Date: 4/12/17 1:33 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scotland Road & Plum Island - 04-12-17

David Moon and I led Joppa's Wednesday Morning Birding program today,
first to Common Pasture on Scotland Road and then on to Plum Island. We
were rewarded with a number of FOY migrants and had a thoroughly
enjoyable morning. Skies ranged from partly cloudy to overcast; temps
in low 50s; and a light onshore breeze.

Our list:

Scotland Road & environs --
Canada Goose - a few.
American Wigeon (4) - 2 pr.
American Black Duck (2)
Green-winged Teal (~ 30)
Wild Turkey (1)
Killdeer (4)
Greater Yellowlegs (4)
Wilson's Snipe (~ 20) - note, during earlier scouting visit -- ~ 0815 --
there were a good 50 to 70 snipe.
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay (~ 7)
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse (~ 7) - various, including en route to and from pasture.
American Pipit (1)
Song Sparrow (2)
Red-winged Blackbird - common.

Plum Island (Parker River NWR) --
Canada Goose - common.
Mute Swan (4) - family group: 2 ads, 2 yrlgs; main panne.
American Black Duck - common, but numbers dwindling.
Mallard - some.
Green-winged Teal (6) - Bill Forward Pool.
White-winged Scoter (4) - one ocean.
Black Scoter (2) - one ocean.
Long-tailed Duck (~ 10) - one ocean.
Bufflehead (6) - BFP & adjacent tidal pools to west.
Red-breasted Merganser (3) - main panne.
Wild Turkey (2) - roadside, small pannes.
Red-throated Loon (1) - one ocean.
Common Loon (3) - 1, one ocean; 2, PI Sound.
Pied-billed Grebe (1) - BFP.
Horned Grebe (1) - one ocean, in breeding plumage.
Red-necked Grebe (2) - one ocean.
Double-crested Cormorant (~ 8) - various.
Great Blue Heron (1) - flying n. over boat ramp marsh.
Great Egret (7) - various.
[Turkey Vulture (1) - on ground in marsh, across tpk. east end of PI
Airfield.]
Osprey (2) - Pines nesting platform.
Northern Harrier (1) - female, hunting North Field.
Piping Plover (1) - one beach.
Killdeer (3) - pr, main panne; 1, North Pool dike.
Greater Yellowlegs (5) - various.
Pectoral Sandpiper (4) - small panne s. main panne (thx MaryMargaret,
Tom, & Dave).
Purple Sandpiper (~ 15) - first groin n. one platform.
Wilson's Snipe (1) - North Pool.
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Downy Woodpecker (1) - S-curves.
Northern Flicker (8) - various.
American Kestrel (1) - perched S-curves before flying down.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - Hellcat.
Blue Jay (~ 5) - various.
American Crow
Purple Martin (1) - lot #1, flying w/ Tree Swallows and single Barn Swallow.
Tree Swallow (~ 25)
Barn Swallow (1) - lot #1.
Black-capped Chickadee (1) - Hellcat parking lot.
Marsh Wren (1) - heard, North Pool.
Golden-crowned Kinglet (5) - Hellcat lot, entry to boardwalk.
American Robin - common.
Northern Mockingbird (5) - 4 in vicinity lot #1.
European Starling
Eastern Towhee (1) - vicinity of Hellcat.
American Tree Sparrow (5) - roadside, n. main panne.
Field Sparrow (2) - Hellcat dike.
Savannah (Ipswich) Sparrow (1) - edge of one beach dunes, n. platform.
Savannah Sparrow (1) - heard, Hellcat dike.
Song Sparrow - common.
White-throated Sparrow (1) - heard.
Dark-eyed Junco (1) - roadside.
Northern Cardinal (2) - heard.
Red-winged Blackbird - common,
Common Grackle (~ 12) - n. gatehouse.
Purple Finch (1) - singing male, roadside n. Goodno Woods crossing.
American Goldfinch (~ 10) - roadside S-curves.

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
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