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

 

 

Wachusett Reservoir IBA

The Forbush Bird Club had an excellent trip through the Wachusett Reservoir IBA this morning. Stops included Thomas Basin, Sterling Peat, East and West Waushacum Lakes, and Reservoir Gates 36, 39, 17, and 25.
 

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Richard Scarlet
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
Ware River Watershed IBA

Leaders:  Donna Schilling and Dave Grant
Weather:  Increasing clouds, 44 to 58 degrees; northwest wind 10 MPH

Fifteen participants enjoyed a beautiful spring morning at the Ware River Watershed IBA.  Locations visited were the Army Corps of Engineers’ property north of Barre Falls Dam, Brigham Road at the river’s West Branch, Coldbrook Road, Reuben Walker Road at Stevens Brook, Prison Camp Road, and Intervale Road at Longmeadow Brook.

Highlights included twelve species of breeding warblers, an Osprey, one Red-shouldered Hawk, and the Barre Falls Common Ravens with four fledglings.  A Barred Owl flew in and perched near Brigham Road, allowing everyone a splendid view.
 

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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