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



Wachusett Reservoir Breeding Survey

5 members of the Forbush Bird Club conducted its annual breeding bird survey of Wachusett Reservoir this morning.  This was a morning only trip due to the excessive heat and we only covered the northern half of the reservoir.   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.  This is later than previous years, but a member saw the adult incubating 18 days ago so there could be young any day.  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.

Weather: Partly cloudy, low wind, Temps 77-93F. 6:45AM - 12:00PM

Total Species: 56

Canada Goose (63)
Wild Turkey (1)
Mourning Dove (6)
Chimney Swift (13)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (2)
Killdeer (2)
Spotted Sandpiper (9, 4 downy fledglings seen)
Ring-billed Gull (13)
Common Loon (8, No chicks observed. One adult was seen sitting on eggs on a raft)
Double-crested Cormorant (22)
Bald Eagle (2 adults)
Red-tailed Hawk (3, one recently fledged)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (3)
Downy Woodpecker (7)
Northern Flicker (2)
American Kestrel (2, Female seen feeding young in nest box)
Eastern Wood-Pewee (11)
Eastern Kingbird (6)
Red-eyed Vireo (23)
Blue Jay (8)
American Crow (5)
Common Raven (2)
Tree Swallow (10)
Barn Swallow (15)
Black-capped Chickadee (12)
Tufted Titmouse (7)
White-breasted Nuthatch (7)
House Wren (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (4)
Eastern Bluebird (2)
Wood Thrush (3)
American Robin (8)
Gray Catbird (7)
Northern Mockingbird (3)
European Starling (32)
Cedar Waxwing (17)
American Goldfinch (10)
Chipping Sparrow (5)
Field Sparrow (1)
Savannah Sparrow (6)
Song Sparrow (12)
Eastern Towhee (5)
Eastern Meadowlark (5 suitable breeding habitat)
Red-winged Blackbird (10)
Common Grackle (1)
Ovenbird (6)
Black-and-white Warbler (1)
Common Yellowthroat (4)
American Redstart (1)
Yellow Warbler (1)
Pine Warbler (7)
Scarlet Tanager (9)
Northern Cardinal (4)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1)
Indigo Bunting (1)
House Sparrow (4)

(Report submitted by Kevin Bourinot , Sterling, MA)

Richard Scarlet