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.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Marshfield - 8/31/2013
Lark Sparrow & Dickcissel at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield
Ok, the Lark Sparrow was not at the sanctuary, but at the cemetery just before (Winslow Cemetery?) feeding in the grass. I saw this bird at 6:40ish just before people were arriving for the 7:00 start. Brought them back and the Marshfield park dept arrives and begins sanitizing the area. Fortunately the sparrow cooperated and flushed up into a tree and sat there for everyone to get scope views with chain saws and wood chippers ringing in their ears.
The Dickcissel kept calling it's distinctive call note from the thicket beyond the fence at the parking lot. It would not show itself and we did not see it at the feeder. Both birds could be at the feeder eventually. There were probably two Dickcissels, one may have flown over before I took the group back for the sparrow. There was a call heard twice which sounded like it was moving south around 7:00.
Both these birds can be added to the BBC Big Year list which is on its way to become the best in its 100 year history. Do come to the 100th banquet being held on Sept 28th. See the website for details. It promises to be a fun evening!
58 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 41 Mute Swan 1 Wood Duck 12 Mallard 18 Green-winged Teal (American) 3 Double-crested Cormorant 10 Great Egret 1 Green Heron 2 Osprey 2 Northern Harrier 1 Cooper's Hawk 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 4 4 to 5 Greater Yellowlegs 6 Lesser Yellowlegs 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 Least Sandpiper 11 Short-billed Dowitcher (Atlantic) 1 Mourning Dove 135 Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird 4 Red-bellied Woodpecker 4 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4 Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher) 1 Probable Willow, no eye-ring and brown plumage Eastern Phoebe 9 Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 43 Tree Swallow 25 Bank Swallow 1 Barn Swallow 10 Black-capped Chickadee 5 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 4 House Wren 1 Carolina Wren 4 Eastern Bluebird 1 Veery 1 American Robin 30 Gray Catbird 28 Northern Mockingbird 1 European Starling X Cedar Waxwing 12 Common Yellowthroat 5 Chipping Sparrow 8 Lark Sparrow 1 Not seeing any streaking on sides, this bird is likely an adult in faded plumage. Well defined head markings, but brownish with little chestnut. Whitish below with center spot, tail with white corners and coming up the outer feather(s). Song Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 9 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Dickcissel 1 Probably 2, only heard. One flew over at 7:00, the other at the thicket at the parking area a little later Bobolink 40 Red-winged Blackbird 2 Common Grackle 3 Brown-headed Cowbird 20 Baltimore Oriole 2 House Finch 5 American Goldfinch 8 House Sparrow X