Sightings – Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/5/16

Observation Time: 10:40 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Red-eyed Vireo

Scientific Name: Vireo olivaceus

Comments: Red-eyed vireos are a common summer resident in Sharon. They sing all day long. Since they are notoriously hard to spot in the canopy, the mnemonic for their song is, “Here I am. Where are you?” Hear a recording at: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-eyed_Vireo/sounds

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Observer: Richard Kramer

Observation Date: 2/11/19

Observation Time: 10:30 a.m.

Observation Location: west side of Lake Massapoag near the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp

Common Name: Red-shouldered Hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo lineatus

Comments: One of the best ways to find Red-shouldered Hawks is to learn their distinctive whistle. Listen for these birds in and around wet forests, where you may find them hunting from a perch along stream or pond.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Will Sweet

Observation Date: 2/18/09

Observation Time: 11:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Sharon Community Gardens

Common Name: Red-shouldered hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo lineatus

Comments: The hawk was perched in a large dead tree. It flew across the gardens many times spooking robins and starlings.

More Information: Whatbird.com: Red-shouldered Hawk

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/9/14

Observation Time: 2:40 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Red-shouldered hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo lineatus

Comments: As I sat at my desk talking on the phone, this hawk swooped in and landed on a branch outside my window. I grabbed my camera with my free hand and snapped this shot. I got help with the identification from my friend John Baur.

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Red-Shouldered Hawk

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 4/9/18

Observation Time: evening

Observation Location: Cottage and Ames Streets

Common Name: Red-shouldered Hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo lineatus

Comments: Although the American Crow often mobs the Red-shouldered Hawk, sometimes the relationship is not so one-sided. They may chase each other and try to steal food from each other. They may also both attack a Great Horned Owl and join forces to chase the owl out of the hawk’s territory.

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Observer: Andrea & Herb Daroff

Observation Date: 5/15/08

Observation Time: 11:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Pilgrim Drive

Common Name: Red-shouldered hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo lineatus

Comments: This young hawk settled in a branch not more than 20 feet from our deck. I was able to get a number of shots and since he moved around a bit before flying away, I was able to shoot from different angles. We have seen him again in the yard but never again has he perched so conveniently, so cooperatively or so close.

More Information: Whatbird.com: Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Observer: Ilan Fisher

Observation Date: 4/3/19

Observation Time: 2:00 PM

Observation Location: Junction of E. Foxboro St. & Harding St.

Common Name: Red-tailed Hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo jamaicensis

Comments: Red-tails are big, but they only weigh a maximum of about 3 lbs. They can live up to 30 years. They feed predominantly on small mammals.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/2/18

Obseration Time: 8:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Red-tailed hawk

Scientific Name: Buteo jamaicensis

Comments: This red-tail had caught something – either a mouse or a frog. The hawk lost its grip on its prey, which dropped to the ground. The hawk immediately swooped down to the ground to retrieve its prize.

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Observer: Deborah Radovsky

Observation Date: 12/3/18

Observation time: 9:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag, swimming very close to shore

Common Name: Red-throated Loon

Scientific Name: Gavia stellata

Comments: Adult, non-breeding plummage. Breeds in the arctic.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/1/11

Observation Time: 5:10 p.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Redwing blackbird

Scientific Name: Agelaius phoeniceus

Comments: First redwing I’ve seen this season. The ground is blanketed in old snow and the pond is still frozen solid. In fall and winter they eat weedy seeds such as ragweed and cocklebur as well as native sunflowers and waste grains.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/15/14

Observation Time: 5:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Redwing blackbird

Scientific Name: Agelaius phoeniceus

Comments: Redwing blackbirds are typically found near water.

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Redwing Blackbird

Redwing Blackbird

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/19/09

Observation Time: 4:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavin’s Pond

Common Name: Ring-necked Duck

Scientific Name: Aythya collaris

Comments: I saw ring-necked ducks last spring at Gavins Pond. They must use Gavins Pond to rest and feed during their migration.

More Information: All About Birds: Ring-necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/25/11

Observation Time: 5:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavin’s Pond

Common Name: Ring-necked Duck

Scientific Name: Aythya collaris

Comments: Ring-necked ducks migrate through Sharon, and can be seen in spring and fall.

More Information: All About Birds: Ring-necked Duck

Ring-Necked Duck

Observer: Deb Radovsky

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Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Rose-breated Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus

Comments: Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands. Listen, too, for their distinctive voices. They sound like American Robins, but with an extra sweetness. They also make a sharp chink like the squeak of a sneaker.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/12/16

Observation Time: 6:40 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Center

Common Name: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus

Comments: Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands. Listen, too, for their distinctive voices. They sound like American Robins, but listen for an extra sweetness, as if the bird had operatic training; they also make a sharp chink like the squeak of a sneaker. 

More Information: All About Birds

rose-breasted grosbeak-2

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/23/16

Observation Time: 7:50 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus

Comments: The male rose-breasted grosbeak is one of our more photogenic songbirds, especially on a sunny morning. The female is drab brown.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/14

Observation Time: 11:50 a.m.

Observation Location: in the woods near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus

Comments: I found this specimen by listening to its call.

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Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 6/25/11

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus

Comments: A female just after a bath.

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Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/18/2016

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Scientific Name: Pheucticus ludovicianus

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 10/31/12

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Wolomolopoag Pond

Common Name: Ross’s Goose

Scientific Name: Chen rossii

Comments: Tight crop, some light dodging and burning to allow black tail to be seen a little better against the background.

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Ross's Goose

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 11/12/12

Observation Time: 5:05 p.m.

Observation Location: Wolomolopoag Pond

Common Name: Ross’s Goose

Scientific Name: Chen rossii

Comments: The Ross’s goose resembles a snow goose, but smaller, and with a shorter neck. It is snow white with black wing tips. This individual was seen among dozens of Canada geese on their way south for the winter, and attracted a number of bird watchers to Wolomolopoag Pond.

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Ross's Goose

Ross's Goose

Ross's Goose

Ross's Goose

Ross's Goose

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/18/16

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Scientific Name: Archilochus colubris

Comments: Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only species of hummingbird commonly seen in New England. They overwinter in Costa Rica, and arrive in Massachusetts around May 1 every year. That’s a good time to put out a hummingbird feeder. If you’re lucky, and you change the sugar water in the feeder regularly, they’ll nest nearby and visit your feeder all summer.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/16/14

Observation Time: 6:45 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Rd.

Common Name: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Scientific Name: Archilochus colubris

Comments: Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate all the way from New England to Central America and back every year – a journey of about 2,500 miles including 500 miles over the Gulf of Mexico. They can live up to 10 years, so they log a lot of miles for a creature that weighs less than a dime.

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Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 6/25/11

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Scientific Name: Archilochus colubris

Comments: Female

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Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/21/16

Observation Time: 7:10 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (The Trustees of Reservations)

Common Name: Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Scientific Name: Archilochus colubris

Comments: Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only species of hummingbird commonly seen in New England. They overwinter in Costa Rica, and arrive in Massachusetts around May 1 every year. That’s a good time to put out a hummingbird feeder. If you’re lucky, and you change the sugar water in the feeder regularly, they’ll nest nearby and visit your feeder all summer.

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Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 1/1/14

Observation Time: 4:42 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Rusty Blackbird

Scientific Name: Euphagus carolinus

Comments: Low light, hand-held, not such a great photo. Confirmed by Christine Turnbull as a Rusty.

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Rusty Blackbird

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/6/15

Observation Time: 3:41 p.m.

Observation Location: soccer field parking lot near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Savannah Sparrow

Scientific Name: Passerculus sandwichensis

Comments: Savannah sparrows are often seen in flocks feeding on the ground.

More Information: All About Birds http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Savannah_Sparrow/sounds

Sparrow

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/16/13

Observation Time: 6:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Scarlet tanager

Scientific Name: Piranga olivacea

Comments: Scarlet tanagers live in the woods, so they are seldom seen due to the foliage. However if you learn their call, which sounds like a robin with a sore throat, you can hear them singing and follow your ears until you find them.

They are often found in pairs. The females are as drab as the males are flashy.

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Scarlet Tanager

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/16/14

Observation Time: 12:35 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Scarlet Tanager

Scientific Name: Piranga olivacea

Comments: Scarlet tanagers are common in Sharon, but few people see these brilliantly colored birds because they live in the woods where they are concealed by foliage. If you learn their song, which sounds like a robin with a sore throat, you can find them in wooded areas fairly easily.

More Information: All About Birds

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/23/16

Observation Time: 12:35 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Scarlet Tanager

Scientific Name: Piranga olivacea

Comments: Scarlet tanagers are common in Sharon, but few people see these brilliantly colored birds because they live in the woods where they are concealed by foliage. If you learn their song, which sounds like a robin with a sore throat, you can find them in wooded areas fairly easily.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/8/19

Observation Time: 11:10 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Scarlet Tanager

Scientific Name: Piranga olivacea

Comments: Scarlet tanagers often play host to eggs of the brown-headed cowbird (male and female shown below), particularly where the forest habitat has been fragmented. When a pair of tanagers notices a female cowbird approaching, they aggressively drive her away. If they don’t notice, the cowbird gets rid of a tanager egg and replaces it with one of her own. The tanagers apparently can’t tell the difference, either before or after the egg hatches, and they raise the imposter along with the rest of their brood.

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Observer: Molly DellaRoman

Observation Date: 7/1/13

Observation Time: morning

Observation Location: Trustees of Reservations Moose Hill Farm

Common Name: Scarlet Tanager

Scientific Name: Piranga olivacea

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/3/18

Observation Time: 10:05 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Scarlet Tanager (male & female)

Scientific Name: Piranga olivacea

Comments: Scarlet tanagers are common in Sharon, but few people see these brilliantly colored birds because they live in the woods where they are concealed by foliage. If you learn their song, which sounds like a robin with a sore throat, you can find them in wooded areas fairly easily.

Scarlet tanagers tend to travel in pairs. The males is bright red with jet-black wings. The female is drab greenish yellow with gray wings.

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Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/24/18

Observation Time: 6:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Billings Loop, Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Scarlet Tanager (male)

Scientific Name: Piranga olivacea

Comments: This scarlet and black woodland bird is common in Sharon but seldom seen. However, you can find them by learning what their song sounds like.

The female is drab olive-green with dark (but not jet black) wings.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/9/19

Observation Time: 6:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Scarlet tanager (orange variant)

Scientific Name: Piranga olivacea

Comments: Male scarlet tanagers are typically bright red with jet black wings (females are drab green). This male, however, was as orange as a Baltimore oriole. Its song was unquestionably that of a scarlet tanager.

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Observer: Richard Kramer

Observation Date: 6/28/11

Observation Time: 11:59 p.m.

Observation Location: Shores of Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Screech Owl (fledgling)

Scientific Name: Otus asio

Comments: Pair of fledglings were calling and testing their wings.

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

Screech Owl (Fledgling)

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 11/20/07

Observation Time: 9:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Parkway

Common Name: Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Scientific Name: Accipiter striatus

Comments: Male is much smaller than the female. The female is about the size and appearance of a Cooper’s hawk. This web page is helpful for distinguishing between these two species of hawks: https://feederwatch.org/learn/tricky-bird-ids/coopers-hawk-and-sharp-shinned-hawk/

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

Hawk

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 3/28/11

Observation Time: 9:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Parkway

Common Name: Sharp-shinned Hawk

Scientific Name: Accipiter striatus

Comments: Sharp-shinned Hawks are birds of the forest and forest edge, and are not found where trees are scarce or scattered, except on migration. They require dense forest, ideally with a closed canopy, for breeding.

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

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 12/26/08

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Dirt road by soccer field near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Snow Bunting

Scientific Name: Plectrophenax nivalis

Comments: Flock of around a dozen birds was gleaning seeds on the dirt road.

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

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 12/12/08

Observation Time: 10:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Ward’s field near Heights Elementary School

Common Name: Snow Goose

Scientific Name: Chen caerulescens

Comments: There was a flock of about 10 snow geese in Ward’s field. They were all white except for black wing tips.

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

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 2/10/14

Observation Time: 5:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Song Sparrow

Scientific Name: Melospiza melodia

Comments: Melos meaning “song”, “spiza” meaning “a finch” and “melodia” meaning “a pleasant sound”. “Sparrow” comes from the Anglo-Saxon “spearwa” or “sparrow”, literally “flutterer”. [The Dictionary of American Bird Names by Ernest A. Choate]

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

Song Sparrow

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/7/11

Observation Time: 5:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road near soccer fields

Common Name: Song Sparrow

Scientific Name: Melospiza melodia

Comments: This song sparrow was gleaning seeds. Their distinctive, melodious song is a good one to memorize because it is so common.

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

Song Sparrow

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/29/14

Observation Time: 1:50 p.m.

Observation Location: near Lake Massapoag boat ramp

Common Name: Song Sparrow

Scientific Name: Melospiza melodia

Comments: There are at least 18 species of sparrows in Massachusetts. Learning their respective calls is a good way to find and identify them. The spot on its chest also helps with identification.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/29/14

Observation Time: 11:25 a.m.

Observation Location: Borderland State Park

Common Name: Song Sparrow

Scientific Name: Melospiza melodia

Comments: There are at least 18 species of sparrows in Massachusetts. Learning their respective calls is a good way to find and identify them.

More Information: All About Birds

Song Sparrow

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/12/18

Observation Time: 7:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Lake Massapoag

Common Name: Spotted Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Actitis macularius

Comments: The Spotted Sandpiper is the most widespread breeding sandpiper in North America. Female Spotted Sandpipers sometimes practice an unusual breeding strategy called polyandry, where a female mates with up to four males, each of which then cares for a clutch of eggs.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 7/31/10

Observation Time: 11:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond outflow pool

Common Name: Spotted Sandpiper

Scientific Name: Actitis macularia

Comments: Though you may think of the beach as the best place to see a sandpiper, look for Spotted Sandpipers alone or in pairs along the shores of lakes, rivers, and streams.

More Information: All About Birds

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/17/15

Observation Time: 7:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Tennessee Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga magnolia

Comments: This bird was flitting around in a flowering crabapple tree.

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Observer: Kurt Buermann

Observation Date: 5/12/11

Observation Time: 1:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Laveview Street meadow

Common Name: Tree swallow

Scientific Name: Tachycineta bicolor

Comments: Very commonly nests near bluebirds. Tree swallows may defend bluebirds against other tree swallow if they occupy adjacent nesting boxes.

More Information: All About Birds.org

Tree Swallow

Observer: Deb Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/18/16

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Tree Swallow

Scientific Name: Tachycineta bicolor

Comments: Tree swallows compete with bluebirds for nesting boxes.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/30/10

Observation Time: 4:35 p.m.

Observation Location: field near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Tree swallow

Scientific Name: Tachycineta bicolor

Comments: Tree swallows nest in bluebird nesting boxes. One strategy is to locate two bluebird houses within 10 yards of each other. Tree swallows nesting in one box will drive other tree swallows away from the other box, but allow bluebirds to move in.

More Information: All About Birds.org

Tree Swallow

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/4/11

Observation Time: 1:00 p.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond Dam

Common Name: Tree swallow

Scientific Name: Tachycineta bicolor

Comments: Tree swallows compete for bluebird nesting boxes. Bluebird house are often set out in pairs. One box gets taken by a pair of tree swallows. They drive other tree swallows away from the other box, but allow bluebirds to move in.

More Information: All About Birds.org

Tree Swallow

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/8/14

Observation Time: 7:10 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Tree swallow

Scientific Name: Tachycineta bicolor

Comments: Tree swallows compete with bluebirds for nesting boxes. However, if nesting boxes are sited in pairs, a tree swallow will occupy one box and drive away other tree swallows from the other box. That will allow bluebirds to nest there.

More Information: All About Birds.org

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 1/1/09

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Parkway

Common Name: Tufted Titmouse

Scientific Name: Baeolophus bicolor

Comments: This and the junco 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”

Tufted Titmouse

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/1/18

Observation Time: 9:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audbon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Tufted Titmouse

Scientific Name: Baeolophus bicolor

Comments: Often seen in the company of chickadees.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/11/11

Observation Time: 6:10 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Turkey Vulture

Scientific Name: Cathartes aura

Comments: Turkey vultures are gliders. They ride thermal updrafts, so they rarely need to flap their wings.

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Turkey Vulture

Observer: Rick Dumont

Observation Date: 7/28/09

Observation Time: 2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Belcher Street

Common Name: Turkey Vulture

Scientific Name: Cathartes aura

Comments: A bad smell invaded my yard during a rainy, humid spell. The buzzard must have been attracted to it. The smell went away shortly after the buzzard did.

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Turkey Vulture

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/15/15

Observation Time: 10:35 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Veery

Scientific Name: Catharus fuscescens

Comments: A veery is a woodland thrush with an ethereal call, which if played back in slow motion reveals that the bird is actually mingling two calls simultaneously, like a violin player bowing two strings at once. I think of the veery’s two strands of downward-cascading sound as a double-helix. Hear it at: http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/3711

More Information: All About Birds 

Observer: Deb  Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/18/18

Observation Time: 6:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill, Billings Loop

Common Name: Veery

Scientific Name: Catharus fuscescens

Comments: Check out the veery’s ethereal song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK1gaTqBRRk

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/22/18

Observation Time: 9:50 a.m.

Observation Location: woods near Beaver Brook

Common Name: Veery

Scientific Name: Catharus fuscescens

Comments: A veery is a woodland thrush with an ethereal call, which if played back in slow motion reveals that the bird is actually mingling two calls simultaneously, like a violin player bowing two strings at once. I think of the veery’s two strands of downward-cascading sound as a double-helix. Hear it at: http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/3711

More Information: All About Birds 

Observer: Jason Platt

Observation Date: 5/8/18

Observation Time: 10:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Veery

Scientific Name: Catharus fuscescens

Comments: A veery is a woodland thrush with an ethereal call, which if played back in slow motion reveals that the bird is actually mingling two calls simultaneously, like a violin player bowing two strings at once. I think of the veery’s two strands of downward-cascading sound as a double-helix. Hear it at: http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/3711

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/21/14

Observation Time: 4:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Warbling vireo

Scientific Name: Vireo gilvus

Comments: Warbling vireos are usually found near water.

More Information: All About Birds

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/6/15

Observation Time: 3:38 p.m.

Observation Location: near Gavins Pond

Common Name: Warbling Vireo

Scientific Name: Vireo gilvus

Comments: Warbling vireos are often found near water.

More Information: All About Birds

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 3/8/14

Observation Time: 11:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: White-breasted nuthatch

Scientific Name: Sitta carolinensis

Comments: This white-breasted nuthatch was attracted to the suet feeder at Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary headquarters.

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White-breasted Nuthatch

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/21/18

Observation Time:  2:00 p.m.

Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Road, Sharon

Common Name: white-throated sparrow

Scientific Name: Zonotrichia albicollis

Comments: This species passes through Sharon in spring on its way to Canada. It’s distinctive song sounds like, “Oh, say, Canada Canada Canada.”

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/14/14

Observation Time: 10:50 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: White-throated sparrow

Scientific Name: Zonotrichia albicollis

Comments: The song of the white-throated sparrow sounds like, “Oh, say, Canada-Canada-Canada.” It is a reminder that they are only passing through Sharon on their annual migrations.

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White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 3/18/11

Observation Time: 8:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Comments: One of our largest and heaviest birds; smaller than a Trumpeter Swan; about twice the size (and four times as heavy) as a Ring-necked Pheasant. However, they can still fly. At night, groups of turkeys roost in trees.

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Wild Turkey

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/30/18

Observation Time: 8:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon

Common Name: Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Comments: Male (“tom”) turkeys display in springtime mating season to compete for status and the opportunity to mate.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/13/19

Observation Time: 9:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Comments: As wild turkey numbers dwindled through the early twentieth century, people began to look for ways to reintroduce this valuable game bird. Initially they tried releasing farm turkeys into the wild but those birds didn’t survive. In the 1940s, people began catching wild birds and transporting them to other areas. Such transplantations allowed Wild Turkeys to spread to all of the lower 48 states (plus Hawaii) and parts of southern Canada.

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PS – Check out this documentary called “My Life as a Turkey”: https://www.documentarystorm.com/my-life-as-a-turkey/

Observer: Peter Higgins

Observation Date: 6/8/08

Observation Time: 6:15 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm

Common Name: Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Comments: This was my first venture to Moosehill Farm in the early hours and seeing this group of Tom Turkeys strutting their stuff got me hooked. Since that time I go up as often as possible. A week ago I stood quietly at the edge of a field and something caught my eye, a coyote was running full speed across the field.

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Wild Turkey

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Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Observer: Judy Heap

Observation Date: 8/11/10

Observation Time: evening

Observation Location: Wilshire Drive backyard

Common Name: Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Comments: Wild turkeys can be aggressive, so keep a safe distance.

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Wild Turkey

Observer: Deb  Radovsky

Observation Date: 5/5/18

Observation Time: 8:50 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill, Kettle Trail

Common Name: Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Comments: As Wild Turkey numbers dwindled through the early twentieth century, people began to look for ways to reintroduce this valuable game bird. Initially they tried releasing farm turkeys into the wild but those birds didn’t survive. In the 1940s, people began catching wild birds and transporting them to other areas. Such transplantations allowed Wild Turkeys to spread to all of the lower 48 states (plus Hawaii) and parts of southern Canada.

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Observer: Liz Dichiara

Observation Date: 3/21/09

Observation Time: 5:45 p.m.

Observation Location: Cheryl Drive

Common Name: Wild Turkeys

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Comments: Two beautiful males and five females walked through my wooded backyard today. The males were displaying to the females, who did not appear impressed.

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Observer: Ilan Fisher

Observation Date: 5/18/18

Observation Time: 8:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Bayberry Drive

Common Name: Wild Turkey

Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo

Comments: The Wild Turkey’s popularity at the table led to a drastic decline in numbers, but they have recovered and now occur in every state except Alaska.

Poor guy. He is bonkers for the chick. I wonder if his broken tail feathers will thwart his plan.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/10/16

Observation Time: 9:50 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Center

Common Name: Wilson’s warbler

Scientific Name: Cardellina pusilla

Comments: This striking yellow warbler has an unmistakable black cap. It is more commonly found in western states, but it is occasionally sighted in Sharon. 

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Wilson's warbler

Observer: Josh Simons

Observation Date: 5/30/16

Observation Time: 11:50 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill area

Common Name: Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Comments: This guy went running through our yard this morning. We were initially concerned to see such a young bird on his own, but my bird app says that wood ducks leave the nest shortly after hatching.

‘sponsa’ means ‘bethrothed’, i.e. dressed for a wedding, from the bird’s attractive appearance” (Dictionary of American Bird Names, by Ernest Choate)

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