Journal archives for May 2020

May 01, 2020

Field Journal 8

Today is May 1st, 2020. I went to my backyard again in North Andover, MA from about 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM after it had stopped raining and the sun had come out. It was around 60 degrees. My backyard is pretty open and surrounded by dense trees and with a vernal pool right next to my house. The American Robin babies have hatched!

Posted on May 01, 2020 21:19 by juliannamason juliannamason | 3 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 23, 2020

Field Ornithology Journal 5

Today is May 22, 2020. I went to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, MA, which was beautiful. I arrived around 7:07 AM and it was 62 degrees with a little sun peeking through. When I left around 12:05 PM, the temperature had risen to 79 and sunny! I believe I saw and heard the most species yet. Most of the trails were surrounded by deciduous and coniferous trees, but it was not very dense. There were a few points where I was walking along the edge of a swampy, pond. It seemed like a lot of the birds there were comfortable with humans because I had a couple just land right next to me, look at me, and just tilt their head like they were wondering what I was going to do next, which was pretty cool.

Posted on May 23, 2020 00:23 by juliannamason juliannamason | 23 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 18, 2020

Field Ornithology Journal 1

Today is May 18, 2020. My birding site today was Crane Pond in Georgetown, MA. It was around 50 degrees with a slight drizzle when I first arrived around 6:45 AM and. As it got later in the day, the sun came out and it came to around 60 degrees. There were a couple nice trails along the pond that I followed until I left around noon. The area was a wetland and had a couple different ponds and swampy areas that were not attached to each other and had a lot of dead trees. The forest next to the pond was not very dense and had trees like Pines, Maples, White Birch, and Shagbark Hickory. I saw a couple Red-winged Blackbirds defending their territory from another species I was unable to identify, although might have been a Gray Catbird. I also observed that a lot of the birds seemed to gather closer to the water, as it got quieter the deeper I went into the woods.

Posted on May 18, 2020 20:47 by juliannamason juliannamason | 7 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 19, 2020

Field Ornithology Journal 2

Today is May 19, 2020. I headed to Nelson Island in Rowley, MA. The wind was blowing very high speed towards the south and it was about 52 degrees and sunny. I arrived around 7:23 AM and stayed until around 11:00 AM because it was very cold. There was a very wide trail I started on, but was not very long because it had flooded over. The beginning of the trail was pretty shrubby but after that it was a beautiful open grassland with little ponds spread throughout it. Although it was beautiful out, the wind made it a little to difficult to hear some birds clearly and record them. I noticed a lot of Sandpipers in the grassland area. I also saw a couple (what I believe were) Red-winged Blackbirds trying to defend themselves against an American Crow which was pretty cool.

Posted on May 19, 2020 21:04 by juliannamason juliannamason | 15 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 20, 2020

Field Ornithology Journal 3

Today is May 20, 2020. I arrived at the Martin Burns WMA in Newbury, MA around 7:10 AM. It was about 45 degrees when I first arrived and as I left around 11:30 AM it was 58 degrees and sunny. On either side of the trail I was on was dense forest with a mix of coniferous and deciduous trees. It's kind of crazy how I see American Robins literally everywhere I go.

Posted on May 20, 2020 20:36 by juliannamason juliannamason | 18 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 21, 2020

Field Ornithology Journal 4

Today is May 21, 2020. I went to Boxford State Forest in Boxford, MA and arrived around 7:05 AM. It was 48 degrees at that time and when I left around 11:45 AM, the temperature had risen to 60 degrees and sunny, with little to no wind. The trail I went on was dense forest with a mix of deciduous and coniferous trees, but about an hour and a half in, I arrived at a pond where I was able to see a lot more birds. I thought it was interesting that I heard and saw a lot of common birds and uncommon birds. It was also satisfying to recognize certain songs I did not know before without looking them up, like Eastern Wood-Pewee and Wood Thrush.

Posted on May 21, 2020 20:25 by juliannamason juliannamason | 23 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment