Date: 3/27/18 4:10 pm From: Jonathan Center <jbcenter...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC Trip Report - Parker River NWR, Mar 24, 2018
A Brookline Bird Club trip was held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Walked beach south for over one mile in hoping to find Piping Plover. None were found. Best birds were two "Ipswich" Savannah Sparrows observed well at close range. They were grayer and paler than normal sub-species. A flock of Snow Buntings dropped in along the beach and gave nice views. Maybe late for time of year. The trip concluded early by noon. I apologize for the late report.
Jonathan Center <jbcenter...> Chelmsford
Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US Mar 24, 2018 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Protocol: Traveling 2.5 mile(s) Comments: Brookline Bird Club trip led by Jonathan Center. Starting from parking lot # 1 walked south on the beach for over one mile (about 1/4 mile south of the board walk from parking lot 3). Returned to parking lot 1 by way of the board walk for parking lot 2. Could not find any Piping Plovers on the beach. The BBC trip concluded by noon. 13 species
Canada Goose 5 Mallard 2 Surf Scoter 1 White-winged Scoter 2 Horned Grebe 1 Herring Gull 20 Great Black-backed Gull 3 Mourning Dove 2 American Crow 5 European Starling 5 Snow Bunting 20 One flock of 20 flew in from south and dropped in on beach before continuing north. Observed at close range. At least two were males in near breeding plumage: solid black on back and white on under parts and on head. The rest were whitish overall, brownish on back, and tannish around head and sides. White patches in wings was obvious when flying. Carefully counted. Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) 2 Common Grackle 12