Plum Island – 5/7/16

Plum Island, Essex, Massachusetts, US
May 7, 2016 7:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:     BBC – Plum Island – Leader: Jonathan Center – Areas covered were parking lot 1, main salt pan, s-curves section, Hellcat area, and Pines Trail. Weather overcast, misting, temp. 45-48 F degrees, wind 5-15 mph NE.
41 species

Canada Goose  16
Gadwall  8
American Black Duck  4
Mallard  4
Wild Turkey  5
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Egret  1
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  2
American Golden-Plover  1     Rare spring migrant on the east coast. Molting adult transitioning to summer plumage. ID based on dark brown crown/cap, white supercillium, dark spot behind eye, blackish band on throat, dark brown back with golden-yellow spots, whitish belly w/ several small black splotches, long primary projection appeared to extend pass tail. Observed on the edge of a salt pan c. 100 ft. from road for c. 20 minutes. In flight under wings were solid brown-gray. Wings appeared to be long and slender.
Killdeer  4
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Willet  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  4
Tree Swallow  25
Barn Swallow  3
Black-capped Chickadee  6
Marsh Wren  1
American Robin  6
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  6
Yellow Warbler  1
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  1
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  8
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Purple Finch  3
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S29518418

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