Date: 3/28/18 12:22 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scotland Road, Newbury, & Plum Island - 03-28-2018
David Larson and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out
of Joppa Flats Education Center, first to the Scotland Road pastures and then on to Plum Island. It turned out to be a beautiful day, the best we've had in some time -- overcast to partly cloudy, 45-50 degrees F, winds variable 2-5 mph. Lots of ducks in the Common Pasture, but pretty quiet on Plum Island.
Scotland Road -- Canada Goose Mute Swan (2) - ads, pond at jct of Scotland Rd & HIghfield St. American Wigeon (~ 30) American Black Duck - common. Mallard (~ 35) Northern Shoveler (2) - pr. Northern Pintail (6) Green-winged Teal (~ 200) Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull American Crow Black-capped Chickadee (2) Tufted Titmouse (1) Song Sparrow (2) White-throated Sparrow (1) Northern Cardinal (1) Red-winged Blackbird - common. Common Grackle - a few.
Plum Island -- Canada Goose American Black Duck - common. Mallard - common. Northern Pintail (8) - BFP. Green-winged Teal (4) - BFP. White-winged Scoter (~ 12) - n.end. Long-tailed Duck (~ 8) - n. end. Bufflehead (~ 8) - various. Common Goldeneye (8) - 6, PI River; 2, n. end. Common Merganser (~ 8) - flyby over mouth of Merrimack R. Red-breasted Merganser (~ 15) - various. Red-throated Loon (1) - n.end. Common Loon (~ 10) - n. end. [Bald Eagle (2) - 1 4th yr, 1 3rd yr; perched edge of Merrimack across from and east of PI Airport.] Northern Harrier (1) - female, w. main panne perched on staddle. Red-tailed Hawk (1) - spooked from tree roadside, n. end S-curves. Killdeer (3) Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Great Black-backed Gull (1) Rock Pigeon - PI bridge. Snowy Owl (2) - 1, on vegetative mound at water's edge due w. parking lot #2; 1, perched atop Coast Guard station n. end. Blue Jay (4) American Crow - common. American Robin European Starling American Tree Sparrow (5) Song Sparrow - common. Dark-eyed Junco (3) Northern Cardinal (2) Red-winged Blackbird - common. Common Grackle - common. House Finch (1) - female, Hellcat.
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.