Date: 1/8/20 1:10 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Plum Island - 01-08-2020
Dave Williams joined me in leading Joppa Flats' Wednesday Morning Birding program on to Plum Island -- the north end and points south. Skies were cloudy to partly cloudy to clear; temps 32-40 F.; and winds SW-NW/5-15 mph and building. Passerines were in short supply, but outside of that, we had some pretty "good" birds.
Brant (7) - Emerson Rocks. Canada Goose - common. Mallard (6) - Bill Forward Pool (BFP). American Black Duck - common. Common Eider (~ 40) - ~ 15, north end; ~ 25, seven ocean. White-winged Scoter (4) - north end. Black Scoter (3) - 1, north end; 2, seven ocean. Long-tailed Duck (~ 15) - ~ 10, north end; 5, seven ocean. Common Goldeneye (3) - 1, north end; 2, Bar Head ocean. Red-breasted Merganser (4) - 3, north end; 1, seven ocean. Horned Grebe (4) - seven ocean. Sanderling (~ 50) - seven beach. Dunlin (~ 80) - seven beach. Ring-billed Gull (2) - 1, north end; 1, seven beach. Herring Gull (6) - 3, north end; 3, seven beach. Great Black-backed Gull (1) - north end. Red-throated Loon (1) - north end. Common Loon (2) - 1, north end; 1, seven ocean. [Northern Harrier (3) - marsh sw PI Bridge w. parking lot.] Northern Harrier (1) - over Middens. [Bald Eagle (2) - imm., 1 perched beneath refuge boat ramp Osprey platform, 1 perched on snag edge of marsh; both sw PI Bridge w. parking lot.] Bald Eagle (1) - ad. on prey in marsh w. North Pool dike (presumably a duck) after having put up a sizeable flock of black ducks; seen from Hellcat dike. [Rough-legged Hawk (1) - hovering over marsh s. PI Bridge w. parking lot.] Rough-legged Hawk (1) - hovering over Cross Farm Hill. Snowy Owl (2) - 1, perched in tree on edge of marsh, S-curves; 1, first seen in marsh immediately w. BFP (later spooked by aforementioned eagle on a flyby; owl landed atop one of BFP blind pines). Northern Shrike (1) - n. edge South Field atop red cedar, ~ 50 yards from refuge road. European Starling - large flock on wires leading to PI Bridge from east.
Next week, January 15, Wednesday Morning Birding will visit Cape Ann. Meet at 9:30 at Gloucester Crossing in front of Marshalls. If you want to hitch a ride in one of Joppa's vans, meet at Joppa Flats for an 8:30 departure. Any questions about Joppa programs, give Dave Larson or David Moon a call at (978) 462-9998.