Date: 11/21/18 2:10 pm
From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] W. Newbury & Plum Island (Parker River NWR) - 11-21-2018
David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of
Joppa Flats Education Center inland to Upper Artichoke and Cherry Hill
Reservoirs before heading on to Plum Island.  After last Wednesday's
gale-force winds, weather today was a very welcome change.  Skies were
partly cloudy, temps in the middle 30s, and winds SW/10-20 mph, winds
building rapidly toward the end of the morning.

Our list:

W. Newbury --
Mallard (4) - Upper Artichoke Res.
Northern Pintail (1) - Upper Artichoke Res.
Ring-necked Duck (~ 63) - 13, Upper Artichoke Res.; ~ 50, Cherry Hill Res.
Bufflehead (~ 35) - Cherry Hill Res.
Hooded Merganser (~ 50) - Cherry Hill Res.
Common Merganser (~ 110) - Cherry Hill Res.
Ruddy Duck (~ 40) - Cherry Hill Res.
Ring-billed Gull (8) - Cherry Hill Res.
Herring Gull (5) - Cherry Hill Res.
Mourning Dove (4)
Belted Kingfisher (1) - Cherry Hill Res.
Northern Flicker (2) - Cherry Hill Res.
Pileated Woodpecker (1) - Cherry Hill Res.
Blue Jay (4)
Eastern Bluebird (~ 8) - Cherry Hill Res.
American Robin (1)
Dark-eyed Junco (4)
Northern Cardinal (1) - Cherry Hill Res.
American Goldfinch (2) - Cherry Hill Res.

Plum Island (Parker River NWR) --
Canada Goose - common.
Mute Swan (2) - small pannes.
Gadwall (5) - main panne.
American Black Duck - common.
Mallard - a few.
Northern Shoveler (4) - 2 pr., main panne.
Northern Pintail (6) - Bill Forward Pool.
Surf Scoter (1) - one ocean.
White-winged Scoter (2) - pr., one ocean.
Black Scoter (~ 20) - one ocean (no doubt more further out in ocean).
Long-tailed Duck (~ 25) - one ocean.
Bufflehead (8) - Bill Forward Pool.
Common Goldeneye (2) - one ocean.
Hooded Merganser (1) - male; Bill Forward Pool.
Ruddy Duck (1) - male; North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Red-throated Loon - common, one ocean.
Common Loon (3) - one ocean.
Red-necked Grebe (~ 15) - one ocean.
American Bittern (1) - marsh n. main panne.
Great Blue Heron (2) - hay marsh.
Northern Harrier (2)
Cooper's Hawk (1) - n. end S-curves.
Red-tailed Hawk (2) - n. end S-curves.
American Coot (7) - 5, Bill Forward Pool; 2, North Pool from Hellcat dike.
Herring Gull - common, one ocean.
Great Black-backed Gull (5) - various.
Rock Pigeon - large flock, n. refuge gate.
Peregrine Falcon (1) - flyby, heading e. from PI bridge.
Blue Jay (1) - between parking lot #s 1 & 2.
American Crow (1)
Black-capped Chickadee (2) - Hellcat.
American Robin (2) - Hellcat.
Northern Mockingbird (1) - parking lot #1.
European Starling
Snow Bunting (~ 30) - Bill Forward Pool dike.
Song Sparrow (3) - roadside.
Dark-eyed Junco (3) - roadside.

Next Wednesday marks the first Wednesday Morning Birding of the winter
season on Cape Ann.  This time around, we will be meeting at 9:30 in the
Gloucester Crossing shopping center parking lot. Accessing Gloucester
Crossing:  from the southwest, take Route 128 toward Gloucester; go to
second rotary (Blackburn Circle) and take second exit (continuing on Rt.
128); after rotary, take first right hand turn into Gloucester Crossing
and then the first left into the parking area. Park to the left between
PETCO and AT&T (Market Basket is at the other end of the shopping center
to the right). For those wanting to hitch a ride from Joppa Flats, two
vans will be departing there at 8:30.

For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call David Moon or Dave
Larson at 978-462-9998.

Dave Weaver
Manchester, MA 01944
<cygnus-dkw...>
 
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