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
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  16
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Common Loon  2    Lot 7
Northern Gannet  12    Great diving show seen from Lot 7 ocean platform
Double-crested Cormorant  14
Great Egret  15
Snowy Egret  2    One at North Pool Overlook and a second in main pans
Turkey Vulture  4
Northern Harrier  3
falcon sp.  1    Not sure if Peregrine or Merlin. At main pans as we watched shorebirds
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  10
Common Raven  1    Seen and heard distinctive croaking
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
American Robin  11
Cedar Waxwing  20    Several seen at Goodno Crossing and remaining flock at Lot 1
American Goldfinch  1
Field Sparrow  1    Wardens
Savannah Sparrow  1    Wardens
Song Sparrow  9
Eastern Towhee  5
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  5    Flew over us at Lot 1 as walk was starting
Palm Warbler  4    2 at Wardens and 2 more in thicket along dike
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  10    Several seen at the Wardens and others seen flycatching from thicket at end of dike at North Pool Overlook
Northern Cardinal  3
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