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

Glenn d'Entremont 

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