Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
Oct 15, 2019 7:22 AM – 12:08 PM
Checklist Comments:    Sunny and 48-58 degrees with winds NW 7-8 mph.  With Brookline Bird Club walk led by Dave Williams.  It’s National Wildlife Refuge week so dikes were open to walk.  We stopped at main pans, walked dike from Wardens to North Pool Overlook and back along the road. Then stopped at Hellcat dike, Bill Forward Blind, Pines Trail and Lot 7 Emerson Rocks. On return trip, we stopped at Hellcat to check Dunes Loop and ended with good looks at shorebirds in the main pans.  Incoming tide with high tide today around 1:00.
45 species (+3 other taxa)
Canada Goose  15
Blue-winged Teal  2    1 at North Pool Overlook and 1 at Hellcat dike
Gadwall  2
Mallard  33
American Black Duck  121
Northern Pintail  50    Bill Forward Blind
Green-winged Teal  180    2 large flocks of about 75 each flew overhead as we stood on Hellcat dike and at least 30 more in Bill Forward Pool already
Common Eider  20    Lot 7
Surf Scoter  1    Lot 7
White-winged Scoter  50    Lot 7
Black Scoter  14    Lot 7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  18
Black-bellied Plover  15    On mud flats with clammers
Semipalmated Plover  38    Main pans
Sanderling  11    Flock at Emerson Rocks and at least one more seen in main pans before Falcon stirred up the shorebirds
Dunlin  22    Pans
Semipalmated Sandpiper  12
peep sp.  200    Too far to ID on mud flats with clammers
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  19    All together at North Pool Overlook. Based on how late in season, expected them to be Long Billed Dowitchers
Greater Yellowlegs  66