Date: 8/19/19 8:54 pm From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Crane Beach, Ipswich, Aug 19, 2019
Thanks to Lisa Manzi's great photography, I am able to present an illustrated list this time.
Jim Berry Ipswich, Mass. <jim.berry3...>
Crane Beach, Ipswich Aug 19, 2019 7:50 AM - 11:15 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Lisa Manzi and I birded the beach, walking about a mile and a half down, but did not walk a straight line because the tide was low and we could go well out onto the sandbars. Highlights were a Forster's tern and 2 lesser black-backed gulls, an adult and a sub-adult. Tree swallows were abundant, but for some reason shorebirds were almost absent. This was probably my least shorebird-filled walk here ever in August. Perhaps there were more down at the tip of the beach, but we didn't want to walk any farther in the heat and humidity. 21 species (+1 other taxon)
Semipalmated Plover 0 incredible Piping Plover 17 all juvs, full grown Ruddy Turnstone 1 juv Sanderling 3 incredibly low for the date Semipalmated Sandpiper 37 incredibly low for the date Bonaparte's Gull 3 1 juv, 2 adults (though one could have been sub-adult); first juv I've seen this year Laughing Gull 42 40 juvs, 2 adults--some of them were practicing their jaeger moves on the many terns Ring-billed Gull 40 Herring Gull 400 Lesser Black-backed Gull 2 Together with other large gulls, and both slightly smaller than herring gulls. Great views; Lisa took photos. One adult and one sub-adult. Both had entirely yellow legs. Great Black-backed Gull 45 Least Tern 7 Most have apparently finished nesting and begun their movement south. A few were still feeding young. Common Tern 250 We neither saw nor heard any roseates, arctics, or blacks despite much searching. Forster's Tern 1 Nice closeups. Lisa took photos. Sterna sp. 450 These were out on sandbars off the end of PI and were too far out to ID. Overwhelmingly likely that most were commons. Double-crested Cormorant 35 Turkey Vulture 1 Cooper's Hawk 1 Immature, buzzing the least terns and being buzzed in return by the terns and tree swallows. Northern Flicker 1 not seen Tree Swallow 3500 Barn Swallow 7 House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 2