Friday, November 30, 2012

Leader's Choice - Westport 11/24/2012

A combined Brookline, South Shore, Cape Cod bird club(s) leader's choice trip went to Westport today.  This was the day of Cave Swallow (finally-state bird for me).  We either had 7, 8, or 14 (see explaination below).  Windy conditions made land birding slow.  Had 11 White-winged Crossbills.  Not much more for highlights.

A-Allen's Pond, remainder at Westport unless noted

Canada Goose 36
Mute Swan 43 (2-A)
Black Duck 43 (18-A)
Mallard 5
Green-winged Teal 2-Little Compton, RI
Greater Scaup 16
Common Eider 5
Surf Scoter 10
White-winged Scoter 4
Bufflehead 55 (20-A)
Hooded Merganser 9
Red-breasted Merganser 12
Ruddy Duck 95
Red-throated Loon 3
Common Loon 8 (1-A)
Pied-billed Grebe 3 (1-A)
Horned Grebe 23 (2-A)
Great Cormorant 20 (6-A)
Great Blue Heron 2 (1-A)
Turkey Vulture 3-A
Northern Harrier 1
accipter, sp 1
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Sanderling 27
Purple Sandpiper 4
Ring-billed Gull ***
Herring Gull ***
Great Black-backed Gull ***
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 1-Little Compton, RI
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 7 (2-A)
CAVE SWALLOW 14 (were there really 14?  The first bird was seen flying north along the Gooseberry Neck causeway and continuing north.  The next 6 were flying westward along the beach and last seen heading west, but not seen when they would have hit the wind head on.  The next stop was Allen's Pond {South Dartmouth} and we had 6 there.  The last bird was seen early afternoon at Richmond Pond.  So 7, 8 or 14?)
Black-capped Chickadee 8 (2-A)
Tufted Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 6 (2-A)
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 2-A
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 3 (2-A)
Starling 2000 (pig farm, Division Road)
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 1 Not actually seen, heard chip note many time and would not give us a view
Yellow-rumped Warbler 5 (3-A)
American Tree Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) 1
Song Sparrow 13 (5-A)
Swamp Sparrow 1-A
White-throated Sparrow 17 (2-A)
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Northern Cardinal 6 (2-A)
Brown-headed Cowbird 20
House Finch 20-A
American Goldfinch 4 (1-A)
House Sparrow ***

59 species


Glenn d'Entremont:  
Stoughton, MA

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