Date: 10/4/17 11:49 am From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm & Plum Island - 10-04-17
David Moon and I led today's edition of Joppa Flats Education Center's Wednesday Morning Birding program first to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm and then on to Plum Island and Parker River NWR. Another day of sunshine and warm temps -- clear skies, temps in low 70s, and winds SW/5-10 mph - lovely! However, it was slow birding . . . .
Our list (all on PI unless designated "SPL"):
Canada Goose American Wigeon (16) - main panne. American Black Duck - at least 200 throughout the marsh and on the pannes (68 on main panne). Mallard (1) Green-winged Teal (~ 150) - Bill Forward Pool. Double-crested Cormorant - common. Great Blue Heron (4) - BFP [+1, SPL]. Great Egret (~ 15) - various. Snowy Egret (3) - 1, BFP. Turkey Vulture (~ 15) - on thermals migrating [+16, SPL]. Northern Harrier (2) - BFP. [Red-tailed Hawk (2) - 1, SPL; 1, pink house, PI Tpk.] Black-bellied Plover (6) - 5, BFP; 1, pannes. Greater Yellowlegs (~ 9) - most in pannes. Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 20) - BFP. White-rumped Sandpiper (2) - BFP. Dunlin (200+) - BFP. Stilt Sandpiper (1) - BFP. Herring Gull - common. Rock Pigeon (1) Downy Woodpecker (1) - Goodno Woods. [Northern Flicker (1) - SPL.] Merlin (1) - BFP. Peregrine (1) - BFP. Blue Jay (~ 16) - mostly Goodno Woods. American Crow - common. [White-breasted Nuthatch (1) - SPL.] American Robin (1) - Goodno Woods [+1, SPL]. Gray Catbird (1) - Goodno Woods. European Starling Cedar Waxwing (7) - Goodno Woods. Eastern Towhee (4) - Goodno Woods. [Savannah Sparrow (~ 20) - SPL.] Song Sparrow (3) - various. [Red-winged Blackbird (~ 25) - SPL.] [House Finch (4) - SPL.] House Sparrow - common.
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.