Date: 2/28/18 1:22 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 02-28-2018
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island for yet another beautiful day. It wasn't quite as warm as it was a week ago, but for February 28, we'll take it -- skies were clear to partly cloudy; temps ranged from low 50s to low 60s; and winds SW/5-15 mph.
Our list: Canada Goose - common. Gadwall (38) - main panne. American Wigeon (1) - main panne. American Black Duck - common. Mallard (~ 6) Northern Pintail (~ 12) - Bill Forward Pool. Common Eider (~ 65) - ~40, n. end; ~25, seven ocean. White-winged Scoter - common. Black Scoter - common (mostly one ocean). Long-tailed Duck (15) - 7, n. end; 3, one ocean; 5, seven ocean. Bufflehead (3) - 2, n. end; 1, seven ocean. Common Goldeneye (~ 18) - 2, n. end; ~14, PI River, w. lot #1; 2, seven ocean. Red-breasted Merganser (~ 19) - n. end. Common Loon (5) - 3, n. end; 1, one ocean; 1, seven ocean. Horned Grebe (5) - 3, one ocean; 2, seven ocean. Turkey Vulture (2) - over Salisbury from n. end. Red-tailed Hawk (1) [+ 1, Joppa.] Killdeer (1) - FOY; n. end main panne. Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Great Black-backed Gull Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Snowy Owl (1) - on staddles nw main panne. Downy Woodpecker (1) - S-curves. American Crow - common. [Tufted Titmouse (2) - Joppa.] [Eastern Bluebird (3) - e. Joppa.] Northern Mockingbird (1) - s. end S-curves. European Starling Song Sparrow (~ 100+) - roadside up & down refuge road. Dark-eyed Junco (2) - S-curves. [Red-winged Blackbird (~ 12) - PRNWR HQ.] Common Grackle (~ 17) - n. end. House Finch (1) - n. end. House Sparrow
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.