Date: 5/30/18 2:07 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 05-30-2018
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of
Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island. Skies were clear to partly cloudy; temps in middle to upper 60s;and winds NE-E/5-10 mph. We made our way directly to Sandy Point and were rewarded with ample parking spaces -- read that school still in session and cool temps.
Canada Goose (11) - including pr. w/ 6 good-sized goslings; Bill Forward Pool. Mute Swan (1) - ad, southern-most panne,. Gadwall (3) -lone drake, pannes; pr. BFP. Mallard - many including molting drakes, Stage Island Pool. Red-breasted Merganser (1) - hen, SIP. Wild Turkey (1) - tom, South Field. Double-crested Cormorant - common. Great Egret (~ 5) Snowy Egret (~ 7) Osprey (1) - overhead, BFP. Black-bellied Plover (~ 25) - 2, Sandy Point; balance, South Marsh. Semipalmated Plover (5) - 3, SP; 2, BFP. Piping Plover (~ 9) - SP. Killdeer (2) - 1, pannes; 1, SP. Spotted Sandpiper (1) - BFP. Willet - common. Ruddy Turnstone (3) - w/ Black-bellies; South Marsh. Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 200) - BFP. Herring Gull Least Tern (5) - 1, main panne; 3, SP; 1, BFP. Common Tern (1)- SP. Mourning Dove Empidonax sp. (2) - together in small trees and shrubs se. corner North Pool, Hellcat dike; probable Willow Flys. Great Crested Flycatcher (1) - heard, n. end S-curves. Eastern Kingbird (3) - various. American Crow (2) Purple Martin (~ 7) - lot #1. Tree Swallow - common. Bank Swallow (1) - SP. Barn Swallow (3) Marsh Wren - common; North Pool. American Robin (2) Gray Catbird - common. Northern Mockingbird (3) - 1, SP; 1, Hellcat; 1, lot #1. Brown Thrasher (1) - roadside, s. end S-curves. European Starling Cedar Waxwing (2) - Hellcat. Black-and-white Warbler (1) - heard; Goodno crossing. Common Yellowthroat - common. American Redstart (3) Yellow Warbler - common. Eastern Towhee - common. Song Sparrow - common. Northern Cardinal (1) Bobolink (6) - 1, North Field; 5, vicinity of BFP dike. Red-winged Blackbird - common. Common Grackle - common. Brown-headed Cowbird (4) Baltimore Oriole (2) - 1, Hellcat; 1, Goodno crossing. Purple Finch (2) American Goldfinch (2) - SP.
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.