Date: 11/21/19 5:44 pm From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Eight Sparrow Species + Killer Kestrel Mystic+Malden Rivers
Thanks to Paul Peterson for this report.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA <barb620...>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:18:59 +0000 (UTC) From: Paul Peterson <petersonpaul63...> Subject: Eight Sparrow Species + Killer Kestrel Mystic+Malden Rivers
Hi, I birded today along parts of the Mystic and Malden Rivers, as well as Gateway Park, Encore Casino, and finally, Torbert MacDonald Park in Medford. (for the Grasshopper Sparrow found yesterday by Jonathan Layman, and previously by Jason Forbes in a different location. (sliver of grassy land between Encore Boston Casino and the train bridge in Everett). I'm glad i went to the previous locale of the Grasshopper Sparrow, for there I had an AMERICAN KESTREL swoop down right before my eyes on a Song Sparrow and then eat it up on the train bridge. Also on that grassy sliver were a Chipping Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and a particularly bright Savannah Sparrow ! And if that wasn't enough, I finished at Torbert MacDonald Park in Medford near dusk with the GRASSHOPPER SPARROW continuing in the exact same spot as Jonathan had it yesterday. A Field Sparrow was nearby, in a mixed sparrow flock:
Great Blue Heron 1 Mute Swan 33 Hooded Merganser 23 Malden River near Wellington Station Red-breasted Merganser 3 Bufflehead 14 Common Goldeneye 1 Red-tailed Hawk 3 ncluding two soaring together AMERICAN KESTREL 1 murderous adult male Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 Encore in evergreen near hot sparrow zone HERMIT THRUSH 5 including three together Wellington Greenway GRASSHOPPER SPARROW 1 Field Sparrow 1 Savannah Sparrow 1 Chipping Sparrow 1 Swamp Sparrow 2 this and above two species at kestrel spot FOX SPARROW 4 Gateway Park Everett down "trail' White-throated Sparrow 15 Song Sparrow 30 Dark-eyed Junco 16