Crane Beach, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 2, 2021 6:15 PM – 8:35 PM
Checklist Comments: Annual BBC/ECOC walk for piping plovers, least terns, and whips. Ocean flat calm but basically barren of birds. We did not walk in the dunes. The Whip-poor-wills started singing about 8:20 right at the gate. Many thanks to Susan Hedman for co-leading this trip, acting as recorder, and finding many of the birds.
Gadwall 1 This duck liked salt water. Gray duck with jet-black tail.
Mourning Dove 2
Eastern Whip-poor-will 2 Males singing right at gate not long after sunset on a cloudy evening.
Piping Plover 6 Adults; no young or nests seen (yet).
Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Strong bib sharply cut off at belly; larger than semipal. sandpipers and sanderlings.
Semipalmated Sandpiper 24
Willet 1 Flew over calling at gate. Could not verify subsp.
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 150 All or nearly all immatures.
Great Black-backed Gull 13 Mix of ages.
Least Tern 125 Everywhere as we walked; this beach is a breeding colony, so the number is typical. We saw a few on nests but no young yet.
Double-crested Cormorant 14
Glossy Ibis 9
Eastern Kingbird 1
Tree Swallow 10 estimate
Bank Swallow 3 6 burrows seen but no birds flying in or out of them. The 3 we saw were up the beach a ways.
Barn Swallow 1
Gray Catbird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Robin 1
Song Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 3
Baltimore Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Yellow Warbler 1
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S97449970