Fall Migration Walk-

October 28, 2017

8:30 AM at Turtle Cove and Orchard Beach

Late date change because of predicted inclement weather

I watched the weather most of the week, hoping Sunday’s rain prediction might change. I was going to cancel and reschedule for a couple of weeks from now. Then Billy texted and Joe too. So I decided I would try for a last minute walk. As you can see we had a small but terrific group. I was thinking that the birding would be slow but I was wrong. We had many great birds. The best bird was the one we saw in the distance, hunkered way down in the grass. First we thought maybe a Whimbrel, no, this bird was too small. Then we thought a Dowitcher or Pectoral Sandpiper. The camouflage was amazing. Finally it stood up and we realized it was a Wilson’s Snipe. Nearby was a Pectoral Sandpiper. Most interesting was the LeConte’s Sparrow we missed. Other birders found this sparrow, a rare bird for the area. They located it a few minutes before we arrived. Disappointingly, the bird failed to emerge from the spartina again after it dove down. We did have a nice array of other sparrows as you can see from the list. This was really a fun morning, good birds, great weather and terrific people.

Pectoral Sandpiper, photo Ted Kavanagh

Wilson’s Snipe, photo Ted Kavanagh

Searching for the LeConte’s Sparrow, photo Joe Morales

Species Account

Pectoral Sandpiper

Wilson’s Snipe

Peregrine Falcon


Downy Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Dark-eyed Junco

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Mourning Dove

American Black Duck


Blue Jay

Common Grackle

American Robin

American Goldfinch

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-headed Vireo

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Phoebe

Wood Duck (flyover of approximately 12)

Double-crested Cormorant

House Finch

American Crow

Northern Flicker

Northern Cardinal

European Starling

Red-tailed Hawk

Canada Goose

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