Sightings – 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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 10/11/09

Observation Time: 4:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Comments: Brilliantly marked wood ducks are among our most beautiful birds (which is saying a lot), but they are easily spooked, so it’s hard to get close enough for a good photo.

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Wood Duck

Observer: Ilan Fisher

Observation Date: 5/1/09

Observation Location: Beside the school admin building on School St.

Common Name: Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Comments: Yes, these ducks actually roost in trees! They nest in cavities in large trees.

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Wood Duck

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/28/14

Observation Time: 4:50 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Comments: Wood ducks are often seen in Gavins Pond in the fall. They are quite shy, so getting close enough to get a good photo of these spectacular ducks is a challenge. Note that the female has drab plummage compared to the gaudy drake.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 9/30/11

Observation Time: 4:30 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Comments: Wood ducks have spectacular plumage, but they are very shy and difficult to approach, so it is a real challenge to get a good photo.

This flock of wood ducks (there were at least a dozen, of which three are visible in the photo) showed up at Gavins Pond on September 30. Although I walk there daily, I have not seen them since then. Perhaps they were migrating through Sharon that day.

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Wood Duck

Observer: Jeff Rose

Observation Date: 3/10/18

Observation Time: 8:00 AM

Observation Location: 302 Mansfield Street, Sharon, MA

Common Name: Wood duck (drake)

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Comment: Male ducks are referred to as drakes.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 10/19/12

Observation Time: 2:05 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond

Common Name: Wood Duck

Scientific Name: Aix sponsa

Comments: These skittish ducks have spectacular plumage. Unlike most other ducks, they have sharp claws for perching in trees.

Wood Duck populations increased between 1966 and 2015 according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. This is good news considering their dramatic declines in the late 19th century. Wood Ducks can be found throughout the year in the U.S., with some individuals breeding in Canada, and some wintering in Mexico.

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Wood Ducks

Wood Ducks

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/14/14

Observation Time: 12:00 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Wood thrush

Scientific Name: Hylocichla mustelina

Comments: The “Ee-oh-lay” song of the wood thrush has a melodic quality.

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Wood Thrush

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/27/14

Observation Time: 6:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Wood thrush

Scientific Name: Hylocichla mustelina

Comments: This wood thrush was spotted on its nest.

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Wood Thrush

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/15/15

Observation Time: 12:40 p.m.

Observation Location: woods beyond Everett Street

Common Name: Worm-eating Warbler

Scientific Name: Helmitheros vermivorum

Comments: The worm-eating warbler is so-named because it eats caterpillars. It overwinters in Central America and Caribbean islands.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/25/18

Observation Time: 7:30 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Worm-eating Warbler

Scientific Name: Helmitheros vermivorum

Comments: The worm-eating warbler is so-named because it eats caterpillars. It overwinters in Central America and Caribbean islands.

Unlike most other warbler species that pass through Sharon on their spring and fall migrations to and from their breeding areas farther north, worm-eating warblers only migrate as far north as Massachusetts, where they nest and rear their young.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/11/18

Observation Time: 1:40 p.m.

Observation Location: meadow at Morse and Lakeview

Common Name: Yellow warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga petechia

Comments: The yellow warbler has a song that sounds like, “sweet-sweet-sweet little more sweet.” It is typically found near wetlands.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/19/14

Observation Time: 12:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond Road

Common Name: Yellow warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga petechia

Comments: The yellow warbler has a song that sounds like, “sweet-sweet-sweet
little more sweet.” It is typically found near wetlands.

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Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

 

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/23/18

Observation Time: 11:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR)

Common Name: Yellow Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga petechia

Comments: Yellow warblers are typically found near wetlands. Learn to recognize their “sweet-sweet-sweet-little-more-sweet” song, and you’ll detect these bright yellow birds often in Sharon.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 6/2/19

Observation Time: 4:00 p.m.

Observation Location: in the wetlands beneath the power lines across the street from Ward’s Berry Farm

Common Name: Yellow warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga petechia

Comments: The yellow warbler has a song that sounds like, “sweet-sweet-sweet little more sweet.” It is typically found near wetlands.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/23/16

Observation Time: 6:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Scientific Name: Coccyzus americanus

Comments: I heard this yellow-billed cuckoo’s “kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk-kuk-cowp-cowp-cowp” before I 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.

The photo quality is poor because the bird was high in a distant tree, and flew away before I could get closer for a better shot.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/28/16

Observation Time: 6:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Yellow-rumped Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga coronata

Comments: Yellow-rumped warblers arrived at Moose Hill toward the end of April in 2016.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/11/19

Observation Time: 7:45 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Yellow-rumped Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga coronata

Comments: The western sub-species of yellow-rumped warbler has a bright yellow throat. The eastern sub-species, also known as a myrtle warbler, has a white throat.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/13/14

Observation Time: 1:40 p.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Yellow-rumped Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga coronata

Comments: Colorful woodland warblers such as this yellow-rumped warbler are often observed at Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary in the early morning in May as they migrate through Sharon to breeding grounds farther north.

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Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/13/15

Observation Time: 11:25 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Yellow-rumped Warbler

Scientific Name: Setophaga coronata

Comments: I got these photos standing underneath a flowering crabapple tree. The blossoms attracted insects, which in turn attracted insectivorous warblers that needed fuel to continue their migration.

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