Monday, July 23, 2012

Plymouth Beach - 7/21/2012

7 birders joined me today to walk down Plymouth Beach.  It was a delightful day with a light seabreeze and sunny skies with no humidity.  Seems like a total failure of tern nests with just one Least Tern fledgling and a handful of Common Tern fledglings.  We saw several Piping Plover puffballs.  Looks like Laughing Gulls have taken over the colony and would not surprise me to see no tern nesting in the next few years.  Of note was a very young Ring-billed Gull among over 400.

Canada Goose 5
Black Duck 7
Mallard 11
White-winged Scoter 1 (this bird was seen sitting on the beach, might not be well)
RED-THROATED LOON 1-just off the beach
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 1
Osprey 3 plus one young
Semipalmated Plover 75
Piping Plover 11 plus 6 young
Greater Yellowlegs 14
Willet 4
Ruddy Turnstone 1
Red Knot 2
Sanderling 500
Semipalmated Sandpiper 500
Least Sandpiper 1-at least one heard what was probably a small group flyover
Short-billed Dowitcher 110
Laughing Gull 700
Ring-billed Gull 425-one juvenile, these birds do not breed in MA, but are close by
Herring Gull ***
Great Black-backed Gull ***
Common Tern 300
Least Tern 50
Rock Pigeon 9-flying north over beach
Mourning Dove 5
American Crow 17
Horned Lark 4-2 young
Tree Swallow 2
Bank Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 8
Carolina Wren 3
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 5
Northern Mockingbird 7
Starling 9
Yellow Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 9
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1
American Goldfinch 5
House Sparrow ***

44 species


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