Sightings – Animals

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/25/20

Observation Time: 10:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Conservation land at Lakeview St. & Morse St.

Common Name: Carolina Wren

Scientific Name: Thryothorus ludovicianus

Comments: The Carolina Wren is sensitive to cold weather, with the northern populations decreasing markedly after severe winters. Global warming might be responsible for the northward range expansion seen in the late-1900s and early 2000’s.

A pair bond may form between a male and a female at any time of the year, and the pair will stay together for life. Members of a pair stay together on their territory year round, and forage and move around the territory together.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/26/10

Observation Time: 3:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Beaver Brook headwaters area

Common Name: Carpenter Ant “Frass”

Scientific Name: genus Camponotus

Comments: Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. They cannot digest cellulose, but they chew galleries in wood for their nests. They excavate wood, leaving telltale piles of sawdust called “frass.”

Carpenter Ant "Frass"

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/6/15

Observation Time: 12:50 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond area

Common Name: American Carrion Beetle

Scientific Name: Necrophilia americana

Comments: From spring through fall, during daylight, a few hours after flies begin arriving at a carcass, the adult beetles will arrive as well. They immediately begin eating the already hatching fly larvae, mating, and laying their own eggs. As long as the carcass lasts, the adults will remain eating competitors to give their own larvae a chance to eat and grow. Upon hatching from the eggs, the larvae will eat both the carcass and other larvae that are within it. Eventually the larvae will fall to the ground, dig into the dirt, and pupate. Overwintering is done by adults.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/15/15

Observation Time: 7:35 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Cedar Waxwing

Scientific Name: Bombycilla cedrorum

Comments: These striking birds are typically seen in groups. Their tails look as if they were dipped in yellow paint. See:http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cedar_Waxwing/id

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/15/20

Observation Time: 6:45 a.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond soccer parking area

Common Name: Cedar Waxwing

Scientific Name: Bombycilla cedrorum

Comments: These striking birds are typically seen in groups. Their tails look as if they were dipped in yellow paint.

More Information: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cedar_Waxwing/id

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/18/2016

Observation Time: N/A

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Cedar Waxwing 

Scientific Name:  Bombycilla cedrorum

Comments: Cedar Waxwings typically travel in groups.

More Information: All About Birds

 Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 8/2/20

Observation Time: 6:40 a.m.

Observation Location: along Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Cedar Waxwing 

Scientific Name:  Bombycilla cedrorum

Comments: Cedar Waxwings typically travel in groups.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 5/31/20

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Chalk-fronted corporal dragonfly (male)

Scientific Name: Ladona julia

Comments: This species of skimmer dragonfly is typically observed near local marshes and lakes with a decaying organic substrate.

More Information: geocities

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/19

Observation Time: 3:10 p.m.

Observation Location: beneath the high tension wires that parallel So. Walpole Street

Common Name: Chalk-fronted Corporal dragonfly (juvenile)

Scientific Name: Ladona julia

Comments: Juveniles of both sexes are light reddish brown, with white shoulder stripes and a black stripe down the middle of the abdomen. This one seemed a bit wobbly, as if it had just emerged.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/16/15

Observation Time: 8:20 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Chestnut-sided Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga pensylvanica

Comments: Dazzling woodland warblers migrate through Sharon every spring on their way from South and Central America to Canada. Catching sight of one leaves an indelible impression.

More Information: All About Birds

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/20/13

Observation Time: 4:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Chipping Sparrow

Scientific Name: Spizella passerina

Comments: Chipping sparrows are very common in Sharon. They have a distinctive reddish cap above a white eyeline. Their song is described as a reedy trill that sounds a lot like the songs of the pine warbler and the junco.

More Information: All About Birds

Chipping Sparrow

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 4/24/18

Observation Time: 5:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, near bird feeders

Common Names: Chipping Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco

Scientific Names: Spizella passerina and Junco hyemalis

Comments: If you want to get an idea of what birds are around, spend some time watching the feeders at the Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. You’ll see everything from hummingbirds to wild turkeys.

More Information: All About Chipping Sparrows and All About Dark-eyed Juncos

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 8/13/2016

Observation TIme: 3:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Cicada (a.k.a. Dogday Cicada)

Scientific Name: Neotibicen canicularis

Comments: One genus, the periodical cicadas, spend most of their lives as underground nymphs, emerging only after 13 or 17 years. The unusual duration and timing of their emergence may reduce the number of cicadas lost to predation, both by making them a less reliably available prey (so that any predator who evolved to depend on cicadas for sustenance might starve waiting for their emergence), and by emerging in such huge numbers that they will satiate any remaining predators before losing enough of their number to threaten their survival as a species.

The annual cicadas are species that emerge every year. Though these cicadas have lifecycles that can vary from one to nine or more years as underground larvae, their emergence above ground as adults is not synchronized, so some members of each species appear every year.

Cicadas have been featured in literature since the time of Homer’s Iliad, and as motifs in art from the Chinese Shang dynasty. They have also been used in myth and folklore as symbols of carefree living and immortality. The cicada is also mentioned in Hesiod’s Shield (ll.393–394), its voice sings when millet first ripens. Cicadas are eaten by human beings in various countries, including China, where the nymphs are served deep-fried in Shandong cuisine.

More Information: bugguide.net and Wikipedia

Cicada

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/6/12

Observation Time: 1:25 p.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Cicada Killer Wasp

Scientific Name: Sphecius speciosus

Comments: These large, fearsome-looking wasps burrow in the ground. They are actually not aggressive. I found a sandy area near the Gavins Pond Dam that was peppered with their holes. It took a while to figure out that these holes were made by the wasps.

More Information: University of Kentucky

Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada killer wasp emerging from its burrow:

Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada killer wasp burrows:

Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada killer wasp burrow:

Cicada Killer Wasp

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/30/11

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road by soccer field parking lot

Common Name: Clouded Sulphur butterfly

Scientific Name: Colias philodice

Comments: This butterfly was hard to photograph because it would not hold still! Note the big green eyes and the spots on the wing.

More Information: Wisconsin Butterflies

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/4/20

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)

Common Name: Clouded Sulphur butterfly

Scientific Name: Colias philodice

Comments: A common butterfly seen from late April to mid-October. This patch of blooming Joe Pye weed was alive with clouded sulphurs feeding on the nectar. Note the big green eyes.

More Information: Massachusetts Butterfly Club

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/2/11

Observation Time: 2:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Soccer field parking lot off Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Clover Looper Moth

Scientific Name: Caenurgina crassiuscula

Comments: This moth stopped to rest on the soccer field parking lot, allowing me to get close enough for this shot. I got the ID from bugguide.net.

More Information: A Prairie Haven

Clover Looper Moth

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/22/11

Observation Time: 3:05 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Cobbler moth

Scientific Name: Condica sutor

Comments: There are over 10,000 species of moths in North America. Identifying them can be a challenge, but there are some good online resources such as the Bug Guide.

More Information: Bug Guide

Cobbler Moth

Observer: Gaurav Shah

Observation Date: 9/3/2019

Observation Time:  N/A

Observation Location: Borderland State Park, Northwest Trail

Common Name: Cockroach Wasp

Scientific Name: Dolichurus cf. bicolor

Comments: There are no existing records of this genus in the country in iNaturalist, and only one in BugGuide (which was in Arkansas).  This species has one of the most remarkable adaptations in all of nature: they are able to remove the cockroach’s ability to choose to flee, without removing the cockroach’s ability to move, effectively turning it into a zombie that they can lead around.

More information: https://bugguide.net/node/view/22211

Observer: Gaurav Shah

Observation Date: 9/3/2019

Observation Time:  N/A

Observation Location: Borderland State Park, Northwest Trail

Common Name: Cockroach Wasp

Scientific Name: Podium luctuosum

Comments: This is the first record of this genus in Massachusetts according to BugGuide, and only the second in New England (there are other existing records from iNaturalist).

More information: https://bugguide.net/node/view/202008

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/1/13

Observation Time: 4:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Ward’s Berry Farm

Common Name: Colorado Potato Beetle

Scientific Name: Leptinotarsa decemlineata

Comments: These striking beetles were eating eggplant leaves. Colorado potato beetles have developed resistance to all known classes of pesticides.

More Information: Organic Garden Info

Colorado Potato Beetle

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/26/15

Observation Time: 2:05 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Common Baskettail dragonfly

Scientific Name: Epitheca cynosura

Comments: This is the most common baskettail within its range, hence the name. The scientific name, cynosura, means dog tail, and possibly refers to the way the cerci at the end of the abdomen curve outward like a dog wagging its tail one way then the other.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/11

Observation Time: 2:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Common Baskettail dragonfly

Scientific Name: Epitheca cynosura

Comments: This is the most common baskettail within its range (eastern North America), hence the name.

More Information: Wikipedia

Common Baskettail Dragonfly

Observer: Ilan Fisher

Observation Date: 6/12/2018

Observation Time: N/A

Observation Location: near Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Common Grackle

Scientific Name: Quiscalus quiscula

Comments: I love this guy and he loves this feeder. With his yellow eyes and black cape, I call him “Count Gracula.” He is fun to watch.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/13/13

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond area

Common Name: Common Green Darner dragonfly

Scientific Name: Anax junius

More Information: Idaho Museum of Natural History

Common Green Darner Dragonfly

Common Green Darner Dragonfly

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 2/26/18

Observation Time: N/A

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Common Merganser

Scientific Name: Mergus merganser

Comments: Common Mergansers are sometimes called sawbills, fish ducks, or goosanders. The word “merganser” comes from the Latin and roughly translates to “plunging goose”—a good name for this very large and often submerged duck.

Young Common Mergansers leave their nest hole within a day or so of hatching. The flightless chicks leap from the nest entrance and tumble to the forest floor. The mother protects the chicks, but they catch all of their own food. They start by diving for aquatic insects and switch over to fish at about 12 days old.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/25/11

Observation Time: 2:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Common Pondhawk dragonfly

Scientific Name: Erythemis simplicicollis

Comments: Female (males are blue)

More Information: Insects of West Virginia

Common Pondhawk Dragonfly

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 6/14/20

Observation Time: 1:15 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Common Pondhawk (or Eastern Pondhawk) dragonfly (female)

Scientific Name: Erythemis simplicicollis

Comments: Pondhawk dragonflies are voracious hunters, but they are completely harmless to humans. Females are green. Males are blue. Females oviposit in flight, hovering low over the water and repeatedly dipping their abdomens into the water to release the eggs.

More Information: North American Insects and Spiders

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/11/10

Observation Time: 8:35 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road (bridge near soccer fields)

Common Name: Common Pondhawk dragonfly (female)

Scientific Name: Erythemis simplicicollis

Comments: Pondhawk dragonflies are voracious hunters, but they are completely harmless to humans. Females are green. Males are blue. Females oviposit in flight, hovering low over the water and repeatedly dipping their abdomens into the water to release the eggs.

More Information: North American Insects and Spiders

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/9/10

Observation Time: 4:50 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Common Pondhawk dragonfly (young male)

Scientific Name: Erythemis simplicicollis

Comments: Males are blue. Females are bright green. Voracious hunter near vegetated ponds and slow streams, but they are completely harmless to humans.

More Information: North American Insects and Spiders

Eastern Pondhawk Dragonfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/5/18

Observation Time: 6:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Common Raven

Scientific Name: Corvus corax

Comments: Ravens are considerably larger than crows. Their call is different and they travel in pairs, unlike crows, which travel in larger groups. For more information, see: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/common-raven. Sharon is at the southern edge of the raven’s range. Be sure to scroll down and check out the map showing how the raven’s range is expected to retreat northward as the climate heats up.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/27/19

Observation Time: 12:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Conservation land near Morse & Lakeview

Common Name: Common Ringlet butterfly

Scientific Name: Coenonympha tullia

Comments:  Ringlets can be found in a variety of grassy habitats, including roadsides, woodland edges and clearings, prairies, bogs, and arctic and alpine taiga and tundra. It is an erratic flyer. It is a holarctic species found in northern Europe and Asia and across North America.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/11

Observation Time: 1:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road near soccer field parking lot

Common Name: Common Ringlet butterfly

Scientific Name: Coenonympha tullia

Comments:  Ringlets can be found in a variety of grassy habitats, including roadsides, woodland edges and clearings, prairies, bogs, and arctic and alpine taiga and tundra. It is a poor flyer, but can sometimes be found along ditches seeking new grounds. It is a holarctic species found in northern Europe and Asia and across North America.

More Information: Wikipedia

Common Ringlet Butterfly

Common Ringlet Butterfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/9/20

Observation Time: 3:00 p.m.

Observation Location: meadow near Gavins Pond dam

Common Name: Common Ringlet butterfly

Scientific Name: Coenonympha tullia

Comments:  Ringlets can be found in a variety of grassy habitats, including roadsides, woodland edges and clearings, prairies, bogs, and arctic and alpine taiga and tundra. It is an erratic flyer. It is a holarctic species found in northern Europe and Asia and across North America.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/31/14

Observation Time: 4:05 p.m.

Observation Location: field near Gavins Pond dam

Common Name: Common Spring Moth

Scientific Name: Heliomata cycladata

Comments: Although the word “common” appears in its name, I have only seen this small but striking moth twice in Sharon.

More Information: Bug Guide

Common Spring Moth

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/5/11

Observation Time: 7:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Common Spring Moth

Scientific Name: Heliomata cycladata

Comments: There are over 10,000 species of moths in North America. Identifying them can be a challenge, but there are some good online resources such as the BugGuide where you can get expert assistance for free.

More Information: BugGuide

Common Spring Moth

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/11/18

Observation Time: 8:35 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Common Yellowthroat

Scientific Name: Geoothlypis trichas

Comments: Common yellowthroats are typically found in or near wetlands. They are a type of warbler, with a distinctive black mask that is reminiscent of a raccoon. Their song sounds like, “witchety, witchety, witchety.”

More Information: All About Birds

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/11/20

Observation Time: 10:00 a.m.

Observation Location: near Billings Brook wetlands under the high tension lines across the street from Gavins Pond soccer fields

Common Name: Common Yellowthroat

Scientific Name: Geoothlypis trichas

Comments: Common yellowthroats are typically found in or near wetlands. They are a type of warbler, with a distinctive black mask that is reminiscent of a raccoon. Their song sounds like, “witchety, witchety, witchety.”

More Information: All About Birds

I took this photo at the same place two days later:

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/14/14

Observation Time: 2:35 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Common yellowthroat

Scientific Name: Geothlypis trichas

Comments: This masked warbler is typically found near wetlands or ponds.

More Information: All About Birds

Common Yellowthroat

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/15/15

Observation Time: 10:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Common Yellowthroat

Scientific Name: Geoothlypis trichas

Comments: Common yellowthroats are typically found in or near wetlands. They are a type of warbler, with a distinctive black mask that is reminiscent of a raccoon. Their song sounds like, “witchety, witchety, witchety.”

More Information: All About Birds

yellowthroat

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/26/19

Observation Time: 1:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (formerly the Kendall Estate)

Common Name: Common Yellowthroat

Scientific Name: Geoothlypis trichas

Comments: Common yellowthroats are typically found in or near wetlands. They are a type of warbler, with a distinctive black mask that is reminiscent of a raccoon. Their song sounds like, “witchety, witchety, witchety.”

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 10/1/11

Observation Time: 9:10 a.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Cooper’s hawk

Scientific Name: Accipiter cooperii

Comments: This juvenile female Cooper’s hawk alit in the dogwood tree right outside my living room window as I was working at my desk. Without getting up, I reached for my camera and snapped this photo through the window just before it flew away.

Cooper’s hawks look like Sharp-shinned hawks, but Cooper’s hawks have a more rounded tail. Also, the streaks on the breast of a juvenile Cooper’s hawk are narrower than those on the breast of a sharp-shinned hawk.

More Information: All About Birds

Cooper's Hawk

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/18/12

Observation Time: 5:20 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road (back yard)

Common Name: Cooper’s hawk

Scientific Name: Accipiter cooperii

Comments: This Cooper’s hawk perched on a branch in my back yard, and I photographed it through the window. Note the rounded tail, which differentiates it from a sharp-shinned hawk.

More Information: All About Birds

Cooper's Hawk

Observer: Kirk Thomas

Observation Date: 3/3/13

Observation Time: 6:20 a.m.

Observation Location: Griffin Land

Common Name: Coyote

Scientific Name: Canis latrans

Comments: The eastern coyote (Canis latrans var.) is a wild North American canine of both coyote and wolf origins. The hybridization likely first occurred in the Great Lakes region, as western coyotes moved east. It was first noticed during the early 1930s to the late 1940s, and likely originated in the aftermath of the extirpation of the gray wolf in southeastern Ontario, Labrador and Quebec, thus allowing coyotes to colonize the former wolf ranges and mix with the remnant wolf populations. This hybrid is smaller than the eastern wolf and holds smaller territories, but is larger and holds more extensive home ranges than the typical western coyote.

More Information: Nature Works and Wikipedia

Observer: Brittaney Dunham

Observation Date: 5/1/14

Observation Time: 11:00 a.m.

Observation Location: 16 High Plain St., Sharon

Common Name: Coyote

Scientific Name: Canis latrans

Comments: This bold coyote comes into our back yard pretty regularly. As a result, our dog yard has an 8-foot fence.

More Information: Nature Works and Wikipedia

Coyote

Observer: Alison Siegel

Observation Date: 5/20/09

Observation Time: 7:05 a.m.

Observation Location: Lakeview Street

Common Name: Coyote

Scientific Name: Canis latrans

Comments: At 7 AM on the mornings of 5/20 and 5/21 a single coyote was observed walking in our backyard.

More Information: Nature Works

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/31/15

Observation Time: 3:15 p.m.

Observation Location: outflow pool below Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Crayfish

Scientific Name: Procambarus spp.?

Comments: Crayfish are like miniature lobsters that live in fresh water. They are common in Sharon’s streams.

Ten crayfish species have been collected in New England. 

More Information: The Crayfishes of New England

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 7/7/16

Observation Time: 9:30 am

Observation Location: Upland Road

Common Name: Crayfish

Scientific Name: There are many species of crayfish. They are crustaceans and belong to the Superfamily Astacoidea.

Comments: Crayfish are like miniature freshwater lobsters. As scavengers, they help keep their underwater domain clean.

More Information: Wikipedia

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 10/1/13

Observation Time: 3:40 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Cross Orbweaver spider

Scientific Name: Araneus diadematus

Comments: Native to Europe, but common in North America. Its name comes from the sign of the cross on its abdomen.

More Information: GeoChemBio

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 10/5/12

Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Cross Orbweaver spider

Scientific Name: Araneus diadematus

Comments: This common spider made a web right outside our garage door.

More Information: Focusing on Wildlife

Cross Orbweaver Spider

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/14

Observation Time: 7:45 a.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Rd.

Common Name: Curve-toothed geometer moth

Scientific Name: Eutrapela clemataria

Comments: This big moth was perched on my windowsill.

More Information: NatureSearch

Curve-Toothed Geometer Moth

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 1/1/09

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Parkway

Common Name: Dark-eyed Junco

Scientific Name: Junco hyemalis

Comments: This and the titmouse and wren photos were all taken with a Canon 50D and a Canon 500mm f4 lens from the comfort of my kitchen on Moose Hill Parkway. We have feeders that attract lots of birds who land on a nearby lilac bush while waiting for their turn at the feeders.

In terms of processing, I use very little. The images are cropped and very small
adjustments are made to exposure and contrast with sometimes a little extra
sharpening applied.

That and the nice, slanting winter sunlight are all there is to it.

More Information: Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”

Dark-Eyed Junco

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/8/14

Observation Time: 10:55 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Dark-eyed Junco

Scientific Name: Junco hyemalis

Comments: Juncos are winter birds in Sharon.

More Information: Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”

Previous, Subsequent, or Similar Sightings:

Dark-eyed Junco, 1/1/09

Dark-eyed Junco, 5/4/11

Dark-Eyed Junco

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/18/11

Observation Time: 11:25 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Dark-eyed Junco

Scientific Name: Junco hyemalis

Comments: Juncos are a type of sparrow commonly seen around Sharon in winter. This individual will soon be heading north for summer.

More Information: Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”

Dark-Eyed Junco

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 11/26/08

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Bluebird house in field near Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Deer Mouse

Scientific Name: Peromyscus maniculatus

Comments: Deer mice sometimes take up residence in bird houses. They can live up to five years in captivity but probably only live about a year in the wild. This shorter natural life span is primarily due to the very large number of predators that take and consume deer mice. These predators include foxes, coyotes, snakes, owls, hawks, and many other species of birds. In the absence of these predators, deer mice populations can become explosively large leading to serious environmental damage and degradation.

More Information: Animal Diversity Web

Deer Mouse

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/23/10

Observation Time: 6:53 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Definite Tussock Moth

Scientific Name: Orgyia definita

Comments: This big moth got into the house.

See: Moths of North America

More Information: Bug Guide

Observer: Vin Zollo

Observation Date: 6/15/13

Observation Time: 4:13 p.m.

Observation Location: Power line cut along Moose Hill St.

Common Name: Delta-spotted Spiketail dragonfly

Scientific Name: Cordulegaster diastatops

Comments: This one is teneral (wings are shiny), meaning that it recently emerged into adult form. This dragonfly gets its name from the delta-shaped (i.e.triangular) marks along its abdomen.

More Information: iNaturalist.org

Delta-Spotted Spiketail Dragonfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/12/10

Observation Time: 8:25 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Dogbane Leaf beetle

Scientific Name: Chrysochus auratus

Comments: The dogbane leaf beetle has a special type of color that shines and changes as the insect changes position or we change position looking at it. This changing color is called iridescence. The beetles’ iridescence is produced by special body structures and light. The surfaces of the body parts of this beetle are made up of stacks of tiny, slanting plates, under which is a pigment (substance that produces color). Some light rays reflect from the surface of the plates, and other light rays reflect from the pigment underneath. At different angles, the light reflects at different speeds, causing interference and resulting in our seeing different colors.

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Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 5/31/20

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Dot-tailed Whiteface dragonfly (female)

Scientific Name: Leucorrhinia intacta

Comments: The Dot-tailed Whiteface dragonfly (Leucorrhina intacta) is a member of the Skimmer family, Libellulidae. There are over a thousand species in this brightly-colored family gracing the skies worldwide. A tenth of those are native to North America, making Skimmers the largest American dragonfly family.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/7/10

Observation Time: 9:05 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Dot-tailed Whiteface dragonfly (male)

Scientific Name: Leucorrhinia intacta

Comments: This dragonfly is also among the dragonfly species commonly seen at Leach Pond in Borderland State Park.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/7/19

Observation Time: 7:42 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Double-crested Cormorant

Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax auritus

Comments: When migrating, cormorants fly loosely in lines, as opposed to the familiar “vees” that geese use.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/1/12

Observation Time: 4:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond outflow pool

Common Name: Double-crested Cormorant

Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax auritus

Comments: Most commonly seen cormorant in the East and usually the only one seen inland. Feeds by diving and swimming underwater, eating mostly fish. After feeding, often stands with wings outstretched to dry.

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Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 10/27/17

Observation Time: early morning

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Double-crested Cormorants

Scientific Name: Phalacrocorax auritus

Comments: The double-crest of the Double-crested Cormorant is only visible on adults during breeding season. The crests are white in cormorants from Alaska, and black in other regions.

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Observer: Rick Dumont

Observation Date: 1/26/08

Observation Time: 4:15 p.m.

Observation Location: Front yard

Common Name: Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Picoides pubescens

Comments: First the male showed up, then along came the female. The male has a moustache and red stripe while the female is clean-shaven and stripeless.

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Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 2/16/14

Observation Time: 9:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Dendrocopos pubescens

Comments: Dendrocopos means “tree dagger” and “pubescens” refers to its downy hairs of puberty compared to those of the Hairy woodpecker, D. villosus.[The Dictionary of American Bird Names by Ernest A. Choate]

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Downy Woodpecker

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/15/20

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Conservation land near Sandy Ridge Circle

Common Name: Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Dendrocopos pubescens

Comments: Dendrocopos means “tree dagger” and “pubescens” refers to its downy hairs of puberty compared to those of the Hairy woodpecker, D. villosus. [The Dictionary of American Bird Names by Ernest A. Choate]

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Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 5/10/20

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Dryobates pubescens

Comments:  “Pubescens” refers to its downy hairs of puberty compared to those of the Hairy woodpecker, D. villosus. [The Dictionary of American Bird Names by Ernest A. Choate]

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/16/13

Observation Time: 6:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Picoides pubescens

Comments: This pair of small, common woodpeckers was hollowing out a nesting cavity in a dead tree.

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Downy Woodpecker

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/5/18

Observation Time: 7:20 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Dendrocopos pubescens

Comments: Dendrocopos means “tree dagger” and “pubescens” refers to its downy hairs of puberty compared to those of the Hairy woodpecker, D. villosus.[The Dictionary of American Bird Names by Ernest A. Choate]

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Observer: Ilan Fisher

Observation Date: 8/22/20

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: near intersection of Beach & Harding Streets

Common Name: Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Dryobates pubescens

Comments:  “Pubescens” refers to its downy hairs of puberty compared to those of the Hairy woodpecker, D. villosus. [The Dictionary of American Bird Names by Ernest A. Choate]

Downy woodpeckers look very much like hairy woopeckers, but downy woodpeckers are much smaller than hairy woodpeckers. To learn more about how to tell them apart, see: Project Feederwatch.

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Observer: Ilan Fisher

Observation Date: 8/6/08

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: 66 N. Main Street

Common Name: Downy Woodpecker

Scientific Name: Picoides pubescens

Comments: Just visiting in a tree in front of the house.

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Downy Woodpecker

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/13/13

Observation Time: 12:05 p.m.

Observation Location: Soccer parking area by Gavins Pond

Common Name: Dronefly

Scientific Name: Eristalis tenax

Comments: This fly looks like a drone honeybee—hence the name.

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Dronefly

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 7/16/11

Observation Time: 3:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Dun Skipper

Scientific Name: Euphyes vestris

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Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Dun Skipper

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/9/11

Observation Time: 3:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Dusted Skipper Butterfly

Scientific Name: Atrytonopsis hianna

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Dusted Skipper Butterfly

Dusted Skipper Butterfly

Dusted Skipper Butterfly

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/9/20

Observation Time: 3:20 p.m.

Observation Location: meadow near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Dusted Skipper Butterfly

Scientific Name: Atrytonopsis hianna

Comments: Note the proboscis extended to gather nectar. Also note the finely banded antennae.

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