Date: 4/9/17 12:48 pm
From: Liam Waters <youngeaglewaters...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Bear Creek 4/9 -- Smith's Longspur Yes
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.

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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.

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

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
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Happy birding,
Liam Waters
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