Apr 2, 2018 1:15 PM - 2:25 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) Comments: I met up with other birders on Northgate Rd. today (number variable) and together we had some great highlights. 11 species
Snow Goose 44 Including 12 blue geese. I watched the entire flock fly around a couple times (just the snows) and got a reasonably accurate count, both in the air and on the ground. (44 was the minimum number.) The vast majority were adults. Canada Goose 230 plus Red-tailed Hawk 1 Killdeer 9 Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Beautiful bird with heavy streaking down the breast that was cut off sharply halfway down. Medium sized bill, greenish-yellow legs. A little smaller than the killdeer. These birds are uncommon in the county the first 2 weeks of April. Wilson's Snipe 5 all shorebirds in mud puddle about equidistant from Essex and Argilla Roads American Crow 6 American Robin 5 European Starling 400 Eastern Meadowlark 4 all together in grass behind mud puddle Red-winged Blackbird 50
Hamlin Reservation, Ipswich Apr 2, 2018 2:25 PM - 3:10 PM Protocol: Traveling 0.1 mile(s) Comments: I went here to look for snowy egrets and found some. Be aware that the bridge to the island is out and the trail roped off. I have no clue when the Trustees will fix it. 13 species
Mallard 1 American Black Duck 20 Green-winged Teal (American) 19 Great Egret 12 exact count Snowy Egret 15 Yellow feet seen when flock flew against dark background. This bird is not rare now--it becomes uncommon the last week of March in Essex County. Mourning Dove 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 4 American Robin 1 Song Sparrow 3 Red-winged Blackbird 5 House Finch 1
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Then at Shea's on the Ipswich-Essex line I found 4 more great egrets and 2 greater yellowlegs.