Plum Island – 9/11/16

Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Sep 11, 2016 7:20 AM – 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
14.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Led BBC walk.  Couldn’t buy a warbler.  Shorebird numbers fairly low, but nice diversity.
48 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose  14
American Black Duck  37
Mallard  19
Green-winged Teal  28     BFP
Wild Turkey  8     One hen with 5 chicks just before the Refuge entrance gate.
Common Loon  1     Emerson Rocks
Pied-billed Grebe  1     Continuing bird at SIP
Double-crested Cormorant  57
Great Blue Heron  16
Great Egret  39
Snowy Egret  31
Black-crowned/Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  12     As we were driving down the Refuge road, we saw approximately 12 Nightherons flying about, as if spooked.  This was just before the Goodnough Crossing.  Latter in the walk, we came upon 2 more Night herons that flushed as we slowly walked along Hellcat boardwalk approaching Goodenough.
Osprey  3
Northern Harrier  2
Black-bellied Plover  28     BFP & SP
Semipalmated Plover  45
Piping Plover  1     SP
Killdeer  1
Red Knot  7     BFP & SP
Stilt Sandpiper  3     BFP, and surprisingly 1 at the Salt Pannes.
Sanderling  60     From parking lot 7 platform.
Dunlin  3     BFP & SP
Least Sandpiper  3
White-rumped Sandpiper  7     BFP & SIP
Semipalmated Sandpiper  260     Big group at SIP
Short-billed Dowitcher  21
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  42
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Ring-billed Gull  4
Herring Gull  13
Great Black-backed Gull  3     Everybody’s friend 2E2 was at SP
Mourning Dove  5
Merlin  1     One flew right over us at the platform at parking lot 7 providing super looks at it.
Peregrine Falcon  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  60
Black-capped Chickadee  2
American Robin  15
Gray Catbird  5
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  40
Cedar Waxwing  3
Song Sparrow  1
sparrow sp.  1
Northern Cardinal  1
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31548119

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