Parker River NWR, Essex, Massachusetts, US
17-Sep-2023 07:59 – 12:26
Protocol: Traveling
9.5 mile(s)
Checklist Comments:    A complimentary bird walk hosted by the Brookline Bird Club and led by Shilo McDonald. Blue skies, slight breeze and temps starting at ~60 ºF and finishing at ~75 ºF.
50 species (+2 other taxa)
Canada Goose  32    Estimate.
Mute Swan  2    Seen from Lot 1, looking west into the river.
Gadwall  12    Estimate. Most of these were seen in the North Pool (from Hellcat Dike).
American Wigeon  3    At least 3. A pair seen at the Salt Pannes and one in the North Pool.
Mallard  40    Estimate. Salt Pannes, North Pool and Bill Forward Pool. Plus a couple flying by at Lot 1 Parking Lot.
American Black Duck  12    Estimate. Seen at the Salt Pannes and also in the Bill Forward Pool.
Northern Pintail  6    Minimum of 6, but likely more. Duck with long slender neck. Seen at the Salt Pannes and also at the Bill Forward Pool.
Green-winged Teal  40    Estimate. Seen in the North Pool and Bill Forward Pool too.
Wild Turkey  2    Pointed out to me by Emmett at the Lot 1 Parking lot. An immature male and an age unknown female.
Common Gallinule  1    Heard only. While not a life bird, it was the first time in my life I’d ever heard this call. A horn-like wail, repeated several times in a row. Coming from the eastern most corner of the north pool reeds (while we were standing on the Hellcat Dike).
Black-bellied Plover  4
American Golden-Plover  0    Merlin picked one up at the Hellcat Dike. But, I’m not buyin’ it. I heard a Semipalmated Plover and a Black-bellied Plover. Marking as quantity zero, but noting for personal record.
Semipalmated Plover  20    Estimate. Salt Pannes and Bill Forward Pool.
Sanderling  3    At the Salt Pannes with a Dunlin tagging along.
Dunlin  2    One seen at the Salt Pannes and one seen on the grassy edge of the Bill Forward Pool.
Baird’s Sandpiper  0    We had a potential Baird’s on the grassy edge of the water. A brown backed sandpiper which looked flat to me, as if he’d been stepped on. But, he was preening most of the time. And not foraging. Marking as quantity zero, but noting for personal record.
Least Sandpiper  5    Seen flying into the ocean side marsh (while standing on Hellcat Dike). Heard “breet, breet” as they flew.
Semipalmated Sandpiper  20    Conservative estimate.
peep sp.  60    Flying together (like a school of fish) over the Salt Pannes while we were driving back to Lot 1. We did not stop to ID them.
Greater Yellowlegs  5    Seen and heard, “Tu, tu, tu, tu.”
Lesser Yellowlegs  3    Seen and heard, “Tu, tu.”
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs  14    Didn’t ID them other than to note they were yellowlegs.
Herring Gull  16
Great Black-backed Gull  2
Double-crested Cormorant  35    Estimate. They were here, there and everywhere.
Least Bittern  1    How fortunate we were to see this Least Bittern hunting along the edge of reeds of the North Pool. Seen from Hellcat Dike. Photos attached.
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  40    Estimate.
Snowy Egret  26    Estimate.
Turkey Vulture  2    Soaring over Hellcat. Heading towards the ocean.
Osprey  3    One dove into the river and came out with a fish. Right in front of us at the boat ramp! it was spectacular.
Northern Harrier  2    Formerly known as Marsh Hawk.
Cooper’s Hawk  2    One was seen in the S-Curves. The other was seen at the Bill Forward Blind flying after a Peregrine Falcon.
Bald Eagle  1    Observed an immature eagle giving chase to a Herring Gull. It seemed especially peculiar, since the gull was not carrying food. Photos attached.
Northern Flicker  4
Peregrine Falcon  2    Saw one flying north, while we were standing in parking lot 1. And we also had one fly right as us, while we were in the Bill Forward Blind. That one was being chased by a Cooper’s Hawk.
Eastern Phoebe  1    Tail flicking flycatcher at the Warden’s Maintenance Area.
Blue Jay  1    Heard only. Calling at Hellcat.
Common Raven  2    Seen and heard. Croaking at Lot 1.
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tree Swallow  65    Conservative estimate. While spread out, they were ubiquitous.
Barn Swallow  3
Gray Catbird  6
Northern Mockingbird  3
Cedar Waxwing  4
House Sparrow  6    Lot 1.
House Finch  1    Perched in a tree, roadside.
American Goldfinch  5
Savannah Sparrow  5    In the dunes alongside the boardwalk.
Song Sparrow  4
Eastern Towhee  3
Red-winged Blackbird  1    Flew into the reeds of the North Pool.
Common Yellowthroat  1    Heard only, “Churt. Churt.” Coming from the reeds of the North Pool.
Palm Warbler  1    Tail flicking warbler. Seen alongside the boardwalk at Lot 1.
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