Date: 8/12/17 3:37 pm
From: Sabrina Hepburn <s.k.hepburn...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip Parker River NWR 8/12/17
It was a beautiful day for a BBC mid-August trip to Parker River NWR. The island was surprisingly empty - no difficulty finding parking even at Sandy Point - with people kept away by the morning drizzle, although in the end the day turned out to be sunny and warm. While no extreme rarities were found, there was a nice mix of species. Highlights included good views of Least Bittern from the Warden’s/Maintenance Area, a stunning close juvenile Peregrine Falcon being mobbed by catbirds, that eventually chased after a Glossy Ibis (which was seen again later), a smattering of warblers, and plenty of the expected shorebirds. John Hoye and others also reported a Black Tern at Stage Island but we couldn’t find it on the trip.

Sabrina Hepburn
Waltham


Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 12, 2017 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
8.0 mile(s)
Comments: BBC Trip covered Parker River NWR, Sabrina Hepburn leader plus about 10 participants
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 19
Gadwall 5
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 15
Green-winged Teal 6
Wild Turkey 5
Red-throated Loon 1 Only seen by one
Double-crested Cormorant 20
Least Bittern 2
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 6
Snowy Egret 10
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Glossy Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 4
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Black-bellied Plover 30
Semipalmated Plover 100
Killdeer 4
Sanderling 25
Least Sandpiper 40
White-rumped Sandpiper 30
Semipalmated Sandpiper 500
Short-billed Dowitcher 20
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 40
Willet 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 12
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 30
Great Black-backed Gull 4
Least Tern 7
Common Tern 4
Mourning Dove 3
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Eastern Kingbird 30
Red-eyed Vireo 2
American Crow 1
Purple Martin 4
Tree Swallow 2000
Barn Swallow 3
Black-capped Chickadee 5
Marsh Wren 3
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 5
Northern Mockingbird 3 One recent fledge, with Peregrine
European Starling 200
Cedar Waxwing 25
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
American Redstart 4
Setophaga sp. 1
Saltmarsh Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 6
Eastern Towhee 3
Common Grackle 8
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38610542 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38610542>




 
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