Date: 4/5/17 12:20 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 04-05-17

David Moon and I led Wednesday Morning Birding from Joppa Flats

Education Center on to Plum Island for a fun morning of birding. There
wasn't any rain, but the weather was damp and raw under overcast
conditions, temps in the upper 30s, and winds light to 5 mph out of the
north to northeast. We started at the north end of the island and
worked our way down to Sandy Point.

Our list for the morning:

Brant (~ 20) - 10, Sandy Point; ~10, Emerson Rocks (w/ beach now closed,
seen from Bar Head).
Canada Goose - common.
Gadwall (3) - pr, small pannes; 1, Stage Island Pool.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - many.
Green-winged Teal (2) - pr, Bill Forward Pool.
Ring-necked Duck (2) - pr, BFP.
Common Eider (~ 35) - ~ 15, n. end; ~ 20, Emerson Rocks.
White-winged Scoter (6) - 3, n. end; 1, one ocean; 2, Bar Head ocean.
Black Scoter (6) - one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck (9) - 2, n. end; 6, one ocean; 1, Bar Head ocean.
Bufflehead (4) - BFP.
Common Goldeneye (3) - n. end.
Red-breasted Merganser (~ 19) - ~ 7, n. end; ~ 12, pannes.
Wild Turkey (8) - BFP.
Common Loon (9) - 5, n. end; 4, Bar Head ocean.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 6) - various.
Great Egret (5) - 1, BFP; 1, marsh e. PI River, n. PI Tpk; 3, marsh w.
PI River, s. PI Tpk (seen from PI).
Osprey (3) - 1, circling high over marsh n. main panne; 2, on Pines
nesting platform.
Piping Plover (22!) - 14, Sandy Point; 8, lot 7 beach, seen from Bar
Head (I think we hit the migration!).
Killdeer (4) - [2, PI Airfield]; 2, main panne.
Sanderling (1) - Sandy Point, feeding with plovers.
Purple Sandpiper (~ 15) - Emerson Rocks.
Ring-billed Gull (~ 40) - "kettling" above marsh, w. main panne.
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull (7) - various.
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove - many, n. end.
Downy Woodpecker (1) - s. S-curves.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - s. end pannes.
American Crow (~ 5)
American Robin (1)
Northern Mockingbird (2)
European Starling
Song Sparrow (~ 5) - various.
Red-winged Blackbird (~ 8) - various.
Common Grackle (~ 25) - n. end.

We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday
Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call
David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>


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