Cumberland Farms – 10/8/17

Cumberland Farms–River St. Entrance, Plymouth, Massachusetts, US
Oct 8, 2017 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.75 mile(s)
Comments:     Brookline Bird Club walk led by Eddie Giles. The morning started out with very windy conditions which only intensified in the two hours we spent there. Upon arrival, nothing calling, chipping, tweeting or moving.  As we walked the fields, anything that did flush immediately put back down.  There were at least two groups of people that were running dogs in the fields and we noted that the dogs themselves were flushing few birds, if any.
14 species (+2 other taxa)

Wild Turkey  X     One or more turkeys vocalizing somehwere out of our line of sight shortly after sunrise.
Northern Harrier  2     We saw Northern Harriers a few times in the two hours we were there, but never more than two in the air at the same time.  (There may have been as many as five.)  All were juveniles.
Cooper’s Hawk  1     Involved in a dogfight with two Broad-winged Hawks and some American Crows.  Both species of raptors simultaneously turned the tables and chased off their pursuers.  Determined to be a Coopers by its larger size when compared to the Crows that were chasing it.
Broad-winged Hawk  2     Involved in a dogfight with a Coopers Hawk and some American Crows.  Both species of raptors simultaneously turned the tables and chased off their pursuers.  Determined to be Broad-wings by their banded tails (noted by Karsten Hartel) and smaller size when compared to the Crows.
Mourning Dove  10     In flight
Merlin  1     Seen in flight by Karsten Hartel.
Blue Jay  X     Heard only.
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  30     Several small flocks seen between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM, the largest flock comprised of 15 birds.
Gray Catbird  1     Pished out of a thicket with great effort.
warbler sp. (Parulidae sp.)  1     Flushed in a field, seen by Karsten Hartel.
White-crowned Sparrow  1     Pished out of the same thicket as the Gray Catbird.
Song Sparrow  20     Most numerous bird of the morning, affording quick looks as the birds popped up briefly now and then; very few ever teed up.
sparrow sp.  X     Presumed to be mostly Song.
Northern Cardinal  1     Pished out of the same thicket as the Gray Catbird and White-throated Sparrow.
Bobolink  8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40005203

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