A stop by Nahanton Park, Newton, late this afternoon, revealed some interesting birds -
American Woodcock, at "Woodcock Field" above the Nature Center. There were 2 or 3 of them, circling and then peenting. The clever way to bird this spot is to park at the small overflow lot entered off of Nahanton St between the Jewish Community Center and the main entrance to Nahanton Park. You see the birds better with the sunset behind them. AMWO was reported this very evening from three other sites in Middlesex County.
Northern Saw-whet Owl, in woods between lower garden and the golf course. Several toots, at 6:00 PM. I observed this species there on Jan 1 this year, and as Matt noted it was reported there in late afternoon on March 3 as well. Nahanton seems to be the place to go for this bird! Fox Sparrow, in copse near the lower gardens. Common Grackle, flocks of 5 - 30. As many as 130 total, but the same flock could have appeared several times.
Here's a complete list. Sorry about the Latin.
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 4 Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 5 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) 1 American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 2 Possibly 3. Two in flight together. Appeared 7:07, 20 minutes after sunset, Woodcock Field. Peenting display. Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) 1 Several hoots, from woods between lower garden and golf course. 6:00 PM American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 3 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 4 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 1 American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 15 Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 American Tree Sparrow (Spizella arborea) 3 Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) 1 Copse at lower garden Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2 Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) 2 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 10 Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 130 flocks of 5 -- 30 , some mixed with RWBL