Bill & Nancy's Bird Diary

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10 September

Hawk Watch at Skinner State Park, Hadley

We had a great walk today, too bad only Lisa could join us. 31 Broad wings, 1 Kestrel, 1Sharpie, 1 Bald Eagle adult, 1 Red eyed Vireo, 1 Hermit thrush, 6 Chickadees, 11 Juncos, 2 Ravens calling, and 1 Piliated woodpecker. We didn�t get to the top of the mountain until around 11:30 because we took our time and hiked all over the place looking at everything, lots of butterflies, wild flowers, cool mushrooms, moss and rock formations.  

Hope you can join us next time!

Bill & NancyJ

27 August 2005


Canoe/Kayak Trip for Nighthawks along the Quaboag River

The night hawks appear to be coming both from the northwest and northeast and following the lakes (Quaboag, Quaqumquasit and Cedar) into the center of Sturbridge. Then they seem to follow the Quinebaug river in both directions
south. Some heading Southeast through Southbridge and others Southwest through the 5 bridge area and down along the chain of lakes through Holland and into Stafford CT.  Here's the list:


70 Common night hawks (Migrating)
2  Red tail hawks
8 American goldfinch
3 American crows
2 Mourning doves
110 Tree swallows (feeding)
36 Barn swallows  (feeding)
1 great Horned Owl
2 shore birds did a low fly by at dusk looked like either wood cock or snipe
11 wax cedar wings (feeding)
86 Grackles (Migrating)
2 red wing bb
2 great blue in the river
5 mallards

2 beavers
1 Northern water snake
1 muskrat

-Nancy J


17 August 2005

Canoe/Kayak Trip for Nighthawks along the Quaboag River

We only saw 6 nighthawks, they seemed to be just circling around and not moving anywhere.  We also had some flocks of blackbirds, mostly grackles, some swamp sparrows, 3 Herons, a snapping turtle, and a couple of Cedar waxwings.  Our best sighting of the evening was 2 American Bitterns one behind the other flying across the river right in front of us.