2018 Trip Reports

Reports from 2018 Boxborough Birders Trips

Plum Island
November 12, 2018
We had a great morning. The highlight was the American Bittern that we had exceptional views of! We also had some excellent looks at two Peregrine Falcons, four Northern Harriers, and one Rough-legged Hawk, among many other birds. Plum Island was a bit breezy but it was a gorgeous late fall day. (full list)

Delaney WMA

October 28, 2018
A very enjoyable Sunday afternoon at Delaney. Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Rusty Blackbird, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warbler (full list

Barrett’s Mill
October 6, 2018
We had a few challenges (noisy tractor plowing the field!) but we did very well with some great birds, due to some very sharp eyes: northern parula, palm warbler, American redstart, yellow-rumped warbler, savannah sparrow, blue-headed and red-eyed vireos. (full list)

Yapp Conservation Land
September 29, 2018
Chilly start but warmed up with the sun. Had a good view of a palm warbler, and heard a pine warbler and a kingfisher. (full list)

Fruitlands Museum
September 22, 2018
A “micro drop” of warblers at the edge of the woods and Old Meadow. Overall, a very enjoyable morning despite the challenges of fall birding in heavy foliage and breezy conditions. Did not see many of the usual species this morning. (full list)

Cisco, Boxborough
September 2, 2018
A remarkably quiet, beautiful morning with minimal activity. Nice sighting of a Green Heron flyover. (full list)

Fruitlands Museum
July 14, 2018
Excellent sightings of the Indigo Buntings. Blue-winged Warbler seen on lower campus near the Fruitland’s Farmhouse (full list)

Fruitlands Museum
June 23, 2018
Luckily, the rain held off and we had some great views of Veeries, Indigo Buntings, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, and Pine Warblers, among other birds. Some surprising birds we didn’t hear or see—scarlet tanager, great crested flycatcher, bluebirds. (full list)

Knox Trail
June 16, 2018
Osprey are nesting again on the tower, but brought no food to the nest, so the eggs probably have not hatched yet. We also had a good view of a red-winged blackbird nest with one young in the process of fledging. An accipiter flew over the pond carrying something it had caught. (full list)

Great Meadows
June 3, 2018
Chilly, late afternoon. One of the highlights was watching 5 different Osprey fishing. First one and later on 2 pairs fishing together, or at least in tandem. Also, lots of Herons. Some were very handsome and posed beautifully on nesting boxes. Also, the Oriole’s nest was visible, pretty close to the parking lot on the Dike Trail. And we saw a female Wood Duck swimming w. 4 ducklings. (full list & photos)

Bolton Flats
June 2, 2018
70 degrees to start, muggy and with much sun. The paths are overgrown and the grass and weeds quite high. Much breeding activity in evidence, carrying of food and nesting material. The bird of the day was definitely the Willow Flycatcher: we heard and saw many that morning, everywhere we went. (full list)

Steele Farm
May 26, 2018
There were at least two pairs of bobolinks in the field, though at times it seemed as if there might be more. A purple finch sang from the top of one of the spruces. Nice views of a male oriole and a male yellowthroat as well. (full list)

Mt. Auburn Cemetery
May 20, 2018
Loop including Indian Ridge, Halcyon Lake (south side), Auburn Lake (east side), the Dell, Mountain Ave and the Tower, Laurel Ave and Willow Pond. 16 species of warbler sighted. (full list)

Fruitlands Museum
May 19, 2018
Despite some good sightings (including veery, nesting brown creepers, and 10 species of warblers), overall quiet and did not see or hear any woodpeckers other than the one very vocal RBWP by the Fruitlands Farm House nor did we hear/see any Black-throated Green or Black-throated Blue Warblers. (full list)

Newtown Hill
April 28, 2018
We had a foggy start to the walk yesterday at Newtown Hill in Littleton, but the clouds were starting to lift by the time we got to the top of the hill so there was a bit of a view. There were two great blue herons at the pond, some watchful Canada geese, and lots of red-winged blackbirds and grackles. We also had a brief but close encounter with a Cooper’s Hawk that flew across the field and flew right over us. (full list)

Fruitlands Museum
April 21, 2018
From the parking lot, did the upper part of loop trail past the Pergolas and Garden House sites to the meadow then returned to do the orange loop through the woods (past Willard Farm Site) and returned to the parking area on the lower loop. Unusually large gathering of flickers. Especially good views of kestrel, hermit thrush and pine warbler. (full list)

Hager Land
April 15, 2018
Walked some of the Hager Land, but specifically focused on the west pond and were treated to morning avian drama. Of the two heron nests remaining from last year’s heronry (3 successful nests), one’s been claimed by a pair of Osprey and one by a pair of Great Blue Herons. The Osprey and Great Blue Herons are not pleased, and, were harassing each other with the Osprey seeming to be the aggressors. (full list)

Barrett’s Mill Farmland
April 14, 2018
Walked the perimeter of the Barrett’s Mill Farmland conservation area in Concord. It was a beautiful, sunny morning. We really got the best part of the day as it turned out as it became cloudy and significantly colder as the day went along. It was fairly quiet there but we had some good views of several species, including field sparrow, pine warbler, bluebird and mocking bird. (full list)

Jenks Land
April 13, 2018
Warm evening. Spring peepers were singing loudly. Not as many woodcock as usual. Heard at least one, probably two males performing courtship display. First “peenting” about 7:35; first flight about 7:55pm. Also saw a muskrat and heard a beaver slap its tail. (full list)

Sargent Memorial Library & Hager Land
April 8, 2018
Walked the periphery past the east wetland, around the north end of the drumlin and along the shore of the west pond to the back of the elementary school for better viewing of the pond and ended at the library parking lot. Cold! Two nests remaining from last year’s heronry of 4 nests (3 active in 2017) with no evidence of nesting. (full list)