Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Sep 23, 2017 9:30 AM – 12:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
6.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Led BBC walk.  Trip began with an excellent visit to the banding station at 8:00.  We saw 8 species of warblers banded. Not listed here.
46 species

Canada Goose  6
Mallard  3
American Black Duck  8
Green-winged Teal  14
Double-crested Cormorant  16
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  12
Snowy Egret  6
Northern Harrier  2     From the blind we observed two NOHA’s together.  One was a female, the other was an immature male.  The size difference was very noticeable.
Black-bellied Plover  75     BFP from blind.
Semipalmated Plover  20
Stilt Sandpiper  8     BFP from blind.
White-rumped Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  25
Short-billed Dowitcher  3
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  15
Mourning Dove  1
Peregrine Falcon  1     Put on a spectacular show at BFP, eventually catching a peep and flying off with it.
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  3
Tree Swallow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Brown Creeper  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  3
Swainson’s Thrush  1
American Robin  9
Gray Catbird  7
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  45
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Connecticut Warbler  1     Seen well, but briefly, twice on the Hellcat trail just past where the northern part
of the Marsh loop returns to the trail.
First observed walking on the ground.  Large eye with distinct, complete white eye ring. Light grey hood.  Olive upperparts.  Underparts yellow.
Second time observed the bird was 12′ up in a Birch tree
Black-throated Green Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  3
Clay-colored Sparrow  1     Continuing bird at the Wardens right at the entrance.
Lark Sparrow  1     Thanks to a heads-up from Tom, we were on the look out for this bird as we drove north.  As we approached the “Tick Farm” we saw Ann, Gary, and Janet observing some birds on the side of the road.  BINGO! There it was with three Chipping sparrows.
Song Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  8
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  3

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