Sunday, August 28, 2016

Shorebirds!!!

Shorebirds by the Seawall...

Hudsonian Godwit by Phil Brown

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

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

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

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


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

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


Good birding,
Sue

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - August 25, 2016

Black-bellied Plover by Tim Spahr

River Road, West Newbury:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Great Egret, Chimney Swift, Tree Swallow, Wild Turkey with poults, Great Blue Heron, Baltimore Oriole

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

County Road, Ipswich:
Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, House Sparrow, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal, Common Grackle, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Hay Street, Newbury:  
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Green Heron

Merrimack River, Haverhill:

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

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Northern Gannet, Glossy Ibis, Canada Goose, Green-winged Teal, Black Scoter, Common Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Whimbrel, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Black Guillemot, Laughing Gull, Caspian Tern, Common Tern, Willow Flycatcher, Fish Crow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Bank Swallow, Yellow Warbler, Baltimore Oriole

Sandy Point State Reservation, Plum Island:
Marbled Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit

Pine island Road, Newbury:
Tree Swallow, Pileated Woodpecker  

Essex Bay, Essex:
American Golden-Plover, Little Blue Heron, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, Tree Swallow, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-tailed Hawk 

Granite State Whale Watch out of Rye, NH:
Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Double-crested Cormorant, Common Eider, Common Loon, Manx Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel

Page School, West Newbury: 
Chimney Swift, Common Nighthawk, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Gull species, Barn Swallow, Tree Swallow, Blue Jay, American Goldfinch, Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Perkins Park Wetlands, Newburyport:
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Eastern Kingbird, American Goldfinch, Cedar Waxwing, Tree Swallow, Belted Kingfisher 

Various Areas in Topsfield:
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager 

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH:
Lark Sparrow, Ruddy Duck, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 

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

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Baird's Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Peregrine Falcon, American Golden-Plover, Hudsonian Godwit, Marbled Godwit, American Black Duck, Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Double-crested Cormorant, Glossy Ibis, Whimbrel, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Osprey, Northern Harrier, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Dunlin, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Phalarope, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Least Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, 
Traill's Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, American Crow, Tree Swallow, Black-capped Chickadee, American Robin, Gray Catbird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Common Grackle, House Sparrow, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Baltimore Oriole  

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
Killdeer, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, American Robin, Mourning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, American Goldfinch, American Crow, House Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Gray Catbird, Blue Jay, Willow Flycatcher, Northern Flicker, Eastern Phoebe, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Mallard, Lesser Yellowlegs, House Wren, Eastern Bluebird, Broad-winged Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Kingbird

Various Areas in Essex:
Cooper's Hawk, American Crow, Broad-winged Hawk

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