Saturday, November 23, 2019

Patience rewarded

I got to Nahanton Park at 8:40 this morning. Mary Lou was already there, and we decided that it wasn't very birdy. But I persisted. The upper garden revealed this attractive Field Sparrow. It looks like a different bird than the one I found at the lower garden a few days ago. 

Another boy scout project: This one is a "bug hotel." There's one at the lower garden, and this one on Woodcock Field. It looks like a piece of artwork by Louise Nevelson to me.

This beautiful male Eastern Towhee was certainly a nice surprise, at the soccer circle. 

An active group of American Tree Sparrows and Song Sparrows were working the reeds on the pond - just a little hard to photograph! And a beautiful raft of 17 Canada Geese were navigating the river. A productive morning after all! 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Another bright morning

A quick tour this morning of the gardens and the new lawn proved quite productive. The White-throated and Song Sparrows

posed nicely, and the Field Sparrow at the end of the upper garden at least allowed a photograph:

The new lawn was quite busy: Myrtle Warbler, Juncos, and two rather early Fox Sparrows:

Stopping in the woods next to the parking area produced a Golden-crowned Kinglet and this Brown Creeper (maybe the hardest to photograph of all birds):

Saturday, November 2, 2019

A bright morning

Seasonably bright and chilly! First birds at the park was a small group of Red-winged Blackbirds ...

The far corner of the upper garden was busy: Field  Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, and this Orange-crowned Warbler

There and elsewhere, lots of Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, Juncos, ... the usual suspects. Overhead, this Cooper's Hawk.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Walks in the park

Saturday, Linda Ferraresso led a Brookline Bird Club walk at NP. It started under light rain, but this didn't keep the birds down. There were quite a few Swamp Sparrows

and other regulars, as well as an early Junco. Three Warbler species included this Black-throated Green.

I returned this morning. After a cloudless night with a full moon, I was hoping for a different mix. Perhaps there was. I found a Myrtle Warbler, a Lincoln's Sparrow, and this Palm Warbler

as well as usuals such as this Song Sparrow

But a nice surprise was a flyover Peregrine Falcon. In the meadow I spotted this mantis -- or should I say he spotted me! I think it's a European, not Chinese - you can just make out the black ring on the inside of the arms at the body.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Sparrows' return

A quick visit this afternoon revealed that the fall sparrows are finally appearing! White-throated Sparrow and Indigo Bunting have been around for a while and were present today. But a nice addition today was Lincoln's Sparrow, at least three of them. I got some decent shots:

A Common Raven croaked overhead:

and I encountered the House Sparrow with a very pink bill that Suzette had reported:

There were a lot of Common Green Darners, like this female:

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Quick visit!

I decided to take a quick trip to the park this morning. Arrived at 8:40 a.m. It was 55 degrees and cloudy.

The lower gardens had several catbirds, blue jays, a grackle, lots of robins, 3 or 4 mourning doves, song sparrows and their short tailed young! Cardinals, downies, at least three flickers and a Carolina wren that I had been hearing, but suddenly appeared right in front of me. I went to aim my camera and it was gone in a flash.

The upper gardens had similar fare. Sadly, the house sparrows have really taken hold over the last several years. I could hear a nuthatch and chickadees, but didn't see them. A common Yellow- throat female perched on a fence, but left in a hurry. I was surprised to see one house wren still there that I'm sure was a young one because of its short tail.

As I was leaving, the house sparrows had taken over a plot that was filled with tall grasses. They were having a field day with the seeds. As I stood and stared, I realized there was a stranger among them. Its body shape and size was different. It was a female indigo bunting. The first I have seen on my own. I hope some day to see the male in full blue plumage.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Lawrence's Warbler!

I got to the Park late this morning, 9:15 or so, and went to the lower garden. In the scrub near the bat house I saw a flash of yellow and black ... Kentucky Warbler?? I hung around and waited to see it again, and this is what popped out:

This is "Lawrence's Warbler," a cross between Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warbler. It's much less common than "Brewster's Warbler," which displays the dominant traits. Interestingly, Lawrence's Warbler has been reported twice earlier this summer in eastern Massachusetts: once on Plum Island, once in Cambridge. 

After that, I couldn't complain about these guys, in the upper garden:

There was also a Blue-winged Warbler there, but it did not consent to being photographed. Near the Nature Center I caught up with this Spreadwing: