The South Shore Bird Club (SSBC) was founded in 1946 and the first members set out to explore the birds and birding habitats of the South Shore of Massachusetts.
We concentrate on field trips for both members and non members. Most trips involve car-pooling with occasional canoe trips or beach hikes. Non-members are always welcome.
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.
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.