Nahant–Heritage Trail & Lowlands Park, Essex, Massachusetts, US
22-Apr-2023 07:03 – 08:25
Protocol: Traveling
0.85 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    A Brookline Bird Club bird walk led by Shilo McDonald. ~40 ºF. Invasive plant species pointed out along the way: 1. Japanese Knotweed 2. Garlic Mustard 3. Oriental Bittersweet 4. Multiflora Rose 5. Common Buckthorn
28 species
Mallard  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Mourning Dove  7
Killdeer  2    Flying in the air above the parking lot and baseball field. Vocalizing.
Wilson’s Snipe  1    In the Stump Dump. Spotted by Mary Margaret.
Herring Gull  9    Flybys.
Double-crested Cormorant  2    Flying by.
Great Egret  1    Flying by.
Osprey  1    Flying by.
Red-tailed Hawk  2    One was seen carrying a young Common Grackle.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Crow  1
Common Raven  1    Seen and heard. Croaking.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1    Adult male. Spotted by Michelle.
Carolina Wren  4
European Starling  20
Northern Mockingbird  1    Singing.
American Robin  8
American Goldfinch  4
White-throated Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  3
Swamp Sparrow  1    Possibly two. Heard only. A reedy trill coming from within the reeds.
Red-winged Blackbird  16
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
Common Grackle  12
Northern Cardinal  6
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Nahant Thicket Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon), Essex, Massachusetts, US
Checklist Comments:    A Brookline Bird Walk led by Shilo McDonald. ~40 ºF. Native species pointed out: 1. Serviceberry / Shadbush 2. Black Oak. Non-native species pointed out: 1. English Ivy 2. European Chestnut.
24 species (+1 other taxa)
Mallard  4
Mourning Dove  2
Herring Gull  2    Flying by,
Double-crested Cormorant  1    Flying by.
Accipiter sp.  1    Small accipiter flying just beyond the northern edge of the thicket. Possible Sharp-shinned Hawk. The view was fleeting.
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1    Heard only. Keek series.
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2    Singing. “Feed me.”
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Carolina Wren  2
Brown Thrasher  1    Found by Mary Margaret. Photos attached.
Northern Mockingbird  1    Providing a performance of a life time. Song bits included Belted Kingfisher, Killdeer, White Breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Phoebe and Greater Yellowlegs.
American Robin  3
House Sparrow  4    Chirping from a nearby yard with feeders.
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  4
White-throated Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  2
Swamp Sparrow  1    Seen alongside the muddy ravine on the personal property area allowed for birding.
Eastern Towhee  2    Male female pair foraging on the ground alongside the boardwalk.
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  6    Males displaying for the females.
Common Grackle  6
Northern Cardinal  2
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Nahant–East Point Headland, Essex, Massachusetts, US
22-Apr-2023 09:39 – 10:26
Protocol: Traveling
0.883 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    A Brookline Bird Club bird walk led by Shilo McDonald. ~40 ºF, but extra chilly in the wind. Highlights include Common Raven, Fish Crow, a raft of scoters and Common Loons in breeding plumage!
27 species
Common Eider  25    Estimate.
Surf Scoter  18
White-winged Scoter  5
Black Scoter  100    Estimate.
Long-tailed Duck  8    Flying together.
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Purple Sandpiper  16    Flying all together.
Herring Gull  75    Estimate. Most of these were out on Egg Rock.
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Common Loon  3    In breeding plumage.
Northern Gannet  3    Flying and diving along the horizon.
Double-crested Cormorant  50    Conservative estimate. Most of these were out on Egg Rock.
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  1    Nasally sounding “uh oh.”
Common Raven  1    Gliding over the grass field of Lodge Park.
Tree Swallow  1    Heard only. While standing near one of the nesting boxes. Could not locate the bird.
Carolina Wren  1    Singing.
European Starling  1
American Robin  4
House Sparrow  6    Chirping.
American Goldfinch  2
White-throated Sparrow  2    Singing.
Song Sparrow  2    Singing.
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Common Grackle  4
Northern Cardinal  1
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