Date: 11/15/17 1:19 pm
From: 'Soheil Zendeh' <sohzendeh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday November 19 at 9 am; report for Sunday Nov 12

The next walk at Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, is scheduled for 9 am on Sunday, November 19. Details for attending the walk are below.

ON the walk on November 12, migrant passerines were extremely scarce, as has become noticeable to many folks birding eastern Massachusetts this fall. But Horned Larks, American Pipits and Snow Buntings, the grassland and open country birds, are finally beginning to show up. And meadowlarks put on a nice show.

Some Bear Creek and Rumney Marsh photos here:

Here is the ebird checklist for the walk on Nov 12:

Bear Creek Sanctuary (restricted access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Nov 12, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:39 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
31 bird species

Canada Goose 35
Mallard 8
American Black Duck 10
Bufflehead 12
Red-breasted Merganser 4
Common Loon 1
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Northern Harrier 3
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Black-bellied Plover 2
Wilson's Snipe 3
Ring-billed Gull 1
Herring Gull 70
Great Black-backed Gull 12
Mourning Dove 62
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow 8
Horned Lark 30
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 700
American Pipit 15
Snow Bunting 35
White-throated Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 8
Song Sparrow 5
Northern Cardinal 2
Eastern Meadowlark 3 Seen well in flight.
House Sparrow 2

View this checklist online at

Geoff Wilson, our chaperone and the landscaper for the property, publishes a newsletter that you may find interesting:

Here are the details for attending walks at this property:

Bear Creek is an upland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather.

This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this property is accessible by invitation only and visitors need to be chaperoned at all times. Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual length of the trip depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually difficult to break up the party if you need to be somewhere in the early afternoon. Come prepared to stay with the group.

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down. Please let me know you're coming so we can have a head count.

Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1½ miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just after a set of lights) you’ve gone too far — turn back. Here is a link to google maps:

When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the property without an escort.

Soheil Zendeh
42 Baker Ave
Lexington, MA 02421

Posted by: "Soheil Zendeh" <sohzendeh...>

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