Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Norfolk/Wrentham area 12/02/2012

Two birders joined me for the South Shore Bird Club (SSBC) outing at
Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk this morning. There was ice
on much of the water and thick fog for much of the walk, but we had a
nice morning of casual birding. A highlight was two Golden-crowned
Kinglets who came within a few feet for exceptional views along the
main boardwalk. Also along the boardwalk, we identified several
native shrubs and saw the tracks of a Mink in the snow.

We observed one Green-winged Teal on the water feeding alongside two
American Black Ducks and two Mallards. Which is to say, there were
not many ducks today. In the field near the parking lot, we noticed a
uniquely feathered Canada Goose (see photo).

Around 10am, we headed to the William Rice Fields in nearby Wrentham
to see if the Lark Sparrow was around. We didn't find the bird today
but had a nice time watching and listening to a small flock of Eastern
Bluebirds. A couple Savannah Sparrows also made themselves known.

Below are the lists from both locations.

--Josh Fecteau (filling in for Nancy Swirka)

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Norfolk, US-MA
Dec 2, 2012 7:50 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.9 mile(s)
24 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 19
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 2
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 2
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 10
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 10
American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 10
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 10
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 20

View this checklist online at

William Rice Athletic Fields, Wrentham, Norfolk, US-MA
Dec 2, 2012 10:20 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.6 mile(s)
16 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 40
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) 1
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 7
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 2
Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 6
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 10
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 6

View this checklist online at

Josh Fecteau

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