Date: 4/6/17 11:54 am From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek, Saugus and Flax Pond, Lynn, Apr 5, 2017
> Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus > Apr 5, 2017 1:00 PM - 3:10 PM > Protocol: Traveling > 1.5 mile(s) > Comments: When I asked Geoff Wilson if there was a trip today (now > yesterday), he said none scheduled, but invited me down anyway. I tried > to round up a few others but nobody was available on short notice, so I > had a personal tour with Geoff and his son Lucas. We saw the Smith's > longspur, 3 short-eared owls, 7 kestrels, and other good birds. > 25 species > > Canada Goose 150 This and several other counts of common birds are > rough estimates. > American Black Duck 17 > Mallard 4 > Bufflehead 4 > Red-breasted Merganser 1 > Wild Turkey 4 > Osprey 2 One on the marsh nest; a 2nd nest on a power pole had been > occupied earlier today, perhaps by the 2nd bird, which was perched on a > metal power pole. > Red-tailed Hawk 3 > Killdeer 6 > Wilson's Snipe 6 > Herring Gull 400 > Great Black-backed Gull 50 > Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 40 > Short-eared Owl 3, but no harriers to interact with > American Kestrel 7, plus the remains of an 8th, a female whose feathers > we found > Blue Jay 2 > American Crow 5 > Horned Lark 15 > American Robin 5 > European Starling 400
> Smith's Longspur 1 Spotted by Geoff in the grass on the ridge nearest > the active dumping area, where he said it had been found before. I saw > the striking face outlined in black, the spotted or speckled crown, the > pale-buffy nape and underparts, the dark-striped back, the white wingbars, > and the white outer tail feathers in flight, when I also heard its > distinctive rattle. What a cool bird. I just missed this bird last year > and am delighted that it saw fit to return.