Forbush Bird Club
the Forbush Bird Club of Worcester, MA
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Here are reports from our most recent trips

 

 

Wachusett Meadows

Leader:  Joan Gallagher.  Observers:  14.  Weather:  Sunny, 46 degrees to start ending with a sunny high of 67 degrees.   Highlights:  A Black-billed Cuckoo and a fall migrating Magnolia Warbler in the trees near the parking lot, while a short-tailed weasel crossed nearby.  Two Common Loons called and flew over.  A Monarch caterpillar was found eating on a milkweed plant.
 

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Richard Scarlet
Birds and Butterflies, Leicester

Birds & Butterflies with Massachusetts Butterfly Club, Leicester
   Leader:  Dolores Price.   Weather:  Sunny with a refreshing breeze, 72 to 85 degrees.
Thirteen participants enjoyed a perfect summer morning for our annual Forbush Bird Club / Massachusetts Butterfly Club field trip in Leicester. Locations visited were Route 56 west of Worcester Airport, the path from Mulberry Street to the Friends Cemetery (“Spider Gates”), and the Mulberry Street field.  A late stop after noon at the Leicester Recycling Center’s hilltop field produced a Black-billed Cuckoo, an Indigo Bunting, and five additional butterfly species.
 

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Richard Scarlet
Wachusett Reservoir IBA

Seven members of the Forbush Bird Club had a great trip around the Wachusett Reservoir IBA this morning. Temps started off at 60 and ended at 82F with a light breeze throughout the day. We started with the traditional 2.8 mike hike to wood island. Lots of breeding activity with many recently fledged songbirds all around. Highlights were the wood island Common Loon pair with an adult on the nest and Bald Eagle pair with 2 very large young on the nest. We all had great looks at 2 yellow-billed cuckoos, bufflehead (non-breeding at cemetery island), orchard oriole, and a huge movement of young American toads moving through the forest floor. Great day. 
 

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Richard Scarlet
DCR-Kristof Farm, Sterling

Weather: mostly sunny, mild, light winds.    12 participants.   Leaders: Peg and Dick Knowlton. 42 species.  ?? where were the orioles.    Amazingly only 1 Ovenbird.    Great looks at the warblers and grosbeaks.
 

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Richard Scarlet
New Year's Walk/Worcester

On 1/1/17 John Shea lead 10 club members on our New Year’s trip around Worcester. Some highlights were Common Goldeneye, Bald Eagle,  Red Tail, and  a Raven heard by John Liller. We saw 21 species. We didn’t see the Peregrine downtown but it is around.
 

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Richard Scarlet
Salisbury Beach/Parker River NWR

Date: Nov 13th  Participants: 9     Weather:  mostly sunny. Temp:  40’s to stat to near 60 in afternoon. Sites included Salisbury Beach State Park, Joppa Flats,  Parker River NWR, Cherry Hill and Artichoke Reservoirs in West Newbury. Highlights: good raptors. 2 Rough-legged hawks, Merlin, Northern harriers and Red-tails.  Notable miss:  Pink-footed goose.
 

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Richard Scarlet
Wachusett IBA trip

Eleven participants.
  Stops:  River Road, Muddy Pond, The Quag and West Waushacum at Gates Road, Central MA Rail Trail in Sterling at Cider Mill, East Waushacum at Sholan Beach, Coachlace Pond.
  Wachusett Reservoir:  Gates 36, 37, 39, Clinton Dam, Mile Hill, Gate 8, Scar Hill Road, Gate 17, Gate 25.

 

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Richard Scarlet