Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Woodcocks at Squantum Point Park - 3/30/2013

Saturday March 30th 2013 6:30 pm to 8 pm

The Woodcock walk at Squantum Point Park turned out to be a lovely mild evening. Quincy Bay looked like a mirror!
We hoped for a few land birds in the thickets, checked the point for ducks or shorebirds and were surprised with TWO American Oystercatchers. While the light was not ideal for photos, the red bills were glowing in the setting sun!

Unfortunately it was one of those evenings that had the landing planes flying over, the Woodcocks were harder to hear on Saturday than two days earlier. However we all heard some "peenting" and saw two of them briefly in flight.
Thanks to Steven Whitebread for the photos and for the counts.

Here is the list:

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 2
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca) 1
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) 2
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) 5
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) 2
American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) 2
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 70
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 3
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) c.30
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 3
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 300

Christine Whitebread

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