Cape Cod Shorebirds – 8/19/17

Morris Island, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 19, 2017 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     SSBC/BBC trip, Ernie L
51 species (+1 other taxa)

Common Eider (Dresser’s)  60
Wild Turkey  4
Cory’s Shearwater  25
Cory’s/Great Shearwater  115
Double-crested Cormorant  1000
Green Heron  4
Osprey (carolinensis)  6
Cooper’s Hawk  1     imm
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Oystercatcher  5
Black-bellied Plover  30
Semipalmated Plover  50
Ruddy Turnstone  4
Sanderling  10
Little Stint  1     continuing, adult in fading plumage, rufous wash on face and upperchest, obscure white supercillium, white braces on back (like juv least), scaps dark centered with pale gray edging creating scalloped look so created pattern pack and coverts subtle but different from SESA, dark legs with no palmations.  Short black bill, straight, no decurved lower mandible, no bulbous end, caused bird to feed with back end in air (like STSA),   Bird smaller than SESA, but larger than LESA.  Body more compact than SESA and LESA
Least Sandpiper  15
Semipalmated Sandpiper  75
Short-billed Dowitcher  25
Willet (Western)  1
Laughing Gull  500
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull (American)  X
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1     ad
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Least Tern  1
Common Tern (hirundo)  5000     huge cloud of terns and sitting birds; likely undercounted, perhaps better as sterna sp as there must be a number of ROTE within the total
Mourning Dove  5
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Peregrine Falcon (North American)  1     imm
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  30
Barn Swallow (American)  15
Black-capped Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  1
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  4
European Starling  X
Chestnut-sided Warbler  1     imm
Pine Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Baltimore Oriole  1
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38927519


Tern Island Sanctuary, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 19, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     SSBC/BBC trip, Ernie L
26 species (+3 other taxa)

Mallard/American Black Duck  1
Common Eider (Dresser’s)  27
Cory’s Shearwater  15
Cory’s/Great Shearwater  25
Double-crested Cormorant  200
Snowy Egret  5
Osprey (carolinensis)  1
Northern Harrier  1
American Oystercatcher  2
Black-bellied Plover  160
Semipalmated Plover  35
Piping Plover  4
godwit sp.  1     very likely Hudsonian, but ID not possible with the flying bird seen in silhouette and then at quite a distance after coming out of sun glare; not large enough for Marbled based on bill size and body size compared with the dowitchers it was flying
Ruddy Turnstone  6
Sanderling  5
Least Sandpiper  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  50
Short-billed Dowitcher  200
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Willet (Eastern)  7
Laughing Gull  50
Black Tern  1
Common Tern (hirundo)  300
Mourning Dove  3
Tree Swallow  1000     birds sitting on beach facing wind, but using the lee of the island, constant change over as bird left and others came from north/east, 300-700 on ground at any time; likely undercounted.
Barn Swallow (American)  15
House Finch  1
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38927517


Bell’s Neck Conservation Area, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Aug 19, 2017 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     SSBC/BBC trip, Ernie L
6 species

Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  1
Great Egret  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  2
Least Sandpiper  5
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38927516

2017-08-31T18:45:43+00:00