2015 Trip Reports

Boxborough Birder trips in 2015

Plum Island
December 13, 2015
Razorbills, Snow Buntings, Shovelers, Peregrine Falcon and more (full list)

Sarah Doublet Forest
November 14, 2015
Limited species, but, great Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned kinglet sightings. Hiked Sarah Doublet Dr. Ed Bell trail to AT&T easement to Charter to Fort Pond and back doing Wunnuhhew Loop. (full list)

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
November 7, 2015
A beautiful walk, with some birds. It was pretty breezy with significant wind
gusts (20+mph), sunny, 57F. Despite intense search, no Wood Ducks or Hooded
Mergansers seen! (full list)

Yapp Land
October 24, 2015
14 Hooded mergansers, 15 yellow-rumped warblers and a hermit thrush (full list)

Delaney WMA
October 17, 2015
Bald eagle, American pipits and stunning views of eastern bluebirds. (full list)

Jenks Land
October 12, 2015
Two Cooper’s hawks put on a show chasing each other and a crow. Three rusty blackbirds gave us a very good look. There were many warblers, especially palm warblers, and a quick glimpse of a black-throated green. Other sightings included blue-headed vireo, white-throated sparrow, and eastern towhee. (full list)

Rusty Blackbirds

Rusty Blackbirds at Jenks Land, October 12, 2015. Photo © by Susan Page.

Sargent Memorial Library
October 10, 2015
13 White-throated Sparrows and 15 Yellow-rumped Warblers (full list)

October 4, 2015
Full list

Great Meadows NWR
October 3, 2015
Osprey and spotted sandpiper (full list)

Yapp Land
September 26, 2015
After sighting 2 Redtail Hawks across the street, we had a lackluster walk through the Yapp Land woods and decided to walk back to the parking lot via the road. We stopped at the large meadow next to the lot and spent about an hour there.​ The highlight was a bald eagle. We saw several Bluebirds and House Finches and a Song Sparrow. Also Downy, Hairy, and Red-Bellied Woodpeckers. (full list)

Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge
September 20, 2015
Three from Boxborough Birders, and, joined by 3 Brookline Bird Club members for part of the walk. It was remarkably quiet, and, no warblers! While deficient on warblers, we had great looks at a few birds, especially the Solitary Sandpiper. (full list)

Delaney WMA
September 12, 2015
Watched an accipiter chasing birds when we met at Blanchard School to car pool (list). Delaney was very foggy, but eventually found pine warbler and black-and-white warbler in the woods (list).

Long Lake Park
September 7, 2015
Killdeer, least sandpiper and spotted sandpiper were on the mud flats at the end of the cove. Two osprey were flying over the lake. Other birds seen or heard included barred owl, brown creeper, flicker, house finch, rose-breasted grosbeak. (full list)

Blanchard School, Sargent Memorial Library and Hager Hill
August 29, 2015
Walked from library to pond view from behind Blanchard School, then followed trail abutting pond to end then returned on pump/well service road. Excellent views of Green Heron, but, did not see Pileated. Exchange with crows and 2 accipiters occurred at library in canopy in front of, and, behind library building. (full lists: Blanchard SchoolLibrary and Hager Hill)

August 27, 2015
One hour at Liberty Fields which proved a great location for seeing Common Nighthawks and 45 minutes at Steele Farm where there were no nighthawks but a stunning sunset and moon rise. (full lists: Liberty Fields, Steele Farm)

Steele Farm
June 13, 2015
Highlights: Yellow Warblers, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Waterthrush, and a pair of Bobolinks (full list)

Knox Trail
June 6, 2015
The osprey came and went for more than an hour, bringing a couple of fish but mostly sticks for adding to the nest. We saw two adults and there did not appear to be young ones yet. There were many swallows criss-crossing the pond, as well as chimney swifts. (full list)

Grassy Pond
May 23, 2015
Saturday’s walk at Grassy Pond was cold, but, superb
looks at the Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanger, and, a symphonic duet with
the Wood Thrush in the woods. (full list)

Great Meadows
May 17, 2015
Boxborough Birders with Peter Alden.  Evening walk. 76F, clear skies. Excellent view of yellow warbler; brief view of marsh wren (full list)

Mt. Hope Cemetery and Heath Hen Meadow
May 16, 2015
Nice view of a bluebird in the cemetery. Watched mallards, red-wings, and grackles from the bridge across the brook. Heard great crested flycatcher, rose-breasted grosbeak, yellowthroat, and ovenbird. (full lists: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Heath Hen Meadow)

Nagog Hill, Acton
May 9, 2015
A great show of warblers, with especially good looks at Nashville, Canada, Parula, Black-and-white, and Ovenbird. (full list)

Guggins Brook
May 2, 2015
Full list

George & Lucy Yapp Conservation Land, Littleton
April 25, 2015
Weather was sunny, cold at 37F, breezy. Highlights were the Pileated sighting, and, the intimate and prolonged interaction with the Palm Warblers (and, the YRWs). (full lists: Yapp Land, Cobb Pond)

Rolling Meadows
April 23, 2015
Woodcocks are alive and seemingly well at Rolling Meadows. I went for 10 minutes this evening and there are at least 2 males peenting and displaying their aerial talents. (full list)

Bolton Flats
April 19, 2015
We discovered a new and interesting area of Bolton Flats accessible going west on 117, past the parking area. Definitely worth a visit as we saw a Vesper Sparrow, a Field Sparrow and Kestrel. Bolton Flats was saturated in Green-winged Teal, 1 Pipit and more although no Glossy Ibis. (list 1, list 2)

Sargent Memorial Library & Hager Land, Boxborough
Sat Apr 18, 2015
Sunny day; upper 40s – upper 50s by end of walk; did NOT see the Phoebes on the bottom of the service road, and, did not see/hear the Kildeer at the school, nor did we see any raptors, specifically did not see the RT Hawk. (full list)

Delaney Wildlife Management Area
April 11, 2015
Highlights: 6 species of ducks, 2 osprey, and several hawks, including a kestrel that perched on tall post then flew over the field, hovering in place and diving to ground. (full list)

Assabet Rail Trail and Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
April 4, 2015
Highlights: Bald eagle, wood ducks, teal, merganser (full lists: Rail Trail, ARNWR)

Depot Station, Boxborough
March 28, 2015
With deep snow still on the ground and more snow coming down, six of us ventured briefly out to look at beaver pond where herons have nested in the past, but the pond was still almost entirely iced over. The brook flowing out of the pond was open though, and we saw wood ducks in the distance and heard red-winged blackbirds. (full list)

Intrepid Boxborough Birders in the snow. Photo by Rita Grossman.

Intrepid Boxborough Birders in the snow. Photo by Rita Grossman.