Sunday, May 31, 2015

BIRDING PROGRAMS

Wednesday Evening FUNdamentals of Grassland Birding 
Date: Wednesday, June 3
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $15 
Meeting Location: Woodsom Farm in Amesbury - meet at the parking lot on Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury 
Take a 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 grassland 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.
 
Wings, Feathers & Flights
Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 5:30 pm to sunset
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1
Let's explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge with a focus on wings, feathers & flights.  We'll discuss field marks, and we'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination. Long-sleeved shirt and long pants are suggested. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Birds of Oak Hill Cemetery 
Date: Sunday, June 21 
Time: 8:30 - 10:30 am 
Meeting Location: Just inside the cemetery's entrance off Parker Street 
Fee: $15

Oak Hill Cemetery is one of the best birding spots in Newburyport for songbirds. Bring binoculars if you have them. Beginners as well as seasoned birders are welcome.  Loaner binoculars are available.

Wednesday Evening FUNdamentals of Grassland Birding 
Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 6:30 pm to dusk
Fee: $15 
Meeting Location: Woodsom Farm in Amesbury - meet at the parking lot on Lions Mouth Road in Amesbury 
Take a 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 grassland 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.

Birding Byfield's Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area 
Date: Sunday, June 28
Time: 7:00 am to 10:00 am 
Meeting Location: First parking area by the buildings 
Fee: $15

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. This property offers a wide range of nesting birds in old pasture and wooded tracts. We will walk at least 2 miles on fairly level, gravel roads, searching for breeding birds. Wear sturdy shoes; bring a hat, insect repellent 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, May 29, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - May 28, 2015:

Scarlet Tanager by Phil Brown


New Hampshire Seacoast:
Purple Martin, Brant, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Red-throated Loon, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher,
Glossy Ibis

Bartlett Street, Salisbury:
Wild Turkey

Main Street, Amesbury:
Green Heron, Chimney Swift

Newburyport's Compost Facility:
Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Baltimore Oriole

Linebrook Road, Ipswich:
Pine Siskin, American Woodcock

Pike's Bridge Road, West Newbury:
Great Crested Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo, Bobolink, Chipping Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret,  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Red-eyed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Song Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird 

Maple Street, Amesbury:
Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-eyed Vireo

Moulton Street, Newburyport:
Common Nighthawk, Chimney Swift, Northern Cardinal, Chipping Sparrow, Gray Catbird, House Wren, American Goldfinch, Black-and-white Warbler, Purple Finch, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Cedar Waxwing

Eastern Point, Gloucester: Brant, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Least Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Swainson's Thrush, Gray Catbird, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Tennessee Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, White-crowned Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Orchard Oriole

Crane Neck Street, West Newbury:
Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Pine Warbler, Song Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch 

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport:
Great Horned Owl, Common Raven, Eastern Wood-Pewee

Artichoke Reservoir, West Newbury:
Great Blue Heron, Baltimore Oriole

Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Marblehead:
Mourning Warbler, Philadelphia Vireo

Ordway Reservation, West Newbury:
Lawrence's Warbler, Blue-Winged Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Warbling Vireo

Nelson Island, Rowley:
American Golden-Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher, Least Sandpiper, Willet

Cherry Hill Reservoir, West Newbury:
Song Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, Northern Mockingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Indigo Bunting, Osprey, Ruddy Duck, Common Merganser, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow

Cogswell Street, Ipswich:
Common Nighthawk  

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Eastern Kingbird, Caspian Tern, Red Knot, Mourning Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo, Red-necked Phalarope, Cape May Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Seaside Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Purple Finch, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Marsh Wren, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Boone Park, Ipswich:
Yellow-throated Vireo 

Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area, Byfield:
Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Mourning Dove, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Empidonax species, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Veery, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Ovenbird, Blue-winged Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Pine Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Canada Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager,
Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole,
American Goldfinch

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:

Pileated Woodpecker

Route 1A, Rowley:
Wilson's Phalarope, Solitary Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Turkey Vulture, American Robin, Bobolink, Red-winged Blackbird, Mourning Dove, European Starling, American Crow, Eastern Meadowlark, American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Common Grackle, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Mockingbird, Gray Catbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Eastern Kingbird, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren

Rough Meadows, Rowley:
Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch 

Ash Street Swamp, West Newbury:
Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Great Egret, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbird, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Cedar Waxwing, Tree Swallow,  Willow Flycatcher, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse,  American Robin, Gray Catbird, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch 

"Granite State" out of Rye Harbor, NH:
Common Eider, White-winged Scoter, Common Loon, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Northern Gannet, Double-crested Cormorant, Ruddy Turnstone, Red-necked Phalarope, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Jaeger species, Bonaparte's Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Common Tern, Magnolia Warbler, Glossy Ibis, Purple Sandpiper

June Bird Quiz

Answer the following questions with the name of a bird.  Send your answers to Sue via email [newburyportbirders@comcast.net] and you'll be entered in a drawing for a free, two hour bird 
tour in Essex County during the month of July.
1.  Capable of flying backwards?

2.  Flits close to the surface of the ocean as if walking on water?

3.  Has an ultra-silent flight?

4.  Hawks with long, pointed wings?

5.  What birds have a gently undulating flight?

Good birding,
Sue

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - May 21, 2015

Black-billed Cuckoo by Tim Spahr

Fellows Road, Ipswich:
Cedar Waxwing, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, House Wren, Eastern Bluebird, American Redstart, Baltimore Oriole, Common Grackle


7 Seas Whale Watch out of Gloucester:
Brown Booby, Common Eider, King Eider, Glaucous Gull 

Newburyport Industrial Park:
American Woodcock, Killdeer, Great Egret, Green Heron, Tree Swallow 

Tara Lane, Newton, NH:
Common Nighthawk

Route 1A, Rowley: 
White-faced Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Wilson's Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpiper, Yellow-rumped Warbler 

Boone Park, Ipswich: 
Acadian Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo 

Turkey Hill Road, West Newbury:
Lawrence's Warbler

Atkinson Common, Newburyport:
Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Town Farm Road, Ipswich: 
Northern Flicker, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler

Pike's Bridge Road, West Newbury:
Black-billed Cuckoo, Bobolink, Chipping Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Blue-winged Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Little River Trail, Newburyport:
Black-billed Cuckoo, American Woodcock, Common Yellowthroat, Gray Catbird, Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Eastern Towhee, Blue-winged Warbler, Indigo Bunting, Mourning Dove, Cedar Waxwing, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Mallard, Red-eyed Vireo, Wood Thrush, Ovenbird, Pine Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, American Robin, Scarlet Tanager, Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Point Area, Gloucester:
Mallard, Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Cooper's Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, 
Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow   

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Black-and-white Warbler, Orchard Oriole, Chipping Sparrow, Willet, Gray Catbird, Mourning Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Robin, Common Eider, Brant, Double-crested Cormorant

Various Areas on Cape Ann:
Brant, Merlin, Piping Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Whip-poor-will, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Brown Thrasher, Tennessee Warbler, Ruffed Grouse, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, American Oystercatcher Purple Sandpiper, Iceland Gull, Black Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Surf Scoter 

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, American Robin, Common Grackle, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, American Crow, Mourning Dove, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Bobolink, Chimney Swift, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Baltimore Oriole, Great Blue Heron, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal

Sunset Boulevard, Newburyport:
Wilson's Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Blue-winged Warbler

Pine Island Road, Newbury:
Red-winged Blackbird, Bobolink, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird,  Black-capped Chickadee, American Crow, House Finch, Least Flycatcher,  American Goldfinch, Common Grackle, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Eastern Kingbird, White-breasted Nuthatch, Baltimore Oriole,  Ovenbird, Northern Parula, Eastern Phoebe, American Redstart, American Robin, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Scarlet Tanager, Tufted Titmouse, Veery, Blue-headed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Willet, Downy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Common Yellowthroat,Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Towhee, Mourning Dove

Pease Tradeport, Portsmouth/Newington, NH:
Upland Sandpiper, Grasshopper Sparrow 

Powow River, Amesbury:
Spotted Sandpiper, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Willow Flycatcher

Gillis Bridge, Newburyport:
Cliff Swallow

Newman Road, Newbury:
Eastern Kingbird, Glossy Ibis, Great Egret, American Crow, Brown Thrasher, Wood Thrush

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH:
Common Gallinule, Virginia Rail

Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Marblehead:
Hooded Warbler

Hay Street, Newbury:
Gray Catbird, American Robin, Eastern Kingbird

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Whimbrel, Brant, Northern Goshawk, Black-bellied Plover, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Roseate Tern, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow, Saltmarsh Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow

St. Mary's Cemetery, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, Chipping Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Northern Mockingbird, House Wren, 
Black-billed Cuckoo

Middle Road, Newbury:
Green Heron, Barn Swallow

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:

Acadian Flycatcher, Short-billed Dowitcher, Brown Thrasher, Seaside Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Least Flycatcher, Northern Parula, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Lincoln's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Black-billed Cuckoo

Oak Hill Cemetery, Newburyport:
Indigo Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Tennessee Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Canada Warbler, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Scarlet Tanager, American Robin, Common Yellowthroat, White-crowned Sparrow, Great Egret, Mallard, Chimney Swift, Tree Swallow

Parker River, Newbury:
Bald Eagle
West Shore Road, Merrimac:
Purple Finch, American Robin, Eastern Phoebe, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Common Redpoll, House Finch, Carolina Wren, American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole

Crooked Pond, Boxford:
Black-throated Green Warbler

Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island:
Bank Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Bobolink, White-crowned Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Willow Flycatcher, Brown-headed Cowbird, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Killdeer, Piping Plover, Least Tern, Common Tern, Gray Catbird, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Common Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield:
American Woodcock, Baltimore Oriole, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Nighthawk

Halibut Point State Park, Rockport:
Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow,  Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, European Starling, Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch

Rocks Village Bridge, East Haverhill:
Cliff Swallow

Belleville Cemetery, Newburyport:
Eastern Kingbird, House Wren, Scarlet Tanager, Chipping Sparrow, American Robin, Yellow Warbler

Route 110, Haverhill:
Common Nighthawk

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - May 14, 2015:

Blackpoll Warbler

Hanover Street, Newbury: 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Northern Mockingbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Mourning Dove, Wild Turkey, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Crow, European Starling, Chipping Sparrow, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker 

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Orchard Oriole

Turkey Hill Road, West Newbury:
Lawrence's Warbler

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Common Tern, Bonaparte's Gull, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Purple Martin, White-eyed Vireo 

Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island:
Piping Plover, Black Scoter, Brant, Willet, Common Eider, Northern Gannet, Long-tailed Duck, Red-throated Loon

Various Areas in Bradford:
Black-billed Cuckoo, Blackpoll Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Canada Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Bobolink

Low Street, Newbury: 
Purple Martin

Mill Pond, West Newbury:
Tree Swallow, Mute Swan, American Robin, Eastern Phoebe, Barn Swallow

Route 1A, Rowley:
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover 

River Road, West Newbury:
Tree Swallow, Spotted Sandpiper 

Linebrook Road, Ipswich:
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Meadowbrook, Amesbury:
Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Goldfinch, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Brown-headed Cowbird, Northern Cardinal, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Mute Swan, Mallard, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Robin, Downy Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Great Blue Heron
Newman Road, Newbury:
Mallard, Snowy Egret, Glossy Ibis, Turkey Vulture, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Willet

Broad Street, Merrimac:

Black-billed Cuckoo, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Orchard Oriole

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island: 
Summer Tanager, White-eyed Vireo, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Sora, Virginia Rail, Tri-colored Heron, Willet, Bobolink, Wild Turkey, Blackburnian Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Ovenbird, Yellow Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk

Ash Street Swamp, West Newbury:
Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, Mallard, Wilson's Warbler, Veery, Wood Thrush, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler

Old Town Hill, Newbury:
Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-Headed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager 

Moulton Street, Ferry Road, Moseley Avenue & Noble Street, Newburyport:
Black-billed Cuckoo, Summer Tanager, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Tree Swallow, Chimney Swift, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, 
Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch  


Dow and Daniel Boone Parks, Ipswich:
Cooper's Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Wood Thrush, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler, 
Common Yellowthroat, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch


Route 1 Traffic Circle, Newburyport:

Yellow Warbler, Chimney Swift, Mute Swan
Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area, Byfield:
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, Wood Thrush, Gray Catbird, Ovenbird, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Parula, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch

Oak Hill Cemetery, Newburyport:
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Palm Warbler, Northern Parula,
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Ovenbird

Crane Estate, Ipswich:

Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bonaparte's Gull, Common Tern, Willow Flycatcher, Orchard Oriole

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Mourning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Barn Swallow, European Starling, Common Grackle, Savannah Sparrow, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Bobolink, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, American Goldfinch, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, Baltimore Oriole, American Crow, Yellow Warbler

Cherry Hill Reservoir, West Newbury: 
Common Merganser, Green Heron, Spotted Sandpiper

Atkinson Common, Newburyport:
Cedar Waxwing, Chipping Sparrow, Pine Warbler, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Pike's Bridge Road, West Newbury:
Blue-winged Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ovenbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Eastern Point Area, Gloucester:
Mallard, Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, Cooper's Hawk, Greater Yellowlegs, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Wood Thrush, American Robin,  Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler,  Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow   

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Black-and-white Warbler, Orchard Oriole, Chipping Sparrow, Willet, Gray Catbird, Mourning Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Robin, Common Eider, Brant, Double-crested Cormorant

Maple Street, Amesbury:
Broad-winged Hawk

ECOC's Canoe Trip on the Ipswich River, Topsfield: 
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Green Heron, Glossy Ibis, Red-tailed Hawk,  Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Least Sandpiper, Herring Gull, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift,  Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse,  White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, House Wren, Marsh Wren, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Canada Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle,  Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

St. Mary's Cemetery, Newburyport:
Killdeer, Baltimore Oriole, Chipping Sparrow, American Kestrel

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

The Brown Thrasher is an actor, not robed in distinguished gray like the catbird or the mockingbird but in ruddy.  As noted in Chris Leahy's information packed and engaging resource,  "The Birdwatchers' Companion", the Brown Thrasher doesn't beat or thrash with its long tail and doesn't thresh with its long, curved blade of a bill.  The bill allows it to forage deep in thickets and last season's leaf litter by sweeping the detrus and soil away and then pecking, probing and seeking insects, snails, toads, frogs, seed, beetles, fruits and nuts. 

I watch them intently as they pass in jerky flight along the vegetated edges roadside and take cover.  The rufous hue makes them difficult to see undercover.

I smile when I hear their smack call which I liken to a loud kiss ~ that "tcheh" call note of this rufous mimic.  I regularly focus on Brown Thrashers while they cross low over the road at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.  My concern for them heightens on the hot days of summer when the beach-goers stream to the Refuge's and Sandy Point beaches.  I've studied them for hours asthey fly in and out of the shadbush, serviceberry, shadblow and beach plum thickets at this important and renowned birding area. They appear unsettled and uncomfortable in the open; they're in their element when undercover.

The Brown Thrasher has a slender bill, and the lower mandible has yellow at the base.  Its face is gray; its eyes are yellow.  Those white wing bars and yellow legs are easy to discern and focus on. Its tail is long, rounded and keel-like.  It's known as a large, boldly patterned, long-tailed skulker that loves the thickets.  

Both sexes are rich, bright rufous with buff to white underparts with black streaking.  The Brown Thrashers are conspicuous due to their large size  [9-12 inches].  With a wingspan of 11-13 inches, they are seen well as they dart low, barely undulating, in front of my car.  I've invested the time this summer to watch them dust bathe roadside while I'm enroute to Sandy Pointwith my windows closed of course as there's been little rain this spring.
The male Brown Thrasher's rich, musical and varied song is one of duplicity, a series of long phrases separated by pauses. This mimic has a large song repertoire and is the only thrasher routinely seen in the northeast.

By the second or third week in April, the males arrive.  Once on territory, the vain male will perch high vertically and announce the season.  The male is on territory ahead of the female, and often his song is delayed for a few days.  When the female arrives, the song of doubleness begins.  Once a mate is secured, the pair limit their movements and begin nestbuilding.   The mated male sings a softer song. The female shapes the nest, and both male and female bring in the nest construction supplies ~ twigs, grapevine, rootlets, grass and dry leaves. Theest is a hefty, dense parfait with many tiers ~ often four ~  first twigs, then dry leaves, grapevine and paper compose the second tier; the third tier is stems, twig roots with soil, and the fourth tier is rootlets without any dirt attached.  I've watched them beat the roots on the hot, black pavement and shake them to remove the dirt.  The nest's outside diameter measures 12 inches; the inside diameter is 3 - 4 inches; the inside depth is 1 inch. 

Often the nests are in thorny shrubs below 12 feet; but most often they are at 2 - 7 feet.  I found an active nest on the ground once.  2 - 6 eggs are laid that are white to pale blue with faint to heavy speckles and muddy, brown markings. The Brown Thrasher is very defensive around the nest like an aggressive defenseman.  Atlanta's ice hockey team is called the "AtlantaThrashers".   A little ice hockey would be refreshing after time in the field on a steamy, May day...

The nestlings are helpless with downy tufts; they fledge between 10 to 14 days, earlier than Gray Catbirds and Northern Mockingbirds.  The male has charge of the fledlings, affording the female the opportunity to produce 2  - 3 clutches. If there isn't a second or third brood, the pair divide the care of the fledgings, sometimes moving the young to separate areas.

The Brown Thrasher has several monikers: Brown Thrush, Eastern Roadrunner, Sandy Mocker, Ferruginous Mockingbird, Planting Bird and Red Mavis.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - May 7, 2015

Blackburnian Warbler by Phil Brown

Plum Island Point, Plum Island:
Purple Martin

Union Street, Newburyport:
Chimney Swift


Fellows Road, Ipswich: 
Orchard Oriole, Baltimore Oriole, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Tree Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Gray Catbird, Hairy Woodpecker, House Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Warbling Vireo

George Burrows Brookside Sanctuary, South Hampton, NH:
Brown Creeper, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Tree Swallow

Turkey Hill Road, West Newbury:
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Barred Owl

Center Street, Groveland:
Louisiana Waterthrush

Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport:
Willet, American Kestrel

Cross Beach Road, Seabrook, NH:

Purple Martin, Willet, Double-crested Cormorant, Tree Swallow, House Sparrow

Newman Road, Newbury:
Snowy Egret, Willet

Little River Nature Trail, Newburyport:
Chimney Swift, Turkey Vulture 

Marblehead Neck Sanctuary, Marblehead:
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue-headed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat,  Swamp Sparrow, Red-eyed Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, White-throated Sparrow, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher

Salisbury Beach State Reservation:
Killdeer, Belted Kingfisher

Various Areas in Gloucester:
Chimney Swift

Lake Attitash, Merrimac:
Common Loon, Common Merganser, Bufflehead, Mallard, Mute Swan, Great Blue Heron, Eastern Phoebe

Oak Hill Cemetery, Newburyport:
Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Ovenbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, Cooper's Hawk

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH:
Pine Warbler, Yellow Warbler,  Palm Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Bald Eagle, Yellow Warbler, Virginia Rail, Killdeer, Wood Duck, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Killdeer, Blue Jay, House Wren, Swamp Sparrow 

Moulton Street, Newburyport:
House Wren, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, Gray Catbird, Chipping Sparrow, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker

Route 1A, Rowley:
Wilson’s Phalarope, Glossy Ibis, Least Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Virginia Rail, Lesser Yellowlegs 

Broad Street, Merrimac:
Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Orchard Oriole, Yellow Warbler 

Parker River, Newbury:
Bald Eagle

West Shore Road, Merrimac:
Purple Finch, American Robin, Eastern Phoebe, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Common Redpoll, House Finch, Carolina Wren, American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole

Crooked Pond, Boxford:
Black-throated Green Warbler

Hay Street, Newbury:
Spotted Sandpiper, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Flicker

Crane Beach, Ipswich:
Wild Turkey, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Osprey, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Herring Gull, Northern Flicker, Tree Swallow, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Purple Finch

Little Jack's, Hampton 
Willet, Least Sandpiper, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Merlin, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Cooper's Hawk

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury: 
Eastern Meadowlark, Savannah Sparrow, Mallard, American Robin, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Flicker, White-throated Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Crow, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Goldfinch, Song Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Cardinal, Blue Jay, Killdeer, Great Blue Heron, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Gray Catbird, Downy Woodpecker,  Blue Jay

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield:
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Barred Owl,  Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin, Gray Catbird, European Starling, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

County Road, Ipswich:
Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Fish Crow, House Wren, Gray Catbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, Scarlet Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak  

Wenham Canal, Wenham:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Virginia Rail, Sora, Spotted Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, European Starling, Northern Waterthrush, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch 


Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Loon, Baltimore Oriole, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wood Duck 

Willowdale State Forest East Sector, Ipswich:
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Wood Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, Barred Owl, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Ovenbird, Pine Warbler, Chipping Sparrow,
Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch 

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Upland Sandpiper, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Piping Plover, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Pine Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Northern Parula, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Least Sandpiper, Chimney Swift, Eastern Kingbird, Veery, Hermit Thrush, White-crowned Sparrow, Fish Crow, Blue-headed Vireo

Dow Brook/Bull Brook Reservoirs, Ipswich:
Double-crested Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ovenbird, Yellow Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Eastern Towhee, White-throated Sparrow, Purple Finch

Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield:
Canada Goose, Green-winged Teal, Little Blue Heron, Accipiter species, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area, Byfield:Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Green HeronMourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-Throated Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, Blue-winged Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Tree Swallow,Chimney Swift, Great Crested Flycatcher, Northern Cardinal, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Baltimore Oriole, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Pike's Bridge Road, West Newbury:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Wood Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-tailed Hawk, Mute Swan, Green Heron, Great Egret, Eastern Kingbird, Great Crested Flycatcher, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Baltimore Oriole, Wood Thrush, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, European Starling, Palm Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch 

Friday, May 1, 2015

Warbler Faces by Richard Edden

Tune up time!

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - April 30, 2015

Brown Creeper by Bob Stymeist

Wildwood Drive, Newburyport:
Northern Flicker

Uptack Road, Groveland:
Bufflehead, Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird

Topsfield Fairgrounds, Topsfield:
Upland Sandpiper, 
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow 

Scotland Road, Newbury:
Wilson's Snipe, Killdeer, Savannah Sparrow

Middle Road, Byfield:
Wilson's Snipe, Cooper's Hawk

Crane Neck Street, West Newbury:
American Woodcock, Eastern Bluebird

Swasey Park, Exeter, NH:
Laughing Gull

Clarks Pond, Amesbury:
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Wood Duck, Osprey, Mallard, Downy Woodpecker, 
Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Goldfinch, White-breasted Nuthatch 

Route 1A, Rowley:Wilson's Phalarope, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Double-crested Cormorant, Glossy Ibis
  
Scotland Road, Newbury:
Turkey Vulture, American Woodcock, Tree Swallow
Niles Pond, East Gloucester:

Lesser Scaup, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, House Wren, Purple Finch

Hanover Street, Newbury:
American Kestrel

Moulton Street, Newburyport:
Cedar Waxwing, Gray Catbird, White-throated Sparrow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Chipping Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren

Various Areas in Essex:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-shouldered Hawk, White-faced Ibis, Glossy Ibis

Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, NH:
Red-throated Loon, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck

Martin Burns Wildlife Management Area, Byfield:
Turkey Vulture, Double-crested Cormorant, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin, European Starling, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Phoebe, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Great Blue Heron, Canada Goose

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Savannah Sparrow, Northern Gannet 

Newburyport Harbor:

Pectoral Sandpiper, Caspian Tern, White-winged Scoter, Gadwall, Brant

Gilman Park, Exeter, NH:
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Phoebe 
Oak Hill Cemetery, Newburyport:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Mourning Dove, Brown Creeper, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Red-tailed Hawk, 
Eastern Phoebe, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Palm Warbler, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Sparrow 

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Northern Cardinal, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Meadowlark, European Starling, Eastern Phoebe, Mallard, White-throated Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, American Goldfinch, Common Grackle, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Mockingbird, House Sparrow 
New Hampshire Seacoast:
Snowy Egret x Tricolored Heron, Merlin, Great Egret, Northern Gannet, Common Eider, Black-crowned Night-Heron,
Sharp-shinned Hawk

Willowdale State Forest - Eastern Sector, Ipswich:
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee,  
Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet,
Pine Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch

Pease International Tradeport, Newington, NH:
Upland Sandpiper, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, American Kestrel, Eastern Meadowlark

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:

Vesper Sparrow, Wild Turkey, American Woodcock, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Merlin, Eastern Towhee, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Wild Turkey
Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area, Groveland:
Yellow-rumps Warbler,
 Palm Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Blue Jay, Northern Cardinal

Exeter Waste Water Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH:
Lesser Scaup, Iceland Gull

Ring's Island, Salisbury:
Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Carolina Wren, Belted KIngfisher, Cooper's Hawk, Tree Swallow, American Crow, White-winged Scoter, Double-crested Cormorant

Parker Ridge, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird

Various Areas in Rockport:
Mute Swan, Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, Cooper's Hawk, 
Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, 
American Robin, Pine Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird,
House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Various Areas in Merrimac:

Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Eastern Bluebird, Pileated Woodpecker 

Various Areas in Gloucester:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Common Eider, Bufflehead, Wild Turkey, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret,  
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Killdeer, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,  
Merlin, Blue Jay, American Crow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Field Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal,  
Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Ferry Road, Salisbury:
Osprey, Carolina Wren  

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Killdeer, Northern Goshawk, Brant, White-winged Scoter, American Wigeon, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Greater Yellowlegs, Merlin

Bradley Palmer State Park, Hamilton: 
Canada Goose, Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Great Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,
Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, 
White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Palm Warbler, 
Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird,
Rusty Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Goldfinch

Sweet Apple Tree Lane, Salisbury:
Eastern Towhee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Mourning Dove

New England Biolabs, Ipswich:
Blue-winged Teal, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, American Kestrel, Eastern Phoebe, 
Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Tree Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Palm Warbler, Pine Warbler,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, American Goldfinch 

Elm Street, Salisbury:
Northern Shoveler, Northern Flicker, Green-winged Teal, Wood Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Mallard, Eastern Bluebird

Willowdale State Forest - Western Sector, Ipswich: 
Wood Duck, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue-headed Vireo, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee,
Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit 
Thrush, Pine Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch 

Elm Street, Salisbury:
Wood Duck, Spotted Sandpiper, Killdeer, Northern Shoveler