Date: 8/11/17 5:37 am From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Parker River Peregrine
Thanks to A. Reeve for the following.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA <barb620...> *
On Weds. afternoon I thought I might try to find the bittern. I observed 3 Glossy Ibis at the North Pool overlook. They were difficult to see behind grasses in the company of several Egrets, ducks, & turtles. I went on to the Hellcat area & surveyed Bill Forward Pool where there were large flocks of shorebirds at the far end. They repeatedly swarmed off & returned. I then noticed a large dark bird on a sandy patch of ground. Viewing it through my binoculars it was easily identified as a peregrine. It kept looking my way & turning it's head from side to side showing its "mustache" very clearly. By the time I had climbed the tower for a better view it had taken off in a southerly direction. I looked for it again from the Pines observation deck without luck. I did see 4 osprey: 2 on the nest platform, 1 on a tall pole nearby, & 1 on a short post closer to the shore. I never found the Bittern but was pleased to see so many egrets & herons. There were lots of swallows but I did not observe their staging behavior. A. Reeve Exeter,NH