Sightings – Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 12/17/11

Observation Time: 11:40 a.m.

Observation Location: Sawmill Pond

Common Name: American Black Duck

Scientific Name: Anas rubripes

Comments: This pair of black ducks was mingled with some Canada geese and mallards. Shooting photos of this pair reminded me of my grandfather, who lived on Cape Cod and used to shoot black ducks for food during the first half of the twentieth century before I was born.

More Information: Avian Web

American Black Duck

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 12/14/09

Observation Time: 11:40 a.m.

Observation Location: Wolomolopoag Street (Ward’s Barry Farm)

Common Name: American Crow (mutant)

Scientific Name: Corvus brachyrhynchos

Comments: This mutant crow has a few white feathers mingled among the normally black feathers.

More Information: All About Birds: White Crow

American Crow (mutant)

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/23/16

Observation Time: 8:50 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: American Goldfinch

Scientific Name: Carduelis tristis

Comments: This common finch travels in groups. Its song sounds like “per-chick-o-ree, per-chick-o-ree” interspersed with an occasional mewing sound.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 6/25/11

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: American Goldfinch

Scientific Name: Carduelis tristis

Comments: The first photo is of a female; the second a male.

More Information: All About Birds

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/16/15

Observation Time: 8:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: American redstart

Scientific Name: Setophaga ruticilla

Comments: Redstarts are members of the warbler family. Their song is variable, and can be confused with the songs of some other warblers. See: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Redstart/id

More Information: All About Birds

redstart

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/10

Observation Time: 6:05 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: American Robin (eggs)

Scientific Name: Turdus migratorius

More Information: All About Birds

American Robin

 

Observer: James Berkland

Observation Date: 6/20/14

Observation Location: 161 Upland Street

Common Name: American Robin (leucistic)

Scientific Name: Turdus migratorius

More Information: All About Birds: Color Variations

American Robin (Leucistic)

 

Observer: Vin Zollo

Observation Date: 5/30/13

Observation Time: 10:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag

Common Name: American White Pelican

Scientific Name: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Comments: Originally spotted by Valerie White while canoeing on the lake. This is a rare bird in Massachusetts and a possible first record for Norfolk County. It was there for about a day and a half. Phone-scoped picture.

Another photo can be found on Flickr.

More Information: All About Birds

American White Pelican

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/11/10

Observation Time: 5:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road across the street from the soccer fields

Common Name: American Woodcock

Scientific Name: Scolopax minor

Comments: The “peents” began at 5:45. The spectacular mating flights began about 6:00 p.m. They will continue every evening at dusk (getting later as the days grow longer) for another month or so. Call me at 781-784-2986 for more particulars on when and where to observe the woodcock mating flight.

Youtube video of woodcock mating flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta1fxy0MR2c&t=6s

Youtube video of woodcocks “waltzing”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSh9Shgwc5o

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Jeff Tatro

Observation Date: 1/19/09

Observation Time: 4:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag shore, 100 yd SSE of Yacht Club Beach

Common Name: Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Comments: Adult, big guy, plumage very clear. Perched 35 ft up in a tree, then took light toward Community Ctr. Positive ID!

More Information: Boidnoise: Adult Bald Eagle Call

Observer: Faith Berkland

Observation Date: 10/29/18

Observation Time: 8:00 AM

Observation Location: 302 Mansfield Street

Common Name: Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Comments:

More Information: http://www.baldeagleinfo.com/

Observer: Todd Arnold
Observation Date: 11/30/18
Observation Time: 10:45 a.m.
Observation Location: Lake Massapoag
Common Name: Bald Eagle
Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Comments: Large bird with white head and tail feathers spotted over Lake Massapoag. Unquestionably a bald eagle, it was seen riding the thermals before the clouds rolled in and covered the sun. Could this one be scouting a good spot to nest? Or was it just looking for something in the lake to eat?
More Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald_eagle

Observer: Alison Siegel

Observation Date: 12/20/09

Observation Time: noon

Observation Location: Lakeview St.

Common Name: Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Comments: While drinking hot chocolate after a morning of sledding, four of us clearly saw a bald eagle fly over our backyard. It was flying from Lake Massapoag toward the woods.

More Information: All About Birds: Bald Eagle

Observer: Bonnie Tate

Observation Date: 12/30/13

Observation Time: 3:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Massapoag

Common Name: Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Comments: Eating carrion on the lake just beyond Pond St. on Massapoag Ave.

More Information: Boidnoise: Adult Bald Eagle Call

Observer: Ken Weiner

Observation Date: 2/19/10

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Chessman Drive, Sharon

Common Name: Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Comments: Definite ID from about 200 ft away. Eagle was flying. Possibly a second eagle further away. Did not get picture.

More Information: All About Birds: Bald Eagle

Observer: Ilan Fisher

Observation Date: 2/24/09

Observation Time: 3:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

More Information: All About Birds: Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

 

Observer: Carol Moawed

Observation Date: 3/20/13

Observation Time: 11:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Massapoag, near entrance to community
center

Common Name: Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Comments: He was flying down near the edge of lake, it looked like he was going after something on the edge of the lake. I was shocked and thrilled to see him.

More Information: Boidnoise: Adult Bald Eagle Call

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/2/11

Observation Time: 4:15 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond soccer field parking lot

Common Name: Bald Eagle

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Comments: Adult with white head and tail. Very distinctive!

More Information: Boidnoise: Adult Bald Eagle Call

Observer: Ilan Fisher

Observation Date: 2/18/09

Observation Time: Early afternoon

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag across from Arboro Drive

Common Name: Bald Eagle & Deer

Scientific Name: Haliaeetus leucocephalus

Comments: A young bald eagle feeds on a deer carcass on the ice.

More Information: All About Birds: Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle & Deer

 

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 11/21/12

Observation Time: 9:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Baltimore Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus galbula

Comments: I’m told this is an immature male oriole. Unusual to see in November.

More Information: All About Birds

Baltimore Oriole

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/10/12

Observation Time: 7:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Baltimore Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus galbula

Comments: First I heard the flutelike call, and then I spotted the brilliant orange oriole in an oak tree just pushing out its first leaves of spring. Even though it was 7:00 p.m. and the sun was low, the bird fairly glowed. I wonder how such a gaudy creature manages to escape the notice of hawks.

Orioles weave hanging nests, and feed on fruit, nectar and insects. They have a counterpart in the tropics called a troupial, which is slightly larger, but sings an uncannily similar song.

More Information: All About Birds

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/14/14

Observation Time: 2:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Baltimore Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus galbula

Comments: Orioles weave a unique hanging nest.

More Information: All About Birds

Baltimore Oriole

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/14/15

Observation Time: 6:45

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Baltimore Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus galbula

Comments: Baltimore orioles are among the most brightly colored birds found in Sharon. They weave remarkable hanging nests.

More Information: All About Birds

baltimoreoriole

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/30/10

Observation Time: 3:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Baltimore Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus galbula

More Information: All About Birds.org

Baltimore Oriole

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/6/15

Observation Time: 2:30 p.m.

Observation Location: tree near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Baltimore Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus galbula

Comments: I heard this oriole’s flutelike call before I spotted it. You can listen to a recording of an oriole’s song at: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Baltimore_Oriole/sounds

 Oriole

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/12/16

Observation Time: 7:50

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Baltimore Oriole

Scientific Name: Icterus galbula

Comments: Baltimore orioles are among the most brightly colored birds found in Sharon. They weave remarkable hanging nests.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/29/14

Observation Time: 12:35 p.m.

Observation Location: stone hut by Upper Leach Pond at Borderland State Park

Common Name: Barn Swallow

Scientific Name: Hirundo rustica

Comments: Barn swallows are passerine birds, which includes more than half of all bird species. A passerine bird has three toes pointing forward and one back. This facilitates perching. The passerines form one of the most diverse terrestrial vertebrate orders, with over 5,000 identified species.

More Information: All About Birds

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

 

Observer: Randi Simons

Observation Date: 11/14/08

Observation Time: Mid-afternoon

Observation Location: Moose Hill Parkway, Mass. Audubon conservation land

Common Name: Barred Owl

Scientific Name: Strix varia

Comments: This owl sat on a branch close to the road for an hour or more, not bothered by people watching close by or by chickadees constantly scolding.

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

Barred Owl

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/24/18

Observation Time: 6:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Bay-breasted Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga castanea

Comments: Bay-breasted warblers migrate through Sharon in May en route to their summertime breeding areas in Canada. They eat insects and spiders to keep up their energy during the long flight.

Even for experienced bird watchers, bay-breasted warblers are an unusual find. They are typically seen high up in tall trees, making good photos of them especially challenging. Populations of bay-breasted warbler appear to be decreasing throughout their range. The U.S. has seen a decline of almost 3% per year between 1966 and 2014, resulting in a cumulative decline of 74%, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey.

More Information: All About Birds and American Bird Conservancy

Observer: Deborah Radovsky

Observation Date: 11/24/18

Observation Time: 8:30 a.m.

Observation Location: in a tree at the edge of Lake Massapoag, near Beach St.

Common Name: Belted Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Megaceryle alcyon

Comments: Kingfishers have also been sighted near the boat launch area and in the Gavins Pond area. They dive for small fish. They nest in burrows.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 8/3/10

Observation Time: 9:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Belted Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Megaceryle alcyon

Comments: A pair of belted kingfishers were diving simultaneously several times into Gavins Pond. The bottom photo shows the splash of the kingfisher diving in.

Kingfishers nest in burrows on the banks of ponds and rivers.

More Information: University of Massachusetts

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/9/13

Observation Time: 2:05 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Belted Kingfisher

Scientific Name: Megaceryle alcyon

Comments: These charismatic birds dive for fish. Believe it or not, they nest in burrows on the banks of streams and ponds.

More Information: University of Massachusetts

Belted Kingfisher

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/13/14

Observation Time: 7:35 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Black and White Warbler

Scientific Name: Mniotilta varia

Comments: Black and white warblers are usually seen moving up and down tree trunks looking for bugs under the bark.

More Information: All About Birds

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/3/18

Observation Time: 8:40 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Black and White Warbler

Scientific Name: Mniotilta varia

Comments: Black and white warblers are usually seen moving up and down tree trunks looking for bugs under the bark.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/16/13

Observation Time: 7:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Black and White Warbler (female)

Scientific Name: Mniotilta varia

Comments: Black and white warblers creep along tree trunks and branches foraging for insects. Their high-pitched squeaky song sounds like a wheel turning that needs to be oiled.

More Information: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-and-white_Warbler/overview

Black and White Warbler (female)

 

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/18/18

Observation Time: 6:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (boardwalk)

Common Name: Black-and-white Warbler

Scientific Name: Mniotilta varia

Comments: Unlike many other warbler species that migrate through Sharon on their way north, black-and-white warblers stick around all summer. They are typically seen scurrying up and down tree trunks. Their high-pitched song sounds like a squeaky wheel.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/14/15

Observation Time: 7:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Black-billed Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Comments: We heard this cuckoo before someone in our group spotted it. They tend to sit quietly on a branch, so the absence of movement makes them hard to find. Black-billed cuckoos have distinctive red eyes.

More Information: All About Birds

cuckoo

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/27/14

Observation Time: 8:05 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Black-billed Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Comments: We heard this black-billed cuckoo before we finally spotted it. Even though cuckoos are relatively large birds, they typically don’t move around much, so they are hard to find unless you know what their call sounds like.

More Information: All About Birds

Black-billed Cuckoo

Black-billed Cuckoo

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/14/15

Observation Time: 6:05 p.m.

Observation Location: in the trees between the back soccer field and Gavins Pond

Common Name: Black-billed Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Comments: We heard this black-billed cuckoo before we finally spotted it. Even though cuckoos are relatively large birds, they typically don’t move around much, so they are hard to find, unless you know what to listen for.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Will Sweet

Observation Date: 2/15/09

Observation Time: 11:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Backyard

Common Name: Black-capped Chickadee

Scientific Name: Poecile atricapillus

Comments: The chickadees were knocking the Pine Siskins off of the thistle feeders.

More Information: Whatbird.com

Black-capped Chickadee

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/26/13

Observation Time: 4:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Black-capped Chickadee

Scientific Name: Poecile atricapillus

Comments: Chickadees are one of Sharon’s most common birds. They often travel in groups that sometimes include tufted titmouse. With patience, chickadees can be trained to eat sunflower seeds out of your hand!

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Will Sweet

Observation Date: 6/4/10

Observation Time: 4:30 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Black-capped Chickadee

Scientific Name: Poecile atricapillus

Comments: This chickadee family was crowded into a nesting box.

More Information: Whatbird.com

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/13/15

Observation Time: 11:10 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Black-throated Green Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga virens

Comments: The call of this warbler sounds like: “zee-zee-zee-zoo-zee.”  It migrates through Sharon in May. I got these photos standing underneath a flowering crabapple tree. The blossoms attracted insects, which in turn attracted insectivorous warblers.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Faith Berkland

Observation Date: 9/26/17

Observation Location: 302 Mansfield Street Sharon

Common Name: Black throated green warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga virens

Comments: A nice collection of photos of black-throated green warblers can be found at: The Internet Bird Collection

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/15/15

Observation Time: 7:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Blackburnian Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga fusca

Comments: This photo does not do justice to these gorgeous warblers, which overwinter in South America. They tend to flit about high in tall trees, making them a challenge to photograph.

More Information: All About Birds

blackburnianwarbler

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 11/19/12

Observation Time: 10:25 a.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Blue Jay

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata

Comments: Blue Jays are common in Sharon. They eat insects and nuts. They will also eat the eggs and nestlings of other birds if they get the chance. They can live up to 17 years.

More Information: All About Birds

Blue Jay

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/5/18

Observation Time: 7:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Blue Jay

Scientific Name: Cyanocitta cristata

Comments: Blue Jays are common in Sharon. They eat insects, nuts and seeds. They will also eat the eggs and nestlings of other birds if they get the chance. They can live up to 17 years. Their vocalizations are distinctive and varied.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Contact Information:  lauenstein@comcast.net   (781) 784-2986

Observation Date: 5/1/18 at 8:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Blue-gray gnatcatcher

Scientific Name: Polioptila caerulea

Comments: A tiny, long-tailed bird of broadleaf forests and scrublands, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher makes itself known by its soft but insistent calls and its constant motion. It hops and sidles in dense outer foliage, foraging for insects and spiders. As it moves, this steely blue-gray bird conspicuously flicks its white-edged tail from side to side, scaring up insects and chasing after them. Pairs use spiderweb and lichens to build small, neat nests, which sit on top of branches and look like tree knots.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/11/16

Observation Time: 7:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Center

Common Name: Blue-gray gnatcatcher

Scientific Name: Polioptila caerulea

Comments: The blue-gray gnatcatcher is a tiny, long-tailed bird of broadleaf forests and scrublands. It makes itself known by its soft but insistent calls and its constant motion. It hops and sidles in dense outer foliage, foraging for insects and spiders. As it moves, it conspicuously flicks its white-edged tail from side to side, scaring up insects and chasing after them. Pairs use spiderweb and lichens to build small, neat nests, which sit on top of branches and look like tree knots. 

Note the tent caterpillars on the branch beside the bird.

More Information: All About Birds

blue-gray gnatcatcher2

blue-gray gnatcatcher

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/19/14

Observation Time: 11:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Blue-winged Warbler

Scientific Name: Vermivora cyanoptera

Comments: The blue-winged warbler’s song sounds like, “bee-buzz.”

More Information: All About Birds

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

Blue-winged Warbler

 

Observer: Jason Platt

Observation Date: 5/8/18

Observation Time: 8:45 a.m.

Observation Location: under power lines at Moose Hill

Common Name: Blue-winged Warbler

Scientific Name: Vermivora cyanoptera

Comments: The blue-winged warbler’s song sounds like, “bee-buzz.”

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Deb  Radovsky

Observation Date: 4/23/18

Observation Time: 6:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary (Billings Loop)

Common Name: Brown Creeper

Scientific Name: Certhia americana

Comments: Brown Creepers are tiny woodland birds with an affinity for the biggest trees they can find. Look for these little, long-tailed scraps of brown and white spiraling up stout trunks and main branches, sometimes passing downward-facing nuthatches along the way. They probe into crevices and pick at loose bark with their slender, downcurved bills, and build their hammock-shaped nests behind peeling flakes of bark. Their piercing calls can make it much easier to find this hard-to-see but common species.

More Information: All About Birds

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/2/11

Observation Time: 4:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road near soccer field parking lot

Common Name: Brown Thrasher

Scientific Name: Toxostoma rufum

Comments: Brown thrashers are one of the three mimics. The other two are catbirds and mockingbirds. Brown thrashers repeat each vocalization twice. Mockingbirds repeat three or four times. Catbirds only make each vocalization once.

More Information: All About Birds.org

Brown Thrasher

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/7/14

Observation Time: 12:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond area near soccer fields

Common Name: Brown-headed Cowbird

Scientific Name: Molothrus ater

Comments: These Brown-headed Cowbirds were mating. Cowbirds parasitize other bird species. Female Cowbirds forgo building nests and instead lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, abandoning their young to foster parents, usually at the expense of at least some of the host’s own chicks. Once confined to the open grasslands of middle North America, cowbirds have surged in numbers and range as humans built towns and cleared woods.

More Information: All About Birds.org

Brown-headed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 11/19/13

Observation Time: 2:35 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Bufflehead

Scientific Name: Bucephala albeola

Comments: Buffleheads are small, diving ducks. They nest in old woodpecker holes, particularly those made by Northern Flickers, in the forests of northern North America.

More Information: All About Birds

Bufflehead

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/4/11

Observation Time: 1:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Canada Goose

Scientific Name: Branta canadensis

Comments: Canada geese are quite common in Sharon, and can even become a nuisance, but these goslings sure are cute. If you are in the mood for a heartwarming movie, see “Fly Away Home” about a girl who adopts some orphaned goslings.

More Information: Mass Wildlife

Canada Geese and Goslings

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/21/18

Observation Time: 7:50 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Canada Warbler

Scientific Name: Cardellina canadensis

Comments: Canada Warblers migrate through Sharon in mid-May. They have a distinctive black collar and a white eye-ring.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/12/09

Observation Time: 7:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Soccer field by Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Canada x Greylag hybrid goose

Scientific Name:

Comments: This morning I saw a strange goose among the Canada geese at the Gavins Pond soccer field nearest to Gavins Pond Road. It had a distinct white line all the way around the base of its dark beak, light gray cheeks with a dark head and neck, and dull orange legs (the Canada geese had black legs). The transition from the gray cheeks to the dark head was not as sharp as that of the Canada geese, and the gray cheek patch was quite a bit larger than the white “chin strap” of the Canada geese. The body and rump were very similar to the Canada geese. It looked like the some of the Canada x Greylag hybrids shown here except that it had a dark beak, and the white line around the base of the beak was more distinct.

I watched it fly in alone and land on the field among the Canada geese, which is why I noticed it in the first place.

This goose looked exactly like one photographed by Will Sweet earlier this winter. See:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22560927@N04/3320242349/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22560927@N04/3320241847/

More Information: Flickr: Hybrid Birds

Observer: Deb  Radovsky

Observation Date: 2/27/18

Observation Time: afternoon

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Canvasback duck

Scientific Name: Aythya valisineria

Comments: The species name of the Canvasback, Aythya valisineria, comes from Vallisneria americana, or wild celery, whose winter buds and rhizomes are its preferred food during the nonbreeding period.

The oldest recorded Canvasback was a male and at least 22 years, 7 months old when he was shot in California in 1991. He had been banded in the same state in 1969.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 11/19/12

Observation Time: 10:25 a.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Cardinal

Scientific Name: Cardinalis cardinalis

Comments: Cardinals are seen year-round in Sharon. In springtime they defend their territories, sometimes hurling themselves against glass windows when they see their own reflections, thinking it’s a competitor.

More Information: All About Birds

Cardinal

 

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/5/18

Observation Time: 7:25 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Cardinal

Scientific Name: Cardinalis cardinalis

Comments: One of the most common birds in Sharon, cardinals have a whistle-like voice, and sing strongly. Learn to recognize their various vocalizations at: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/northern_cardinal/sound

Cardinals typically travel in pairs. The female is mostly tan.

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Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 1/1/09

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Parkway

Common Name: Carolina Wren

Scientific Name: Thryothorus ludovicianus

Comments: This and the titmouse and junco 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”

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 1/17/11

Observation Time: 3:40 p.m.

Observation Location: 284 Mountain Street

Common Name: Carolina Wren

Scientific Name: Thryothorus ludovicianus

Comments: Following the SFOC walk on Martin Luther King Day (January 17), while sipping hot cider at Vera Cross’s house at about 3:40 p.m., a pair of Carolina wrens appeared out the window. It was only 20 degrees outside. The wrens were flitting in and out of an old, unused flue, presumably trying to stay warm. When they perched on a nearby branch, they fluffed their feathers for better insulation.

The Carolina Wren is sensitive to cold weather, with the northern populations decreasing markedly after severe winters. The gradually increasing winter temperatures over the last century may have been 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: Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 1/30/11

Observation Time: 1:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Carolina Wren

Scientific Name: Thryothorus ludovicianus

Comments: For more than 70 years, no Carolina Wrens were recorded during a Christmas Bird Count in Vermont. Then, in 1975, two were spotted. After being observed sporadically on subsequent counts, the bird began making regular appearances in 1991, and its numbers increased steadily from 1999 to 2006. Once a southern species seen rarely during New England’s traditionally cold winters, the wren is now a regular. And it’s not alone. Milder winters and the earlier onset of spring have spurred a variety of species to spread their wings farther north, including Tufted Titmouse, Red-bellied Woodpecker, and Cape May Warbler.

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

Carolina Wren

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: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/18/2016

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Cedar Waxwing 

Scientific Name:  Bombycilla cedrorum

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: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 2/26/18

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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: 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.

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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: 5/14/14

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

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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

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