Sunday, May 12, 2013

Squantum Point Park May 8th 2013

Squantum Point Park May 8th 2013
This was a walk offered jointly with DCR and Quincy Park Department’s Environmental Treasures program.
Maggi Brown of DCR and Sally Owen of Quincy introduced themselves and their programs to the group. Extra Binoculars were shared and then the group of 23 attendees headed out toward the spot where the Virginia Rails were seen last week. No luck today! Other than a Baltimore Oriole heard by only 2 members of the group nothing note worthy showed up until a large flock of migrating Blue Jays flew overhead.

When we got to the outermost point, we had scope and binocular looks at the resident American Oystercatchers. One of them stayed put feeding, while the other three kept circling and calling – a lovely spectacle to observe!

Yellow was the color of the day: Numerous Yellow Warblers,  as well as American Goldfinches and a Common Yellowthroat were calling along all the paths, so everyone had a chance at good looks in one spot or another. A brief drenching did not deter us, but unfortunately our persistence was not rewarded with a wider variety of birds.

A few of us then stopped again at the Kennedy Center (opposite of Moswetuset Hummock) on the way home. Here we had some great looks at two cute Killdeer chicks together with an adult.

Many thanks to Jill Goddard and Steven Whitebread for the photos

Below are the complete lists:

Quincy: Squantum Point Park, Norfolk, US-MA
May 8, 2013 6:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     overcast, a brief shower temps about 60 F.  South Shore Bird Club Walk offered with DCR and Quincy Park Dept. Environmental Treasures Program
23 species

American Black Duck  3
Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Egret  1
American Oystercatcher  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Herring Gull  2
Mourning Dove  6
Blue Jay  45     Migrating overhead aprox. count.
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1     Heard.
American Robin  4
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
Common Yellowthroat  1
Yellow Warbler  17
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  50
Orchard Oriole  1
American Goldfinch  6

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Quincy: Squantum Salt Pannes, Norfolk, US-MA
May 8, 2013 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     South Shore Bird Club Trip
High tide, overcast
8 species

American Black Duck  2
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Osprey  1
Killdeer  3     two very small chicks and 1 Adult
American Robin  2
European Starling  2
House Sparrow  X

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (

Christine Whitebread

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