Crane Beach and Trails, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Jun 5, 2019 6:10 PM – 8:20 PM
Comments:    A family of 4 (with delightful boys aged 5 and 4) joined 4 others of us for our annual BBC evening walk at Crane Beach.  Alas, it was rather cold with a NE wind blowing off the water, the variety was low, and there were no special highlights beyond the nesting least terns and piping plovers.  We walked the beach but no dunes; all songbirds near gate and parking lot.  No swallows.  We did not stay late to listen for whips.
22 species
Mallard  2    pair in the ocean
Mourning Dove  1
Piping Plover  11    All adults; no nests seen.  Jeff Denoncour of TTOR staff told me they have counted AT LEAST 45 active pairs this year!
Sanderling  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  40    exact count; nothing else with this flock
Willet (Eastern)  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  45
Great Black-backed Gull  12
Least Tern  125    Estimate–a big colony.  Not a large number for this site.  One bird seen on nest.  No other terns seen.
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Gray Catbird  1
American Robin  1
Song Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Orchard Oriole  1    adult male at gate
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  1
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