Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, 100-132 Prospect Hill Road, Worcester, Massachusetts, US
15-Jul-2023 07:00 – 09:50
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Sandy Oxley and Rita Grossman led this walk for BBC and the Boxborough Birders.  73F, cloudy and very humid at the start.  Sunny mid-walk to the end which made for backlit sightings for some birds.  In addition to the humidity, the “fog” of mosquitos escorting our walk was oppressive.  The highlight was the Brewster’s warbler sighting for some.
49 species
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Great Blue Heron  1    F-O
Turkey Vulture  1    F-O
Bald Eagle  2    Immature F-O at New Meadow.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  5
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  10    Perhaps more.  Seen mostly on the built campus and near/over parking lot and abutting field.
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  2
European Starling  52    Best estimate count.  Large flock gathered on the meadow below the office/restaurant and also large flock over New Meadow.
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
Eastern Bluebird  4
Veery  1
Wood Thrush  1
American Robin  15
Cedar Waxwing  5
House Sparrow  5
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  4
Chipping Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Baltimore Oriole  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Common Grackle  5
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  2
Yellow Warbler  2
Chestnut-sided Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  3
Scarlet Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  6    Heard just as entering Old Meadow just beyond main campus; one at trailhead as descending to trail to New Meadow.  One singing at New Meadow.  Two on northwest side of campus.  And one near the main Fruitlands building.
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