Cashman Park, Essex, Massachusetts, US
21-Jan-2024 09:00 – 09:25
Protocol: Traveling
0.298 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    Brookline Bird Club Walk led by Shilo McDonald.
14 species
Canada Goose  65    Resting on the ice.
Mallard  12
American Black Duck  4
Bufflehead  2
Common Goldeneye  4
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Ring-billed Gull  30    Estimate.
Herring Gull  30    Estimate.
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Bald Eagle  3    2 adults eating something on the ice. 1 immature waiting for a turn. Opposite side of the river. Distant photos attached.
House Sparrow  10
Snow Bunting  1    A male found by Donna. The bird was standing on the cement edge of the boat ramp. Then quickly took flight. My camera could not focus on the bird as it bounced in the wind. Dark outer wings. White inner wings and tail. Terrible documentation pics attached. First of year for me!
Song Sparrow  1
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Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Essex, Massachusetts, US
21-Jan-2024 09:44 – 11:27
Gadwall  2
Mallard  4
American Black Duck  100    Estimate. Two large flocks took flight from within the marsh.
Surf Scoter  2
White-winged Scoter  3
Long-tailed Duck  2
Bufflehead  5
Red-breasted Merganser  3
Sanderling  1    Black, white and gray sandpiper with straight black bill and black legs. Photos attached.
Black-headed Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  12
Herring Gull  40
Red-throated Loon  1    Bill held at an upward angle. Photos attached.
Common Loon  1    Bill held parallel to water.
Northern Harrier  2    Female / immature.
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  4    At least four seen at the same time. 2 adults. 2 immature.
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Merlin  1    An unreasonably dapper falcon politely posing for us. Photos attached.
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  4    Harassing a Common Raven. Photos attached.
Common Raven  1    Being harassed by American Crows. Photos attached.
Northern Mockingbird  1
American Robin  5
House Sparrow  7
American Goldfinch  10
American Tree Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-crowned Sparrow  2    Two seen simultaneously. Eating bird seed that someone had placed on the ground alongside a cedar tree. Photos attached.
White-throated Sparrow  6
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1    Heard only. Chwit call note.
Northern Cardinal  1
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Spencer Peirce Little Farm, Essex, Massachusetts, US
21-Jan-2024 11:45 – 12:21
American Black Duck  4    Flying by.
Herring Gull  3
Blue Jay  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Horned Lark  16    This is very likely an under-count. They were disappearing into the corn stalks and underneath the snow. Photos attached.
Eastern Bluebird  1    Heard only. Calling. Pointed out to us by Carol Molander.
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
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Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
21-Jan-2024 12:40 – 14:10
Mallard  4
American Black Duck  12    Out in the marsh plus various flybys.
Surf Scoter  1
White-winged Scoter  2
Black Scoter  1
Long-tailed Duck  4
Bufflehead  2
Red-breasted Merganser  7    In the shrinking patch of unfrozen water. Seen from Warden’s Maintenance Area.
Horned Grebe  1    Very close to the shore at Lot 1 Beach.
Mourning Dove  2    In a tree roadside. The S-curves.
Sanderling  20    Mixed in with a flock of Dunlins just south of the Lot 1 Beach.
Dunlin  20    Mixed in with a flock of Sanderlings just south of the Lot 1 Beach.
alcid sp.  1    Small black and white bird. Way out in the ocean. Diving often enough to drive us all crazy.
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  30
Great Black-backed Gull  1
gull sp.  40    Distant.
Common Loon  1
Northern Harrier  2    Hunting over the marsh and over the dunes. Photos attached.
Bald Eagle  2    Distant.
Red-tailed Hawk  1    At first we thought we saw another Rough-legged Hawk, turned out to be a Red-tailed Hawk. Hovering over the marsh, near the Warden’s Maintenance Area. Photos attached.
Rough-legged Hawk  1    Hovering over the marsh opposite Lot 1 parking lot. Close to the gatehouse. Bird flew behind the bathrooms building and disappeared.
American Crow  2
Horned Lark  4    Foraging the marsh grass that’s been flattened in the road.
European Starling  200    Large murmuration. Flying in an amoeba like way, as they crossed the marsh.
Hermit Thrush  1    I nearly had to grip hold of the OJ handle when Carol M. spotted this bird. ;-)
American Robin  9
American Tree Sparrow  17    Some of these were seen at The Wardens. But, most were seen roadside.
Song Sparrow  7
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Newburyport Harbor, Essex, Massachusetts, US
21-Jan-2024 14:14 – 14:29
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments:    The last stop of the Brookline Bird Club walk led by Shilo McDonald. And what a… stellar way to end the walk!
Canada Goose  2
Mallard  2
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Bald Eagle  8    These eagles were putting on quite a show out on the ice. Photos and iPhone Voice Memo audio recordings attached.
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