Date: 3/10/17 5:32 pm
From: <s2ary...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary Sunday Morning Walk on March 12

Hi Folks,

I’m new here and have been asked to post the announcements for the Sunday morning bird walks at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary. The walk on March 5 th was cold, but exciting. We had a number chances to see the wintering Eastern Meadowlarks and a front row seat for a breathtaking battle for survival as a Killdeer escaped from a pair of Peregrine Falcons hunting in tandem. I believe the list was posted shortly after the trip by Constance, but it is also included in the body of the following post if you missed it.

Thanks Geoff

The next walk at Bear Creek, Saugus, is scheduled for 9 am on Sunday, March 12. Details below.

Soheil will not be able to attend for the next few weeks. Geoff Wilson, will continue to post trip announcements to Massbird and has started an online newsletter in which he announces Bear Creek walks and other issues important to Bear Creek enthusiasts. To subscribe to the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary newsletter, text BEARCREEK to the number 22828. Alternatively, drop an email to <s2ary39...> and ask to be included in the mailings.

Thanks to Constance who filed the ebird list for us:

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 (Chen caerulescens) 4

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 400

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) 32

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) 3

White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 2

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 10

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 5

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1 Seen after the tour ended

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3

Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 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) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) 60

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) 2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 3

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 30

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) 1

Downy Woodpecker (Eastern) (Picoides pubescens pubescens/medianus) 1

American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 2

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) 60

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 5

European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 20

American Tree Sparrow (Spizelloides arborea) 11

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 7

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 7

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 75

Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 2 Overwintering, continuing birds. Well seen.

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 2

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 12

View this checklist online at

If you want to join the walk on March 12, here are the details:

Bear Creek is an upland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather.

This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this property is accessible by invitation only and visitors need to be chaperoned at all times. Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual length of the trip depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually difficult to break up the party if you need to be somewhere in the early afternoon. Come prepared to stay with the group.

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down.

Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1½ miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just after a set of lights) you’ve gone too far—turn back. Here is a link to google maps:

When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the property without an escort.

Geoff Wilson



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