Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Turkey Hill and Weir River Farm; October 26, 2013

Five people joined me in a stroll around Turkey Hill and the Weir River Farm on a beautiful sunny day that started with freezing temperatures but warmed up over the course of four hours to about 60 degrees.  Birds were present in large numbers, but the most exciting were probably the two Indigo Buntings that were flitting in the shrubs below the enclosure for the Belted Galloways. One poorly seen bird was most likely a female but the other molting male posed for beautiful looks at his still rather blue breast.
The group scans for the Indigo Buntings

Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  2
Blue Jay  25     Numerous; count may be low
American Crow  7
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Carolina Wren  5
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  80     Numerous; count may be low
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  16
Cedar Waxwing  25     numerous; count may be low
Nashville Warbler  1     seen briefly hopping through some brush; gray head with eye ring; yellow throat
Yellow-rumped Warbler  18
Song Sparrow  15
White-throated Sparrow  12
Dark-eyed Junco  6
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  2
Common Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  10
House Finch  7
House Sparrow  X

Sally Avery

Belted Galloways forage at Weir River Farm


Friday, October 25, 2013

Fowl Meadow, Milton - 10/19/2013

Five people joined me for a walk through Fowl Meadow on October 19.  It was a bright sunny day with stunning foliage.  We walked the two miles out to Route 128, and returned via the somewhat parelleling trails that start with the unfinished cloverleaf for the the Route 95 extension through Fowl Meadow that never happened and ends back at the "crossroads."  The trees in places were dripping with yellow-rumped warblers.  Other migrants were ruby-crowned kinglets, 3 blue-headed vireos, 3 black-throated greens, a nicely handkerchiefed female black-throated blue eating blue berries.  Two rusty blackbirds were a nice plus.

 Canada Goose 7
 Red-tailed Hawk 2
 Mourning Dove 1
 Belted Kingfisher 1
 Downy Woodpecker 12 small black and white woodpecker, small bill, climbing trees, whinnying
 Northern Flicker 9
 Blue-headed Vireo 3
 Blue Jay 18
 American Crow 24
 Black-capped Chickadee 21
 Tufted Titmouse 3
 White-breasted Nuthatch 3
 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
 Hermit Thrush 5
 American Robin 23
 Gray Catbird 2
 Cedar Waxwing 15
 Blackpoll Warbler 5
 Black-throated Blue Warbler 1 female with nice hankerchief
 Yellow-rumped Warbler 74
 Black-throated Green Warbler 3 2 m, 1 f, bright yellow cheeks, males had black   throats
 Eastern Towhee 1
 Song Sparrow 15
 Swamp Sparrow 10
 White-throated Sparrow 12
 Dark-eyed Junco 3
 Northern Cardinal 8
 Red-winged Blackbird 12
 Rusty Blackbird 2
 Common Grackle 2

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 Patty O'Neill

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cape Cod - 10/05/2013

Eastern Phoebe (tame)
Highlights only for the Outer Cape trip.
I thought at the end of the trip we were less than 100, but more than 80; maybe 88. We ended with at least 109! I need to see other's lists to see if any other species were seen by the group and not known to me. Nothing rare, just a good cross section of what's normally around at this time of year. The Eastham Stump dump area has drastically changed in a year, especially the back area with almost all the thickets removed. Still the most productive area. Most surprising miss was Tree Swallow-first time since doing this trip; should have hundreds if not thousand(s).
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wood Duck (2 flyovers in Eastham, 1 in the ocean at Coast Guard Beach!)
Green-winged Teal (Herring Pond-Eastham)
skeins of scoters and eiders at First Encounter
Red-throated Loon (Herring Cove)
Osprey (Pilgrim Lake)
Northern Harrier (1 male at Fort Hill/Nauset Marsh, total of 3)
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Fort Hill)
Virginia Rail ( 2 at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary {WBWS})
American Coot (Herring Pond-Eastham)
Solitary Sandpiper (2 WBWS, 1 Beech Forest)

WILLET (late, Nauset Marsh, not seen well enough to determine if Western)
Lesser Yellowlegs (3 WBWS)
Pectoral Sandpiper 1 (Truro-High Head Road)
White-rumped Sandpiper (3 First Encounter)
dowitcher, sp. (2 flybys in bad light at Herring Cove; probably Short-billed)
Parasitic Jaeger 9 (3 at Herring Cove, 6 at Coast Guard Beach)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 at WBWS-we never seem to miss it at this location on this trip)
Hairy Woodpecker (7; 6 at the stump dump-were they moving?)
Merlin (flyover along Rt 6 in Eastham)
Peregrine Falcon (1 at Nauset Beach)
EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE (at the headquarters to Marconi area-late)

Eastern Phoebe (a very obliging bird on the springs trail at WBWS, landed on a couple of people; images taken; probably the same individual someone reported from there recently)
Fish Crow (4 at WBWS)
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 (2 at stump dump, 1 at WBWS)
Brown Creeper 1 at stump dump
House Wren 2 at stump dump
MARSH WREN 1 at Fort Hill marsh-not normal here, but have had it on this trip in the past at this location
Eastern Bluebird (7 at stump dump, 1 at WBWS)
Brown Thrasher 2 (1 at WBWS, 1 at High Head Road, Truro)
Nashville Warbler 2 (1 at stump dump, 1 at WBWS)
Common Yellowthroat 9 (8 at stump dump, 1 at WBWS)
American Redstart 2 at WBWS
Pine Warbler 15 at Marconi headquarters

Saltmarsh Sparrow 1 at Fort Hill marsh
White-crowned Sparrow 1 imm (This might have been the coolest bird of the day-a leucistic bird at the WBWS feeders-the back and underparts are paler than normal with white feathers in primaries(?), rump and tail.)

Scarlet Tanager 1 flyover at Stump dump
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 at Stump dump

Indigo Bunting 4 at Stump dump
Bobolink 2 at Stump dump

*Photos courtesy of Liam Waters.

Glenn d'Entremont

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Roundup 2013 - 9/21/13

This Roundup is one of the longest running fall migrant studies in New England, and possibly the country. It occurs on the third Saturday of September and is composed of 7 teams of 2-6 birders. It runs like a CBC and numbers of each species recorded are even more important than the total species list. It starts before dawn and ends when the groups assemble for the tally about 6:30 p.m. Each team follows a traditional schedule/route, has a variety of habitats (100 species is possible), and is named for the town where most of the
route is located; Quincy, Hingham, Scituate, Marshfield, Duxbury, Plymouth, with a 7th team called Inland whose territory runs from Lakeville Ponds to Route 28. The total area is from the Neponset River/Blue Hills to Manomet/Lakeville; it is a rectangle of about 40x20 miles.

This year we tallied 159 species – see below for the details. While there were no new species this year 2 Whip-poor-wills in Plymouth were unusual; the species had been recorded in 1959, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1983.   In the most recent 32 years the count averaged 156. This year was warm (57-77F) sunny, with a few passing clouds and a modest south breeze. The four prior days also had been warm and sunny so a migration was not in evidence. Birders often ask what species were the worst missed. Based on the prior six years the following were seen in 4 or more roundups: Merlin (6), Willet (5), Field Sparrow (5), Saltmarsh Sparrow (5), Piping Plover (4), Whimbrel (4), Philadelphia Vireo (4), Golden-crowned Kinglet (4) Gnatcatcher (4), and Black-throated Blue Warbler (4).
Birders often comment “there are not nearly as many birds as in the old days”. A quick bit of research involving Vireos and Warblers 20 and 40 years ago shows the following:

Species/individuals                         1973                       1993                       2013
Vireos species/individuals             4/26                         3/33                         3/21
Warblers species/individuals       25/267                   22/163                      21/173

Another measure you might try – the "David Clapp review" - he would take this year’s totals and note what species are there with but one bird seen; see how close we were to missing many species.

Canada Goose   474
Mute Swan   62
Wood Duck   99
Am. Black Duck   96
Mallard   496
Blue-winged Teal   4
Northern Pintail   3 - Duxbury sector
Green-winged Teal   5
Ring-necked Duck   4 - Duxbury sector
Common Eider   155
Surf Scoter   2
White-winged Scoter   27
Black Scoter   1 - Scituate sector
Red-breasted Merganser   2
Wild Turkey   51
Red-throated Loon   1
Common Loon   5
Pied-billed Grebe   2
Northern Gannet   2
Double-crested Cormorant   2194
Great Cormorant   5
Great Blue Heron   66
Great Egret   70
Snowy Egret   92
Green Heron   2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  4
Turkey Vulture   16
Osprey   10
Bald Eagle   3
Northern Harrier   8
Sharp-shinned Hawk   3
Coopers Hawk   10
Red-shouldered Hawk   5
Red-tailed Hawk   25
American Kestrel   3
Peregrine Falcon   3
Virginia Rail   1
Sora   1 - Burrage Pond WMA
Black-bellied Plover   51
Am. Golden Plover   2
Semipalmated Plover   451
Killdeer 76
American Oystercatcher   3
Greater Yellowlegs   142
Lesser Yellowlegs   7
Solitary Sandpiper   7
Spotted Sandpiper   24
Ruddy Turnstone   7
Sanderling   609
Semipalmated Sandpiper   888
Least Sandpiper   49
White-rumped Sandpiper   7
Pectoral Sandpiper   5
Dunlin   38
Short-billed Dowitcher   11
Wilson's Snipe   2
American Woodcock   1
Laughing Gull   181
Bonaparte's Gull 10
Ring-billed Gull   1169
Herring Gull   1481
Great Black-backed Gull   271
Caspian Tern   16 - Quincy sector
Common Tern   4
Forster's Tern   18
Rock Pigeon   137
Mourning Dove   167
Eastern Screech Owl   41
Great Horned Owl   19
Barred Owl   9
Northern Saw-whet Owl   1 - Scituate sector
Whip-poor-will   2 - Plymouth sector
Chimney Swift   3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird   3
Belted Kingfisher   28
Red-bellied Woodpecker   31
Downy Woodpecker   83
Hairy Woodpecker   9
Northern Flicker   43
Eastern Wood-pewee   2
empidonax sp.   3
Eastern Phoebe   71
Great Crested Flycatcher   1 - Cumberland Farm Fields
Eastern Kingbird   1
Blue-headed Vireo   4
Warbling Vireo   1
Red-eyed Vireo   16
Blue Jay   269
American Crow   107
Fish Crow   21
Common Raven   2 - Hingham sector
Horned Lark   3
Tree Swallow   7904
Northern Rough-winged Swallow   1 - Scituate sector
Bank Swallow   6
Barn Swallow   11
Black-capped Chickadee   238
Tufted Titmouse   146
Red-breasted Nuthatch   7
White-breasted Nuthatch   88
Brown Creeper   2
Carolina Wren   99
House Wren   8
Winter Wren   1
Marsh Wren   3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet   2
Eastern Bluebird   20
Veery  1
Swainson's Thrush   1
Hermit Thrush   4
Wood Thrush   1
American Robin   4154
Gray Catbird   250
Northern Mockingbird   27
Brown Thrasher   2
European Starling   3631
American Pipit   6
Cedar Waxwing   85
Blue-winged Warbler   2
Nashville Warbler   7
Northern Parula   14
Yellow Warbler   2
Chestnut-sided Warbler   1
Magnolia Warbler   4
Yellow-rumped Warbler   6
Black-throated Green Warbler   9
Blackburnian Warbler   1
Pine Warbler   9
Prairie Warbler   1
Palm Warbler  7
Blackpoll Warbler   26
Black and White Warbler   13
American Redstart   19
Ovenbird   1
Northern Waterthrush   1
Connecticut Warbler   2 - Cumberland Farm Fields
Common Yellowthroat   43
Wilson's Warbler   4
Canada Warbler   1
Scarlet Tanager   6
Eastern Towhee   31
Chipping Sparrow   36
Clay-colored Sparrow   1 - Quincy sector
Savannah Sparrow   65
Song Sparrow   234
Lincoln's Sparrow   7
Swamp Sparrow   17
White-throated Sparrow   6
Northern Cardinal   93
Indigo Bunting   6 - Cumberland Farm Fields
Dickcissel   1 - Marshfield sector
Bobolink   200
Red-winged Blackbird   825
Common Grackle   6217
Brown-headed Cowbird   22
Baltimore Oriole   2
House Finch   39
American Goldfinch   84
House Sparrow   438 

Total species: 159

Thanks again, we want you with us on the 3rd Saturday of September in 2014 - so save the date please.

Bob & Dana Fox

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Daniel Webster at sunset September 15th 2013

Daniel Webster at Sunset

Ten members met on this gorgeous late summer afternoon to walk the trails and check out the blinds at this birding hotspot. This was intended to be an unhurried and very leisurely trip to end the weekend. We spent quite a while just sitting in the first blind admiring the (first of the season) Green winged Teal. When they show that amazing teal color they are very handsome indeed. While we were sitting there we also managed to get everyone on the scope for excellent looks of a Solitary Sandpiper.

Woodpeckers showed off well too, we saw no fewer than four Flickers close and busy feeding and had a great look at a Red bellied Woodpecker.


Most memorable perhaps was the view from Fox Hill: Seeing close to 500 Double Crested Cormorants sitting on the electric cables spanning the Green River pretending to be Swallows is a sight none of us will ever forget!


Marshfield: Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary, Plymouth, US-MA
Sep 15, 2013 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     South Shore Bird Club Trip
29 species

Canada Goose  38
Mallard  3
Green-winged Teal  7
Double-crested Cormorant  450
Great Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Northern Harrier  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Herring Gull  1
Mourning Dove  6
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  4
Eastern Phoebe  12
Eastern Kingbird  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  4
Tufted Titmouse  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Eastern Bluebird  4
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  20
Cedar Waxwing  30
Chipping Sparrow  4
Song Sparrow  1

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Steven and Christine Whitebread