Updates from the Athol Bird and Nature Club

By: Christine Posted in Art, Birds, Outdoor activities

Friday, May 26, 7 a.m.                                 “Early Bird” Birding with Jeff

Join Jeff here at the Center before heading out to explore the North Quabbin area for spring migrant birds. Come for as long as your schedule allows. Severe weather cancels. Info: Jeff Johnstone, 978-249-9052. MREC 100 Main Street Athol


Sunday May 28 10 am Dragonflies at South Athol Conservation Area

Join Ma Natural Heritage’s Lynn Harper and Dave Small for a look at early dragonflies at the South Athol Conservation Area. Bring dragonfly net, shoes or boots to get wet, water, snacks, and a sense of adventure. Meet 10 :00 am at the Conservation area. To find the South Athol Conservation area entrance: travel south on South Athol Road from Athol center and the entrance will be on the right 1.1 miles south of the route 2 overpass, between the intersections of Riceville Road and Conant Road. (GPS – 3800 South Athol Road) A Conservation Area sign at the driveway will point you down the dirt roadway to a small parking area on the right before the gate (private residence).


100 Main Street, Athol, MA 01331

council@millersriver.net * 978-248-9491


MRWC Spring Events Include Paddles, Art Contest & more


The Millers River Watershed Council (MRWC) has two paddles scheduled on the Millers River Blue Trail from Athol to Orange. The first, on Saturday, May 27th (rain date May 28th), will be a trash cleanup, departing from Rich Park in Athol at 9:30 am and arriving in Orange Riverfront Park by noon. Volunteers should bring their boat, gloves and water. Paddlers wanting to park their vehicle in Orange and shuttle back to Athol should drop their boat at Rich Park an hour earlier. To help with planning, email watershed@millersriver.net or call 978-248-9491.


On Saturday, June 17th, prior to the 4th annual Orange Solstice Riverfest, a Blue Trail paddle from Athol to Orange will depart from Rich Park at 1 pm. Come earlier to enjoy the festivities in Rich Park for the unveiling of the new accessible dock.


If you like to draw or paint outside, consider submitting one or more works of art to the Millers River Plein-Air Art Contest & Show, sponsored by MRWC and the Athol Public Library to increase appreciation of the river’s scenic beauty and stimulate artistic growth. Contest guidelines are available online at www.millerswatershed.org. Artwork will be accepted on Thursday and Friday, June 1st and 2nd, from 9:30 am to 5 pm at the Library. The Show will run from June 6th-30th. An Opening Reception will be held Tuesday, June 6th, from 5-7 pm.


MRWC’s Adopt-a-Stream program still needs volunteers to monitor temperature and pH (acidity) along tributaries and streams throughout the watershed. Adopting a stream near your home or work is easy and only takes a few minutes once a week. Check the MRWC website for a program description and list of streams. For more information email watershed@millersriver.net or call 978-248-9491.

Trip report: Thanks to all who attended the Quabbin Field trip May 13th. A lot of fun to explore this area.

New Salem – Prescott Peninsula (Restricted Access) Quabbin, Franklin, Massachusetts, US May 13, 2017 7:08 AM – 1:56 PM

Protocol: Traveling

30.0 mile(s)

Comments:     Athol Bird and Nature Club Field Trip

63 species


Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  8 Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)  3 Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)  1 Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  1 Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)  1 Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)  13 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  5 Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)  1 Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)  1 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  2 Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)  1 Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  2 Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)  4 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus)  1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris)  1 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius)  3 Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1 Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)  2 Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)  1 Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus)  1 Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe)  1 Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)  1 Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)  1 Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons)  1 Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius)  1 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)  8 Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)  2 American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)  4 Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)  7 Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)  2 Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2 Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)  1 White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1 House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)  1 Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)  1 Veery (Catharus fuscescens)  37     Migrant fallout – everywhere along gravel roadsides Swainson’s Thrush (Catharus ustulatus)  1 Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)  2 Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)  5 American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  4 Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)  5 European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2 Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)  12 Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)  1 Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)  4 Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)  6 American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)  3 Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia)  4 Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica)  6 Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens)  1 Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus)  1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)  1 Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens)  3 Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina)  2 Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)  1 Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)  2 Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea)  10 Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)  12 Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  8 Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)  4 Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)  1 American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2


View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36796206


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)



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