot net if interested. Thanks!
 

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Date: 6/23/17 6:28 pm
From: <e_wylde...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Wood Ducks at Black's Nook, Fresh Pond Reservation, Cambridge
During a Summer Solstice Bird Walk Wednesday evening we were delighted to have good looks at a female wood duck on Black's Nook, a small pond next to Fresh Pond. She was followed by 8 small ducklings!
Elizabeth Wylde and Nancy Guppy
 

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Date: 6/23/17 6:26 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] On my previous re Wood Ducks
I assume it is self explanatory, but the e-mail referred to today was
Renee's message on the Wood Ducks.

LInda

 

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Date: 6/23/17 5:54 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Wood Ducks at Upper Mystic Lake fore bay a few days ago.
I believe these are the Wood Ducks and little ones she mentioned in her
e-mail today. They are so cute.

Photo at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9. in Mystic River 2017
album.

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 6/23/17 1:07 pm
From: '<dacooper...>' <dacooper...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Sandy Beach Wood Ducks 6/23
This morning there were a bunch of Wood Ducks at Sandy Beach, foraging among the lily pads in the Fore Bay area. There were 4 females with broods of 2,3,4, and 7 respectively, making a total of 20 ducks. Yesterday I’d seen one female with a following of 11 tiny little ones, so who knows how many the total population really is.

Renee LaFontaine
Medford, MA
<dacooper...>

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Date: 6/22/17 11:52 pm
From: Lisa Carr <lisacarr7968...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Black-crowned Night Herons, Mystic Dam 6/21-22/l7
I have also noticed several BNCH flying around medford around route 16 in last 2 days

Lisa Carr
> On Jun 22, 2017, at 9:09 PM, Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
> I just passed through the Dam area this afternoon and yesterday. Each time there has been one BCNH perched in the trees to the left of the dam today and one perched on a stump by the Tufts Boat House yesterday. The stumps are beginning to be exposed now. Maybe there will be more there later.
>
> Photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9 <https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9>. Mystic Lakes 2017 album.
>
> Happy birding
>
> Linda Thompson
> Arlington
>
>


 

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Date: 6/22/17 6:09 pm
From: Linda Thompson <lthom781...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Black-crowned Night Herons, Mystic Dam 6/21-22/l7
I just passed through the Dam area this afternoon and yesterday. Each time
there has been one BCNH perched in the trees to the left of the dam today
and one perched on a stump by the Tufts Boat House yesterday. The stumps
are beginning to be exposed now. Maybe there will be more there later.

Photos at: https://goo.gl/photos/jzPzM3Kc29EPMdBq9. Mystic Lakes 2017 album.

Happy birding

Linda Thompson
Arlington

 

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Date: 6/22/17 6:48 am
From: Liz Thorstenson <lizzylee...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [Arlington Birds] Black-crowned Night Heron
While sitting on my porch Monday night I saw at least 9 fly over the house
on their way somewhere. I say at least because there were a few birds that
I couldn't quite catch with my binocs, but I think they were likely to be
night herons. It could have been as high as 14 that flew by.
There was one group of 4 obviously flying together, and the rest were
singles or pairs.
This was all during a 20 minute period around 7:30 pm. Best time to see
them if you're in the right spot. I'm over by the Alewife Brook.

I sat out watching for them last night but only saw 3 or so.

Liz

On Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 10:39 PM, <bhyond...> [arlingtonbirds] <
<arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:

>
>
> And there were 3 on Spy Pond for awhile this evening.
>
> Barbara Hunter
> Pleasant St
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jun 21, 2017, at 10:32 PM, Craig Gibson <cbgibson...>
> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Great looks last night at a handful of Black-crowned Night Herons perched
> above the Duck Pond
>
> in downtown Winchester under golden late day sun!
>
>
> For those with an interest, one image posted:
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>
> http://www.pbase.com/birdshots/image/165700783
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>
> Enjoy,
>
> Craig Gibson
>
> Winchester
>
> cbgibson AT comcast.net
>
>
>

 

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