Date: 9/27/17 12:39 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island & Joppa Park Boat Ramp - 09-27-17
David Moon and I led today's fair-weather Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island and closed the morning with a short visit to the boat ramp at Joppa Park on a rather high low tide with very small mud flat at base of ramp and up river near yacht club. It was a beautiful, but rather warm day with partly cloudy skies, temps ranging from low 70s to mid 80s along with high dew points, and winds S-SW/~5 mph. The fair weather and the prospect of more migrants making their way south meant a rather large crowd on hand.
Our list (all observations made on PI unless noted otherwise): American Black Duck (~ 60) - various. Mallard (~ 10) - Bill Forward Pool [+ 4, boat ramp]. Green-winged Teal (~ 30) - BFP. Double-crested Cormorant (4) - BFP [+ ~ 40, boat ramp]. Great Blue Heron (2) Great Egret (2) [+ 1, boat ramp] Snowy Egret (4) Turkey Vulture (2) Northern Harrier (1) - marsh w. NP dike. [Black-bellied Plover (1) - boat ramp.] Greater Yellowlegs (~ 8) - various [+ ~ 30, boat ramp]. Lesser Yellowlegs (1) - BFP [+ ~10, boat ramp]. Pectoral Sandpiper (1) - juv, North Pool from Hellcat dike. Stilt Sandpiper (1) - BFP. Short-billed Dowitcher (3) - BFP. [Ring-billed Gull (~ 45) - boat ramp.] [Herring Gull (~ 25) - boat ramp.] [Great Black-backed Gull (2) - boat ramp.] Downy Woodpecker (2) - Goodno Woods. Peregrine Falcon (1) - NP dike. Eastern Phoebe (1) - Wardens. Blue Jay (4) - various. American Crow (2) Black-capped Chickadee (4) - S-curves. Marsh Wren (1) - NP from Hellcat dike. American Robin (~ 15) - Goodno Woods. Gray Catbird (2) - Goodno Woods. Northern Mockingbird (1) - Wardens. European Starling Cedar Waxwing (~ 10) - Goodno Woods (feeding on fruit of Virginia Creeper). American Redstart (1) - Goodno Woods. Eastern Towhee (2) - Goodno Woods. Savannah Sparrow (~ 7) - Wardens. Song Sparrow (1) - Wardens. White-crowned Sparrow (2) - juvs -- 1, Wardens; 1, roadside n. Hellcat parking lot. Northern Cardinal (2) - Goodno Woods. Purple Finch (1) - Goodno Woods.
Please take note, this is the last Friday that Dave Williams will be leading "Friday Morning Bird Walks: Fall Migrants" out of Joppa Flats from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Dave will be exploring various locations in the greater Newburyport/Plum Island area with the focus being on birds migrating through the area, including warblers, shorebirds, raptors, and other migrants. Per session, $12 for Mass Audubon members; $15 for nonmembers.
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.