Date: 5/16/18 1:24 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 05-16-2018
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of
Joppa Flats Education Center. After a slowish start on Plum Island, things picked up toward the end of the morning. Yup, shoulda been there earlier! Skies were cloudy to partly cloudy, temps in the low 50s, and winds NE-E/5-10 mph.
Our list: Mute Swan (1) - marsh w. pannes. Gadwall (2) - pr., pannes. Black Scoter (~ 40) - one ocean. [Ring-necked Pheasant (1) - rooster crowing, PRNWR HQ.] Wild Turkey (2) - The Warden's field. Red-throated Loon (1) - one ocean. Common Loon (1) - one ocean. Double-crested Cormorant - common. Great Egret (~ 6) Snowy Egret (1) Turkey Vulture (~ 7) - low over marsh n. main panne. Osprey (2) - nesting platform w. lot #1. Black-bellied Plover (1) - heard, Hellcat. Semipalmated Plover (5) - n. end main panne. Killdeer (3) Greater Yellowlegs - common. Willet - common. Lesser Yellowlegs - common. Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 20) - n. end main panne. Least Sandpiper (2) - n. end main panne. Herring Gull Great Black-backed Gull Least Tern - common. Common Tern - common. Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Snowy Owl (1) - w. small pannes. Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1) Red-bellied Woodpecker (2) - 1, S-curves; 1, Hellcat. American Kestrel (1) - perched in North Field copse. Merlin (1) - mad dash south over middens. Least Flycatcher (1) - S-curves. Great Crested Flycatcher (1) - Hellcat. Blue-headed Vireo (1) - Hellcat. Blue Jay (2) - Hellcat. Purple Martin (~ 12) - lot #1. Tree Swallow - common. Cliff Swallow (1) - pannes. Barn Swallow - common. Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Hellcat. American Robin (3) Gray Catbird - common. Northern Mockingbird (1) - at head of Hellcat parking lot. Brown Thrasher (2) European Starling Northern Waterthrush (1) - Hellcat. Black-and-white Warbler (1) - S-curves. Common Yellowthroat - common. American Redstart (4) - various. Northern Parula (~ 5) - various. Blackburnian Warbler (1) - Hellcat. Yellow Warbler - common. Chestnut-sided Warbler (1) - Hellcat restrooms. Black-throated Blue Warbler (5) - Hellcat. Black-throated Green Warbler (1) - Hellcat. Wilson's Warbler (3) - 2, thicket e. pannes; 1, Hellcat. Eastern Towhee - common. Field Sparrow (2) - 1, n. end S-curves; 1, vicinity of Hellcat. Song Sparrow (~ 7) - various. White-throated Sparrow (1) - Hellcat. Northern Cardinal (2) Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2) - Hellcat. Bobolink (4) - North Field. Red-winged Blackbird - common. Common Grackle - common. Brown-headed Cowbird - common. Orchard Oriole (1) - S-curves. Baltimore Oriole (~ 7) - various. Purple Finch (~ 5) - S-curves & Hellcat. American Goldfinch (~ 5)
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.