6th Journal Post

April 19th, 2021
Start Time: 3:00 pm
End Time: 4:30 pm
Location: High Ridge Circle, Franklin Massachusetts
Weather: Cloudy and drizzling, West 9 mph wind speed and 15% precipitation.

Temperature: 47 F
Habitat: Suburban community with tall trees all around, In my backyard with a pool and surrounded by small to medium bushes in a garden.

Species: 1 American Robin, 1 Eastern Phoebe, 1 House Finch

Today was sadly a light day, I believe this to be because it was not only cloudy but raining as well, albeit only slightly. I was sitting on a bench writing for a while, hearing only passing bird calls but not loud enough to record and not distinct enough to make out. However, after a while I looked at my house and I saw a bird on top of my house, a grey bird from the back but bright red, almost pink, on its chest and face and to me there was no doubt in my mind that was a House Finch, sadly I could only get the back end of it. After about 30 minutes, it was getting tiring, but after looking through my binoculars I saw a bird that had dark wings, a dark back and tail feathers along with a dark capped head but contrasted with a white belly, a large black eye, and a black small beak, at this point I knew it was one Eastern Phoebe. Sadly I could not get a picture of the bird, but I hope my description would suffice. 15 minutes more went by and I was getting restless, until that is I looked where I saw the House Finch earlier and I saw an American Robin, clear as day and I could get a good picture by looking through my binoculars with the camera and taking a picture. That was the last clear bird I was able to see for the day. Overall, it was pretty uneventful but the weather did not help.

Posted by sdecrescinaturalist sdecrescinaturalist, April 19, 2021 20:38

Observations

Photos / Sounds

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What

House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Date

April 17, 2021

Description

I saw one House Finch, ironically at the top of my own house. It's a little hard to see the picture because it moved so fast and I was only able to get the back. This bird however had bright red on its chest and its face and had a grey beak, therefore I believe it definitely is a House Finch.

Photos / Sounds

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What

American Robin Turdus migratorius

Date

April 17, 2021

Description

This is clearly an American Robin, and I only saw one. The orange chest, yellow beak and black cap on the top is clearly telling.

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Date

April 17, 2021

Description

I was looking through my binoculars and I was able to see one bird with dark wings, a dark back and tail feathers along with a dark capped head but contrasted with a white belly. Also, the bird had a large black eye, and a black small beak, at this point I knew it was an Eastern Phoebe, although it moved to fast for me to get a picture.

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