Monday, July 1, 2013

Looking Back: 2Q2013

New Butterflies:
  1. Checkered White (AZ)
  2. Frosted Elfin
  3. Mormon Metal-Mark (AZ)
  4. Northern Cloudywing
  5. Northern White-Skipper (AZ)
  6. Red-Spotted Purple
  7. Spicebush Swallowtail
  8. Western Tiger Swallowtail (AZ)
  9. White Checkered-Skipper (AZ)
  10. Wild Indigo Duskywing

Favorite new Massachusetts butterfly:  Red-Spotted Purple

New Places:

Auburn Bird Banding Project, Auburn, MA
Great Meadow, Arlington, MA
Lamson Road, Foxboro, MA
Pine Hill - Lancaster, MA
Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Groton, MA
Quincy Salt Pannes, Quincy, MA
Stainton Wildlife Refuge, Ocean City, NJ
Waters and Weir Field, Framingham, MA

Biggest Surprise:

Hands down, my biggest surprise this quarter was the mink that popped up out of the water right next to me at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary, complete with a huge catfish between its jaws.

Favorite Photos:

New Birds:
  1. American Bittern (call only - not seen)
  2. American Pipit 
  3. American Redstart
  4. Atlantic Puffin 
  5. Barred Owl
  6. Black-Billed Cuckoo (call only - not seen)
  7. Black-Legged Kittiwake 
  8. Black-Throated Blue Warbler
  9. Blackpoll Warbler
  10. Black Phoebe
  11. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
  12. Blue-Headed Vireo
  13. Blue-Winged Teal
  14. Boat-Tailed Grackle
  15. Bobolink
  16. Bonaparte's Gull 
  17. Bridled Titmouse
  18. Caspian Tern
  19. Chimney Sweep 
  20. Dovekie 
  21. Dunlin
  22. Eastern Whip-poor-will (call only)
  23. Glossy Ibis
  24. Great Cormorant 
  25. Greater Scaup 
  26. Harlequin Duck 
  27. Hooded Warbler
  28. Horned Grebe 
  29. Iceland Gull
  30. Ipswich Savannah Sparrow 
  31. Lesser Yellowlegs
  32. Long-Tailed Duck     
  33. Northern Gannet 
  34. Northern Shoveler
  35. Northern Shrike 
  36. Northern Waterthrush
  37. Orchard Oriole
  38. Pectoral Sandpiper 
  39. Pine Grosbeak 
  40. Prairie Warbler
  41. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
  42. Ruffed Grouse
  43. Sharp-Shinned Hawk 
  44. Snow Bunting 
  45. Snow Goose         
  46. Snowy Egret  
  47. Spotted Towhee
  48. Surf Scoter 
  49. Veery
  50. Virginia Rail 
  51. Warbling Vireo
  52. White-Crowned Sparrow
  53. White-Faced Ibis
  54. Willet               
  55. Wilson's Snipe 
  56. Wilson's Warbler
  57. Yellow Warbler
My bird list to date for 2013 stands at 172, with 52 new birds added to my life list!

My yard list for 2013 has grown to 32.  A Rose-Breasted Grosbeak was a new addition to my yard list and my life list.  A double whammy!

My favorite bird of 2Q2013 is:   Yellow Warbler!

After never having seen one before, I was surprised to keep seeing this sweet little warbler everywhere I went.....Great Meadows NWR, Bolton Flats, Sudbury Reservoir Trail, Auburn Bird Banding Project (but not one of the banded bunch)...and I even saw one building her nest!   I hope I never get bored with this bright little yellow beauty!


  1. Beautiful pictures. I hope you manage to see as much in the second half of 2013!