Date: 4/11/18 2:12 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Scotland Rd & Plum Island - 04-11-2018
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of Joppa Flats Education Center. We began the morning at the Common Pasture on Scotland Road and finished on Sandy Point. Skies were partly cloudy, temps in the low 40s, and winds S-SW/5-10 mph.
Scotland Road -- Canada Goose Eurasian Wigeon (1) American Wigeon (~ 30) American Black Duck (2) - pr. Green-winged Teal (~ 30) Ring-necked Duck (2) - pond at jct. of Scotland Rd. & Highfield St. Great Egret (1) Glossy Ibis (11) Turkey Vulture (2) Cooper's Hawk (1) - female flew in and took drake Green-winged Teal on Common Pasture - quite the scene! Wilson's Snipe (5) - no doubt there were more. Blue Jay (2) American Crow (5) Black-capped Chickadee (1) Tufted Titmouse (1) American Robin - common. European Starling Song Sparrow - common. Northern Cardinal (~ 5) Red-winged Blackbird - common. Common Grackle
Plum Island -- Brant (~ 15) - Sandy Pt. Canada Goose - common. Mute Swan (2) Gadwall (6) American Black Duck (4) Mallard - a few. Northern Shoveler (10) - North Pool Overlook. Surf Scoter (1) - one ocean. White-winged Scoter (~ 6) - one ocean. Black Scoter (2) - one ocean. Long-tailed Duck (~ 20) - one ocean. Bufflehead (4) - 2, NPO; 2, Bill Forward Pool. Red-breasted Merganser (5) - various. Red-throated Loon (3) - one ocean. Common Loon (2) - one ocean. Horned Grebe (1) - one ocean. Great Blue Heron (2) Great Egret (~ 15) Osprey (1) - Pines platform. Bald Eagle (1) - 3rd yr., flyover, NPO. Northern Harrier (3) - 2 males, 1 female. Red-tailed Hawk (1) Piping Plover (~ 17) - Sandy Pt. Killdeer (2) - pannes. Herring Gull Black-backed Gull Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Tree Swallow(2) - pannes. American Robin - common. Northern Mockingbird (2) - Sandy Pt. European Starling Song Sparrow - common. Dark-eyed Junco (2) - S-curves. Red-winged Blackbird - common. Common Grackle House Finch (3) - Hellcat parking area. American Goldfinch (1) - flyover parking lot #1. 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.