Date: 8/30/17 12:59 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 08-30-17
David Moon and I led Joppa Flats' Wednesday Morning Birding program on to Plum Island with focus, once again, on shorebirds. The weather improved from earlier rainy conditions to a beautiful day at program's end -- skies cloudy to partly cloudy, temps mid-60s to around 70, and winds NNE/5-12 mph.
Our list: American Black Duck (1) Mallard - common; mostly juvs. Double-crested Cormorant - common. Great Blue Heron (2) - including 1 in North Pool from Hellcat dike. Great Egret (~ 12) - various. Snowy Egret (~ 24) - various. Glossy Ibis (1) - nonbreeding adult; NP from Hellcat dike. Turkey Vulture (4) Osprey (3) - including 2 at Pines platform. Northern Harrier (2) Black-bellied Plover (~ 6) - Bill Forward Pool. Semipalmated Plover (~ 30) - BFP. Killdeer (1) - BFP. Greater Yellowlegs (~ 20) - various. Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 30) - various. Sanderling (6) - Sandy Point. Semipalmated Sandpiper - common; mostly BFP. Least Sandpiper (5) - 1 juv, Stage Island Pool; 4 juvs, NP from Hellcat dike. White-rumped Sandpiper (~ 7) - BFP. Dunlin (1) - mostly alternate plumage; BFP. Stilt Sandpiper (3) - BFP. Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 15) - BFP. Ring-billed Gull (~ 25) - Sandy Point. Herring Gull (~ 10) - Sandy Point. Great Black-backed Gull (~ 12) - Sandy Point. Least Tern (1) - BFP. Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove - many. Tree Swallow - common. American Robin (3) Gray Catbird (2) Northern Mockingbird (3) European Starling - common. Cedar Waxwing (1) - roadside, South Marsh. Northern Waterthrush (1) - NP from Hellcat dike. Song Sparrow (1) American Goldfinch (2) - Hellcat.
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.