Monday, June 2, 2014

Plymouth Day - 5/25/2014

Just highlights here. Yesterday I had four (!) organizations meet me at first Plymouth Beach and then Plymouth Airport. The change over from terns to gulls continues. 1200 terns were estimated and 300 Laughing Gulls. No Arctics and it might be possible there are no nesting Arctics in MA anymore (including the Monomoy colony). There are adult Herring Gulls present and there were black-backed gulls, too. The cordoning off of the tern colony leaves no dry path at high tide, so beware. We could not walk along the ocean side as time did not permit us to wait out the tide (future note: if high tide, bring South Beach footwear!).


Brant 5
Red-throated Loon 2 late, non-breeding plumaged birds
Common Loon 1
Black-bellied Plover 66
Piping Plover 7
Ruddy Turnstone 12 (this is so low-used to get counts like 200)
UPLAND SANDPIPER 3-A Has to be the highlight of the airport trip. Three birds flew in and remained visible for the entire trip.
PURPLE SANDPIPER 6 Somewhat regular here late, but usually fewer.
Sanderling 125
Laughing Gull 300
Common Tern 1200
Roseate Tern 2
American Kestrel 1-A (after most people left, seen from Plane Jane's Restaurant)
Horned Lark 4 (3-A)
Bank Swallow 10 (nesting out on the beach)
Brown Thrasher 1-A
Prairie Warbler 2-A
Field Sparrow 1-A
Savannah Sparrow 4-A
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW 1-A (heard only, by several of us)

Glenn d'Entremont

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