Date: 5/13/18 2:59 pm From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - Birdathon list (King Eider, etc.)
Jane and I got out yesterday to help out Joppa Flats Education Center for the Mass Audubon Birdathon. We covered Cape Ann only as we always do and had a great time. Unfortunately, we couldn't put in a full day due obligations, but still got a few nice birds, although nothing terribly rare. We focused on seabirds but didn't have time to cover Halibut or the inner Gloucester harbor area. Clear early, but clouding up. Light NE winds and very cool for mid-May. Started raining as we left. Warblers were rather quiet but there were a few around.
5:30 AM to 1:00 PM
86 species --------------- Brant Canada Goose Mute Swan Mallard American Black Duck KING EIDER 1 Perennial adult male at Salt Island. I guess this guy is now a year-round resident!!?!??!?! Common Eider Surf Scoter White-winged Scoter Black Scoter Long-tailed Duck Red-breasted Merganser Wild Turkey Red-throated Loon Common Loon RED-NECKED GREBE 1 Off Bass Rocks. Northern Gannet Double-crested Cormorant Great Blue Heron Great Egret Snowy Egret Little Blue Heron 1 Adult off Penzance Road. Osprey 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Semipalmated Plover Piping Plover 2 Killdeer Purple Sandpiper Least Sandpiper Spotted Sandpiper BLACK GUILLEMOT 4 Together off rocks at Eastern Point. Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull Great Black-backed Gull Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Mourning Dove Chimney Swift Downy Woodpecker Northern Flicker MERLIN 1 off Bass Rocks Eastern Phoebe Great Crested Flycatcher Eastern Kingbird 1 (just one) Blue-headed Vireo 5 Relatively high count for date. Blue Jay American Crow Northern Rough-winged Swallow Tree Swallow Barn Swallow Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch House Wren Carolina Wren Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Veery American Robin Gray Catbird Northern Mockingbird European Starling Cedar Waxwing Ovenbird Northern Waterthrush Black-and-white Warbler Nashville Warbler Common Yellowthroat Northern Parula Magnolia Warbler Blackburnian Warbler Yellow Warbler Black-throated Blue Warbler Pine Warbler Chipping Sparrow White-throated Sparrow Song Sparrow Swamp Sparrow Eastern Towhee Scarlet Tanager Northern Cardinal Baltimore Oriole Red-winged Blackbird Brown-headed Cowbird Common Grackle House Finch American Goldfinch House Sparrow