Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, 100-132 Prospect Hill Road, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
Apr 21, 2018 6:57 AM – 10:00 AM
Comments: BBC – Fruitlands Museum, Harvard – Leader: Rita Gibes Grossman – A crisp start at 36 F, sunny and brisk breeze at parking lot. Temps quickly rose to upper 40’s by walk’s end. 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. See individual species comments for more. A good representation from both the BBC and the Boxborough Birders (and Forbush – 4).
38 species (+4 other taxa)
duck sp. 2 Fly-over the woods.
Wild Turkey 4 Heard in the woods by the entire group; seen by a few members of the group on their arrival to the parking lot.
Great Blue Heron 1 Stunning in the morning sun; a fly-over the New Meadow.
Turkey Vulture 4 At least 4 distinct birds seen.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Buteo sp. 1 Several of us had a clear, but, brief sighting of this buteo soaring somewhat low over the canopy in the woods. There was great debate about which species. Most likely an immature broad-winged hawk or immature red-shouldered as the breast was pale with some rufous baring but not a clear belly band; fine banding of the tail with a white bar across the tip.
Mourning Dove 4 probably more.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 10 Unusual large gathering seen at the western edge of the New Meadow moving about the mid canopy of the trees at the border. This is also where the female kestrel was seen.
woodpecker sp. 2 Heard two distinct episodes of drumming from the woods when walking the Old Meadow and then again in the woods.