Migration may be over, but I had a whopper of a list after birding this morning. 60 species! Most of these birds can be found along our walking trails (a few hints are below if you want to come and have a look). I’ll admit the ducks were not on the Pond trail. I’ll also admit that the Bobolink was at a large, grassy meadow owned by Norcross in Monson, where I went to see them and hoped to see an Eastern Meadowlark. Unfortunately, there was no Meadowlark but I did learn a wonderful useless fact of the day: The latin for Eastern Meadowlark is Sturnella magna, which means “large little starling” and I hope that is on Jeopardy tonight!
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture (look up)
American Woodcock (be observant in the Pine Barrens and also near the Visitors’ Center)
*A note on the Cuckoos this year…Cuckoos like caterpillars, and we have plenty of gypsy moth caterpillars for them to eat. Cuckoos are also called “rain crows” by some, and are said to call before showers. Between the gypsys and the weather, no wonder we’ve seen them both!
Barred Owl (listen, especially as the train goes through Monson. We can hear the whistle it all the way up here and often it gets the owls hooting)
Eastern Phoebe (over the front door)
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Bluebird (best spot for viewing is in front of the Trailside Museum)
Northern Parula (good luck)
American Redstart (everywhere)
Louisiana Waterthrush (lower trail)
Common Yellowthroat (Pine Barrens)
Indigo Bunting (Pine Barrens)
House Sparrow (sorry)