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8/4/22 12:35 pm 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> [BostonBirds] 8/3 Fisherman's Bend + Winthrop Beach + Belle Isle
7/28/22 10:26 am 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> [BostonBirds] 7/28 West Roxbury High School Wetland, Millennium Park, and Cow Island Pond
7/27/22 3:02 pm 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> [BostonBirds] 7/26 Winthrop and Belle Isle Marsh Highlights
7/18/22 5:15 pm 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> [BostonBirds] 7/13+7/16 + 7/18 Recent Sightings in Belle Isle, Winthrop, and Revere
7/18/22 4:34 pm 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> [BostonBirds] 7/15 Newton Barred Owl and Scarlet Tanager
7/11/22 2:28 pm 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> [BostonBirds] Begging Raptors in Wellesley and Brookline
7/11/22 2:09 pm 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...> [BostonBirds] Belle Isle Marsh Dozens of Short-billed Dowitchers, etc.
 
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Date: 8/4/22 12:35 pm
From: 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...>
Subject: [BostonBirds] 8/3 Fisherman's Bend + Winthrop Beach + Belle Isle
First of all, let me say that I found a ROOSTER at Belle Isle. It was at the pond observation platform, just below me as I was looking down. Obviously dumped there. It was trying to eat, but none of the vegetation was edible for this poor bird. Needless to say, a LIFE BIRD for this location. I birded from 4:40-7:15 last evening. Hi Tide was at 4:00 p.m.

Snowy Egret 15
Great  Egret 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Osprey 5+                      five flying at Snake Island as seen from Washington Ave. looking out over harbor
Black-bellied Plover 32   same spot as above (Washington Ave.) but roosting on rocks
Killdeer 8
Semipalmated Plover 100
small shorebird sp.    100 
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
American Oystercatcher 5     Winthrop Beach on  one of the five breakwaters  
Least Sandpiper 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Ruddy Turnstone 3                as seen from Washington Ave., roosting on rocks below
Common Tern 2
Least Tern 4+
ROOSTER 1
Monk Parakeet 1                 while waiting for bus on Veteran's Rd.
Peregrine Falcon 1              had flushed hundreds of small shorebirds just before my arrival  Birds all flying around

Paul Peterson
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Boston

      

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Date: 7/28/22 10:26 am
From: 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...>
Subject: [BostonBirds] 7/28 West Roxbury High School Wetland, Millennium Park, and Cow Island Pond
Green Heron 1
Great Blue Heron 7+                 including five wetland
Great Egret 2
Wood Duck 10+                       wetland
BALD EAGLE 2                        C.I.P.
Red-tailed Hawk 2                    on weathervane atop V.A. Hospital
Semipalmated Plover 6            C.I.P.
Killdeer 7                                  all three spots
Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 20                 all three spots
Solitary Sandpiper 2                F.O.Y. wetland; thanks for posting, Ted B.
Eastern Kingbird 3
Warbling Vireo 1
Common Yellowthroat 2+
Yellow Warbler 3+
Savannah Sparrow 1            singing unseen on hillside
 
P.S. The Swamp Mallow were in full bloom and abundant along the Charles River, with four different colors. White, light pink, dark pink, and Ruby! Wow. And such big blooms. The ruby was the rarest one, with only one plant that color bloom.

Paul Peterson
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Boston   

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Date: 7/27/22 3:02 pm
From: 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...>
Subject: [BostonBirds] 7/26 Winthrop and Belle Isle Marsh Highlights
High tide 10:50 a.m. I started at Fishermen's Bend Park in Winthrop, followed by Lewis Lake and Winthrop Beach. I then birded all three sections of Belle Isle Marsh. (Lawn Ave., main, and The Key)

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1         flyover at dusk Belle Isle
Great Blue Heron 1+
Snowy Egret 5
Great Egret 2
Surf Scoter 1
Osprey 4+
Semipalmated Plover 1             The Key
Black-bellied Plover 5                Fishermen's Bend rocks (seen from Washington Ave. looking down (from between two houses) 
Killdeer 5                                 Winthrop Beach revealed an ad. supervising two chicks
Piping Plover 8                         Winthrop Beach; together
Sanderling 2                             
American Oystercatcher 7         Fishermen's Bend
Least Sandpiper 20                   The Key
Semipalmated Sandpiper 12
peep sp. 90                              flushed from Snake Island by Peregrine
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Least Tern 7                             Winthrop Beach
Common Tern 4                        Snake Island (as seen from Fishermen's Bend Park)
Monk Parakeet 1                       in the aforementioned enormous mulberry on Veterans Rd. near Lewis Lake
BANK SWALLOW 1                  Belle Isle boardwalk and from The Key two hours later
White-breasted Nuthatch 2         Quite a surprise for Winthrop!
Peregrine Falcon 1                    chased away by some oystercatchers! (who nest on the island)
Saltmarsh Sparrow 7                 including two in the area of the rocks at Fishermen's Bend Park!
Monarch Butterfly 8                  incl. two with a Tiger Swallowtail on a butterfly bush

Paul Peterson
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Date: 7/18/22 5:15 pm
From: 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...>
Subject: [BostonBirds] 7/13+7/16 + 7/18 Recent Sightings in Belle Isle, Winthrop, and Revere
I hit Belle Isle on all three days, all three sections.The following were from there. Unless noted, all birds were from today:

Great Egret 11
Snowy Egret 11                     7/13 highest number
Great Blue Heron 5                7/13 highest number
Bald Eagle 1                         7/16   being escorted from the air space courtesy of two Osprey!
Osprey 7                              two nestlings in one nest, at least one in the other nest
WILD TURKEY 1                  7/16 in front yard of house next to Napolis Restaurant (Bennington St.)
Killdeer 1
Least Sandpiper 38                    7/16 The Key at Belle Isle
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3
Short-billed Dowitcher 3
American Oystercatcher 6          just sitting out on the marsh
Willet 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 12
Greater Yellowlegs 1
yellowlegs sp. 5
Common Tern 2
Least Tern 2
Willow Flycatcher 1                7/13 seen and heard singing from boardwalk, as well as heard from much further back
BANK SWALLOW 1               7/16 dusk
BROWN THRASHER 1          7/13 Lawn Ave.
SALTMARSH SPARROW 12  7/13 highest count (seen from all three sections)
Raccoon 3                            7/16

WINTHROP AND REVERE

COMMON LOON 6             7/18 Short Beach (one of best spots for this species but this is ridiculous for summer!)
MANX SHEARWATER 5     7/18 Short Beach (also four at Revere Breakwater 7/16
Piping Plover 5                   7/16 Winthrop Beach
Semipalmated Plover 4       7/13 Revere Breakwater flyover calling
Spotted Sandpiper 1           7/16 Fisherman's Bend Winthrop (on rocks)
Monk Parakeet 3                7/16 near Daw Playground and Lewis Lake (Veterans Rd.enormous very unripe mulberry tree
Savannah Sparrow 1          7/16 Winthrop Gazebo at Belle Isle

Paul Peterson
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Boston


    


  

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Date: 7/18/22 4:34 pm
From: 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...>
Subject: [BostonBirds] 7/15 Newton Barred Owl and Scarlet Tanager
Hi,
The Scarlet Tanager that I posted five weeks ago (June 11) from Webster Conservation Area in Newton is apparently still here! These woods are dense folks, so nesting is most certainly conceivable. I had just entered the area from the Elgin Rd. entrance (off Langley Rd., near Newton Center) when I unmistakably heard  chip burr calls. And if that weren't enough, as I was exiting these dense woods from the Warren Ave. exit, I heard the begging call of one or two Barred Owls just down a bit on Renee Terrace. There was also a flock of Wild Turkeys in the area. (Elgin St.) No mosquitoes or barely any too. (due to the drought) . A very short walk to get away from the commercialism to find lovely woods. Also heard Eastern Wood-Pewee and Red-eyed Vireo,

Paul Peterson
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Boston

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Date: 7/11/22 2:28 pm
From: 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...>
Subject: [BostonBirds] Begging Raptors in Wellesley and Brookline
Five days ago, I birded in Wellesley. The excursion ended with a proverbial band. I was on the Sudbury Path near the fabulous Waban Arches (named for Waban Brook, which empties into the Charles River very near this point) At dusk and beyond, there were dozens and dozens of fireflies creating magic. Also, Big Brown Bats were out and about. Then, at 9:05 p.m., I heard calls that were unfamiliar to me. Then, one of the mystery birds flew up to eye level from down the steep embakment. A Barred Owl giving its begging call. I then heard another one that was still down below.

Great Blue Heron 2                    Rosemary Brook and Waban Arches
Wood Duck 30                           ditto
RED-SHOULDERED HAWK 1    Cartwright St. in Ridge Hill Reservation (technically in Needham, but barely)
Barred Owl 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1    Rosemary Brook (pickerelweed)
Pileated Woodpecker 1             Waban Arches area near dusk 
Great Crested Flycatcher 3       including two Rosemary Brook
Eastern Wood Pewee 2
Wood Thrush 2                       Babson College

Two days ago, at the Longwood Mall in the Longwood section of Brookline, I saw FOUR fledgling Cooper's Hawks along Chatham St. near Borland St. They were not far from the nest where they had hatched. They too were giving begging calls. (just like the Barred Owls in Wellesley)  Very exciting! I went back to the area after dark for Common Nighthawk. This was at 9:15. There was one calling.

Paul Peterson
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Boston                      

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Date: 7/11/22 2:09 pm
From: 'Paul Peterson' via Boston Birds <bostonbirds...>
Subject: [BostonBirds] Belle Isle Marsh Dozens of Short-billed Dowitchers, etc.
I basically covered the entirety of Belle Isle Marsh from 11:50-3:00: Lawn Ave. section, main section, and The Key (in Revere).

Great Blue Heron 1
Snowy Egret 5
Great Egret 2
Osprey 5                              two adult pairs and a nestling seen in nest
Killdeer 4
Semipalmated Sandpiper 28
Least Sandpiper 8
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Willet 2
Short-billed Dowitcher 28      in large pan beyond boardwalk pan (in direction of Beachmont neighborhood)
Common Tern 3
Saltmarsh Sparrow 6            very evident from Lawn Ave. observation platform

Paul Peterson
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Boston

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