Friday, August 19, 2016

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - August 18, 2016:

Peregrine Falcon

Crane Beach, Ipswich: 
Common Tern, Roseate Tern, Black Tern, Peregrine Falcon

Lake Attitash, Amesbury/Merrimac:
Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe

Erie Avenue, Newburyport:
Baltimore Oriole, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Gray Catbird

Essex Bay, Essex:
Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Osprey, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Red Knot, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Sanderling, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Tern

Moulton Street, Newburyport:
Northern Flicker, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Gray Catbird, Cooper's Hawk 

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Wild Turkey, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red Knot, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Roseate Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Laughing Gull, Eastern Screech-Owl,  Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Fish Crow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole

Savory Street, Newburyport: 
Common Tern, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-crowned Night-Heron 

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Bobolink, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Mockingbird, American Robin, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, House Wren, Gray Catbird, Chimney Swift, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Downy Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Killdeer, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk

Lorum Street, Newburyport: 
Spotted Sandpiper, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Tree Swallow, Great Egret

Rabbit Road, Salisbury:
Great Blue Heron, Great Horned Owl

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
American Avocet, Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Mallard, Wild Turkey with poults, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Pied-billed Grebe, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, Hudsonian Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Least Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Mourning Dove, Northern Waterthrush, Northern Flicker, Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, American Crow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Common Grackle, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Black-and-white Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Goldfinch, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow,  White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, Tree Swallow, House Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Mallard, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker 

Ash Street Swamp, West Newbury: 
Belted Kingfisher, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Tree Swallow 

Chain Bridge Area, Newburyport:
Peregrine Falcon, Belted Kingfisher, Common Tern, Great Blue Heron, Tree Swallow, Double-crested Cormorant, Eastern Wood-Pewee

Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island:
Roseate Tern, Peregrine Falcon

Perkins Park Wetlands, Newburyport:
Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Route 22, Essex:
Carolina Wren, American Crow, Cooper's Hawk  

Artichoke Reservoir, West Newbury:
Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Tree Swallow, Belted Kingfisher

On Board the Granite State out of Rye Harbor:
Cory's Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull, Black Tern, Common Tern 

Cherry Hill (Indian Hill) Reservoir, West Newbury:
Pied-billed Grebe, Mallard, Osprey, Tree Swallow, Eastern Kingbird, Belted Kingfisher

Various Areas in Bradford: Cedar Waxwing, Gray Catbird, American Goldfinch, Palm Warbler, American Kestrel, Cooper's Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Robin

Cross Beach Road, Seabrook, NH:
Purple Martin 

Newburyport Industrial Park, Newburyport:
Chimney Swift, Tree Swallow, Canada Goose, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Egret, American Woodcock

Hampton Harbor, Hampton, NH:

Forster's Tern, Common Tern, Whimbrel, Willet, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher, Bonaparte's Gull

Ring's Island, Salisbury:
Osprey, Common Tern, Belted Kingfisher, Greater Yellowlegs, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Tree Swallow, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron

Newburyport Harbor:
Osprey, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's Gull, Common Tern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher, Black-crowned Night-Heron

North Pool Overlook Evening Program - 8/17/16

Tonight's program at North Pool Overlook with Doug Chickering was delightful!  A small group gathered to an evening of birding at the North Pool Doug read from his book Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler.

Tree Swallows by Dave Adrien


The bird of the evening was a Northern Waterthrush!


Canada Goose
American Black Duck
Mallard
Northern Harrier 2 - 1, very fresh, russet plumage
Cooper's Hawk - blasted by us
Greater Yellowlegs 
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Least Sandpiper
Herring Gull
Least Tern
Mourning Dove
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Parker River NWR 8/10/16

On Wednesday, August 10th a small group gathered at Lot # 1 on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge joined Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge during bird migration. Plum Island is one of the finest places for viewing birds during fall migration. Many bird species are moving south along the coast. On Plum Island, the extensive mudflats, the salt marshes, the salt pannes & the pools are excellent feeding areas & roosting sites for these migrants.

We were headed south after a stop at Hellcat and came across an unusual bird sallying for insects with a few Eastern Kingbirds.  I immediately noted that the tail of this bird was forked.  It was longer and sleeker than the kingbirds around it.  We flew out of the vehicle and watched it fly, forage and perch.  Two of the three participants had cameras.  Document shots were taken.  I texted several of Plum Island's daily faithful with a pic of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher.  We stayed on the bird for a half hour the bird has not been relocated since 8/10.

Lee Weber



Pics of Plum Island Fork-tailed Flycatcher Photos on 8/10/16

Nancy Smith


2016 New England Osprey Symposium

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - July 28, 2016

Black-bellied Plover by Tim Spahr

Clark Pond, Amesbury:
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Canada Goose, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker

Low Street, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, Chimney Swift

Gloucester City Hall, Gloucester:
Peregrine Falcon 

Crow Lane, Newburyport:
Turkey Vulture, Tree Swallow, Gray Catbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Wood Thrush

Various Areas in Seabrook, NH: 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Newburyport Harbor:
Ruff, Common Tern, Double-crested Cormorant, Greater Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Bonaparte's Gull, Tree Swallow

Bray Street, West Gloucester:
Little Blue Heron

Route One, Rowley:
Pileated Woodpecker, Turkey Vulture

Hale Street, Newburyport:
Turkey Vulture, Tree Swallow

Various Areas in Rye, NH:
American Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret

Seven Seas Whale Watch out of Gloucester: 
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Cory’s Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Northern Gannet, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Herring Gull, Great Black Back Gull, Bonaparte’s 
Gull, Laughing Gull, Common Tern, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Lake Kenoza Area, Haverhill:
Wood Duck, Red-eyed Vireo, Chimney Swift, Tree Swallow, Mallard 

Spring Lane, Newburyport:
Tree Swallow, Common Tern

Tompson Street, West Gloucester:
Whip-poor-will

Stackyard & Patmos Roads, Rowley:
Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Least Sandpiper, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Greater Yellowlegs, Red-tailed Hawk, Osprey, Eastern Bluebird

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

Boardman Street, Newburyport:
Chukar

County Road, Ipswich:
Fish Crow 

Cross Beach Road, Seabrook, NH:
Purple Martin  

Annisquam River, Gloucester:
Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, American Crow, Greater Yellowlegs, Little Blue Heron

Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island:
Black Tern, Sanderling, Roseate Tern, Common Tern, Least Tern, Laughing Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Piping Plover, Sanderling, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, White rumped Sandpiper, Black- bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, American Crow, Blue Jay, European Starling, Northern Flicker, American Robin, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, American Goldfinch, Willow Flycatcher, Gray Catbird, Northern Cardinal, Black-backed Gull, Chimney Swift, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Yellow Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Common Yellowthroat, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Kingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Baltimore Oriole, House Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark, Bobolink

Ferry Road, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, American Crow, House Wren  


Various Areas along the New Hampshire Seacoast:
Black Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Least Tern, Roseate Tern, Common Tern, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Marsh Wren, Saltmarsh Sparrow

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
American Avocet, Stilt Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Whop-poor Will, American Woodcock

Crane Beach, Ipswich:
Peregrine Falcon, Double-crested Cormorant, Piping Plover, Sanderling, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Larus species, Least Tern, Common Tern, Sterna species, Northern Mockingbird, Mallard, Great Egret, Song Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Bank Swallow, Eastern Towhee 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Newburyport Birders - August & September 2016 Update

Birders,

I hope you can join us at one of our upcoming programs.  

On August 17th, we're offering an evening of birding at the North Pool on Plum Island. Doug Chickering will read from his book Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler. Light refreshments will be served, and his book will be available for Doug to sign.  Tree Swallow migration time is upon us!  This program will take place at the North Pool Overlook which is a fantastic location to observe,appreciate and identify Tree Swallows as they head to their evening roost.
 
Swallow Lore

For sailors, swallow tattoos have specific meanings. Typically, a seasoned sailor who has traveled for more than 5,000 nautical miles will get a swallow tattoo to demonstrate that he's well-experienced.  Swallow tattoos are also considered lucky for seafarers because they believe that if they drown, the swallow will carry their soul away safely. 

The birds were also associated with working-class pride in England, and many fighters tattooed swallows on their knuckles or fists to symbolize their strength and swiftness.


In ancient Greece, the swallow was associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, and was believed to bring good luck and happiness. 


The ancient Romans believed that the swallow was a totem bird for mothers in sorrow and that it embodied the souls of children who had been lost in childbirth. 


Modern Christians see the swallow as a symbol of sacrifice and rebirth as well as a symbol for new beginnings.


No matter what cultural belief you choose, swallows are seen as a symbol of hope. The birds are protected in many cultures and are rarely hunted or harmed.


SEASONAL BIRD

Observe the Tree Swallows which were first described in 1808 by French Ornithologist Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot.

Appreciate that the Tree Swallow winters farthest north of American swallows, which is why it returns here each spring long before the other swallows return. 

Identify a flock of Tree Swallows which are known collectively as a "stand" of swallows.

WHAT'S AHEAD


August is the time to observe the shorebirds and Peregrine Falcons migrating along the coast.  As the fall shorebird migration gets in full swing, you'll observe the Class of 2016 shorebirds [this year's young] as they head to their wintering grounds.

Enjoy this link about a young Whimbrel:

https://www.manomet.org/newsletter/tracking-chatham-understanding-how-young-shorebirds-find-their-way-0



September is the time to observe the migration of Sharp-shinned and Broad-winged Hawks.  


By month's end, the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are ready to head to Central America and Mexico.

BIRDING PROGRAMS

Watching Bird Migration
 
Date: Wednesday, August 10
Time: 6:00 pm - dusk
Meeting Location: Parking Lot #1 
on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $15

Join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge during bird migration. Plum Island is one of the finest places for viewing birds during fall migration. Many bird species are moving south along the coast. 
On Plum Island, the extensive mudflats, the salt marshes, the salt pannes & the pools are excellent feeding areas & roosting sites for these migrants. 


Book Reading & Birding At The North Pool Overlook...
 
Date: 
Wednesday, August 17th
Time:
6:00 pm to dusk

Location: North Pool Overlook on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Free Program! 

Join us for an evening of birding at the North Pool. Doug Chickering will read from his book Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of the book will be available for Doug to sign for you.For nearly three decades, Doug has been a frequent and passionate birder and chronicler of Essex County, one of the most famous and historic birding locations in the world. His essays in the Newburyport Birders' newsletter were extremely popular.

He has published his essays on birding in Winging It, Bird Observer and The Quail.  Doug is frequently invited to read his works on Ray Brown’s radio program Talkin’ Birds.

Here's what readers are saying about Doug's book: “Birding is all about sharing the adventure, and in this collection of entertaining essays, Douglas Chickering has shown how varied the world of birding can be. A wonderful read for any birder.” - Don and Lillian Stokes, authors of The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America

“It was the magic of Doug Chickering’s prose, observed on the Massbird Listserv, that led ­me to begin reading them on my radio show and to inviting Doug to read some himself. How wonderful that many of his beautiful and thoughtful pieces have been assembled in this ­delightful book. I recommend Reflections on a Golden-Winged Warbler heartily to all who love birds and to all who enjoy wise and insightful observations expressed with beauty, ­eloquence, and a clearly-expressed love for our natural world.” - Ray Brown, host of the Talkin’ Birds radio show

“The short birding stories of Douglas Chickering are truly inspirational. He demonstrates the pure joy and exhilaration of coming face to face with a plethora of birds on his beloved Plum Island and surrounding countryside. I have had the privilege of birding Plum Island often
with Doug, and even 20 years on, I still have wonderful memories of those halcyon days. If ever a man has demonstrated the delights of ‘Patch Birding’, it has to be Doug. This book is a must have for anyone wanting to share those emotions.” - Derek Moore, British ornithologist and nature conservationist


Shorebirds On the Wing

Date: Sunday, August 21 
Time: 7:30 am to 10:30 am
Fee: $15 
Meeting Location: The boat launch at the Seawall which is at the junction of Neptune & Water Streets in Newburyport

We'll be looking at shorebirds during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks, foraging styles and where these globe-trotting, long-distant migrants are headed.

Sunday Evening Along the Powwow River
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 and
footwear appropriate for walking on unpaved surfaces.

 

Along The Artichoke Reservoir 
- Evening Birding 
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
 

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 
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.



TIMESHARE ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD FOR SALE
 





For Sale ~ Fall Timeshare on Martha's Vineyard!
Birders Getaway late October/early November week
Fall timeshare week at Harbor Landing Inn in Vineyard Haven
Unit has:
2 twin beds,

Private, full bath,
Cable TV,
Small refrigerator,
Unit with individually controlled heat and air conditioning,
5 acre park adjoining the property,
Access to common areas with fully equipped kitchen, recreation room, deck overlooking the harbor and grilling area on the patio.





It's convenient to the ferry, the famous Black Dog Tavern, golf course, beaches, excellent fall birding on The Vineyard, YMCA's pool and fitness center.

You may exchange this timeshare week for anywhere in the world through Interval International.

For owner's contact information, please email Sue at: newburyportbirders@comcast.net

GET OUTSIDE


There's a natural draw to appreciating birds. Get outside and observe, appreciate and identify birds. Birding is good for you! Birding can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve concentration. Take a deep breath of fresh air, listen to the sounds of the birds and appreciate their colors. There are millions of active birdwatchers in the United States who collectively spend more money watching birds than all Americans spend on movie tickets. 



PRIVATE BIRDING TOURS 


There's a natural draw to appreciating birds. We'll customize your tour complete with one of our highly-skilled guides! Get outside with Newburyport Birders; you'll observe, appreciate and identify birds.   Birding is good for you! Birding can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve concentration. Take a deep breath of fresh air, listen to the sounds of the birds and appreciate their colors. There are millions of active birdwatchers in the United States who collectively spend more money watching birds than all Americans spend on movie tickets. Contact us and arrange your private tour. 

I look forward to birding with you! 

Best Wishes,
Sue