Date: 8/9/17 1:37 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 08-09-17
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding on to Plum Island and Parker River Refuge. Skies were clear; temps ranged from 70 to 82F.; and winds were SW-S/5-10 mph. Focus was shorebirds of which there were many at Bill Forward Pool (relatively few at Stage Island Pool).
Our list: Canada Goose Mute Swan -- note, Tom, individual cited a week ago was still there in Bill Forward Pool, same place -- dead. This time around, looked a bit the worse for wear . . . . every reason to believe it was dead last week. Gadwall (2) - North Pool from Hellcat dike. Mallard - common. Green-winged Teal (4) - juvs, NP from Hellcat dike. Double-crested Cormorant (~ 45) - various. Least Bittern (2) - 1 ad, 1 probable juv; BFP immediately off of Hellcat dike. Great Blue Heron - common. Great Egret - common. Snowy Egret - common. Turkey Vulture (3) Osprey (2) - vicinity of BFP. Black-bellied Plover - common; BFP. Semipalmated Plover - common; BFP. Killdeer (2) - 1, Stage Island Pool; 1, BFP. Greater Yellowlegs - common; various. Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 15) - NP, Hellcat dike. Red Knot (1) - appeared at distance to be basic plumage ad; BFP. Semipalmated Sandpiper - common; BFP with a few at SIP. Least Sandpiper (4) - 3, NP, Hellcat dike; 1, BFP, Hellcat dike. White-rumped Sandpiper (1) - BFP. Stilt Sandpiper (2) - 1, NP, Hellcat dike; 1, BFP. Short-billed Dowitcher - common; BFP. Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Great Black-backed Gull (1) - SIP. Least Tern (5) - BFP. Mourning Dove Eastern Kingbird (4) Purple Martin - several; lot #1. Tree Swallow - common (congregating!). Barn Swallow (1) European Starling Cedar Waxwing (5) Eastern Towhee (1) Song Sparrow(1) - singing; Hellcat dike. Red-winged Blackbird (~ 10) American Goldfinch (~ 5)
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.