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

 

 

Bolton Flats WMA

The Forbush Bird Club had a great trip through Bolton Flats WMA this morning. 12 birders got some amazing looks at a Peregrine Falcon,  Lincoln’s Sparrows, White-crowned Sparrows, Magnolia Warbler, and lots of others. The wind picked up throughout the trip making it difficult to find birds later, but overall it was a great morning. 

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Richard Scarlet
Wachusett Reservoir Breeding Survey

Five members of the Forbush Bird Club conducted its annual breeding bird survey of Wachusett Reservoir this morning.   We located one pair of common loons at wood island using the nesting raft there.  We observed 2 eggs on the nest and watched as the adult climbed onto the raft to incubate.  We saw fledging spotted sandpipers at two different locations, an adult kestrel feeding young at the nest box and many eastern meadowlarks.  2 adult bald eagles were seen together with no evidence of breeding.

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Richard Scarlet
Worcester

On 1/1/2019 John Shea lead 11 members on a New Year’s day trip around Worcester. The weather was warm in the low 50s but it was very windy. We saw 19 species.

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Richard Scarlet
Salisbury Beach and Plum Island

Participants - 4 including the leaders.    weather - mostly cloudy to partly cloudy: temps upper 40's and breezy. Redpolls were definitely the highlight of the trip.  Good looks at Snow buntings and Horned larks and N harrier.  Species missed: Short-eared owl, A bittern, N shrike, Rough-legged hawk.

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Richard Scarlet
Wachusett Reservoir IBA

The Forbush Bird Club had a great morning trip through the Wachusett Reservoir IBA. Locations included Thomas Basin, Sterling Peat, East Waushacum, Coachlace Pond, and Wachusett Gates 36, 40, Scar Hill, and South Bay. The weather was perfect and although we didn’t have a great number of waterfowl (this trip is a few weeks earlier than usual), we had some nice mixed pockets of migrant passerines.

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Richard Scarlet
Bolton Flats WMA

The Forbush Bird Club had a great morning trip to Bolton Flats WMA along with some of our friends from the Brookline Bird Club. We walked into the 117 north entrance to the “T” and then on a bit along the trail to the west. Some shorebirds are around, but not visible until they flush. Highlights were Sora, Northern Waterthrush, female Indigo Buntings, Lincoln’s Sparrows and everything else we saw. Temps 45F - 60F clear skies.

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Richard Scarlet
Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary

Leader: Joan Gallagher. Observers: 10. Weather: Sunny, 58 degrees to start ending with a sunny high of 76 degrees. Highlights: Green Heron seen at the pond during the drive in along the road. The majority of the birds were heard and seen dashing about from the parking lot near the bird feeders and the nearby trees; including a stunning and brightly colored European Starling posing atop a tree in the sunlight, an American Redstart and Scarlet Tanager. Young Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers were feeding in a tree located off the field in back of the parking lot. And like last year, we found a Monarch caterpillar sitting on a milkweed plant and Porcupines were seen in the trees.

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Richard Scarlet
Wachusett Reservoir IBA

The Forbush Bird Club had a nice trip around the Wachusett Reservoir IBA on Saturday 7/21. We did our yearly hike into Gate 35 in Sterling to observe the recently fledged Bald Eagles and Common Loons. Unfortunately, it looks like the Bald Eagle nest has fallen down during the recent storms. However, there were two very healthy looking fledglings perched in a nearby pine. We located a pair of Common Loons with 2 fledglings in the northeast portion of the reservoir. We did not have time to check locations in the south. Other highlights included 2 recently fledged Barred Owls, 2 Bonaparte’s Gulls, and an Eastern Wood-Pewee on its tiny nest in the middle of a tree branch.

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Richard Scarlet
Birds & Butterflies with Mass. Butterfly Club, Leicester

Leader: Dolores Price.

Weather: Mostly sunny, 73-83 degrees, light variable wind.

Ten participants enjoyed a beautiful 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.

Many thanks to Andy Wojcikowski for keeping the bird list.

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Richard Scarlet