Monday, September 19, 2016

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - September 15, 2016


Hay Street, Newbury:
Least Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Green Heron

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Osprey, Red-necked Grebe, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Double-crested Cormorant, Tree Swallow, Downy Woodpecker 

Linebrook Road, Ipswich:
Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Cardinal, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue Jay, American Crow, Downy Woodpecker, Gray Catbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk

Artichoke Reservoir, West Newbury:
Osprey, Wood Duck, Bald Eagle, Mute Swan, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Great Blue Heron, Least Sandpiper, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pied-billed Grebe, Gray Catbird, Eastern Kingbird 

Moulton Street, Newburyport:
Cedar Waxwing, Cooper's Hawk, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Canada Goose, Tufted Titmouse, Common Grackle, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Mourning Dove, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker

Hood Pond, Topsfield/Ipswich:
Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Phoebe, Mallard, Spotted Sandpiper 

Various Areas in Newton, NH:
Common Raven, Scarlet Tanager

Broad Street, Merrimac:
Pine Siskin

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Broad-winged Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Mockingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Song Sparrow, American Crow, European Starling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Gray Catbird, Mourning Dove, Tree Swallow, Blue Jay, American Goldfinch, Northern Flicker, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Northern Cardinal, Cedar Waxwing

Hanover Street, Newbury:
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, American Crow, Mourning Dove, House Sparrow, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Common Grackle, Gray Catbird, Wild Turkey 

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island
Common Loon, Osprey, Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Merganser, Wild Turkey, Northern Gannet, Double-crested Cormorant, 
Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin,
Stilt Sandpiper, Baird’s Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher,  Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson’s Phalarope, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Least Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Philadelphia Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, American Pipit, Cedar Waxwing, Ovenbird, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Blackpoll Warbler, Seaside Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, House Sparrow, Dickcissel, Bobolink, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch 


Lake Gardner, Amesbury:
Eastern Screech-Owl, Gray Catbird, Eastern Phoebe, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Mallard, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee 

Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH:
American Golden-Plover, Killdeer, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Eastern Meadowlark

Crane Beach, Ipswich:
American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Common Loon, Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, White-rumped Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee, House Sparrow, Caspian Tern, Peregrine Falcon

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Mallard, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Surf Scoter, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Hudsonian Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Merlin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, American Goldfinch, Eastern Kingbird

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Wood Duck

Essex Bay, Essex:
Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Peregrine Falcon American Black Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Red-breasted Merganser, Belted Kingfisher 

Hampton Harbor, Hampton, NH:

Great Egret, Black-bellied Plover, Lesser Black-backed Gull

Friday, September 9, 2016

Purple Martins of Plum Island - 2016 Breeding Success

Purple Martin 

It was a very hot and parched New England summer for the Purple Martins of Plum Island!  The martins had no problems with finding prey.  Each summer, the landlords' focus is the breeding success of the martins on Plum Island. 

Purple Martins nested successfully this season.  To a martin, it's all about safety, and safety comes in numbers.  


Below is the 2016 tally, and I've included our 2015 data for comparison:

2016 Lot #1 Site:


Gourds: 18

Eggs:  56
 
Non-viable eggs: 4

Fledged Young:  52


2015 Data for Lot #1:
Gourds: 18

Eggs: 23
 
Non-viable eggs: 5

Fledged Young: 18


We used martin decoys and lured breeders back to the North End Site this season.  Purple Martin decoys help attract Purple Martins to the gourds when there's been little nesting activity, preventing the site from appearing abandoned.  Using these proven and highly photographed decoys encouraged passing martins to give pause and check out our gourds.


2016 North End Site:
Gourds: 24

Eggs: 54
 
Non-viable eggs:  2

Fledged Young: 52



2015 Data for North End Site:

Gourds: 24

Eggs: 31
 
Non-viable eggs: 4

Fledged Young: 27


Gratefully, this season the Purple Martin housing on private property on "The Basin" also was successful.  That house went up after much encouragement, and the martins  finally returned to it. 

Purple Martins bred and raised young in Newbury again this year. 

The Seabrook, NH colony did really well, and dedicated volunteers closely monitored that site.  We're fairly confident that Plum Island's offspring are feeding the Seabrook colony.

I thank you for your interest & support of this human-dependent songbird!
Best regards,
Sue

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - September 9, 2016:

American Avocet

Newburyport Harbor:
Ruff, Great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Willet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Red-necked Phalarope

Pine Island Road, Newbury:
Magnolia Warbler, Veery, Tree Swallow

Crane Beach, Ipswich:
Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern-Screech-Owl, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee, House Sparrow, Great Egret, Caspian Tern, Peregrine Falcon, American Golden-Plover

Joppa Park, Newburyport:
Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Bonaparte’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, House Sparrow 

Essex Bay, Essex:
Osprey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Willet, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, American Black Duck, Northern Harrier, Greater Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher   

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Peregrine Falcon, Caspian Tern, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green-winged Teal, Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dickcissel, Yellow Warbler 

Plains Road, Ipswich:
Eastern Bluebird, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
American Avocet, Gadwall,  American Black Duck,  Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Black Guillemot, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Whimbrel, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, Cape May Warbler

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility, Exeter, NH:
Greater Scaup, Red-necked Phalarope, Northern Shoveler,  Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Pectoral Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Common Nighthawk  

Hay Street, Newbury: 
Green Heron, Pectoral Sandpiper

Lake Gardner, Amesbury:
Eastern Screech-Owl, Gray Catbird, Eastern Phoebe, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Mallard, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee 

Various Areas in Nahant:
Whimbrel, Common Eider, White-winged Scoter, Double-crested Cormorant, Semipalmated Plover, Red Knot, Sanderling, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, European Starling, House Sparrow, American Crow, Peregrine Falcon, Tree Swallow, Cave Swallow  

Moulton Street, Newburyport: 
Eastern Screech-Owl, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Gray CatbirdFish Crow, American Crow, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk

Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH:
Killdeer, American Golden-Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Eastern Meadowlark

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Wood Duck

Hanover Street, Newbury:
Tree Swallow, Cooper’s Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, House Sparrow, American Crow, Mourning Dove, Chipping Sparrow, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Great Blue Heron

Hood Pond, Ipswich:
Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Mallard

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Great Blue Heron, American Crow, European Starling, Common Grackle, Blue Jay, Song Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, House Finch, Eastern Phoebe, American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, White-breasted Nuthatch, Canada Goose, House Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - September 5, 2016:

Eastern Screech-Owl by Phil Brown

Newburyport Harbor:
Ruff, Great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Willet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs

Pine Island Road, Newbury:
Magnolia Warbler, Veery, Tree Swallow 

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Peregrine Falcon, Caspian Tern, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green-winged Teal, Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dickcissel, Yellow Warbler

Plains Road, Ipswich:
Eastern Bluebird, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Gadwall,  American Black Duck,  Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Black Guillemot, Northern Harrier, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper,Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Avocet, Whimbrel, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe,  
Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, Cape May Warbler

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility, Exeter, NH:
Northern Shoveler,  Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Pectoral Sandpiper 

Hay Street, Newbury: 
Green Heron, Pectoral Sandpiper

Lake Gardner, Amesbury:
Eastern Screech-Owl, Gray Catbird, Eastern Phoebe, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Mallard, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee 

Lynn Beach/Nahant Beach, Lynn/Nahant:
Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Black-headed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, House Sparrow, American Kestrel   

Moulton Street, Newburyport: 
Eastern Screech-Owl, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Cooper's Hawk, Gray Catbird

Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH:
Killdeer, American Golden-Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Upland Sandpiper, Eastern Meadowlark

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Wood Duck

Crane Beach, Ipswich:
Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee, House Sparrow, Great Egret, American Golden-Plover, Caspian Tern, Peregrine Falcon

Essex Bay, Essex:
Osprey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Willet, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, American Black Duck, Northern Harrier, Greater Yellowlegs, 


Newburyport Harbor:
Ruff, Great Blue Heron, Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Willet, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs

Pine Island Road, Newbury:
Magnolia Warbler, Veery, Tree Swallow 

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Peregrine Falcon, Caspian Tern, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Green-winged Teal, Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dickcissel, Yellow Warbler

Plains Road, Ipswich:
Eastern Bluebird, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Gadwall,  American Black Duck,  Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Black Guillemot, Northern Harrier, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper,Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Avocet, Whimbrel, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, Cape May Warbler

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Facility, Exeter, NH:
Northern Shoveler,  Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, American Wigeon, Pectoral Sandpiper 

Hay Street, Newbury: 
Green Heron, Pectoral Sandpiper

Lake Gardner, Amesbury:
Eastern Screech-Owl, Gray Catbird, Eastern Phoebe, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Mallard, Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Wood-Pewee 

Lynn Beach/Nahant Beach, Lynn/Nahant:
Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Black-headed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, House Sparrow, American Kestrel   

Moulton Street, Newburyport: 
Eastern Screech-Owl, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Cooper's Hawk, Gray Catbird

Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH:
Killdeer, American Golden-Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Whimbrel, Upland Sandpiper, Eastern Meadowlark

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Wood Duck

Crane Beach, Ipswich:
Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Gray Catbird, Eastern Towhee, House Sparrow, Great Egret, American Golden-Plover, Caspian Tern, Peregrine Falcon

Essex Bay, Essex:
Osprey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Willet, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, American Black Duck, Northern Harrier, Greater Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher 

Hanover Street, Newbury:
Tree Swallow, Cooper’s Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, House Sparrow, American Crow, Mourning Dove, Chipping Sparrow, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Great Blue Heron

Hood Pond, Ipswich:
Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Mallard

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Great Blue Heron, American Crow, European Starling, Common Grackle, Blue Jay, Song Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, House Finch, Eastern Phoebe, American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, White-breasted Nuthatch, Canada Goose, House Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk

Hanover Street, Newbury:
Tree Swallow, Cooper’s Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch,Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, House Sparrow, American Crow, Mourning Dove, Chipping Sparrow, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Great Blue Heron

Hood Pond, Ipswich:
Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Mallard

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Great Blue Heron, American Crow, European Starling, Common Grackle, Blue Jay, Song Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, House Finch, Eastern Phoebe, American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, American Robin, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, White-breasted Nuthatch, Canada Goose, House Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk

Friday, September 2, 2016

Newburyport Birders' September Birding Programs

Sunday Evening Along the Powwow River 

Chimney Swift by Jeremiah Trimble

Date:  Sunday, September 4
Time:  6:00 pm to Dusk
Fee:   $15
Meeting Location:  Lake Gardner's parking lot off High Street in Amesbury

Take an evening walk, have fun, learn where to look for birds and how to identify them in their habitat. This slow-paced walk will introduce you to riverside birding.  We'll discuss the natural history of the birds we encounter.  Please wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt andfootwear appropriate for walking on unpaved surfaces.

 
Along The Artichoke Reservoir 
- Evening Birding

Great Blue Heron

Date: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 6:00 pm - dusk
Meet at: The Park & Ride on Storey Ave., Newburyport - we'll carpool from there
Fee: $15

We'll be looking for migrating birds! During our program, we'll focus on the many aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.


Morning of Birding in West Newbury


Spotted Sandpiper by Bob Stymeist

Date: Sunday, September 18th
Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Meet at: The Park & Ride on Storey Ave., Newburyport - we'll carpool from there
Fee: $15

We'll teach you aids to field identification, including physical characteristics, habitat preference & feeding techniques.

Birding Powwow Hill

Broad-winged Hawk

Date: Sunday, September 25th
Time: 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Meet at: The Park & Ride on Storey Ave., Newburyport - we'll carpool from there
Fee: $15

We'll look for migrating hawks from this vista.  Bring a comfortable chair and a picnic lunch.

With best wishes,
Sue

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - August 29, 2016

Marbled Godwit

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Peregrine Falcon, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Common Merganser, Wild Turkey, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot, American Avocet, Sanderling, Stilt Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Black Guillemot, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Least Tern, Common Tern, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Marsh Road, Rye, NH:
Baird's Sandpiper

Atkinson Common, Newburyport:
Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Cooper's Hawk, American Crow, Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Merrimack River, Haverhill:

Bald Eagle, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Double-crested Cormorant, Tree Swallow 

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Baltimore Oriole, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Isles of Shoals, Portsmouth, NH:
Common Tern, Merlin, Black Guillemot, Black Scoter, Ruddy Turnstone 

Various Areas on Plum Island:
Red-breasted Nuthatch 

Essex Bay, Essex:
American Black Duck, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Stilt Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Willet

Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH:
Killdeer, American Kestrel, Eastern Meadowlark

Moulton Street, Newburyport:
Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, American Crow, Cooper's Hawk, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Downy Woodpecker  

Various Areas in Rockport:
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Tree Swallow, Chimney Swift

Newburyport Harbor:
Whimbrel, American Avocet, Hudsonian Godwit, Common Tern, Osprey, Tree Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Chimney Swift, Greater Yellowlegs

Eastern Marsh Trail, Salisbury: 
Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Common Tern, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Gray Catbird, Tree Swallow, Marsh Wren, Least Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Chimney Swift, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Song Sparrow, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Canada Goose, Cedar Waxwing, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Towhee 

Lake Attitash, Amesbury/Merrimac: 
Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Chipping Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 

Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye, NH: 
Manx Shearwater, Cory's Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Northern Gannet    

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Eastern Meadowlark, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, European Starling, American Crow, Common Grackle, Blue Jay, Mourning Dove, Gray Catbird, Semipalmated Sandpiper, American Goldfinch, Killdeer, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Cardinal, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Eastern Bluebird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Phoebe

Crane Beach, Ipswich:
Marbled Godwit 

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Common Nighthawk, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, American Black Duck, Green-winged Teal, Northern Gannet, Great Cormorant, Double-crested Cormorant, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Short-billed Dowitcher, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Red Knot, Willet, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Common Eider

Ghost Trail, Salisbury: 
Cedar Waxwing,Wild Turkey, Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Towhee, Black-capped Chickadee, Barred Owl, Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Wood-Pewee

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Shorebirds!!!

Shorebirds by the Seawall...

Hudsonian Godwit by Phil Brown

I led a delightful, small group on August 21st along Newburyport's Harbor.The weather was perfect!

Newburyport Harbor - 7:30 am - 9:15 am:

Hudsonian Godwit, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vulture, Double-crested Cormorant, Mallard, American Goldfinch, Osprey, American Crow

We got word around 10:30am am that there was an American Golden-Plover at The Seawall [Joppa Park]...


We then visited Perkins Park Wetlands viewing from along the fence at the field behind the playground.

Perkins Park Wetlands, Newburyport- 9:30 am - 10:15 am:
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, American Goldfinch, Tree Swallow, Belted Kingfisher


Good birding,
Sue