Sunday, December 8, 2013

Thrushes, Finches, and Towhees

Cedar Waxwing
This morning I spent some time around the nature center end of Nahanton Park today: the dock, the driveway, and Woodcock Field. Most of the activity seemed to be centered there: a male Belted Kingfisher perched quietly on a branch under the bridge; a large flock of Cedar Waxwings was overhead; and in the thickets at the road end of Woodcock Meadow there were a pair of Hermit Thrushes and an Eastern Towhee. A white pine in Woodcock Field hosted a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets, and, briefly, a beautiful female Purple Finch. Here's a complete list of what I saw. Suzette and Ian encountered a couple more Towhees in the gardens and some strange footprints on the dock!

Canada Goose 1
Mallard 5
Belted Kingfisher 1 m, low under bridge
Mystery footprints?
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 2
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 1
Black-capped Chickadee 10
Tufted Titmouse 4
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2 Woodcock field
Hermit Thrush 2 thicket at far end of woodcock field
American Robin 25
Cedar Waxwing 30 large flock at nature center, smaller flyover at gardens
Eastern Towhee 1 F, in thickets at far end of woodcock field. Continuing.
American Tree Sparrow 2 Nature Center
Song Sparrow 12
White-throated Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 12
Northern Cardinal 2
House Finch 15
Purple Finch 1 F, pine, associating with GCKI
American Goldfinch 15

On my way over there I took the path past the bee hives down to the river. Beavers have been busy! 


  1. Haynes, those beaver certainly have been busy. Seems like the tree is almost ready to topple. Do you think those are beaver footprints in the picture?

  2. The waxwing picture is really cool too. I haven't yet seen so much orange in the tips of the tail feathers. I also saw the beaver tree, it would be exciting to see some around!