Minute Man National Historical Park, Middlesex, Massachusetts, US
Aug 30, 2019 5:00 PM – 7:10 PM
Comments:    BBC – Nighthawks over Minute Man NHP – Leader: Kathy Dia – We walked from the Elm Brook lot to the Bloody Angle. Birds were quiet on the way out, then in a wooded section  of the trail with only partial clearing above , one of the participant spotted the first Nighthawk. At least 10 streamed by (hard to count with the trees but this is conservative). We then returned to the boardwalk where a couple more were spotted and perhaps the most interesting bird of the day, a Virginia Rail was heard. On the return trip Jonathan spotted an unusual baby snake, yet to be ID’d and bats flying in the Brooks Village field.
30 species (+5 other taxa)
Canada Goose  19
Mallard  3
teal sp.  1    Small duck with Mallards
Wild Turkey  6
Mourning Dove  55
Common Nighthawk  12
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Virginia Rail  1    What a treat. Immature rail squeals heard from marsh right next to the Elm Brook boardwalk. My first rail at this spot.
heron sp.  1    Distant and brief silouette
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  3
Hairy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1    Calling
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill’s Flycatcher)  1    Perching and flycatching at Elm Brook
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)  1
Blue Jay  20
Black-capped Chickadee  5
White-breasted Nuthatch (Eastern)  3
Carolina Wren  1
European Starling  80
Gray Catbird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
American Robin  154
Cedar Waxwing  50
House Finch  4
American Goldfinch  12
Song Sparrow  2
Baltimore Oriole  5    All in one tree. Family group?
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  20
Common Grackle  50
blackbird sp.  30
Common Yellowthroat  2
Northern Cardinal  1
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60628085