Blue Hills, Boston Birding

When: May 2015                    Weather: Hot, 23C

Leica M240 35F1.4, 21F3.4.   Nikon P900

In Boston for a few days and found time to make it out to the Blue Hills Reservation for an afternoon.  It’s 20 miles out of Boston and a fair way out.  An Uber car brought me out there cheaply enough but if I were to do it again, I’d hire a car. The Blue Hills area is big and you really need a car to get around to the different areas.  Arriving there just after lunch, the sun was blazing and it made for a very warm afternoon indeed.  The first place to visit is the Visitor centre on Hillside Street just north of Houghton’s pond…the rangers there are helpful and you can pick up your trail map there….

 

The Blue Hlls Reservation Visitor Centre

The Blue Hlls Reservation Visitor Centre

 

Houghton's Pond

Houghton’s Pond looked small at first glance…

 

but it opened up into a large, scenic lake

but it opened up into a large, scenic lake

 

Bird box on the bank

Bird box on the bank

 

American house sparrow

American house sparrow

 

common, but still quite attractive

common, but still quite attractive

 

the ubiquitous American robin

the ubiquitous American robin

 

Stuffing his face full of grubs....

Stuffing his face full of grubs….

 

The Common Grackle in a tree

The Common Grackle in a tree

 

and over the water...

and over the water…

 

resplendent blue head

resplendent blue head

 

And after another long walk, I arrived at the beginning of the Ponkapoag Trail...

And after another long walk, I arrived at the beginning of the Ponkapoag Trail…

 

The woods are lovely dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.  (Frost)

The woods are lovely dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. (Frost)

 

The start of the boardwalk leading to the Pankapoag Pond

The start of the boardwalk leading to the Pankapoag Pond

 

Though called a boardwal, it's little more than an 18 inch wide plank laid down in the peaty bog...

Though called a boardwalk, it’s little more than an 18 inch wide plank laid down in the peaty bog…

 

it extends deep into the bog

it extends deep into the bog

 

the peaty brown water

the peaty brown water

 

an endemic dragonfly for company

an endemic dragonfly for company

 

some of the planks were unsupported and you could sink in ankle to knee deep...

some of the planks were unsupported and you could sink in ankle to knee deep…

 

Not being able to reach the Ponkapoag Pond itself this way, I took the long way round and eventually reached the side of the pond….it’s huge so I think should be called Lake rather than Pond!

 

Pankapoag Pond with red winged blackbird overhead

Pankapoag Pond with red winged blackbird overhead

 

a scenic place...

a scenic place…

 

red winged blackbird posing

red winged blackbird posing

 

Other birds seen were the female red winged blackbird, some quails and a black and white woodpecker. Overall though, the birding was disappointing.  It was a nice walk though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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