Saturday, September 18, 2010

Birding Great Meadows NWR, Concord, Ma

Howdee all,

 

Thursday, Kathie and I went birding.

Some of you may know Kathie from her blog.. Sycamore Canyon.

Since moving back to New England she started a new blog called  Kathie's Birds.

We met Kathie last year while in Arizona.

I knew this was a difficult move for Kathie as she had to leave her beloved Sycamore Canyon and her lovely birds.

I was getting over a bout with Vertigo..

So we went birding, and that always makes things better!

 

Here we are hanging out in the Homey.

I stole this phone photo from Kathie's facebook page…Thanks Katie!

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        Great Meadows NWR, Concord Unit

Great meadows with Kathie_002We started by walking up the observation tower…for and overview of the area..

Great meadows with Kathie_004 Kathie adding a few birds to her list.

Two female scarlet tanagers. 

Great meadows with Kathie_007 We walked the path between the meadow area.

Great meadows with Kathie_008  There is usually much more water here…the area was drained so that they could build a viewing platform. We were told they would be adding water in a week or two, which will help attract more birds.Great meadows with Kathie_025Because of low water levels, we didn't see as many birds as Jeff and I have seen here in the past.Great meadows with Kathie_026We did see three Great Blue heron.          Great Meadow_008See the one below hiding in the Lotus?Great Meadow_005A female Wood duck and a female Black Duck were hanging out together.Great Meadow_015 Acres of Lotus plants.Great Meadow_017   Great Meadow_031      There were several small patches of water…  Great Meadow_006    Great meadows with Kathie_029   Lots of wildflowers blooming..

Great meadows with Kathie_010    Savannah SparrowGreat Meadow_047 Can you see the Chimney Swifts?        Great Meadow_058 Cat tailGreat meadows with Kathie_015 Great meadows with Kathie_016 And many other unidentified wild flowers..Great meadows with Kathie_017 Great meadows with Kathie_018Great meadows with Kathie_022Milkweed seed heads  Great Meadow_013 We did a 1.7 mile loop around the meadow…

Stopping at the Concord River

Great meadows with Kathie_033  We thought we might see a Kingfisher…but didn't.Great meadows with Kathie_035   unidentified Turtle Great Meadow_053more beautiful wildflowers..  Great meadows with Kathie_044 We did see 22 species of birds and had a lovely walk.

It was great, just spending time together.Great meadows with Kathie_046 After birding, I took Kathie to Kimball Farms..Great meadows with Kathie_052 Where we had a lunch of ice cream…Coconut Almond Chip for me..Great meadows with Kathie_060Great meadows with Kathie_053This big boy hung out around the Picnic tables and greeted everyone.    Great meadows with Kathie_061 Isn't he handsome?Great meadows with Kathie_062

A Wonderful Day!

Welcome Back to New England Kathie!

Lets go Birding again!!!!

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Birds of the day

    Wood Duck      
     American Black Duck     
      Great Blue Heron     
     Turkey Vulture     
      Northern Harrier     
     Red-tailed Hawk     
     American Kestrel     
      Killdeer     
     Chimney Swift     
      Downy Woodpecker     
     Hairy Woodpecker     
      Blue Jay     
      American Crow     
      Northern Rough-winged Swallow     
      Black-capped Chickadee     
      Tufted Titmouse     
      White-breasted Nuthatch     
     Black-and-white Warbler     
     Savannah Sparrow     
      Scarlet Tanager     
      Red-winged Blackbird     
      American Goldfinch

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Kimball Farms 
Cooper's Hawk
 hawk sp.
 Common Nighthawk
 Chimney Swift
 Blue Jay
 American Crow
 American Goldfinch
 House Sparrow

7 comments:

Gaelyn said...

So glad the two of you got to go birding again.

eileeninmd said...

Great post and it is wonderful you and Kathie got together for a day of birding. It looks like you both had a nice day.

Ruth said...

A Scarlet Tanager is on my wish list. What a beautiful birding area.

forestal said...

looks like a wonderful day spent. Hope the vertigo is gone by now

Kerri said...

Oh what FUN!!!

Julie G. said...

Looks and sounds like you spent a lovely day together. Your photographs are beautiful! A very enjoyable blog post to view.

dAwN said...

Howdee all,
Kathie and I had a great time..
It was just fun being together..the birds were a bonus.
Thanks for all your comments..

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