Date: 9/4/19 2:18 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Joppa Park & Plum Island- 09-04-2019
David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education Center, first to Joppa Park and then on to Plum Island. Skies were overcast to partly cloudy; temps in the middle 70s; and winds S-SW/10-15 mph.
Plum Island -- Canada Goose (~ 35) - Bill Forward Pool (BFP). Gadwall (5) - continuing hen with 3 young; 1, North Pool from Hellcat dike. Mallard - many; BFP. Blue-winged Teal (3) - BFP. Green-winged Teal (4) - BFP. Common Eider (2) - Emerson Rocks. Common Loon (1) - seven ocean. Double-crested Cormorant - common. Great Blue Heron (2) - 1, marsh n. Main Panne; 1, North Pool from Hellcat dike. Great Egret (~ 15) - various, throughout marsh. Osprey (3) - 1, Pines Trail pole. Red-tailed Hawk (1) - kiting just east of BFP. [Red-tailed Hawk (1) - atop utility pole, PI Tpk.] American Avocet (1) - BFP. Black-bellied Plover (1) - BFP. Semipalmated Plover - common; BFP. Greater Yellowlegs - common; BFP & North Pool from Hellcat dike. Lesser Yellowlegs (5) - North Pool from Hellcat dike. Sanderling (~ 20) - seven beach. Semipalmated Sandpiper (~ 20) - BFP. White-rumped Sandpiper (1) - BFP. Short-billed Dowitcher (~ 25) - BFP & North Pool from Hellcat dike. Ring-billed Gull (5) - seven beach. Herring Gull (2) - seven beach. Great Black-backed Gull (5) - seven beach. Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove (~ 10) - n. refuge gate house. Eastern Kingbird (1) Tree Swallow (1,000s) Barn Swallow (1) Gray Catbird (3) - roadside. Northern Mockingbird (1) - seven boardwalk. Brown Thrasher (1) - seven boardwalk. European Starling - not the usual numbers. Cedar Waxwing (3) - vicinity of lot #7. Song Sparrow (~ 5) - roadside. House Finch (4) - lot #7.
We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.