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Bird Walk w/Newton Conservators, April 16, 2011

On a brisk Saturday morning with gusting winds, 42 folks from the Waltham Land Trust and the Newton Conservators meet for a bird walk led by Alison Leary Mooradian and Ted Kuklinski. Peter Kastner (www.communityheritagemaps.com) provided a terrific historical perspective on the Lakes Region of the Charles River at the beginning of the walk. Starting at the historic Waltham Watch Factory, we traversed the relatively new section of the Charles River Pathway connecting the Watch Factory with DCR Canoe Launch on Woerd Avenue. From there we passed the Cram's Cove inlet through Waltham's "Island" neighborhood onto the causeway leading to Forest Grove adjacent to Purgatory Cove. It was great to pick up the very colorful Pine Warbler on the high ground overlooking the Charles. At Forest Grove Circle we took at left onto the trail connecting to Wabasso Street to an overlook of the Flowed Meadow swamp area. We traversed the stream through Flowed Meadow over the bog bridge and got wonderful looks at a very cooperative Red-bellied Woodpecker along the trail. Passing the "kettle" hole we arrived at the "the Cove" playground area in Newton's Auburndale Park (off West Pine Stree). A cooperative White-throated Sparrow sang his song and the group headed back along the river stopping at the pump station (which elevates the flow from meadow up to the level of the Charles). --Thanks to Ted Kuklinski for the summary 28 Species Double -crested Cormorant Canada Goose Mute Swan Wood Duck Mallard Ring-billed Gull Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Red-bellied Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker American Crow Tree Swallow Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch American Robin European Starling Yellow-rumped Warbler Pine Warbler Song Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Dark-eyed Junco Northern Cardinal Red-winged Blackbird Common Grackle Brown-headed Cowbird American Goldfinch

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