Date: 5/9/18 1:41 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 05-09-2018
David Moon and I led today's hefty contingent of Wednesday Morning
Birders out of Joppa Flats Education Center on to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge for a beautiful but cool morning of birding. Occasional fog and partly-cloudy-to-cloudy skies with a 5-10 mph sea breeze kept temps in the low 50s. We came across a few pockets of migrant activity as we worked our way down to Hellcat.
Our list: Canada Goose (1) American Black Duck (2) - main panne. Double-crested Cormorant (2) Great Egret (3) Snowy Egret (1) Osprey (2) - nesting platform, w. lot #1. Killdeer (1) - pannes. Greater Yellowlegs (2) - pannes. Willet - common. Lesser Yellowlegs (2) - pannes. Herring Gull Common Tern (2) - boat ramp, w. lot #1. Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1) - Hellcat. Blue Jay (2) - migrating; lot #1. Purple Martin (~ 12) - lot #1. Tree Swallow (~ 20) Barn Swallow (2) Black-capped Chickadee (1) Marsh Wren (2) - heard, marsh n. S-curves. Ruby-crowned Kinglet (1) - thicket, e. main panne. American Robin (5) Gray Catbird (~ 5) - various, roadside. Northern Mockingbird (1) - Hellcat. Brown Thrasher (2) - 1, middens; 1, Hellcat parking lot entrance. European Starling Black-and-white Warbler - common. Common Yellowthroat - common. American Redstart (1) - Goodno crossing. Northern Parula (3) Magnolia Warbler (2) - 1, n. Goodno crossing; 1, Hellcat parking lot. Blackburnian Warbler (1) - thicket, e. main panne. Yellow Warbler - common. Black-throated Blue Warbler (1) - n. Goodno crossing. Yellow-rumped Warbler - common. Eastern Towhee - common. Song Sparrow (4) White-throated Sparrow - common. [White-crowned Sparrow (1) - Joppa Flats feeders.] Northern Cardinal (~ 5) Bobolink (1) - The Warden's. Red-winged Blackbird - common. Common Grackle - common. Brown-headed Cowbird - common. Baltimore Oriole (3) - various. Purple Finch (~ 7) - ~ 5 n. Goodno crossing; 2, vicinity Hellcat parking lot. American Goldfinch (3) 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.
Please note that Wednesday Evening Birding is being conducted during the month of May. Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center at 5:30 for the 2-hour program.
Also be aware that during the month of May, "Friday Morning Bird Walks: Focus on Warblers," will go from 8:00 - 11:00. Preregistration not required. Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center.