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Spy Pond is a great place to be a birder all year round (a real good spot for winter ducks). With lots of vantages around the pond perhaps you can see one of the over 100 bird species that have been identified on and around Spy Pond in the last seven years. (See list below).

Swans, Canada Geese, and Mallards are of course ubiquitous year-round. In winter (as long as there is open water), flocks of coots are accompanied by American Wigeons, which sometimes try to steal the weeds brought up by the deep-diving coots. A "merganser hat trick" (all three species of these fish-eating ducks seen at the same time) has been scored  a couple of times. 

A Bald Eagle visited the pond twice in January 1999 and one was seen also in January 2000. Red-winged Blackbirds proclaim their territories in the Phragmites reeds each spring, while Swailows and Kingbirds swoop over the water hunting for insects. 

In summer the Great Blue Heron stalks fish in the shallows and the Kingfisher's rattle can sometimes be heard. Baltimore Orioles, Song Sparrows. and Yellow Warblers are among the shoreline nesters, but most warblers stop by only to "refuel" during their spring and fall migrations. The thrill of sighting an uncommon bird is a daily possibility.

Vision 2020 sponsors several bird walks around Spy Pond usually in fall and spring. Watch the Arlington Advocate calendar and the community bulletin board along the bikeway at Linwood Street for dates. 

Come join the birding fun!

Bird Species Noted on Spy Pond and along its Shores

The following list of 118 identified species is broken into a list of 32  swimmers and 86 nonswimmers

The Swimmers
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe 
Double-crested Cormorant 
Great Cormorant
Canada Goose 
Mute Swan 
Wood Duck
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
American Black Duck 
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Common (Northern) Pintail
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup 
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
American Coot
Bonaparte's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull 
Iceland Gull
Great Black-backed Gull

The Nonswimmers
Great Blue Heron
Great (American) Egret
Green Heron 
Black-crowned Night Heron 
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle 
Sharp-shinned Hawk 
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Spotted Sandpiper
Rock Dove 
Mourning Dove 
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift 
Belted Kingfisher
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
Downy Woodpecker 
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker 
Eastern Wood Pewee 
Empidonax flycatcher (species?) 
Eastern Phoebe 
Eastern Kingbird 
Northern Shrike
Warbling Vireo
Blue Jay 
Common (American) Crow 
Tree Swallow 
No. Rough-winged Swallow 
Barn Swallow 
Black-capped Chickadee 
Tufted Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren 
Golden-crowned Kinglet 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush 
American Robin
Gray Catbird 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing 
Blue-winged Warbler 
Northern Parula 
Yellow Warbler 
Chestnut-sided Warbler 
Magnolia Warbler 
Black-throated Blue Warbler 
Yellow-rumped Warbler 
Palm Warbler 
Bay-breasted Warbler 
Blackpoll Warbler 
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart 
Northern Waterthrush 
Common Yellowthroat 
Wilson's Warbler 
Canada Warbler 
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow 
Savannah Sparrow 
Fox Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
Swamp Sparrow 
White-throated Sparrow 
White-crowned Sparrow 
Northern (Dark-eyed) Junco 
Snow Bunting
Northern Cardinal 
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 
Red-winged Blackbird 
Rusty Blackbird
Common Grackle 
Brown-headed Cowbird 
Orchard Oriole 
Baltimore Oriole 
House Finch 
American Goldfinch 
House Sparrow 

To add a new species to this list, please call Elizabeth Karpati at (781) 643-4172 or e-mail her at ekarpati@juno.com


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