Burrage Pond WMA

Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area (Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife) is over 2,014 acres of open water, marsh, and former cranberry bogs. Spanning the towns of Hanson and Hallifax, the WMA is part of the Taunton River watershed and is adjacent to the Stump Brook Audubon Sanctuary. All of the below photos were taken at Burrage Pond WMA. May 2017.
  • Wood Duck ducklings. There are at least three separate broods in this one area of Burrage Pond WMA. Taken Aug 12, 2017.
  • Future monarch butterfly feeding on milkweed at Burrage Pond. Aug 6, 2017
  • Sandhill Crane at Burrage Pond, Hanson, MA. Sunday July 16, 2017.
  • Sandhill Crane at Burrage Pond, Hanson, MA. Sunday July 16, 2017.
  • Sandhill Crane at Burrage Pond, Hanson, MA. Sunday July 16, 2017.
  • Northern Red-bellied Cooter release at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson on Friday May 26, 2017. Jon Regosin - Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program,…
  • Burrage Pond WMA Northern Red-bellied Cooter release, 2017.
  • Jon Regosin - Mass NHESP
  • 2017 Northern Red-bellied Cooter Release, Burrage Pond WMA, Hanson.
  • 2017 Northern Red-bellied Cooter Release, Burrage Pond WMA, Hanson.
  • Yellow Warbler nest at Burrage Pond WMA. May 20, 2017
  • Yellow Warbler May 11, 2016
  • Flock (19) of Glossy Ibis flying low over Burrage Pond WMA (May 02, 2017).
  • Bluebirds at Burrage Pond WMA taken Feb 21, 2017
  • Bluebirds at Burrage Pond WMA taken Feb 21, 2017
  • Northern red-bellied cooters release at Burrage Pond WMA Hanson. May 27, 2016.
  • Over 150 aquarium raised Northern red-bellied cooters were released by Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • These northern red-bellied cooters are approx 9 months old and were aquarium reared under a program developed by the Natural Heritage and Endangered Species…
  • northern red-bellied cooters release at Burrage Pond WMA
  • northern red-bellied cooters release at Burrage Pond WMA
  • northern red-bellied cooters release at Burrage Pond WMA
  • northern red-bellied cooters release at Burrage Pond WMA
  • northern red-bellied cooters release at Burrage Pond WMA
  • northern red-bellied cooters release at Burrage Pond WMA
  • Swamp sparrow at Burrage Pond WMA. October 2016
  • Great Horned Owl taken at Burrage Pond WMA 9/2/16
  • Great Horned Owl taken at Burrage Pond WMA 9/2/16
  • Osprey near Stump Brook, Burrage Pond WMA.
  • I believe this to be a House Wren. At Burrage Pond WMA 9/2/2016
  • Sandhill Cranes, Burrage Pond WMA - Aug 14, 2016.
  • Sandhill Cranes, Aug 14, 2016 Burrage Pond
  • Yellow Billed Cuckoo YBCU July 2016.
  • Feeding time for a young tree swallow.
  • Northern Harrier, Burrage Pond WMA Oct 10, 2015
  • Burrage Pond Sept 2, 2016
  • Pair of Sandhill Cranes taken July 5, 2015 at Burrage Pond
  • Osprey near Stump Brook, Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Probably a Sharp-shinned but could also be a Coopers Hawk Aug 14, 2016.
  • Green Heron at Burrage Pond. Aug 14, 2016.
  • Sandhill Cranes July 17, 2016
  • Sandhill Cranes Sunday July 24, 2016
  • Pair of Sandhill Cranes taken July 5, 2015 at Burrage Pond
  • Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA 2015.
  • Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA 2015.
  • Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA 2015.
  • Sandhill Cranes at Burrage Pond WMA 2015.
  • Spotted the Sandhill Cranes again on July 16 at 6:20 AM. Northwest corner in the swampy area.
  • Orchard Oriole May 11.
  • Osprey at Burrage Pond - Taken 4-30-16.
  • Osprey with what I believe to be a large mouth bass. Take 4/30/16.
  • Osprey taken 4-30-16.
  • Northern Rough-winged swallow.
  • This Northern Rough-winged swallow (brown) kept attempting to land on the nest box but was repelled by the Tree swallows.
  • Great Egret @ Burrage Pond.
  • Mallard at Burrage Pond WMA - March 29, 2016.
  • Spring is close. Sunset at Burrage Pond WMA, Feb 17, 2016. Clearly quite a bit more bird activity than I've seen in a long time.
  • Burrage Pond Sunset. Feb 17, 2016.
  • Taken Jan 3, 2016. Group of chickadees were feeding on these waxy berries. They looked and smelled much like a the Northern Bayberry but the bush was quite…
  • Many of these Marsh Wrens still present at Burrage as of Oct 10, 2015.
  • Pied-Billed Grebes at Burrage Pond WMA (Fall 2015)
  • Northern Harrier Burrage Pond WMA Oct 10, 2015
  • Northern Harrier, Burrage Pond WMA Oct 10, 2015
  • Northern Harrier, Burrage Pond WMA Oct 10, 2015
  • Northern Harrier - quite foggy on 9/25/15 so this was a bit fuzzy. There were three Harriers working in a group.
  • Great Blue Heron - Oct 10, 2015. Seemed to be in distress, panting, but otherwise looked fine.
  • I've had three different opinions on this birds identification. First, an immature Redtail, then an immature Red-shoulder, then someone at Mass Audubon…
  • I've had three different opinions on this birds identification. First, an immature Redtail, then an immature Red-shoulder, then someone at Mass Audubon…
  • I've had three different opinions on this birds identification. First, an immature Redtail, then an immature Red-shoulder, then someone at Mass Audubon…
  • Merlin at Burrage Pond. (9/25/15).
  • Merlin at Burrage Pond. (9/25/15).
  • Merlin at Burrage Pond. There were two Merlins in the area and they were going after several Northern Flickers. (9/25/15).
  • Northern Harrier at Burrage Pond WMA
  • Northern Harrier & Crow battle over the central bogs at Burrage Pond.
  • Yellow-rumped warbler at Burrage Pond WMA - Sept 24.
  • Sept 24 Yellow-rumped warbler. Northwest corner along the upper resevoir.
  • Eastern Towhee at Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Coopers Hawk down by Stump Brook.
  • Great Blue Heron down in the South eastern corner of the WMA. At least for this year, it seems that more wading birds are in this part of Burrage Pond WMA.
  • I finally got a peek at one of these elusive Marsh Wrens. I often hear them chattering below the grass but today this one (looks like a yound bird) popped out…
  • Eastern Towhee at Burrage Pond 7/21/15
  • Immature Double-crested Cormorant. DCCO
  • Juv/1st Year Double-Crested Cormorant perched by the Burrage Pond upper reservoir. (7/14/15)
  • Look at those webbed feet! Juv/1st Year Double-Crested Cormorant perched by the Burrage Pond upper reservoir. (7/14/15)
  • Downy Woodpecker at Burrage along the Indian Crossway.
  • Female Yellow Warbler with Praying Mantis. This time the birds win! Praying Mantis are known to capture and consume hummingbirds.
  • Female Yellow Warbler with Praying Mantis.
  • Great Egret at Burrage Pond WMA July 5, 2015
  • July 5, 2015. Great Egret at Burrage Pond WMA. It's interesting to see the size of that fish in this newly flooded bog.
  • Brown Thrasher at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson.
  • Red-winged Blackbirds are abundant here at Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Great Blue Heron on the main pond at Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Not a great photo but good enough to see what this Belted Kingfisher looks like here at Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Common Yellow Throat Warbler at Burrage Pond WMA. June 18, 2015.
  • Another abundant resident here at Burrage Pond, the Yellow Warbler (YWAR). June 2015.
  • Grey Catbird - GRCA at Burrage Pond. June 2015.
  • Burrage Pond Hanson - Grey Catbird just doing what catbirds do! June 2015.
  • Burrage Pond WMA, Eastern Kingbird. June 2015.
  • Eastern King - EAKI
  • I believe this to be an Orchard Oriole - OROR - Immature. At Burrage Pond Hanson. There are also quite a few mature Orchard Orioles.
  • Burrage Pond WMA - Spangled Skimmer - Female
  • Sunrise at Burrage Pond WMA, Jan 23
  • Morning light over Stump Brook, Jan 23, 2015. This is on the southeast side of Burrage Pond WMA on the Halifax side.
  • Stump Brook above the dam. After following the frozen stream to the east, Burrage is on the right and Stump Brook Audubon Sanctuary is on the left.
  • Way too much digital zooming on this shot of an Eastern Bluebird at Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Sunset - Dec 26 2014
  • Green Heron spotted on Aug 30 at Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Green Heron (GRHE) on the wing
  • Cedar Waxwing on the east border of Burrage Pond WMA, Hanson MA
  • Late August 2014 - deepening color of the grasses fortell the approaching of autumn.
  • Burrge Pond Hanson Halifax
  • Joe-Pye Weed in full bloom at Burrage.
  • Viceroy Butterfly at Burrage Pond, Massachusetts Wildlife Managaement Area (WMA), Hanson MA.
  • I believe this is a Viceroy based on the somewhat visible horizontal bar across the hindwing. Taken at Burrage Pond, Massachusetts Wildlife Managaement Area…
  • Blue Dasher Dragonfly
  • Slaty Skimmer-Male. I originally thought this was a Spangled Skimmer Dragonfly but the absense of the white dots on the wings eliminates this as a…
  • Eastern Kingbird at Burrage Pond WMA
  • Eastern Kingbird at Burrage Pond WMA
  • Eastern Kingbird on nest at Burrage Pond
  • Yellow Warbler nestlings at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson.
  • Eastern Kingbird - May 12. Lots of EAKI approx half way down the east side road of Burrage Pond WMA. They have an obvious presence in the flooded bogs to the…
  • Burrge Pond Hanson Halifax
  • Northern Water snake fishing at Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Orchard Oriole May 11 - Burrage Pond WMA
  • Yellow Warbler nesting - May 11 at Burrage Pond WMA Hanson MA
  • Black and White Warbler (BAWW) on the prowl. Two spotted along the east road at Burrage.
  • Yellow Warbler at Burrage
  • YWAR - On the wing at Burrage.
  • Announcing the new day. Song Sparrow at Burrage Pond
  • I believe this is a Northern Water Snake - Nerodia sipedon (24-42", up to 55"). Easily 39 inches and had no intention of backing off.
  • Northern Watersnake up close. Lots of these guys are present around Burrage Pond.
  • Not a great photo but here's a shot of a juvenile Bald eagle here at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson, MA. This was taken on Sunday April 20 approx 8:00 AM.
  • Watched this guy (Northern Watersnake) hunting fish in one of the bogs.
  • Song sparrow at Burrage.
  • Burrage Pond WMA Hanson entrance off Pleasant Street.
  • Not a great photo but here's a shot of a juvenile Bald eagle here at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson, MA. This was taken on Sunday April 20 approx 8:00 AM. Hard to…
  • Warbler nest at Burrage Pond WMA. Yellow and Blue Winged Warblers are present along the east boundary roads of Burrage WMA.
  • Tree swallow on the east side of Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Cedar Waxwing also on the east side of Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Burrage Pond December 2012
  • Osprey fishing at Burrage Pond
  • American Goldfinch
  • Possibly a male Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly.
  • Twelve-Spotted Skimmer. This is a male based on the additional white spots on the wings and whitish tinge on the abdomen.
  • Swallows on the south eastern edge of Burrage Pond WMA.
  • Swallows nesting on the Southeast corner of Burrage Pond WMA, in Hanson and Halifax MA
  • Cedar Waxwing at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson & Halifax MA
  • Winter at Burrage Pond WMA
  • Stump Brook at Burrage WMA
  • Early morning mist rolls in from the east at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management area in Hanson MA.
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Morning mist in late fall at Burrage Pond.
  • Swallows on the southern side of Burrage WMA in Halifax, MA
  • Swallows on the lines along the lower reservoir at Burrage Pond WMA
  • Swallow migration passinging through Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson, MA
  • Swallows gather at Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson, MA.
  • The Swallow gathering prior to migration. Burrage Pond WMA in Hanson, MA
  • Across from the Elm St entrance to Burrage Pond is the Smith-Nawazelksi Conservation Area. Poor Meadow Brook boardwalk shown here.
  • Poor Meadow Brook in the Smith-Nawazelksi Conservation Area
  • Another view of the Poor Meadow Brook boardwalk shown here.
  • Stump Brook at Burrage Pond WMA. The Stump Brook Audubon Sanctuary is to the right.
  • Stump Brook Hanson MA. Looking across the dam into the Stump Brook Audubon Sanctuary.
  • Dam located on the Stump Brook at Burrage WMA. Stump Brook Audubon Sanctuary is on the right side of the dam.
  • Stump Brook
  • Monarch Butterflies at Burrage Pond WMA
  • Monarch Butterflies at Burrage Pond WMA
  • Three Sandhill Cranes flying out of the east towards the upper resevoir on Oct 10, 2015. They eventually landed on the far west shore.