Parker River NWR–Hellcat Dike, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 10, 2021 7:10 AM – 6:10 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Checklist Comments:    Brookline Bird Club: Big Sit at Plum Island Hellcat Tower, Parker River NWR. Leader Nickilas Paulson. Mostly cloudy, fair temperate, cooling later, A few minor sprinkles, moderately windy atop the tower. Some others joining throughout the day, mostly I was pointing out the Snow Goose and Hudsonian Godwits.
86 species (+4 other taxa)
Snow Goose  3    One white juvenile at Bill Forward Pool most of the day. Another heading south in a flock of cormorants. One dark juvenile heading north.
Canada Goose  120
Mute Swan  5
Blue-winged Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  1
Gadwall  60
American Wigeon  8
Mallard  30
American Black Duck  240
Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid)  2
Northern Pintail  25
Green-winged Teal (American)  80
Greater Scaup  5
Hooded Merganser  14
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Ruddy Duck  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  2
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Virginia Rail (Virginia)  1
Black-bellied Plover  13
American Golden-Plover  2
Semipalmated Plover  1
Hudsonian Godwit  4
Marbled Godwit  1    Larger godwit, long bicolored upturned bill. Buffy overall, more speckled back than Hudsonian. In mud flats during low tide early, disappeared after one of the Peregrines c