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Birds & Birding

Whatever the season, whatever the weather,  Manchaug Pond and its watershed is a great place to go birding!  Look to the skies for common sightings of eagles, osprey and turkey vultures; to the water for heron, cormorants and ducks; and to the land for Pileated woodpeckers, kingfisher and wild turkey.  In the quiet of the night, listen for the early AM hoo hoo hoooing of a barred owl, or kayak the coves for nesting wood ducks or visit for the occasional migratory bufflehead or common mergenser or snowy egret.

This list and photos represent sightings from resident birders on Manchaug Pond and in the watershed:

Double-crested Cormorant (Phalocrocorax auritus)
Canada Goose breeding
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) breeding
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) migrating
Herring Gull
Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Spotted Sandpiper
(Greater) Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Wild Turkey
Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)
Common Bobwhite
Cooper’s Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Bald Eagle
Turkey Vulture
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Pileated Woodpecker
Common Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)
Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tryannus)
Eastern Phoebe
Barn Swallow
Tree Swallow
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagic)
American Crow
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinenses)
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus)
Common Grackle
European Starling
Northern Oriole
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)
House Sparrow
Northern Junco
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
American GoldfinchGreat Blue Heron
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erthrophthalmus)
White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicolis)
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Barred Owl

Resources for more information:

Wood Duck Nest Boxes

* All photos taken in the Manchaug Pond watershed located in the towns of Sutton, Douglas and Oxford, Massachusetts.