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