Birding Arlington

October 5, 2009

A New Day in the Field

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I was down by the Res today and saw a few interesting birds. I must admit I was not able to ID the water birds to species. Some ducks but that was as far as I was able to get with them. There were also plenty of geese hanging around, as usual. They were enjoying the kiddie swimming beach that they now have all to themselves. These same geese did try to get on the beach in the summer but were limited to after hours visits. Some nights or early mornings they would be there, sometimes not. Now they spend a lot of time there.

Walking around the edge of the trail that loops around Busa farm and the water I also spied a woodpecker. It looked like it could have been a Red Headed, Melanerpes erythrocephalus.

It also was quite a pleasant day. Early fall coolness, a bit a blustery wind kicking up now and again and that fall kind of crispness that makes me think of pumpkin pie.


October 2, 2009

Autumn, Migration

Filed under: Walks — by donbh @ 4:11 pm
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The leaves are just beginning to change here, forest stands have some nice colors around their edges. I think it will be a wondrous fall here in New England. The summer was cool and wet. The trees love to grow in that type of summer so they should be primed to have a showy fall with all the nutrients that have been provided into the leaves.

As for the birds I do not have much to say. I was out in the woods twice in the last week but they were as much mental health walks as bird walks. Many things have left the area and I suspect there are those few northern things that spend the winter here starting to arrive. October is a month of lots of movement for the migrants, even though many get a start or even finish in September.

September 27, 2009

Word Up!

Filed under: Bin — by donbh @ 2:57 pm
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This is my new blog about birding in and around Arlington, MA. I will be checking in here with reports and field trip news as I am able to both get out and write. There are plenty of good spots around here for birding, so that will not be a limitation! Time is the bigger problem.

One of the things I am working hard at in my birding is to get better at birding by ear. The good thing I like about this is I can be riding in my car, listening to calls and the explanations. This means I don’t have to always get out in the field to be able to build up my birding skills.

My hope is to get out in the field next week. There is not a lot of stuff going on here since it is early fall but it is never a bad idea to be outside.

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