Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Passanegest Park at Broad Meadows in Quincy

This recently restored habitat has proven to be very attractive as a coastal stopover place for many migrating birds. Especially numerous are sparrows; Savannah, Song and Swamp Sparrows can be observed in good numbers. The ebird list for the hotspot now lists 133 species (in just only about 1.5 years of entries)

The easy walking on wide paths helps to make this a favorite place to go birding with a group. We saw a total of 54 species on this gorgeous fall morning.

Below is the list from our morning at this suburban oasis.
Christine Whitebread

Passanageset Park at Broad Meadows Marsh, Norfolk, Massachusetts, US
Oct 12, 2016 8:03 AM - 11:23 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     SSBC walk.
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  8
American Black Duck  12
Mallard  5
Northern Pintail  1     Female-type flew over at least three times with black ducks and Mallards.
Wild Turkey  7
Double-crested Cormorant  150
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  2     *In saltmarsh with GREG and GBHE where they have been.
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Herring Gull  11
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  19
Belted Kingfisher  2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1     Nice immature working a tree on the edge of the parking lot.
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3
American Kestrel  2
Merlin (Taiga)  1
Blue Jay  7
American Crow  220
Fish Crow  7
Common Raven  2
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  8
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Marsh Wren  1     **Not an easy bird in the county; in shrub-line out in the saltmarsh.
Carolina Wren  1
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
American Robin  15
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  13
American Pipit  1
Nashville Warbler  5
Common Yellowthroat  1
Blackpoll Warbler  10
Palm Warbler (Western)  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Field Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  2
White-crowned Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  8
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah)  70     *Not unusual numbers for here.
Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich)  1     Dead phragmites berm in the saltmarsh. Looked like the one with the yellowish malar.
Song Sparrow  48
Swamp Sparrow  25
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  1
House Finch  8
American Goldfinch  6
House Sparrow  10

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32011442