Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tree Swallows (already!) and Fox Sparrows

Charles River Peninsula, Needham, MA

A quintessential mid-March morning at the Charles River Peninsula. I was on the lookout for tree swallows (already reported in other MA locations) and there they were floating over the field (not checking out house boxes yet). While I was looking up for more swallows, three woodcocks flew by. At least four flybys from wood duck pairs. And I heard a brief snippet of fox sparrow song and there they were scratching in the leaves. Even got a bit of footage:

[UPDATE: Here's a lovely taste of fox sparrow song, partially obscured by a noisy crow]
The great blue herons are thoroughly back, one roosting in a pine tree, another hanging out in the usual place in red-wing bay.
And I saw a lovely red fox at the CRP for the first time in a couple of years.

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