White-throated Sparrow

September 29, 2017

Pete Dunne, a well known birder and author of many books on birds once said, “White-throated Sparrows come in two plumages – stunning and shabby.”  In the fall one is more apt to see the shabby variety, but chances are also good that a smartly marked adult will be nearby.

The White-throated Sparrow is a bird of the woods, a habitat that is not favored by other sparrows.  It can be fun to watch a White-throated Sparrow kick with both feet to uncover prey at Consecration Dell in Mount Auburn Cemetery.  White-throats tend to gather together while scratching through the leaf litter, searching for food on the ground under in the Dell. (more…)

Fall at Mount Auburn Cemetery

September 29, 2017

Mount Auburn Cemetery attracts over 200,000 visitors per year, and they visit for many different reasons. Families and friends come to pay tribute to loved ones every day, as we continue to do about 500 new burials per year. Others come to enjoy the beautiful landscape, the magnificent trees, the birds and other wildlife, or the amazing collection of funerary art and architecture. Many attend our educational programs and tours, and still others come to study history and learn about the notable residents of Mount Auburn. Some do all of the above.

It is the diverse collection of over 5,000 spectacular trees that no doubt attracts many people to the Cemetery. Nevertheless, it is the combination of the topography, the plants, the wildlife and the monuments and other built structures that make Mount Auburn the unique landscape and National Historic Landmark that it is.

The Ruby-crowned Kinglet

September 6, 2017

Kinglets are smaller than warblers; there are two species that occur at Mount Auburn, the Ruby-crowned and the Golden-crowned. The Ruby-crowned is one of the first migrants we encounter in the spring as they move quickly to their breeding grounds. In the fall Ruby-crowned Kinglets tend to linger longer and can be seen from mid September into October. Ruby-crowned Kinglets are tiny, smaller than the warblers, and pretty undistinguished in plumage. The Ruby-crowned is a candidate for sedation; it is always in motion with constant wing-flicking as it darts from branch to branch. The Ruby-crowned is more active than the Golden-crowned Kinglet, often seen flying off branches to catch insects in mid air. (more…)

Calling All Birders!

September 2, 2017

Mass Audubon is calling all birders to take a brief survey designed to collect information on:

~The different types of birding activities you engage in

~Your familiarity with environmental issues affecting local and global bird populations

~Your understanding of the impacts associated with these conservation issues

~Your familiarity and engagement with conservation actions that can help mediate these impacts

To take this survey, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZHCD3HX

Your responses to this survey will help develop educational materials that build on birders’ familiarity with conservation issues, and that are relevant to birders’ current levels of engagement with certain conservation actions. By taking this survey, you are helping to develop materials that will be effective and applicable to your fellow birders.

Thank you for helping with this important project, and for all you already do to help support birds and those of us who work to understand and protect them.