Great Meadows NWR–Concord Unit, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Sep 8, 2016 5:15 PM – 7:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Brookline Bird Club – Great Meadows NWR-Concord Unit – Leader: Kathy Dia – Cloudy but warm, upper 70’s F.  The impoundments have little water and quite a lot of vegetation this year. It was rather quiet except for an abundance of waders. Three of us stayed an extra half hour or so on the mid-dike platform and were rewarded with a Bittern sighting at around 7:30 pm. <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.2 Build 70
27 species

Canada Goose  4
Wood Duck  24     Most were seen going to roost at sunset
Mallard (Northern)  5
American Bittern  1     Seen in the Lower Pool at sunset landing in channel then flushed to Upper Pool.
Great Blue Heron  9
Great Egret  22     Collecting in the marsh with about only half the number visible. As the group headed down to the river, Cherrie Corey remained on the mid-Dike platform from which she watched 20 egrets leave the Lower Pool heading SE over the tree line. After Cherrie left we saw two more egrets exit.
Green Heron  2
Least Sandpiper  1     Heard
Wilson’s Snipe  1     Heard exiting the Upper Pool at sunset “skype”!
Spotted Sandpiper  1     Heard
Solitary Sandpiper  1     Heard
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Marsh Wren  7
Gray Catbird  4
Song Sparrow  7
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  32     All in one flock over river
Common Grackle  2     In flock with red-wings
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at