Date: 11/27/19 1:46 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 11-27-2019
David Moon and I led today's edition of Wednesday Morning Birding out of Joppa Flats Education Center on to Plum Island. Skies were clear to mostly cloudy; temps upper 40s to 50; and winds NE-E/0-5 mph. We covered the north end, the pannes, Sandy Point, and Hellcat.
Canada Goose - common. Mute Swan (2) - ads, Main Panne. Gadwall (5) - Main Panne. American Wigeon (4) - 1, Main Panne; 4, small pannes. Mallard (~ 20) - mostly vicinity of Hellcat; a few, Main Panne. American Black Duck - common. Northern Pintail (~ 35) - ~ 25, Main Panne; balance small pannes & Bill Forward Pool (BFP). Common Eider - common; mostly north end, then various. White-winged Scoter (~ 13) - ~ 12, north end; 1, Sandy Point. Bufflehead - common; various. Common Goldeneye (~ 30) - north end. Hooded Merganser (1) - Hellcat flyover. Red-breasted Merganser (2) - north end. Red-necked Grebe (2) - north end. Rock Pigeon Mourning Dove American Coot (1) - Stage Island Pool (thanks, Doug!). Ring-billed Gull (5) - Sandy Point. Herring Gull - common. Lesser Black-backed Gull (1) - Sandy Point. Great Black-backed Gull (~ 22) - 7, north end; ~ 15, Sandy Point. Red-throated Loon (1) - north end. Common Loon (2) - north end. Double-crested Cormorant (2) - north end. Great Blue Heron (3) - 1, marsh s. of Cross Farm Hill; 1, BFP; 1, Hay Marsh.. [Great Blue Heron (1) - marsh across PI Tpk from Plum Bush.] Great Egret (1) - marsh n. PI Tpk, e. PI Bridge. Northern Harrier (3) - females; various. [Red-tailed Hawk (1) - atop chimney of "Pink House."] Red-tailed Hawk (2) Downy Woodpecker (1) - Hellcat. Peregrine Falcon (1) - flying with just-caught duck (some thought it was a black duck) over South Marsh. Black-capped Chickadee (3) - Hellcat. American Robin (2) - Hellcat. Northern Mockingbird (2) - parking lot #1. European Starling House Sparrow American Pipit (5) - at first, perched on roadside fence, n. South Marsh. Song Sparrow (2) Swamp Sparrow (1) - shrub n. South Field. Yellow-rumped Warbler (5) - various.
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.