Great Meadows NWR–Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 22, 2019 5:15 PM – 7:15 PM
Comments:    BBC – Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge – Leader: Kathy Dia – Warm and humid 80’s to 70’s F. Observers: Will Martens, Jared Keyes, Charles van Rees, Sam, Mukesh, Vivek, Leslie, Paul, Kathy Dia.
27 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose  42
Wood Duck  17
Mallard  3
Mourning Dove  45
Common Nighthawk  8
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Virginia Rail  2    Squeaking calls, possibly immature bird or birds near the observation platform. Participant Sam briefly saw a rail running across the main dike between the platform and river.
Killdeer  3
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  4
Black Vulture  1    Spotted by Jared Keyes and seen by most. Deep black bird, flat wing shape (no dihedral) with white wing tips, short tail. Flying very high and fast. Going northeast (seemingly the wrong direction if migrating).
Osprey  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Kingbird  6
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  2    Small flycatcher, broad bill base, buffy wing bars. Willow Flycatcher is the most likely species as they bred in this area of the refuge
Blue Jay  3
Barn Swallow  20
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  1
Marsh Wren  7
Gray Catbird  3
American Goldfinch  9
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  2
Common Yellowthroat  1
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