Photo left shows SPWA Board Member and locally renowned birding expert and enthusiast Sally Avery giving a presentation at the 2015 Annual Board Meeting. Sally has led numerous tours for Mass Audubon and has a local and statewide following.
The list below is of 90 reported species sighted and/or heard.
American Black Duck
American Tree Sparrow
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Blue Heron
Long-tailed Duck (formerly Oldsquaw)
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
(Updated November 2004 by Nancy Kramer, Hull)
Field Notes: additional specie sitings.
October 2002: Greater Yellowlegs and Northern Gannet.
November 2002: Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Lesser Scaup, Black Scoter, Purple Sandpiper, American Tree Sparrow.
June 2003: Least Tern, Willow Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Cedar Waxwing
November 2003: Palm Warbler.
March, April, May 2004: A Glossy Ibis was spotted, by Nancy Kramer, on 5/11 feeding for over 3 hours near Straits Pond and a pair of Glossy Ibis was sighted in the Weir River Estuary area.
Nancy also spotted a White-crowned Sparrow in May. Sally Avery recorded the earliest sighting of an egret, (a Snowy or possibly a Little Egret) on 3/13, feeding in the Pond, and a Long-tailed Duck (formerly named Oldsquaw), Osprey and Turkey Vultures were spotted mid-April, by Sally Avery.
Marge McNamara, and several others, reported Kingfishers, numerous Cormorants and gulls, 8 Mute Swans, Great Blue Heron, many Tree Swallows, Bufflehead and Mergansers feeding on Straits Pond, mid-March, early April.
The highest reported number of mute swans observed on Straits Pond in 2004 was 88.
November 2004: added Red-necked Grebe. We saw a few Mute Swans, Canada Geese, American Black Ducks, Mallards, Hooded Mergansers, Red-breasted Mergansers, Buffleheads and Ruddy Ducks feeding and swimming.
Land birds were scarce but we did see some Rock Doves, (recently renamed Rock Pigeon), Mourning Doves, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, Northern Mockingbird, many European Starlings, House Finch, American Goldfinch, and many House Sparrows.
At Gunrock and Black Rock ocean areas, we used Sally’s birding telescope to spot Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Great Cormorant, Common Eider, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Ring-billed Gulls, Herring Gulls, and Great Black-backed Gulls. Bufflehead and Mergansers were also spotted in ocean areas.