Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, US
Feb 16, 2019 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
145.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Brookline Bird Club walk led by Eddie Giles.  Annual MASS Waterfowl Prowl with the intention of finding as many species of ducks and waterfowl wintering in the state.  We started the morning at the Mass Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay and birded 13 more locations from there to Orleans and back until sunset.
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  25
Canada Goose  X
Mute Swan  12
Blue-winged Teal  2     Previously reported M/F pair at Mill Pond in West Barnstable.
Gadwall  15
American Wigeon  10
Mallard  X
American Black Duck  50
Green-winged Teal  7
Ring-necked Duck  X
Tufted Duck  1     Seymour Pond, Harwich.  Picked out by Linda Ferraresso.  Small Aythya duck with black back, clearly defined ‘white whale’ flanks and its floppy crest blowing in the breeze.  The bird was roosing (with eyes open) by itself about 200 yards from the beach.  Poor digiscope photos taken to document.
Greater Scaup  X     Seymour Pond, Harwich.  Large, scattered flock with no apparent Lesser’s mixed in.
Common Eider  X     Impressive flocks numbering in the 1,000’s at the west end of the canal (Mass Maritime Academy & Cape Cod Canal RR bridge) and in the 100’s at the east end of the canal.
White-winged Scoter  X     East end of the Cape Cod Canal from Sandwich.
Black Scoter  X     East end of the Cape Cod Canal from Sandwich.
Bufflehead  X
Common Goldeneye  X
Barrow’s Goldeneye  1     Hallets Millpond in Yarmouthport.  Two similar but very different female Goldeneye led to some careful observations and discussion by the group.  We noted the oversall size difference between the two birds, very apparent differences in head/bill/profile shape and amount of yellow on the bills.
Hooded Merganser  X
Common Merganser  1     Seymour Pond, Harwich.
Red-breasted Merganser  X
Ruddy Duck  1     Nye Pond, Sandwich.
Wild Turkey  1
Horned Grebe  1     Sandwich Marina, Sandwich.
Mourning Dove  X
Greater Yellowlegs  1     Bell’s Neck Conservation Lands, Harwich.
Ring-billed Gull  X
Herring Gull  X
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1     West Dennis Beach, West Dennis.
Great Black-backed Gull  X
Common Loon  14
Great Cormorant  2     Attaquin Park / Mashpee Pond, Mashpee.
Great Blue Heron  5
Accipiter sp.  1
Bald Eagle  2     One bird over Nye Pond in Sandwich and a second bird at Hallets Millpond in Yarmouthport.
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2     Nye Pond, Sandwich.
Belted Kingfisher  2     One bird at Mill Pond, Marston Mills and a second bird at Attaquin Park / Mashpee Pond in Mashpee.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
American Crow  X
Fish Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Tufted Titmouse  X     In song at Shawme Lake, Sandwich.
Carolina Wren  X
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  1     Nye Pond, Sandwich.
Song Sparrow  X     In song at Shawme Lake, Sandwich.

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