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Bald Eagle

PRELIMINARY SPRING EAGLE COUNT RESULTS

Sighting Date: 
April 30, 2014
Following up on an earlier request by MassWildlife, for citizens to help out in the annual spring eagle count, MassWidlife has shared preliminary count results, which are below:
"On April 4, 2014, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) conducted a statewide Spring Eagle Survey. Agency staff and other interested citizen volunteers checked known eagle territories and explored areas with potential eagle habitat to verify continued use of “old” nests and to search for "new" eagle nests. The preliminary results of these efforts yielded a total of 37 active eagle nests throughout the Commonwealth.  These preliminary numbers do not include any birds from the Quabbin where it’s expected there will be a similar number of nesting eagles as there were in 2013 (11 territorial pairs). Ice conditions on Quabbin Reservoir prevented the usual boating survey on April 14 and a later trip was postponed due to high winds. A survey will take place by mid-May. The highest number of active nests (11), were documented along the Massachusetts stretch of the Connecticut River. Four nests were documented along the Merrimack River. Individual nests were located throughout the state, with number of nests in the Berkshires (Lake Buel and Onota Lake), Central Massachusetts (Wachusett Reservoir and Pine Hill Reservoir), and the southeastern section of the state (Assawompsett Pond and Halfway Pond).  A total of 4 new nests were reported this year in Ipswich, Lenox, Northbridge, and Royalston.  
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Nature at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Sighting Date: 
April 9, 2014
Chris Renna recorded this video of nature at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Featured in the video are bald eagles, eastern red-backed salamanders, turkey vultures and a red squirrel, among others.
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Massachusetts Spring Eagle Count

Sighting Date: 
March 17, 2014
The following request is from MassWildlife. We've had many bald eagle sightings in our region over the years and are hopeful our readers can help out in this effort.
Help with Spring Eagle Count in Early April -- Eagle and other wildlife enthusiasts are asked to save April 4, 2014 to participate in the statewide Spring Bald Eagle Survey. This effort will include a concentrated survey of the major rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the Commonwealth. Organized by MassWildlife, the survey will be conducted by agency staff and volunteers. Teams will be checking known eagle territories and exploring areas with potential eagle habitat to try to locate “new” eagle nests. If inclement weather prevents the survey on April 4, the backup date is April 11, 2014. Additionally, MassWildlife encourages anyone to submit eagle sightings throughout the spring by email to natural.heritage@state.ma.us or by postal service to “Eagle Survey,” MassWildlife, Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, 100 Hartwell Street, Suite 230, West Boylston, MA 01583.
This is the second annual Spring Bald Eagle Survey, replacing MassWildlife’s long-standing Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey. “Now that Bald Eagle numbers have greatly increased and have been removed from the Federal Endangered Species List, the need to monitor nationwide populations has been reduced,” said Andrew Vitz, MassWildlife’s State Ornithologist. “At the same time, the number of eagles has increased across the Commonwealth. The Spring Eagle Survey helps us more closely monitor eagle breeding, nesting, and distribution in Massachusetts.”
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Eagle and Osprey at Heard Pond

Sighting Date: 
November 1, 2013
A bald eagle at Heard Farm in Wayland, photographed by Judd Nathan.An osprey at Heard Farm in Wayland, photographed by Judd Nathan.An osprey at Heard Farm in Wayland, photographed by Judd Nathan.An osprey at Heard Farm in Wayland, photographed by Judd Nathan.
Judd Nathan photographed a bald eagle and an osprey at Heard Farm in Wayland.
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Eagles at Heard Pond in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
October 24, 2013
A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.Bald eagles at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.Bald eagles at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
Russ Place photographed bald eagles at Heard pond in Wayland.
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Nature at Heard Pond in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
October 14, 2013
A bald eagle chases an osprey, and causes it to drop a fish, at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A double-crested cormorant at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.An osprey at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.An osprey at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.An osprey at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A double-crested cormorant at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed bald eagles, an osprey and a double-crested cormorant at Heard Pond in Wayland.
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Bald Eagle in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
October 10, 2013
A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
Russ Place photographed this bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland.
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Bald Eagles at Heard Pond in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
October 8, 2013
A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Russ Place.
Russ Place photographed these bald eagles at Heard Pond in Wayland. Russ reports that he's seen up to five eagles (2 adults and 3 immature) there over the last few weeks.
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Nature at Heard Pond in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
October 5, 2013
A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.An immature bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A belted kingfisher at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A great blue heron at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A great blue heron at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A Lincoln's sparrow at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.Wood duck and hooded merganser hybrids at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A wood duck and hooded merganser hybrid at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.Fall colors at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed the following at Heard Pond in Wayland: bald eagles, belted kingfisher, great blue heron, Lincoln's sparrow and the fall colors. Joan also photographed more photos of the ducks she had submitted from the end of September. She wrote to the eBird program at Cornell and received the following from a project leader there: "I can say with a lot of confidence that these are not "just" Hooded Mergansers. The bill structure and plumage indicates that they are hybrids and the pattern of several of the birds seems perfect for Wood Duck. The nesting habits of Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser are quite similar, so having a mixed pairing is perhaps not that shocking. Nonetheless, I have been birding 25+ years and have never seen ducks like these. Fascinating birds and great photos.
This is indeed a VERY exciting observation. This pairing actually has been found a few times before and we do have it as a data entry option in ebird. Since it would be the first ever such entry from Massachusetts, I hope you will consider entering an eBird record for Heard Pond with these birds."
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Bald Eagle in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
April 29, 2013
A bad eagle at Heard Farm in Wayland, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.A bad eagle at Heard Farm in Wayland, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
Lisa Eggleston photographed a bald eagle at Heard Farm in Wayland.
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Bald Eagle in Concord

Sighting Date: 
December 31, 2012
A bald eagle in Concord, photographed by Harold McAleer.
Harold McAleer photographed this bald eagle along the Sudbury River, near Nine Acre Corner, in Concord.
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Bald Eagle in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
May 19, 2012
A bald eagle on the Sudbury River, photographed by Jim Lagerbom.A bald eagle on the Sudbury River, photographed by Jim Lagerbom.
Jim Lagerbom photographed a bald eagle during an SVT paddle on the Sudbury River, between Route 27 and Sherman's Bridge in Wayland.
 
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Bald Eagles along the Sudbury River

Sighting Date: 
April 16, 2012
A bald eagle along the Sudbury River in Sudbury, photographed by Jay Mixter.A bald eagle along the Sudbury River in Sudbury, photographed by Jay Mixter.A bald eagle along the Sudbury River in Sudbury, photographed by Jay Mixter.
Jay Mixter photographed this bald eagle, one of two that he saw along the Sudbury River, just north of Route 27 at the Sudbury and Wayland town line.
 
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Bald Eagle in Concord

Sighting Date: 
January 11, 2012
A bald eagle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Russ Place.A bald eagle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Russ Place.
Russ Place photographed this bald eagle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.
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Wildlife at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard

Sighting Date: 
April 3, 2011
An immature bald eagle at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.A beaver at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.A great blue heron at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.Hooded mergansers at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.Mallards at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.A muskrat at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.A painted turtle at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.Red-tailed hawks at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.A ring-necked duck at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
Craig Smith photographed the following during a walk at the Assabet River national Wildlife Refuge in Maynard: an immature bald eagle, beaver, great blue heron, hooded mergansers, mallards, muskrat, painted turtle, red-tailed hawks, and a ring-necked duck.
 
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Bald Eagle in Stow

Sighting Date: 
March 20, 2011
Kathy Sferra reports seeing a bald eagle soaring over Finn Road, near the Delaney Project in Stow.
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Bald Eagle in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
March 4, 2011
Carol DeBold saw a bald eagle soaring over Pratt's Mill Pond in Sudbury.
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Bald Eagles in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
January 31, 2011
A bald eagle on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Wayne Dion.A bald eagle on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Wayne Dion.A bald eagle on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Wayne Dion.A bald eagle on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Wayne Dion.A bald eagle on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Wayne Dion.A bald eagle on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Wayne Dion.A bald eagle on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Wayne Dion.A bald eagle on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Wayne Dion.
 Wayne Dion photographed two bald eagles on the Sudbury River in Framingham.
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Bald Eagles in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
January 17, 2011
Two bald eagles with their catch on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Jim Stockless.Two bald eagles with their catch on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Jim Stockless.Two bald eagles with their catch on the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Jim Stockless.
Jim Stockless photographed these two bald eagles with their catch above the Fenwick St. Dam on the Sudbury River in Framingham.
 
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Bald Eagle in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
January 11, 2011
A bald eagle over the Sudbury River in Framingham, photographed by Jim Stockless.
Jim Stockless photographed this bald eagle over the Sudbury River in Framingham.
 
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