Sweet Auburn: The Magazine of the Friends of Mount Auburn An Oasis for Birds and Birders | Page 22

Photo by Sandy Selesky Did know...? • Mount Auburn birders have different nicknames for certain landmark spots within the Cemetery that you may not recognize: - Auburn Lake is called “Spectacle Pond” - Hazel Dell is called “The Dry Dell” …and • sculptors looked to real birds when creating the wings for the angel sculptures at Mount Auburn; • there are also several birds depicted on monuments such as the eagle on the First Corps of Cadets Monument. …and that • in 2002, Mount Auburn was awarded the status of an “Important Bird Area” by the Massachusetts Audubon Society because it provides essential habitat to breeding, wintering, and migrating birds. …and also • the only Massachusetts state record of a Brewer’s Sparrow was at Mount Auburn on Dec. 15, 1873; • two first state records recorded at Mount Auburn were a Townsend’s Warbler on May 4, 1978, and a Hermit Warbler on May 16, 1964; and • since 1985 a total of 5,562 Common Nighthawks have been recorded on our popular Nighthawks Watch – only one night August 18, 2008, had no sightings; and • in recent decades, approximately 50 species of birds have bred in Mount Auburn. The First Corps of Cadets Monument, designed by Theodore Colburn, was erected and dedicated in 1867. Photo by Janet L. Heywood 20 | Sweet Auburn …and in 2011 • during the spring migration, birding clubs and groups visited Mount Auburn 50 times; • on August 30, participants of our annual Nighthawks Watch saw 244 Common Nighthawks from the top of Washington Tower; and • in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology database for birders, eBird, 387 checklists were submitted for sightings at Mount Auburn. They tallied 154 species and 40,930 individual birds reported.