Date: 4/11/17 1:18 pm
From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Appleton Farm (TTOR), Apr 11, 2017: SANDHILL CRANE
> Appleton Farm (TTOR), Ipswich
> Apr 11, 2017 11:10 AM - 1:00 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: I went to the farm today to see a SANDHILL CRANE that had
> just shown up, thanks to a call from Russ Hopping, the regional TTOR
> ecologist who was showing someone around the farm. After I saw the crane
> (and thanked Russ), I walked down to the woodpecker swamp to check on the
> red-head.
> 26 species
>
> Canada Goose 23
> Great Egret 2
> Glossy Ibis 20
> Sandhill Crane 1 Tall gray bird about the size of GBHE, but with
> shorter, dark bill and bright red crown. Standing with CAGOs and ibises
> in the narrow pasture between the road you drive in on and the RR tracks
> (on your way to the visitors' center). But I saw it fly off to the south
> about 1130. That direction (south) gives me hope that it did not leave
> the area.

> Mourning Dove 4
> Red-headed Woodpecker 1 I heard a rumor that someone had seen TWO
> birds over the weekend, but nobody posted such a sighting on ebird. I
> watched the now almost adult RHWO (it retains a little black barring on
> the white secondaries) for an hour and saw or heard no sign of a second
> bird. It called once when I arrived, but I never heard another call. If
> it had a mate, I'm sure I would have heard at least a few contact calls in
> an hour, but nothing. The bird flew from cavity to cavity, all of which
> looked freshly dug. In between it was flycatching a lot.

> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 1
> Northern Flicker 3 none seen (which is why I can't label them
> "yellow-shafted")
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Blue Jay 4
> American Crow 4
> Tree Swallow 16 mostly pairs at boxes
> Black-capped Chickadee 1
> Tufted Titmouse 1
> Eastern Bluebird 8
> American Robin 6
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> European Starling 12
> Pine Warbler 1
> Chipping Sparrow 3
> White-throated Sparrow 1
> Song Sparrow 3
> Red-winged Blackbird 4
> Common Grackle 7
> House Sparrow 3
>
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35879527

At home this morning, another chipping sparrow and an early HOUSE WREN.

Jim Berry
Ipswich, Mass.
<jim.berry3...>

 
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