Monday, June 17, 2013

Wrentham/Norfolk - 6/1/2013

Two people joined me on June 1st to poke around Norfolk & Wrentham on an extremely hot day. Despite the heat, lots of birds were singing and going about their activities. We began the AM at Mass Audbon’s StonyBrook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk. We had to yield for a goose family walking across the boardwalk. Other highlights included a female Hooded Merganser popping out of a nest box in the marsh, singing Yellowthroats, Orioles and Warbling Vireos, good numbers of Tree Swallows and a possible female Purple Martin. Next we headed to in Norfolk where we encountered singing Willow Flycatchers, Orioles, and egg laying Snapping Turtles along the road. At the old airport field in Norfolk there were good numbers of singing Bobolinks, and behind in soccer fields in Wrentham we had at least 6 Bank Swallows, as well as singing Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows and a Willow Flycatcher. Sadly we could not find any Eastern Meadowlarks which were present here last year.

Bank swallow
  We ended the morning at the Wollomonopoag conservation area in Wrentham. On the way to the area we heard, and one of us saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. At the conservation area we observed the active Great Blue Heron rookery as well as an Osprey nest (very uncommon inland here) that is new to this area. I birded this area for the Bird Atlas and Osprey did not nest here then.
I was pleasantly surprised by our list for the day, given the heat. Thanks to Josh Fecteau for great pictures.

Canada Goose 7 
Mute Swan 7 
Hooded Merganser 1 - Stony Brook WS
Great Blue Heron 41
Green Heron 1
Osprey 3 - nest Wollomonopoag Conservation Area
Red-tailed Hawk 1 
Killdeer 3
Mourning Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 
Chimney Swift 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker 1
Eastern Wood-peewee 1
Great-crested Flycatcher 1
Willow Flycatcher 4 
Eastern Phoebe 1 
Eastern Kingbird 3 
Warbling Vireo 4 
American Crow 1
Purple Martin 1 - Stony Brook WS 
Tree Swallow 15
Barn Swallow 4
Bank Swallow 6 - Wm. Rice Athletic Fields
Black-capped Chickadee 3
Tufted Titmouse 5 
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1 
House Wren 2 
Carolina Wren 1 
American Robin 10
Veery 1 
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 4
European Starling 12
Ovenbird 3 
Black-and-white Warbler 1 
Common Yellowthroat 6 
Yellow Warbler 7 
Pine Warbler 2 
Song Sparrow 8
Swamp Sparrow 2
Chipping Sparrow 5
Savannah Sparrow 2 
Northern Cardinal 3
Bobolink 22 - Majority at Norfolk Airport
Red-winged Blackbird 14 
Common Grackle 11
Orchard Oriole 1 
Baltimore Oriole 8
Scarlet Tanager 2
House Finch 2 
American Goldfinch 6 
House Sparrow 12 

56 species
Snapping Turtle
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Nancy Swirka

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