Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bird Walk at Jackson Pond, Stockbridge

April 18, I went on an early morning bird walk with Doug Bruce from Berkshire Natural Resources Council. We parked at the Stockbridge Bowl Boat Launch and walked across the road and a short distance up Old Colonial Road to the sign for Jackson Pond on the left. Jackson Pond Boardwalk is a BNRC property with a long section of raised walkway in the wetlands. It's excellent bird habitat.

Doug Bruce is a very knowledgeable birder by sight and sound.
It's a large wetland area with Yokun Ridge in the distance.
There's some shallow open water where we saw geese and ducks.
The pussy willows were just out!
Doug sent all the participants a list of birds seen and heard. I didn't see quite all of them, but he pointed out 25 species. Here's the list:

Canada Goose

Mallard

Turkey Vulture

Red-tailed Hawk

Mourning Dove

Barred Owl

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Northern Flicker

Pileated Woodpecker

Eastern Phoebe

Blue Jay

American Crow

Tree Swallow

Black-capped Chickadee

American Robin

Chipping Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

American Goldfinch

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Common Grackle

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