Reports from Boxborough Birders Trips

Mt. Auburn Cemetery
May 20, 2017
Clouds gave way to sun and warmed to low 50sF. Observations area included Indian Ridge Path, brief visit to Halcyon Lake returning to Indian Ridge Path and down to Auburn Lake, to the Dell, Washington Tower and Laurel Ave (Circle), Willow Pond and back to the main entrance. Highlights included 14 species of warbler, great horned owl (one dead, one alive), orchard oriole, veery, ravens. (full list)

Bolton Flats
May 11, 2017
Yesterday evening, seven of us walked Bolton Flats (off Route 117) and saw many yellow legs, greater and lesser. American Bitterns calling was a highlight, as were the Swamp
Sparrows and warblers. A magnificent sunset breaking below the cloud cover ended a short, but, very enjoyable walk. (full list)

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
April 29, 2017
Cloudy at first, gradually brightening. Very warm. We started by climbing the observation tower, where we sighted 2 Wood Ducks, a Beaver, and several Canada Geese. Then we took the Dike Trail to the Concord River, and turned left, walking .75 mi., returning by the same route. (full list)

Sargent Memorial Library & Hager Land
April 19, 2017
A cool (~ 40F), beautiful but relatively quiet morning with an exceptional number of Tree Swallows! We  did not see several anticipated species: no mourning doves; no Red-tailed Hawk; no Brown Creepers; only 1 White-breasted Nuthatch. (full list)

Long Lake Park
April 15, 2017
Sunny morning at ~ 39F at the start ~51F at the end. Nine of us started at the Queen Road entrance of Long Lake Park walking south on the trail uphill to the meadow just west of the cell tower, then west on the AT&T easement trail to the flooded section and returned to the Queen Road entrance following the trail bordering the Lake’s south shore. Northern harrier, fish crows, 3 species of warblers. (full list)

Rolling Meadows
March 29, 2017
We could hear the flights of several woodcocks. Ground calls were sparse and there were only a few visual flights. (full list)

Rolling Meadows
March 28, 2017
We braved the cold, wet rain in wait for Woodcocks and we were not disappointed. Despite a steady rain, and, 40F temps we had nice, if wet, views from the roadside at the entrance to Rolling Meadows. (full list)

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
March 25, 2017
Walked from the Visitor Center along Puffer Pond to the end of Winterberry Way and back to the Visitor Center. 7:30 to 9:30 overcast, 9:30 to 10:30 drizzling. 40 degrees. Great views of common mergansers, hooded mergansers and an early Eastern phoebe. (full list)

Sargent Memorial Library & Hager Land
March 18, 2017
Walked the west side of the Hager land and the back of the Blanchard Mem. Elem. school to better view the beaver pond. It was sunny and cold (~ 20F). Nice views of the Cooper’s Hawk and female Pileated Woodpecker. Pond behind school frozen; about 8-10 inches of crusted snow cover. (full list)