Date: 10/11/18 7:42 am
From: David Moon <dmoon...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island 10-10-18
It was a lovely day to be on Plum Island chasing birds yesterday, with sun, temps in the 70's and 80's, and a steady breeze from the west. From the beach platform at parking lot #7, we saw Northern Gannets, a few early wintering loons and scoters, some late migrating shorebirds, a few little passerine migrants in the shrubbery, migrating vultures, and a strong showing of the beginning of the dabbling duck migration out on Stage Island Pool. Mary Margaret Halsey and Doug Chickering let us know about many pipits at the point, so it was an birder's smorgasbord. Dave Weaver will be back to lead next Wednesday, as he almost always is.

Our list:
Canada Goose (25) - Stage Island Pool (SIP) - ~ 15, South Pannes - ~10.
Gadwall (8-10) - SIP.
American Wigeon (20+) - SIP.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - common.
Northern Pintail (15+) - SIP.
Green-winged Teal - common.
Common Eider (2) - Emerson Rocks
Scoter sp. (~12) - parking lot #7 (seven) ocean
Common Loon (2) - Emerson Rocks
Northern Gannet (4) - seven ocean
Double-crested Cormorant - common. Many large, migrating flocks.
Great Blue Heron (3) - North Marsh.
Great Egret (20+) - various, but concentrated between Cross Farm hill and Stage Island.
Snowy Egret (1) - North Pool from Hellcat Dike.
Turkey Vulture (8) - various.
Osprey (1) - North Pool.
Northern Harrier (1) - SIP.
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - Hellcat Dike and North Pool Overlook.
Black-bellied Plover (3) - seven beach.
Semipalmated Plover (20+) - seven beach.
Greater Yellowlegs (2) South Pannes.
Sanderling (5) - seven beach.
Dunlin (~20) - seven beach.
Semipalmated Sandpiper (1) - flyover Wardens.
Ring-billed Gull (at least 1) - seven beach.
Herring Gull - common.
Great Black-backed Gull (~5) - seven beach, Sandy point.
Rock Pigeon - "university streets" neighborhood.
Belted Kingfisher (1) - North Pool.
Eastern Phoebe (1) - North Pool Dike.
Blue Jay - common. Migrants?
American Crow (2)
American Robin (4) - Hellcat.
Northern Mockingbird - common. At least six at seven.
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing (2) - roadside.
American Pipit (8+) - Sandy Point near boardwalk. Probably many more.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (4) - various.
Savannah Sparrow - (1) - Wardens.
Song Sparrow (5) - various.
Northern Cardinal (2) - North Dunes thickets.

David Moon
Sanctuary Director
Joppa Flats Education Center
Mass Audubon
1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950

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