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.
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.