Date: 4/17/17 11:57 am From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4 places in Ipswich, Apr 17, 2017: white-faced ibis, Va. rails
> 142 County Rd., Ipswich (home) > Apr 17, 2017 9:30 AM > Protocol: Incidental > Comments: The house wren I reported on April 11 at my house was no > fluke. He has been singing here every day since. > 1 species > > House Wren 1 See notes above. My previous early arrival record for > the county was April 20, 2012. So my bird on 4/11/17 beats that record by > 9 days.
Argilla-Northgate-Essex Rd. Fields Complex, Ipswich Apr 17, 2017 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Protocol: Stationary Comments: I first went to Hamlin Res. to look for ibises, but promptly saw a flock fly out of that marsh and into the farm fields across Argilla Rd. So I drove over to the riding stables and looked from the lane, where I saw a flock of 36 ibises. At least one was a white-face. Those ibis flocks move around a LOT. 8 species; highlights:
Glossy Ibis 35 White-faced Ibis 1 Red eyes and face entirely bordered in white; also saw the red 'knees.'
Crane Beach, Ipswich Apr 17, 2017 10:55 AM - 12:40 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) Comments: I took a brief look at the ocean and almost got blown off the platform, so I walked entirely in the dunes and pitch pines. I was hoping for thrashers and field sparrows and heard one of them. 25 species (+1 other taxon); partial list:
Great Egret 1 Osprey 1 Bald Eagle 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 2 not seen Black-capped Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 Northern Mockingbird 1 Pine Warbler 2 apparent pair Field Sparrow 1 singing right off the parking lot Eastern Towhee 7 Red-winged Blackbird ~30 Common Grackle ~45 Brown-headed Cowbird 3 blackbird sp. 5 These could have been rusties, but I didn't see them well enough. With the blackbird flock.