Date: 8/2/17 2:07 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 08-02-2017
Joppa Flats Education Center's Wednesday Morning Birding program was in
session once again following its July hiatus. David Moon and I led an enthusiastic group on to Plum Island and the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge focusing on shorebirds. We spent the first hour or so ensconced in the Bill Forward Pool blind watching a number of shorebirds fueling up for their migration south. Apologies to Paul Roberts for our invasion of his quiet observation post and many thanks to him for sharing some of his sightings, including the continuing HUDSONIAN GODWIT and several Stilt Sandpipers.
Our list: Canada Goose Mute Swan (1) - main panne. Mallard - common -- mostly juvs. Green-winged Teal (4) - small pannes. Double-crested Cormorant (~ 25) Great Blue Heron (10) - various. Great Egret (4) Snowy Egret - common. Green Heron (1) - fly-by, w. to e., n. end main panne. Glossy Ibis (1) - fly-by, n. end Stage Island Pool, heading w. Osprey (2) - vicinity of Hellcat. [(1) - Joppa Park boat ramp.] Black-bellied Plover - common; Bill Forward Pool. Semipalmated Plover - common; BFP. Killdeer (2) - 1, BFP; 1, n. end main panne. Spotted Sandpiper (3) - 1, SIP; 2, main panne. Greater Yellowlegs (~ 7) - various. Willet (3) - marsh, main panne. Lesser Yellowlegs (1) - n. end main panne. Hudsonian Godwit (1) - BFP. Semipalmated Sandpiper - common; BFP. White-rumped Sandpiper (1) - BFP. Stilt Sandpiper (4) - BFP. Short-billed Dowitcher - common; BFP. [Bonaparte's Gull (~ 25) - JP boat ramp.] [Ring-billed Gull - common; JP boat ramp.] [Herring Gull - common; JP boat ramp.] Least Tern - common; various. Common Tern (5) - SIP, main panne. Mourning Dove Eastern Kingbird - common. Blue Jay (1) Purple Martin (~ 10) - lot #1. Tree Swallow - common. Barn Swallow - common. Black-capped Chickadee (1) - shrubs, main panne. American Robin - common. Gray Catbird (4) Northern Mockingbird (3) European Starling - common; many flocks of juvs. Cedar Waxwing - common. Yellow Warbler (1) Eastern Towhee (3) Savannah Sparrow (2) - n. main panne. [(2) - JP boat ramp.] Song Sparrow (~ 5) - singing. Bobolink (1) - North Field. Red-winged Blackbird (1) - North Field. Common Grackle (~ 25) House Finch (1) - roadside, main panne. American Goldfinch - common. House Sparrow
Please take note, during Wednesdays in August, "Wednesday Evening Shorebirding" will be conducted out of Joppa Flats, 5:30 until 7:30. $10 for Mass Audubon members; $12 for nonmembers. Hope to see you there!
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.