The South Shore Bird Club (SSBC) was founded in 1946 and the first members set out to explore the birds and birding habitats of the South Shore of Massachusetts.
We concentrate on field trips for both members and non members. Most trips involve car-pooling with occasional canoe trips or beach hikes. Non-members are always welcome.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Marshfield - 11/10/2012
Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary
8 AM to 12 noon
After a spectacular start viewing at least 10 Evening Grosbeaks feeding in the trees around the caretakers house and the entry garden to the sanctuary, five of us scoured all the trails on the property. Light winds at 10-15 were cool, tempering the warmth of a brilliant sun at about 45-50 degrees. Not long after the grosbeaks were spooked by a Cooper's Hawk, a Northern Shrike flew overhead, hovering briefly near us, and landing on the top of a tree near the first blind. The shrike was in juvenile plumage, quite brownish, mask not yet very dark, and belly showing streaking. We encountered the same bird on our return toward the blind on adjacent fenceposts. Most of the birds we encountered were at or near the entrance to the sanctuary, in the gardens, and the blind. Even at noon several new species appeared in the garden, including my first Tree Sparrows of the fall.
38 species total
American Black Duck
Birds seen on wires and bluebird boxes at one time; perhaps 4 more
American Tree Sparrow
Males and females feeding in crabapple and entry garden until spooked by a Cooper's Hawk; at least 5 were seen at the North River Sanctuary the preceding day