The weekly Bear Creek walk led by Geoff Wilson was successful in locating the continuing Smith's Longspur. Unfortunately, no one had views of it on the ground, though we did have good flight looks, and heard its distinctively slower rattle call.
Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US Apr 9, 2017 9:04 AM - 1:17 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: sunny; 2-10 mph NW winds; 50-64 deg F. 45 species (+2 other taxa)
Brant (Atlantic) 130 Canada Goose 60 American Black Duck 2 Mallard 6 Wild Turkey 5 Double-crested Cormorant 6 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 1 in the marsh to the south (Suffolk co) Turkey Vulture 2 Osprey 9 Northern Harrier 2 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper's Hawk 2 1 very large imm female. Red-tailed Hawk (borealis) 2
Rough-legged Hawk 1 Continuing light morph.
Killdeer 12 Wilson's Snipe 9 Ring-billed Gull 250 Herring Gull 200 Great Black-backed Gull 75 gull sp. 150 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7 Mourning Dove 6
*Short-eared Owl 3 At least 2 were females.
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1 American Kestrel 6 6 seen in one scan, but possibly as many as 15+ if some were moving migrants. Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 3 Horned Lark 4 Tree Swallow 16 Black-capped Chickadee 2 American Robin 13 European Starling 85
American Pipit 2 *a bit early. At least 2, possibly 3. One heard early on, then later 2 seen by half the group and heard by a few more. Photos.
Smith's Longspur 1 ****continuing mega. Unfortunately, only seen in flushed flight, but some views were quite close with good lighting. Gave distinctive slow rattle call shortly after flushing each time. Very buffy overall, with black lined auriculars and white outer tail feathers. Couldn't tell if the top of the head was getting black or not.
American Tree Sparrow 4 White-throated Sparrow 1 Singing at entrance. Savannah Sparrow 3 Heard. Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 6 Song Sparrow 23 Northern Cardinal 3 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 37 Common Grackle 14 Brown-headed Cowbird 16 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow 12 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35820648