Robin's Birds

Birdwatching in Western Massachussets

Longmeadow Birds

I admit here and now to only have been bird watching in and next to Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge in Longmeadow. It is, simply put, my happy place. There are SO many birds there when the weather is nice and I am discovering Winter birds now too! I am just starting to learn about all the different kinds of ducks and geese and I LOVE the Mute Swans there as well. This sanctuary has so many different habitats in it that you will never be disappointed if you are looking for birds. There are ponds and swamps and forests and fields. I have seen raptors and water foul and warblers and woodpeckers and the resident Eastern Screech Own that lives there too. You can see his picture in my blog. There are also lots of other creatures to see such as turtles, beavers, bobcats and butterflies to name a few. I bring Duck food and feed the ducks and the swans and it is just amazing. The road near Fannie and the conservation area near the yacht club are the other places I have been. I saw my first Bald Eagle and my only Indigo Bunting there. I have heard lots of them, but they are tricky to see.

Feeding Fun at Fannie Stebbins Wildlife Refuge!
Northern Pintail Male January 8th
Gadwall from January 12th!

Some American Black Ducks were putting on a show Feb. 2nd! This Song Sparrow was not happy to be in my picture! Check out what else I saw!
https://ebird.org/checklist/S102003970

2 more pretty sparrows on Valentines Day!

I went to Fannie Stebbins today. Lots of birds for this 70 degree day in February. There were SO many geese flying over. I have never seen so many there before! There were also Common and Hooded Mergansers. The little Domestic Mallard is still faring well! Check out the complete list!
https://ebird.org/checklist/S103607135

March 5th-Spring has sprung at Fannie Stebbins! What an amazing experience I had today! I saw 38 different species! I watched a Bald Eagle gather nesting materials and saw Hooded Merganser eat a fish he just caught! I will post the nest building on Meet Today’s birds page.

March 6th-Fannie Stebbins was EVEN better than yesterday!!

March 10th at Fannie Stebbins-never disappoints!

March 11-I went back to try and capture the Bald Eagle couple together! Success! I also saw a Pied-billed Grebe, a lot of Ring-necked Ducks, a Wood Duck and Northern Shoveler couple and so much more!

March 18th-I saw the male Bald Eagle working on the nest and both eagles inside the nest. Now, you can see it too.

March 18th-so many turtles…so little room….

April1 1st was an amazing visit to Fannie-no joke! Saw 49 bird species, Screech was in residence as was the Bald Eagle couple, 2 muskrats, and a gazillion turtles and frogs…..and this is just what I saw or heard!

April 1st checklisthttps://ebird.org/checklist/S106032572

April 14th-saw lots of warblers today! Check this eBird report! https://ebird.org/checklist/S107235869

May 12-lots of nests and babies at Fannie Stebbins today! An Osprey is nesting in the lights. The Bald Eagle Couple has babies but their nest is well hidden now. Two Great Blue Herons created a mini rookery here. The Canada Geese babies are swimming. My favorite was the Mute Swan Family with its 6 cygnets!

4 thoughts on “Longmeadow Birds

  1. Nice set of photos, your photo of the brownish/tan duck with the orange and black beak is a female mallard, not a gadwall.

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    1. Oh my gosh! Thank you SO much for the feedback! I am trying to learn all the ducks this winter! The female Mallards look like so many! I added a picture of the Gadwall from same week! Appreciate the heads up and hope you continue to help! 🙂

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