Archive for May, 2014

May 1, 2014 – baby Downy Woodpecker at Post 101


Notes for today: First lillypads in the water at Little Fresh Pond, south end.

Book of the day: The Flight of the Iguana: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature From the award-winning author of The Song of the Dodo comes a collection of essays in which various weird and wonderful aspects of nature are examined. This book contains tales of vegetarian piranha fish, voiceless dogs, and a scientific search for the genes that threaten to destroy the cheetah.

Weather: today

Video of the day: Periodic Videos

April 13, 2014 – bird stories


Notes for today: AB reports Peregrine Falcon, yesterday, sitting on reservoir fence at the Weir Meadow, opposite the Wavy Bench. Northern Mockingbird that has been sitting on a Kingsley Park lamppost all winter is still missing.

Link of the day: Crows Understand a Fundamental Part of Logical Reasoning

Book of the day: The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner On a desert island in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago, where Darwin received his first inklings of the theory of evolution, two scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant, have spent twenty years proving that Darwin did not know the strength of his own theory. For among the finches of Daphne Major, natural selection is neither rare nor slow: it is taking place by the hour, and we can watch. In this dramatic story of groundbreaking scientific research, Jonathan Weiner follows these scientists as they watch Darwin’s finches and come up with a new understanding of life itself. The Beak of the Finch is an elegantly written and compelling masterpiece of theory and explication in the tradition of Stephen Jay Gould.

Weather: April 13, 2014.

Video of the day:

April 1, 2010 – Birds seen at Fresh Pond Reservation

All the birds listed here have been seen at Fresh Pond Reservation at least once.

CLICK the common name of a bird and view the Cornell Lab of Ornithology web page about that bird. CLICK the Latin name, in parenthesis, and see the Wikipedia page for that bird. CLICK the Photos/Videos link and see photos and videos of that bird taken at Fresh Pond Reservation. CLICK Google and see pictures of that bird. CLICK the BirdCam link and see, typically, a live nest camera!

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) Photos/Videos Google

American Coot

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel

American Redstart

American Robin

American Tree Sparrow

American Wigeon

American Woodcock

Bald Eagle

Baltimore Oriole

Barn Swallow

Belted Kingfisher

Black Scoter

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-crowned Night Heron

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Blue Jay

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-headed Vireo


Broad-winged Hawk

Brown Creeper

Brown-headed Cowbird


Canada Goose

Canada Warbler


Cape May Warbler

Carolina Wren

Cedar Waxwing

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chimney Swift

Chipping Sparrow

Common Goldeneye

Common Grackle

Common Loon

Common Merganser

Common Redpoll

Common Yellowthroat

Cooper’s Hawk

Dark-eyed Junco


Double-crested Cormorant

Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Eurasian Wigeon

Field Sparrow

Fish Crow

Fox Sparrow


Golden-crowned Kinglet

Gray Catbird

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Blue Heron
(Anas rubripes)
Bird Cam

Great Cormorant

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Horned Owl

Greater Scaup

Green Heron

Hairy Woodpecker

Hermit Thrush

Herring Gull

Hooded Merganser

Horned Grebe

House Finch

House Sparrow

House Wren


Lesser Scaup

Long-tailed Duck

Magnolia Warbler


Mourning Dove

Mourning Warbler

Mute Swan

Nashbille Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Parula

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Waterthrush

Orchard Oriole



Palm Warbler

Peregrine Falcon

Philadelphia Vireo

Pied-billed Grebe

Pine Warbler

Purple Finch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-tailed Hawk
(Buteo jamaicensis)
Bird Cam

Red-throated Loon

Red-winged Blackbird


Ring-billed Gull

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rock Pigeon

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruddy Duck

Savannah Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swanson’s Thrush

Tree Swallow

Tufted Titmouse

Turkey Vulture


Warbling Vireo

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-winged Scoter

Wild Turkey

Willow Flycatcher

Wilson’s Warbler

Winter Wren

Wood Duck

Wood Thrush

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-billed Cuckoo
(Coccycus americanus)
Photos/Videos (Oct 9, 2011)

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Related Links:

Friends of Fresh Pond

Blacks Nook Project


Cornell Lab of Ornithology