Checklist S49296966

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Owner Frank Mantlik

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  • 20
  • 3 mi
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Sunrise Birding Walk, led by Frank Mantlik with Gina Nichol, and 18 others. We birded entirely on foot, covering a good portion of the Park. An incredible birding morning, with great views of most species, which abundant in number and variety; with a number of surprise rarities thrown in. So much so that it was difficult to pick the best bird of the day! Weather: sunny, blue sky, a chilly start 35-52F, calm to start with increasing SW wind.

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Observations

  1. Number observed: 45

    Details: Two flocks along the beach shoreline

  2. Number observed: 65

    Details: Two flyover flocks plus a smaller group

  3. Number observed: 5
  4. Number observed: 2
  5. Number observed: 2
  6. Number observed: 6
  7. Number observed: 1

    Details: Amazing! While we were slowly walking south along the elevated marsh boardwalk, looking for marsh sparrows and rails, this cuckoo flew from the SE up to us, and tried to land on the handrail right next to us! It’s yellow bill and Rufous wings were plainly evident. It then flew down and perched briefly in the tall Spartina marsh along a small channel; thereafter flew away low over the tidal channel.

  8. Number observed: 5

    Details: A few in with a flock of Dunlin, all flying west along the beach

  9. Number observed: 15

    Details: A flock flying west along the beach. Another small flock seen earlier by Gina, et al.

  10. Number observed: 1

    Details: One flew right over us while we were on marsh boardwalk

  11. Number observed: 1

    Details: Amazing sighting in broad daylight. While looking through sparrows in the sw corner of the overflow parking lot (“Sparrow lanes”), this chunky shorebird flew out of the grasses and mugwort and relanded at the edge of another Sparrow Lane to the NE. I had participants line up, while I walked that berm edge. The Woodcock flushed again, for all to see!

  12. Number observed: 5

    Details: One heard early in walk, and later 4 seen in flight at end of walk

  13. Number observed: 15
  14. Number observed: 40
  15. Number observed: 1
  16. Number observed: 1
  17. Number observed: 2
  18. Number observed: 1
  19. Number observed: 4
  20. Number observed: 1

    Details: One seen by Paul S.

  21. Number observed: 5

    Details: Estimate of the many Harriers seen in flight and hunting low over salt marsh, fields, landfill. All that were identifiable to age were richly-cinnamon-colored juveniles. Perhaps more than 5.

  22. Number observed: 3

    Details: Passage migrants

  23. Number observed: 2

    Details: Juvenile hunting small birds over landfill, briefly perched in a tree for scope views, at beginning of walk. Another migrant seen later.

  24. Number observed: 1

    Details: Adult seen soaring low over old landfill; great views of white head and tail, and broad flat dark wings.

  25. Number observed: 1

    Details: Juvenile seen in flight going west low over edge of salt marsh; later heard giving its distinctive call.

  26. Number observed: 1
  27. Number observed: 1

    Details: Owl flushed out of salt marsh while Frank was trying to locate marsh sparrows. He screamed and everyone got to see it in flight as it lazily flew/soared generally south toward Charles Island. Amazing occurrence.

  28. Number observed: 2
  29. Number observed: 1
  30. Number observed: 4
  31. Number observed: 1
  32. Number observed: 1
  33. Number observed: 2

    Details: Two flew east over old landfill at conclusion of the walk

  34. Number observed: 1
  35. Number observed: 20
  36. Number observed: 3

    Details: Heard calling

  37. Number observed: 1

    Details: Heard calling

  38. Number observed: 4
  39. Number observed: 3
  40. Number observed: 13

    Details: A small migrating flock appeared over us near edge of old landfill.

  41. Number observed: 2

    Details: Probably two, seen singly in flight low over salt marsh and Sparrow lanes

  42. Number observed: 1
  43. Number observed: 1
  44. Number observed: 1
  45. Number observed: 1

    Details: Seen best by Frank as it flew away to north over salt marsh before dropping in again. Rich Rufous rump and lower back, plus small size, ruled out Swamp Sparrow.

  46. Number observed: 3
  47. Number observed: 29
  48. Number observed: 3
  49. Number observed: 14
  50. Number observed: 10
  51. Number observed: 1

    Details: Flying over Sparrow lanes, showing its white outer tail feathers, and have its “sippit” call.

  52. Number observed: 2
  53. Number observed: 6

    Details: A flock of five (female types) flew low over us near Nettleton Pond boardwalk. Later a male flew over along old road.

  54. Number observed: 11
  55. Number observed: 1

    Details: Great views of it as it sat atop chain link fence in good light. A small Sparrow, big-headed, with eyering and a buffy breast. Seen well by all; record photos by Frank.

  56. Number observed: 1

    Details: One seen by Tom and a few others.

  57. Number observed: 14

    Details: A Common Sparrow here today, seen often and well by all. Two adults, with the rest juveniles.

  58. Number observed: 2
  59. Number observed: 3

    Details: One seen early on by Frank (and others?) along chainlink fence near parking lot. Later two perched up nicely in a small tree in Sparrow lanes for all to see (scope views).

  60. Number observed: 1

    Details: Seen in Spartina grass at the N side of the saltmarsh west of the boardwalk.

  61. Number observed: 100

    Details: Abundant Sparrow today; many seen well by all.

  62. Number observed: 70

    Details: Abundant Sparrow today.

  63. Number observed: 22

    Details: A commonly seen Sparrow species throughout the walk.

  64. Number observed: 2

    Details: Two late birds feeding together on foxtail grass seeds at sw corner of Sparrow lanes. Photos.

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  65. Number observed: 3

    Details: A few flyovers

  66. Number observed: 8

    Details: A flyover flock or two

  67. Number observed: 1

    Details: A small yellowish Warbler with white eye ring, seen by all in mugwort weeds along chainlink fence near parking lot at beginning of walk.

  68. Number observed: 1

    Details: Seen well by Frank through scope, as well as by several others, as it foraged in an Autumn Olive shrub near Nettleton Pond. Small, uniformly dull yellow, black beady eye noted. Sure of ID; getting late.

  69. Number observed: 2
  70. Number observed: 10
  71. Number observed: 2
  72. Number observed: 1
  73. Number observed: 1

    Details: After John O. called to tell us he had found one in the sw corner of the sparrow lanes, we couldn’t relocate it. However we later found it (or another) in a shrub just behind the chain link fence of the old landfill just to the North. Good views by all. Laurie R. got a record photo/video.

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