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Recapping our Great Meadows field trip on Video

By Chris Bensley

Our trio of authors: Lillian Stokes, Peter Alden, and Richard Primack

Although the weather was a bit cool, the enthusiasm was burning on our first spring outing. Our gathering featured three notable authors: Lillian Stokes, Peter Alden, and Richard Primack. It was a feast for all the senses and we were able to see, up close, a number of species. Althought it was still too soon in the season to see the returning insectivorous songbirds, we've added another Great Meadows walk on Sunday morning May 21st. CLICK THE VIDEO PLAY BUTTON.


Here is a partial list of the birds we saw on April 29 on our Spark Birding walk:


Canada Goose

Mute Swan

Wood Duck

Hooded Merganser

Osprey

Virginia Rail (heard)

Northern Flicker

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Marsh Wren

Yellow Warbler

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Common Grackle

American Goldfinch


We also saw Cuckooflower and masses of Lesser Celandine (a new invasive buttercup) and a current absence of the tall invasive Eurasian Phragmites (Common Reed).

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