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Birdwalk Highlights for 11/23: Simpson's to Wharton Points, Brunswick.

November 23, 2019

It was a rather quiet day, but with winds remaining very light all morning and full sun, it was a very pleasant day to be out in the field. Waterfowl numbers and diversity was disappointing, but a couple pockets of landbirds helped make up for it; there was no struggle to hit 20 species today.

 

We checked fields on the way to Simpson's Point, hoping for things like shrikes and Snow Buntings, but we saw little.  And Simpson's was unusually quiet for ducks, likely due to the presence of duck hunters. We did have some nice looks at 13 total SURF SCOTERS, estimated 150 or so BUFFLEHEADS in the distance, and picked up a half-dozen non-decoy CANADA GEESE.  About 20 HERRING GULLS joined 60+ RING-BILLED GULLS roosting nearby.

 

About 10 WILD TURKEYS were in a yard as we approached Wharton Point, but once again, duck numbers were very low: 52 AMERICAN BLACK-DUCKS, about 15 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and an additional 10 or so Surf Scoters was about it, other than another 30 Ring-billed and about 10 Herring Gulls.

 

But checking the creek and yard edges nearby, we found a bunch of activity. The highlight was a tarrying GREAT BLUE HERON sunning itself in a tree, but otherwise it was our best spot for landbirds this morning: 20 HOUSE FINCHES, 8 AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES, 4 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, 4 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 3 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 3 MOURNING DOVES, 2 TUFTED TITMICE, 2 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 2 EUROPEAN STARLINGS, and a single WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

 

Two EASTERN BLUEBIRDS were spotted along Highland Road, but otherwise we just added to our tally of AMERICAN CROWS and American Goldfinches in a fairly quick check of the pasture area.

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