Wild Turkey – 7/14/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/14/21 Observation Time: 2:45 p.m. Observation Location: my back yard (4 Gavins Pond Rd.) Common Name: Wild Turkey Scientific Name: Meleagris gallopavo Comments: I photographed this hen and her chicks out my bedroom window. More Information: All About Birds

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House wren – 7/6/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7-6-21 Observation Time: 12:50 p.m. Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Rd. Common Name: House Wren Scientific Name: Troglodytes aedon Comments: House wrens often fill bluebird nesting boxes chock full of twigs, presumably to prevent other birds from nesting in their territory. This year a pair of house wrens raised their chicks in a bird house we placed on the back deck. We watched […]

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Common Green Bottle Fly – 7/5/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/5/21 Observation Time: 2:20 p.m. Observation Location: Maskwonicut St. (on the bridge over Beaver Brook) Common Name: Common Green Bottle Fly Scientific Name: Lucilia sericata Comments: The common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) is a blowfly found in most areas of the world and is the most well-known of the numerous green bottle fly species. Its body is slightly larger than a […]

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Mexican Grass Carrying Wasp – 7/5/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/5/21 Observation Time: 2:15 p.m. Observation Location: Maskwonicut St. (on the bridge over Beaver Brook) Common Name: Mexican Grass-carrying Wasp Scientific Name: Isodontia mexicana Comments: Isodontia mexicana is mainly found throughout North America, but has become established in Europe, primarily France, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, and Spain. These wasps build their nests in hollowed branches or in other natural cavities, often […]

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Grapeleaf Skeletonizer Moth – 7/5/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/5/21 Observation Time: 2:10 p.m. Observation Location: Maskwonicut St. bridge over Beaver Brook Common Name: Grapeleaf skeletonizer moth Scientific Name: Harrisina americana Comments: Grapevine skeletonizer moth larvae feed on grape leaves (hence the name) and Virginia creeper leaves. Adults live only a few days. Note the feathery antennae, which are characteristic of moths. More Information: Wikipedia

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Great Golden Digger Wasp – 7/5/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/5/21 Observation Time: 2:10 p.m. Observation Location: Maskwonicut St. (on the bridge over Beaver Brook) Common Name: Great Golden Digger Wasp Scientific Name: Sphex ichnumoneus Comments: Sphex ichnumoneus is a species of solitary wasp, commonly known as the Great Golden Digger Wasp. This large and colorful wasp can frequently be found nectaring at flowers in late summer and fall. It makes burrows in […]

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Long-legged Fly – 7/5/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/5/21 Observation Time: 2:00 p.m. Observation Location: Maskwonicut St. near Beaver Brook Common Name: Long-legged fly Scientific Name: Condylostylus patibulatus Comments: Metallic green long-legged flies are typically found near water. I encountered this one hopping from leaf to leaf on vegetation growing on the bridge over Beaver Brook. Adult flies are predaceous on mites, aphids, booklice,  thrips, flies, silverfish, small […]

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 7/3/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 7/3/21 Observation Time: 2:00 p.m. Observation Location: 4 Gavins Pond Rd. 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. When they migrate north in spring, they fly several hundred miles across the Gulf of Mexico. They arrive in Massachusetts in late April. […]

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Monarch Butterfly – 6/24/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/24/21 Observation Time: 2:50 p.m. Observation Place: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR) Common Name: Monarch Butterfly Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus Comments: Monarchs make an epic, multi-generational migration. Check it out at the link below. More Information: National Geographic

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Spicebush Swallowtail – 6/24/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/24/21 Observation Time: 12:55 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon (Billings Loop near the barn) Common Name: Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly Scientific Name: Papilio troilus Comments: This spicebush swallowtail butterfly was observed feeding on milkweed flowers. Note that spicebush swallowtail butterflies are quite similar to black swallowtail butterflies. Spicebush swallowtails have a marking that looks like a comet among the row […]

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Tiger Swallowtail – 6/24/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 6/24/21 Observation Time: 2:35 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Farm (TTOR) Common Name: Tiger Swallowtail butterfly Scientific Name: Papilio glaucus Comments: This striking, large butterfly is fairly common in Sharon. More Information: Butterflies and Moths of North America

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Osprey – 5/23/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/23/21 Observation Time: 9:00 a.m. Observation Location: tall cell tower by the composting area at the end of Farnham Road Common Name: Osprey Scientific Name: Pandion haliaetus Comments: A pair of ospreys built a nest atop the tall cell tower by the composting area at the end of Farnham Road. More Information: All About Birds

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Killdeer – 5/22/21

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 5/22/21 Observation Time: noon Observation Location: composting area at the end of Farnham Road Common Name: Killdeer Scientific Name: Charadrius vociferus Comments: This “freshwater sandpiper” makes a piercing cry, which explains its species name “vociferus“. This species is one of the least water-associated of all shorebirds. Note the red rings around its large eyes. More Information: All About Birds

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Red Crossbill – 4/4/21

Observer: Josh Simons Observation Date: 4/4/21 Observation Time: 3:45 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Common Name: Red Crossbill Scientific Name: Loxia curvirostra Comments: I wish I could claim some special birding or photography skill but three red crossbills flew literally right over my head and into a tree a few feet above me, and then jumped over to a nearby branch to get some water. There is […]

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Globular Springtail – 4/4/21

Observer: Gaurav Shah Observation Date: 4/4/21 Observation Time: 2:00 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Globular Springtail Scientific Name: Sminthuridas malmgreni Comments: This is the first report of a globular springtail on Bugguide.net or iNaturalist anywhere in the USA. However, globular springtails are not uncommon. Check out this fascinating Youtube, and find out why they are called “springtails”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu01EUeE5PM More information: Bugguide.net

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Water Beetle – 4/4/21

Observer: Gaurav Shah Observation Date: 4/4/21 Observation Time: 2:00 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary Common Name: Water Beetle Scientific Name: tribe Hyphydrini, subfamily Hydroporinae, family Dytiscidae Comments: This is the first BugGuide.net report of this tribe and genus in Massachusetts. More information: BugGuide.net and Wikipedia

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Wood Duck – 3/31/21

Observer: Josh Simons Observation Date: 3/31/21 Observation Time: 11:00 AM Observation Location: Moose Hill area Common Name: Wood duck Scientific Name: Aix sponsa Comment: “sponsa” means “betrothed” — dressed for a wedding – a comment on the beauty of the male plumage. More Information: All About Birds

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Wolf Spider – 4/1/21

Observer: Josh Simons Observation Date: 3/26/21 Observation Time: 4:30 p.m. Observation Place: Moose Hill area Common Name: Wolf spider Scientific Name: Gladicosa gulosa Comments: I would have been happier finding this wolf spider outside rather than in our mudroom. I captured it and deposited it outside — before reading that some wolf spiders can be aggressive towards humans, that their bite can take a few weeks to […]

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Fisher – 2/26/21

Observer: Kurt Buermann Observation Date: 2/26/21 Observation Time: 7:43 p.m. Observation Location: Furnace St. Common Name: Fisher Scientific Name: Martes pennanti Comments: Kurt Buermann mounted a motion-activated animal cam in his yard and got this video of a fisher: https://youtu.be/FbpcRP6W3D8m. Fishers are omnivorous. You can see the fisher eating raisins near the end of the video. Fishers are sometimes referred to as fisher cats, but they […]

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Pine Warbler – 12/30/20

Observer: Josh Simons Observation Date: 12/30/20 Observation Time: 1:30 p.m. Observation Location: Moose Hill area Common Name: Pine Warbler Scientific Name: Setophaga pinus Comments: Pine warblers are typically found in pine groves. Many warbler species migrate through Sharon in May on their way to nesting areas farther north, but pine warblers nest here in Sharon, and can be found here all summer. Although they typically migrate south in winter, some of […]

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Dark-eyed Junco – 12/18/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 12/18/20 Observation Time: 8:35 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Rd. (our back yard) Common Name: Dark-eyed Junco Scientific Name: Junco hyemalis Comments: Juncos are a type of sparrow commonly seen around Sharon in winter. They head north in spring and don’t return until fall. More Information: Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”

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Northern Cardinal – 12/18/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 12/18/20 Observation Time: 8:30 a.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Rd. (our back yard) Common Name: Northern Cardinal (female) 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 male is bright red and the female is mostly tan. […]

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Springtails – 11/29/20

Observer: Kurt Buermann Observation Date: 11/29/20 Observation Time: 10:00 a.m. Observation Location: 45 Furnace St. Common Name: Globular Springtails Scientific Name: Sminthuridae Comments: I have often seen these brown dots floating in water, ponds or birdbaths. Today I got really curious. With the naked eye they seem like some sort of pollen. If you scoop a few onto your finger tip they jump off so they are […]

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Northern Cardinal – 11/27/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 11/27/20 Observation Time: 12:30 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Rd. (my back yard) Common Name: Northern 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 male is bright red and the female is mostly tan. More […]

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Tufted Titmouse – 11/27/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein Observation Date: 11/27/20 Observation Time: 12:20 p.m. Observation Location: Gavins Pond Rd. (my back yard) Common Name: Tufted Titmouse Scientific Name: Baeolophus bicolor Comments: Tufted titmice are abundant in Sharon. They are often encountered in the company of chickadees. More Information: All About Birds

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