Date: 12/2/19 9:33 am
From: 'Soheil Zendeh' <sohzendeh...> [arlingtonbirds] <arlingtonbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [Arlington Birds] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on December 8 at 9 am; report for Dec 1 walk

The next walk at Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, is scheduled for 9 am on
Sunday, December 8, details below.

On Sunday, December 1, we had a well-attended walk, with overcast skies and
relatively mild temperatures. Grassland birds (meadlowlarks, Horned larks,
Snow Buntings) were flying about all over the place but gave us
frustratingly poor views, as did the Baltimore Oriole. Sparrows were also
abundant, with American Tree Sparrows in good supply and affording good
views. A grey ghost (male Northern Harrier) was in view frequently.

Here is the ebird list:

Bear Creek Sanctuary (Restricted Access), Essex, Massachusetts, US

Dec 1, 2019 9:18 AM - 1:18 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

35 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 40

Mallard 4

American Black Duck 41

Surf Scoter 1

White-winged Scoter 6

Bufflehead 65

Common Goldeneye 1

Red-breasted Merganser 22

Wild Turkey 14

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 70

Mourning Dove 82

Wilson's Snipe 1

shorebird sp. 1

Herring Gull 90

Great Black-backed Gull 10

Common Loon 1

Great Blue Heron 1

Northern Harrier 1 Male

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 7

Northern Flicker 3

American Crow 2

Horned Lark 88

European Starling 200

Northern Mockingbird 2

American Goldfinch 2

Snow Bunting 2

American Tree Sparrow 20

White-throated Sparrow 2

Savannah Sparrow 5

Song Sparrow 26

Swamp Sparrow 5

Eastern Meadowlark 2

Baltimore Oriole 1 Orange with streaked back

Red-winged Blackbird 30

Northern Cardinal 2

View this checklist online at

Here are the details for attending walks at this property:

Bear Creek is an upland 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

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 1˝ 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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