|Birding at Horn Pond
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Saturday, September 27th
Horn Pond Conservation Area, Woburn.
We will take a 1/2 day walk, exploring the varied habitats of the Horn
Pond Conservation Area. The first half of the walk will focus on the
main pond, accompanying lagoons and marsh areas in search of migrating
fall warblers and sparrows. The second half will focus on Horn Pond
Mountain (~254 ft) in search of Eastern Bluebird, Field Sparrow, Indigo
Bunting and Eastern Towhee. The second half has terrain that may be
uneven with muddy areas possible. This trip is co-sponsored with the
Brookline Bird Club (BBC), the Menotomy Bird Club and Woburn Residents
Environmental Network (WREN).
Meeting Place: The end of Sturgis Street at the
intersection of Water Street & the Woburn Parkway
The varying habitats within the Horn Pond Conservation Area make for an ideal birding experience. Below is a brief description to indicate a sampling of the areas and bird sightings. |
In and around the main pond, accompanying lagoons and marsh areas you will find ample opportunity to find birds. Search the waters edge for Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, or Wood Duck. Listen for the distinctive rattle along the water for the Belted Kingfisher (right) as they search for fish. Or spend time scoping the open ponds for Loons or ducks such as the Blue Winged Teal, Green Winged Teal, American Widgeon, Red-breasted Mergansers or Hooded Mergansers.
Horn Pond Mountain and the power lines leading to it provide an ideal spot in late Spring to search for Eastern Bluebird (left), Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Indigo Bunting, and Eastern Towhee. These birds can be found in the open, secondary growth created by the constant cutting and regrowth. The mature deciduous woods provide a great location for Downey Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and most recently Red Headed Woodpecker.
Spring migration is an especially magical time at Horn Pond, as mixed flocks of wood warblers travel through the area. Throughout the conservation area and especially along the back trails near the lagoon and Community Gardens you can find mixed flocks of Palm Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler (right), Northern Parula, Magnolia, and Black and White Warbler.
Fall time at the Community Gardens is one of the premier locations in the area for the many species of sparrows. As wintertime approaches the adventurous can always find an unexpected surprise: owls in the pines, snow bunting on Horn Pond Mountain, or common redpoll along the trails among others.
Photos on this page provided courtesy of Eric Smith, Waltham from the Menotomy Bird Club.
On Sunday evening, June 12th a group of 21 birders for WREN of varying birding experience enjoyed a trip to Horn Pond Mountain and the Burnt Out Hill. Among the 44 species seen or heard - highlights for the trip were: Blue Winged Warbler (fleeting glimpses), Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Baltimore Orioles chicks in the nest, Eastern Towhee, Black Crowned Nightheron, Common Nighthawks, and Chipping Sparrow. Many of the highlights were perched long enough for perfect scope viewing. |
Double Crested Cormorant
Black- Crowned Night-heron
Northern Flicker (Heard)
Eastern Wood-peewee (Heard)
Great Crested Flycatcher (Heard)
White Breasted nuthatch
Brown Thrasher (Heard)
Northern Cardinal (Heard)
Indigo Bunting (poorly lit - probable)
Red Winged Blackbird
Brown Headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole (Jack Wright coming up the hill)
Diana Fruguglietti and Paul Ippolito of Woburn co-led their 3rd WREN Bird
Walk at the Horn Pond Conservation Area. |
The group met at 4:30pm at Ice House Park on Sturgis Street.
For information about future walks email us at: WRENmail@yahoo.com
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