Date: 1/4/20 10:14 am
From: Soheil Zendeh <sohzendeh...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Next Bear Creek, Saugus, walk on January 12, 2020, at 9 am; report for Jan 1 walk

The next walk at Bear Creek Sanctuary, Saugus, is scheduled for 9 am on
Wednesday, January 12, 2020; details below.

Note that there is NO WALK tomorrow, Janaury 5.

Approximately 43 people attended the January 1 walk, which was cold and
blustery. Many people, but not all, got good looks or at least glimpses of
the Northern Bobwhite which has been hanging out at the feeders. It tends to
disappear when the crowd shows up. Other highlights were the raptors
(including a Rough-legged Hawk), the usual Horned Lark flock, lingering
Eastern Meadowlarks and a White-crowned Sparrow. A very pale Palm Warbler
added spice to the early going.

Here is the 1/1/2020 ebird list:

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

Jan 1, 2020 9:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.75 mile(s)

Checklist Comments: Happy New Year!

31 bird species

Canada Goose 61

Mallard 4

American Black Duck 8

Bufflehead 20

Common Goldeneye 12

Northern Bobwhite 1 Seen and heard at the start of the trip.

Wild Turkey 4

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 47

Mourning Dove 2

Herring Gull 200

Iceland Gull 1

Great Black-backed Gull 25

Northern Harrier 2

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 2

Rough-legged Hawk 1

American Crow 3

Common Raven 2

Horned Lark 40

European Starling 225

Northern Mockingbird 1

House Sparrow 2

American Goldfinch 7

American Tree Sparrow 1

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-crowned Sparrow 1 At the feeder.

White-throated Sparrow 2

Song Sparrow 7

Eastern Meadowlark 3 Flew up out of the grass.

Palm Warbler 1 Seen and heard. ID’d by Jan Smith.

Northern Cardinal 1

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.

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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