Date: 1/28/19 11:07 am
From: 'Soheil Zendeh' <sohzendeh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on Sunday February 3, 2019, at 9 am; report for Jan 27 walk

The next walk at Bear Creek Sanctuary is scheduled for 9 am on Sunday, February 3. Details for attending Bear Creek walks are at the end of this email..

Winter is in full swing. Plenty of Red-tailed Hawks and a few other raptors plus a large contingent of Horned Larks were the points of interest on the January 26 walk.

Here is the ebird list of sightings:

Bear Creek Sanctuary (Restricted Access), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jan 27, 2019 9:23 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.07 mile(s)
33 bird species

Canada Goose 125
Mute Swan 2
Mallard 2
American Black Duck 110
Common Eider 1
Bufflehead 11
Common Goldeneye 7
Red-breasted Merganser 16
Wild Turkey 7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 56
Mourning Dove 13
Ring-billed Gull 12
Herring Gull 201
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Common Loon 5
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Northern Flicker 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow 3
Horned Lark 111 Careful count
Black-capped Chickadee 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 200
American Goldfinch 3
American Tree Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 3
Song Sparrow 11
Red-winged Blackbird 16
Northern Cardinal 5
House Sparrow 9

View this checklist online at

Bear Creek is an upland grassland sanctuary built on the Wheelabrator (formerly RESCO) landfill at the northern end of Rumney Marsh in Saugus and Revere. Access information is below. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared to hike 3 – 4 miles. The property is mostly very open, so be prepared for sun, wind and weather.

This walk is free and open to the public, but also note that this property is accessible by invitation only and visitors need to be chaperoned at all times. Please allow roughly 4 hours for this field trip. The actual length of the trip depends on conditions and the birds present. It's usually difficult to break up the party if you need to be somewhere in the early afternoon. Come prepared to stay with the group.

Wheelabrator company has graciously stocked up on some extra pairs of binoculars, so if you or someone you know wants to learn about birds and birding, come on down. Please let me know you’re coming so we can have a head count.

Bear Creek sanctuary access is via the Wheelabrator plant, 100 Salem Turnpike (Rte 107), Saugus. The rotary at the intersection of Rtes 60 and 107 is about 1½ miles southwest of the plant and about 1 mile east of Rte 1 exit on Rte 60. When traveling northeast on 107, if you go over the Ballard Street bridge (just after a set of lights) you’ve gone too far — turn back. Here is a link to google maps:

When you arrive, drive through the plant gates, park in the parking lot immediately and wait for the group. Please do not drive farther into the property without an escort.

Soheil Zendeh
Lexington, MA 02421

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