Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey

Ipswich River by Phil Brown


Saturday, May 9, 7:00 am

Ipswich River Canoe Trip and Bird Survey

Event Coordinator: Robert Buchsbaum 
Email:rbuchsbaum@massaudubon.org 
Phone: 978-473-2389.

Participate in the 109th ECOC birding trip down the Ipswich River!  Arguably the oldest uninterrupted bird-count in the world, this event is timed to get the best views of birds before full leaf-out, but late enough in the season to get better weather for paddling.

The annual ECOC Canoe trip for 2015 is on May 9th starting at 7AM. The 
put in point is the state canoe landing on Rte 97 at the Ipswich River in Topsfield (Rte 97 & Juniper Lane - see map at www.massbird.org/ecoc/). The take out point is the landing on Topsfield Rd about 1 mile north of Asbury Street at Bradley Palmer State Park. I 
will need a few drivers to show up at 6:30AM to help spot cars at the take out point.

We typically finish around 12. Bring a brown bag lunch and join us for some post trip camaraderie and to go through the bird list afterward.  Place TBD.

Please let me know if you plan to attend. 
Email:rbuchsbaum@massaudubon.org 
Phone: 978-473-2389

If you don't have a canoe or kayak, let me know. We will try to hook up people with canoes with those who do not have one. As an alternative, Mass Audubon members can rent canoes at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. If you chose that option, you would start there and join us in route. You would need to canoe back to the landing at some point.

All participants MUST wear a PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE or will not be able to participate.

Let’s hope for great weather and lots of birds this year.

Robert

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - April 23, 2015

Wilson's Snipe by Phil Brown


Middle Road, Amesbury:
Pileated Woodpecker

Parker River, Newbury:
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Herring Gull, Carolina Wren, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker,
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Powow River, Amesbury:
Belted Kingfisher

Ravenswood Park, Gloucester:
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch

Various Areas in Essex:
Chipping Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow

Cherry Hill Reservoir, West Newbury:
Common Merganser, Killdeer, Red-bellied Woodpecker

Newburyport Harbor:
Forster's Tern

Ash Street Swamp, West Newbury:
Ring-necked Duck, Eastern Bluebird, Cooper's Hawk, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Tree Swallow

Crane Beach, Ipswich:
White-winged Scoter, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Piping Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Sanderling, Dunlin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Purple Finch

Island Road, Essex:
American Kestrel, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Greater Yellowlegs, Northern Shoveler, American Black Duck, Green-winged Teal,
Red-breasted Merganser, Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Osprey

Exeter Waste Water Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH:
Caspian Tern, Whooper Swan

Crooked Pond, Boxford:
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Fish Crow, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler

Artichoke Reservoir, West Newbury:
Ring-necked Duck, Bufflehead, Song Sparrow

Central Street, Byfield:
Bald Eagle

Fellows Road, Ipswich:
Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Wild Turkey, Pine Warbler, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, Red-winged Blackbird, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Nesting Bluebird

Plum Island Turnpike, Newbury/Newburyport:
Pectoral Sandpiper, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, American Woodcock, American Kestrel

Red Gate Road, Rowley:
Snowy Egret

Northgate Road, Ispwich:
Canada Goose, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Turkey Vulture, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Savannah Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark

Moulton Street, Newburyport:
Eastern Towhee, Turkey Vulture, American Crow, Fish Crow, Carolina Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, Dark-eyed Junco, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Brown-headed Cowbird, White-breasted Nuthatch

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Newington, NH:
Osprey, Brown-headed Cowbird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird

County Road, Rowley:
Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Eurasian Wigeon, American Wigeon, Palm Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Pine Warbler, Solitary Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Snowy Owl, Northern Flicker, Northern Mockingbird,  Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Crow, American Robin, Brant, White-throated Sparrow,  Hermit Thrush, Double-crested Cormorant

Mass Audubon's Thicket, Nahant:
Indigo Bunting

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Chipping Sparrow, Sharp-shinned Hawk

Route 110, Salisbury:
Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Northern Shoveler

South Main Street, Topsfield:
Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Willet, Wilson's Snipe, Eastern Meadowlark, Snowy Owl, Hermit Thrush, Green Heron, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Piping Plover, Glossy Ibis, Brant, Black-crowned Night-Heron

Bartlett Street, Salisbury:
American Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, White-breasted Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker

Powderhouse Pond, Exeter, NH:
Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Herring Gull, Downy Woodpecker, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow

Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield:
Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Glossy Ibis, Killdeer, Upland Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, American Crow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, House Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, Song Sparrow, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle

Crow Lane, Newburyport:
Northern Flicker, Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel

Various Areas in Gloucester:
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Canada Goose, Bufflehead, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-tailed Hawk, Herring Gull, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Common Raven, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Pine Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, House Finch, American Goldfinch

Cooper's North Pasture, Newburyport:
Turkey Vulture

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, Mallard, American Robin, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Flicker, White-throated Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Crow, Glossy Ibis, European Starling,  Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Killdeer, Great Blue Heron

Blynman Canal, Gloucester:
Osprey, Common Loon, American Crow, Mallard, American Black Duck, White-winged Scoter, Common Eider, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron

Bradley Palmer State Park, Hamilton:
Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Green-winged Teal, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Waterthrush, Pine Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - April 9, 2015

Brant by Nate Dubrow

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH:
Wood Duck, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead,  Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Iceland Gull    

Clark's Pond, Amesbury:
Osprey, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Goldfinch, Mallard, Black-capped Chickadee

Scotland Road, Newbury:

Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Snow Goose, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Killdeer

Pease International Tradeport, Newington, NH:
American Kestrel, Snowy Owl, Common Raven, Eastern Phoebe, Horned Lark, Rough-legged Hawk

Ferry Road, Salisbury:
Osprey

Route 133, Essex:
Glossy Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Canada Goose, Killdeer, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal,Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Harrier, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, American Pipit

Crane Neck Street, West Newbury:
American Woodcock


Moulton Street, Newburyport:
Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow


Pike's Bridge Road, West Newbury:
Ring-necked Duck, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser


Elm Street, Salisbury:
Northern Shoveler, Mallard, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup

Lime Street, Newburyport:
Wild Turkey, Turkey Vulture

Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield:
Greater White-fronted Goose, Canada Goose

Spring Lane, Newburyport:
Ring-necked Duck, Golden-crowned Kinglet

Route 1A, Rowley:
American Kestrel, Wood Duck, Turkey Vulture

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Turkey Vulture
    
Various Areas in West Gloucester:
Brant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret

Center Street, Groveland:
Fox Sparrow, Northern Harrier

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Snow Goose, Brant, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Wild Turkey, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Piping Plover, Killdeer, Sanderling, American Woodcock, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Snowy Owl, Short-eared Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, American Kestrel, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, Common Redpoll, American Goldfinch

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Golden-crowned Kinglet, Tree Swallow, Killdeer, Cooper's Hawk, Snowy Owl, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, House Finch, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Brant

Route 1, Newbury:
Sandhill Crane

Broad Street, Merrimac:
Fox Sparrow

New England Biolabs, Ipswich:
Hairy Woodpecker, Cooper's Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard, American Black Duck, Hooded Merganser, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorant, Killdeer, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Herring Gull, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee,  White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, Rusty Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Brown Headed Cowbird

Cherry Hill Reservoir, West Newbury:
Glossy Ibis, Bald Eagle

Linebrook Road, Ipswich:
American Woodcock, Eastern Bluebird, Barred Owl

Various Areas in Nahant:
Winter Wren, Brant, Common Eider, Herring Gull, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Various Areas in Essex & Ipswich:
Canada Goose, Wild Turkey, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Wilson's Snipe, Pileated Woodpecker, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow

Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport:
American Kestrel

Great Neck, Ipswich:
American Kestrel

Hovey Pond Area, West Boxford:
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Mute Swan

Middle Street, West Newbury:
Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Mallard

Uptack Road, Groveland:
Bufflehead, Great Blue Heron, American Crow, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser

Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area, Groveland:
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Wood Duck, American Black Duck, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Teal species, Ring-necked Duck, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Ring-billed Gull, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Pine Warbler, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Goldfinch

Newburyport Industrial Park:
American Woodcock, Northern Cardinal, American Goldfinch, Canada Goose, Mallard

Hanover Street, Newbury:
Cooper's Hawk, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling, American Robin, American Crow, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Mourning Dove, Tufted Titmouse, Dark-eyed Junco, House Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow

Island Road, Essex:
American Black Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Glossy Ibis, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Greater Yellowlegs, Northern Flicker

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield:
Common Goldeneye, Ring-neck Duck, Bufflehead, Osprey, Fox Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Eastern Phoebe

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Essex County Ornithological Club Meeting, Fri., 4/10/15 - Donald Kroodsma

Date: Friday, April 10
Time: 7:30 pm
Topic: Dawn Chorus: Birdsong Before Sunrise
Location: Morse Auditorium, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Free & open to the public



“One of the greatest shows on earth” can be heard at dawn, according to 
award-winning author and birdsong expert Donald Kroodsma. A professor 
emeritus at UMass and author of The Singing Life of Birds, Kroodsma 
shares and interprets his amazing recordings made pre-sunrise, the time 
when bird performances are especially energized and males are telling 
all the songs they know in the shortest amount of time.

For some species, special songs are also invoked at dawn. Join Kroodsma 
on this special acoustical tour of some of the finest and most 
intriguing dawn performers among North American passerines.

Co-sponsored by PEM, this program is made possible by a generous gift 
from Tim and Joanie Ingram in memory of Dorothy Addams Brown, beloved 
honorary PEM trustee and devoted ECOC member. 

APRIL MIGRATION PROGRAMS

Glossy Ibis by Phil Brown


Wednesday Evenings in Wild West Newbury
Dates: Wednesdays, April 15, 22, & 29
Time: 6:00 pm to dusk
Fee: $20 
Meeting Location: Pike's Bridge Road parking area on Turkey Hill Road in West Newbury

We'll be exploring the Pike's Bridge Road area and other highly productive, birding locations in West Newbury during these evening programs. Some carpooling is involved. No facilities are available during this program.

Directions: From the Scotland Road exit off I-95, take Scotland Road heading west; then take an immediate right onto Turkey Hill Road. Drive north on Turkey Hill Road about half a mile to a large, dirt pull off on the left [this is where the road curves right]. Pike's Bridge Road is a dirt road with a metal gate across it which allows no vehicles to enter.

Afternoon Birding at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Date: Saturday, April 18
Time: 4:00 pm  to sunset
Meeting Location: Lot #1 on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
Fee: $20.
Take some quiet time and join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge in spring.  We'll explore, looking for migrants.

Newbury's Ould Towne Ramble

Date: Sunday, April 19
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Fee: $20
Meeting Location: We'll gather at the Lower Green in Newbury at the
junction of High Road [Route 1A] & Newman Road.

Join Sue for a morning bird walk in Newbury's Ould Towne. We'll explore the Lower Green area and Newman Road's diverse habitat. We'll search for grassland birds, shorebirds and woodland birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent and a beverage.

Birding in Salisbury, Seabrook & Hampton

Date: Saturday, April 25
Time: 4:00 pm to dusk
Meeting Location: Boat Ramp Parking Lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation [we'll carpool from there]
Fee: $20.
Join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the the seacoast during migration. Birding along the seacoast is great fun.


Birding Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area in Byfield

Date: Sunday, April 26
Time: 9:00 am to noon

Fee: $20 

This 1500+ acre property consists of hardwood forest with understory. Rocky hills dot the property as well as small, fire ponds. Parts of this property are poorly drained and seasonally wet. The headwaters of Cart Creek and the Little River are within the property. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pastures and wooded tracts. We will walk least 2.5 miles on fairly level, gravel roads. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat and a beverage.

Directions: Take Route 95 to the Central St/Byfield Exit. Follow Central Street east to Orchard Street (3/4 mile). Turn left onto Orchard Street and drive approx. 1 mile to the parking area on the left.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - April 2, 2015

Piping Plover

Wildwood Drive, Newburyport:
American Woodcock

Various Areas in Manchester:
Turkey Vulture, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Great Egret

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH:
Eastern Phoebe, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck

Bartlett Street, Salisbury:
American Goldfinch, American Robin, Dark-eyed Junco

Cashman Park, Newburyport:
Killdeer, Great Blue Heron, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Turkey Vulture

Ash Street Swamp, West Newbury:
Wood Duck, Brown Creeper

Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport:
American Woodcock

Linebrook Road, Ipswich:
American Woodcock, Eastern Bluebird

Various areas in Merrimac:
Northern Flicker, Eastern Bluebird, American Goldfinch

Various Areas in Gloucester:
Fish Crow

Elm Street, Salisbury:
Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Lesser Scaup, Mallard, American Robin, Brown Creeper, Red-tailed Hawk, Canada Goose

Mill Pond, West Newbury:
Tree Swallow

Ring's Island, Salisbury:
Tree Swallow, Long-tailed Duck, Common Loon, Canada Goose, Mallard, Belted KIngfisher

Old Merrill Street, Amesbury:
Cooper's Hawk, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher 

Rogers Street, West Newbury:
Red-tailed Hawk

Appleton Farm Grass Rides, Hamilton:
Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Red-tailed Hawk

Meadowbrook Pond, Amesbury:
Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Mute Swan

Bachelor Street, West Newbury:
Red-tailed Hawk

Squamscott River, Exeter, NH:
Killdeer,  Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull, Great Black-backed Gull 

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Red-tailed Hawk, Fox Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird

Emery Lane, West Newbury:
Tree Swallow, Wood Duck

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Snow Bunting, Great  Egret, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Killdeer, Snowy Owl 

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Osprey, Merlin, Tree Swallow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Common Redpoll, Rough-legged Hawk, American Woodcock, Piping Plover  

Great Bay Farm, Newington, NH:
Snow Goose, Canada Goose, Killdeer

Merrimac Street, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, American Woodcock, Cooper's Hawk

Parker River, Newbury:
Turkey Vulture, Horned Lark, Bufflehead, Snow Bunting

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Black-headed Gull, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Mallard, Common Eider, White-winged Scoter, 
Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, 
Killdeer, Peregrine Falcon, American Crow, Fish Crow 

Greenwood Farm, Ipswich:
American Woodcock

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Newington, NH:
Hooded Merganser, Herring Gull, Barred Owl, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, American Woodcock

Deer Island, Amesbury:
Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup, Mallard, Great Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Fish Crow, American Crow,Northern Cardinal

Kent Street, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk

Great Neck, Ipswich:
Osprey

Broad Street, Newburyport:
Fish Crow 

Route 133, Essex:
Canada Goose, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe

Miles River, South Hamilton:
Mallard, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Green-winged Teal 

Uptack Road, Groveland:
Pileated Woodpecker, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Mallard, American Black Duck, Mute Swan, Pied-billed Grebe, Canada Goose 

Main Street, West Newbury:
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Lower Artichoke Reservoir Area, Newburyport/West Newbury:
Wood Duck, Common Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagle, Rock Pigeon 

Crane Beach, Ipswich
Brant, Iceland Gull, Piping Plover

Meaders Lane, Salisbury:
Fox Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown Creeper, Carolina Wren

Parker Street, Newburyport:
American Kestrel, Turkey Vulture, American Woodcock

Cherry Hill Reservoir, West Newbury:
Killdeer, Turkey Vulture

Heartbreak Road, Ipswich:
Eastern Bluebird 

Beckman's Island, Seabrook, NH:
Great Egret

Newburyport Industrial Park:
American Woodcock, American Robin, Northern Cardinal, Canada Goose, Mallard

J. B. Little Road, Groveland:
Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbird, Rusty Blackbird

Town Wharf Area, Ipswich:
Fox Sparrow, American Woodcock, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl

Tendercrop Farm, Rowley:
Wood Duck, Mallard, Canada Geese

Blackpoll Warbler - Champion of Migration

Blackpoll Warbler

Get Involved in Citizen Science this Spring

Get Involved in Citizen Science this Spring

Bald Eagle

Help with Spring Bald Eagle Count
MassWildlife is preparing for its Spring Eagle Count, scheduled for April 10. In the case of bad weather, the backup survey date is April 17. The goal of the survey is to document active eagle nests and to identify banded birds throughout the state. This will be done by checking known nest sites and searching for new nests in areas where recent eagle activity has been reported or where the habitat seems especially good for breeding eagles. When eagles are observed, remember to look for any leg bands. Banded eagles will have a color band with a unique letter/number code that is often readable either using binoculars or high resolution photography. If you would like to participate in this count, please contact Andrew Vitz at (508) 389- 6394 or Andrew.vitz@state.ma.us

Report Rusty Blackbird Sightings During Spring Migration

Rusty Blackbird by Bob Stymeist

MassWildlife needs your help documenting Rusty Blackbirds during spring migration! The Rusty Blackbird has undergone one of the most precipitous declines documented for any species in North America. Since the mid 1900s, the population is thought to have declined by 85%, and the cause largely remains a mystery. Very little is known about the migratory habits of this species, and the goal of the Rusty Blackbird Migration Blitz is to gain a better understanding of the species requirements during migration. To report your Rusty Blackbird sighting, learn more about the project, and review identification tips visit the International Rusty Blackbird Working Group’s website. If you are interested in participating and have questions, contact MassWildlife Ornithologist Andrew Vitz at Andrew.vitz@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6394.

Report Roadkill on Linking Landscapes Site
MassWildlife and Massachusetts Department of Transportation, and the University of Massachusetts have launched Linking Landscapes for Massachusetts Wildlife, a long-term and multifaceted volunteer based monitoring program and planning collaboration. LLMW aims to 1.) reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and improve public safety, 2.) enhance, protect, and restore habitats impacted by roads, 3.) incorporate conservation priorities into transportation planning, and 4.) implement wildlife transportation and research. As a citizen, you can help by contributing data or volunteering to survey road segments. You can document your observations of roadkilled wildlife using this form. Roadkill reports help inform our wildlife mitigation and transportation safety decision making.

Good birding,
Sue
With best wishes,
Sue

Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
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