Date: 4/3/17 7:46 am From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Upper Cape report
Thanks to Strickland Wheelock for the following report.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA <barb620...>
________________________________________ From: Strickland Wheelock [mailto:<skwheelock...>] Sent: Monday, April 03, 2017 7:19 AM To: Barbara Volkle and Steve Moore Subject: Upper Cape report
A trip [4/2] from Drumlin Farm WS to the Upper Cape was adjusted to take advantage of all the unusual birds being reported in that direction - what an exciting day from start to finish [plus beautiful weather finally] We started in Bridgewater at Washington St/Central St scanning this large field for Sandhill Cranes - none seen - just Killdeers, Fish Crows & many Canada Geese. Fortunately before we leave, the 2 Cranes fly in & drop in front of us - a great start to the day. Next stop was Burrage Pond WMA were we enjoyed a pair of Ospreys building a nest, another pair of Harriers hunting the area, several species of ducks like Pintails, Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Gadwalls, several Gt Blue Herons, Tree Swallows, Tree Sparrows - but had another pair of Sandhill Cranes calling from the grasses - a sound rarely heard in NE. Another quick trip to Great Herring Pond where we enjoyed viewing Lesser & Greater Scaup in perfect light to enjoy seeing the iridescent head colors as we searched for the female Tufted Duck which we found. Along with these ducks, we had American & Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads, Ring-necked Ducks. For me, I loved the stunning adult Great Cormorants also there in perfect light - how beautiful black & white can be, esp. sitting next to young D-C Cormorants. Next stop was the male King Eider on the Canal - up close & beyond stunning - blew everyone away Scusset Beach was next - had some close looks at Back & Surf Scoters plus a few Brants - no shorebirds or alcids this day - few days ago had Sanderlings, Dunlins & several Razorbills After lunch, we went down to Cranes WMA to end the day - we enjoyed two pairs of Kestrels but other than that, the place was initially dead - UNTIL, our team found an unexpected Northern Shrike hunting close to the parking area in the brushy valley area - bird flew towards us & teed up for excellent looks - Also on the opposite side of the parking lot, we enjoyed 3 Bluebirds singing & displaying to complete our day - a day that was full of exciting birds from start to finish.
Strickland Wheelock Uxbridge MA
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