Parker River NWR – 10/19/17

Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 19, 2017 7:25 AM – 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
7.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunny and 42-68 degrees. With Brookline Bird Club trip led by Dave Williams. Stops at Lot 1, main salt pans, Wardens, North Pool Overlook, Hellcat dike, Bill Forward Blind, and Lot 7 platform.
47 species

Canada Goose  29
American Wigeon  6
Mallard  19
American Black Duck  309     Various locations throughout the refuge
Northern Pintail  24
Green-winged Teal  62     58 at Bill Forward Blind and 4 in main pans
Common Eider  4     Lot 7
White-winged Scoter  36     29 from Lot 7
Red-breasted Merganser  6     Lot 7
Common Loon  3
Northern Gannet  75     Estimated- Lot 1 and more seen from Lot 7 platform. Probably many more as they flew south .
Double-crested Cormorant  11
Great Blue Heron  7
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  3     Hellcat dike
Turkey Vulture  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Black-bellied Plover  2
Dunlin  5     Lot 1
Pectoral Sandpiper  4     North Pool Overlook. Smaller than nearby Greater Yellowlegs. Distinct streaked upper breast and plain lower belly showing the typical pectoral band. Our only concern was the legs appeared dark rather than yellowish.
Greater Yellowlegs  22     Various locations
Lesser Yellowlegs  1     At North Pool Overlook- heard  2 part “tu-tu” call
Ring-billed Gull  13
Herring Gull  17
Great Black-backed Gull  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  29
Mourning Dove  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  6
Horned Lark  12     2 small flocks flew over us at Lot 1. We heard them calling which alerted us.
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Marsh Wren  1     Heard several times as we got out of the car at Lot 7
American Robin  1
Northern Mockingbird  8     7 at the Wardens
European Starling  20
Cedar Waxwing  8
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  5
Chipping Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  1     Wardens
Savannah Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  15     Flock near entrance to the refuge and 1 at the Wardens.

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2017-10-21T15:21:24+00:00