Date: 9/12/18 12:57 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Joppa Park Boat Ramp & Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 09-12-2018
David Larson and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of Joppa Flats Education Center, first to the boat ramp at Joppa Park and then on to Parker River Refuge on Plum Island. The skies were overcast with some mist early on; temps in the upper 60s; and winds NE/0-5 mph. The tide had risen enough from the 08:39 a.m. low to cover most of the mud flats by the time we arrived on the boat ramp. So, there were next to zero shorebirds, but many gulls and two rather special terns . . . .
Joppa Park boat ramp -- Mallard Double-crested Cormorant - a few. Great Blue Heron (3) Turkey Vulture (1) Black-bellied Plover (1) Greater Yellowlegs (1) Bonaparte's Gull (1) Ring-billed Gull - many. Herring Gull - many. Great Black-backed Gull (3) CASPIAN TERN (2)
Plum Island (Parker River NWR) -- American Black Duck (~ 10) - mostly Bill Forward Pool. Mallard - common; mostly BFP. Green-winged Teal (~ 30) - BFP. Wild Turkey (~ 8) - roadside across fm lot #1. Double-crested Cormorant (~ 125+) - ~ 25, BFP; ~ 100+, migrating flock over BFP. Great Blue Heron (2) - 1, BFP; 1, marsh w. BFP. Great Egret (~ 20) - various. Snow Egret (5) - BFP. Osprey (1) - atop Pines nesting platform. [Northern Harrier (1) - over marsh, s. mainland side of PI bridge.] Northern Harrier (1) - juv., hunting over BFP dike. Black-bellied Plover (~ 100) - BFP. Semipalmated Plover - common, BFP. Killdeer (3) - BFP. Spotted Sandpiper (1) - BFP, near Hellcat dike. Greater Yellowlegs (~ 50) - BFP & N. Pool fm Hellcat dike. Lesser Yellowlegs (3) - N. Pool fm Hellcat dike. HUDSONIAN GODWIT (1) - s. end BFP among Black-bellied Plovers. MARBLED GODWIT (1) - s. end BFP among Black-bellied Plovers; both godwits at one point within same scope view. (Apologies for the less than definitive initial posting for both godwits -- should have said one of each species!) Semipalmated Sandpiper - common; BFP. Least Sandpiper (~ 10) - BFP. White-rumped Sandpiper (5) -BFP. Baird's Sandpiper (2) - BFP. Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 25) - BFP & N. Pool fm Hellcat dike. Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove Peregrine Falcon (1) - ad; first seen perched just w. of hunting shack n. refuge entrance & then atop dead birch near BFP blind. American Crow (3) Tree Swallow (~ 12) - North Pool Overlook. Barn Swallow (3) - NPO. Northern Mockingbird (1) - NPO. Cedar Waxwing (1) Song Sparrow (2) - Hellcat dike.
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.