Date: 9/5/18 1:09 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 09-05-2018
Susan Yurkus and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program on to
Plum Island buoyed by Tom Wetmore's report of a Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a Baird's Sandpiper at North Pool Overlook. It was another hot morning on the island. The skies were partly cloudy, temps ranged from the upper 70s to 87, and winds were light out of the south quadrant.
Our list: Canada Goose (~ 20) - Bill Forward Pool. Mallard (~ 30) - mostly Stage Island Pool. Double-crested Cormorant (~ 50) - various. Great Blue Heron (3) - 1, BFP; 1, N. Pool fm Hellcat dike; 1, SIP. Great Egret (~ 25) - various. Osprey (4-5) - 2, Pines platform; 2, platform n. SIP; 1 overhead Hellcat. Bald Eagle (1) - juv seen over PI Sound from SIP. Cooper's Hawk (1) - ad, probably female; strafed North Pool Overlook putting up Buff-breasted and Baird's Sandpipers. Black-bellied Plover (6) - BFP. Semipalmated Plover (~ 6) - BFP Piping Plover (1) - seven beach. Greater Yellowlegs (~ 30) - some N. Pool fm Hellcat dike; mostly SIP. Lesser Yellowlegs (~ 10) - ~ 9, N. Pool fm Hellcat dike; 1, SIP. Sanderling (2) - seven beach. Semipalmated Sandpiper - some, various. Least Sandpiper (3) - 2, N. Pool fm Hellcat dike; 1, SIP. White-rumped Sandpiper (5) - BFP. Baird's Sandpiper (4) - 1, NPO; 3, BFP. BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (1) - NPO (Tom, thanks for heads up!). Short-billed Dowitcher (8) - 3, BFP; 5, N. Pool fm Hellcat dike. Ring-billed Gull (2) Herring Gull (~ 6) Rock Pigeon (2) Mourning Dove (1) Belted Kingfisher (1) - perched atop NPO island cedar. Peregrine Falcon (1) - flyby over dunes headed south between lots #1 & 2. Eastern Phoebe (1) - SIP. Blue Jay (1) American Crow (1) Tree Swallow (~ 5) Barn Swallow (1) - NPO. Gray Catbird (1)\ Northern Mockingbird (2) - lot #7. Cedar Waxwing (~ 10) - vicinity of lot #7. Song Sparrow (1) - BFP blind.
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.