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 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.

Species observed:

36 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
1 Wild Turkey
11 Common Loon
17 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Turkey Vulture
4 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Killdeer
2 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Bonaparte's Gull
34 Ring-billed Gull
4 Mourning Dove
2 Barred Owl
8 Chimney Swift
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
7 Downy Woodpecker
3 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
8 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
6 Eastern Kingbird
18 Red-eyed Vireo
21 Blue Jay
11 American Crow
1 Common Raven
12 Tree Swallow
8 Barn Swallow
11 Black-capped Chickadee
8 Tufted Titmouse
12 White-breasted Nuthatch
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Wood Thrush
2 American Robin
7 Gray Catbird
2 Northern Mockingbird
6 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
9 Pine Warbler
9 Chipping Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
6 Song Sparrow
8 Eastern Towhee
7 Scarlet Tanager
5 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
2 Baltimore Oriole
4 Red-winged Blackbird
13 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

(Trip report from Kevin Bourinot)

Richard Scarlet