Date: 3/6/17 7:12 am
From: Constance Lapite <peteorconstance...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Sanctuary Walk, Sunday March 5
Despite the wind and the cold and the absence of Soheil, the weekly walk at
the Wheelabrator facility/Bear Creek Sanctuary did not disappoint. Hunters
were a highlight - Short-eared owl and Norther Harrier soaring by, kiting
American Kestrel, Sharp-shin terrorizing the feeders and a dizzying,
spectacular display of speed by a tag team of Peregrines chasing a
Killdeer. Eastern Meadowlark, snipe and Snow geese, too. Thank you to guide
and chaperone Geoff Wilson for a great tour. Report below.

Constance Lapite
Beverly, MA

Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Mar 5, 2017 9:24 AM - 12:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
35 species

Snow Goose 4
Canada Goose 400
American Black Duck 32
Surf Scoter 3
White-winged Scoter 2
Bufflehead 10
Red-breasted Merganser 5
Turkey Vulture 1 Seen after the tour ended
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Killdeer 3
Wilson's Snipe 1 Chunky brown bird seen briefly flying low and landing
in a wet area. Ticking calls matching the recordings on Sibley app were
heard from the same general area when a hunting NOHA flew over.
Herring Gull (American) 60
Great Black-backed Gull 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 30
Short-eared Owl 1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Blue Jay 2
Horned Lark 60
Black-capped Chickadee 5
European Starling 20
American Tree Sparrow 11
White-throated Sparrow 7
Song Sparrow 7
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Eastern Meadowlark 2 Overwintering, continuing birds. Well seen.
Common Grackle 2
House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 1
House Sparrow 12

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