Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Birding Community Newsletter

Issue 2018-01 | Saturday January 27, 2018 | 1,935 Subscribers
Settled In
Up and Down, and Back Again. The Winter Carnival of January in New England, Plays On.
This is 'That Season' when days, cleaved from the light by nights that loathe a dawn, regain ground a few grains of sand at a time.

A season when a 'Land in the North' reaches down to children who willfully resist her calls.

Dawdlers in the open plains, settled in and searching no more, calls of empty promises won't move them until the long wait is over and her song carries a promise of spring.
 January 1, 14 & 21, 2018 Trip Reports
Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts, US

January 1, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:12 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 Mile(s)

32 Bird Species
Snow Goose 2    
White geese with dark wing tips. Larger billed ruling out Ross's Goose.

Canada Goose 300

American Black Duck 2

scoter sp. 2

Bufflehead 19

Common Goldeneye 2

Red-breasted Merganser 4

Wild Turkey 15

Northern Harrier 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 1

Red-tailed Hawk 2

Ring-billed Gull 5

Herring Gull 150

Great Black-backed Gull 20

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15

Mourning Dove 10

Snowy Owl 2

Short-eared Owl 2

Peregrine Falcon 1

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 4

Horned Lark 65
     Careful count.

European Starling 150

Lapland Longspur 2

Snow Bunting 2

Dark-eyed Junco 1

White-throated Sparrow 3

Song Sparrow 5

Northern Cardinal 4

Eastern Meadowlark 1
     Robin sized bird with bright yellow breast. Distinctive flight pattern.

Red-winged Blackbird 29

House Sparrow 8
Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts, US

January 14, 2018
9:00 PM - 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.5 Mile(s)

Snow Goose 2
Canada Goose 150

American Black Duck 5

White-winged Scoter 4

Bufflehead 20

Common Goldeneye 1

Red-breasted Merganser 6

Wild Turkey 12

Common Loon 2

Northern Harrier 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 4

Herring Gull x

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 22

Mourning Dove 19

Short-eared Owl 2

American Kestrel 1

Blue Jay 1

American Crow 8

Horned Lark 50 
European Starling 200

Lapland Longspur 2

White-throated Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 1

Red-winged Blackbird 8

House Sparrow 8
Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts, US

January 21, 2018
8:45 AM - 12:12 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 Mile(s)

29 Bird Species
Canada Goose 140

Mallard 5

American Black Duck 29

White-winged Scoter 3

Bufflehead 36

Red-breasted Merganser 5

Wild Turkey 7

Common Loon 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 2

Rough-legged Hawk 1

Bald Eagle 1

Herring Gull 82

Great Black Backed Gull 11

Rock Pigeon 36

Mourning Dove 2

Snowy Owl 1

Short-eared Owl 2

Merlin Falcon 1

Peregrine Falcon 2

American Crow 8

Horned Lark 85 
European Starling x

Lapland Longspur 3

American Tree Sparrow 1

Song Sparrow 4

Red-winged Blackbird 1

House Sparrow 17
Song Sparrow with two American Tree Sparrows
1st year Juvenile Bald Eagle
2nd year Juvenile Bald Eagle
Light colored Snowy Owl
Peregrine Falcon
Horned Lark and Lapland Longspur
Lapland Longspur
Red-tailed Hawk
New Year's Friends
Dark colored Snowy Owl
Canada Geese
Inspecting a nearly frozen Pines River
Respite from the wind in near zero air temperatures
Snow Geese with Canada Geese
Friends looking over the Snow Geese
Cooper's Hawk
Northern Harrier
Short-eared Owl
Red-tailed Hawk perched on a bee hive
Ice Walkers
Mourning Dove
Snow Geese and Canada Geese
Wild Turkey
Adult Bald Eagle
Horned Larks
Rock Pigeon
Red-tailed Hawk
Horned Larks
Snow Geese and Canada Geese
American Black Ducks
Dark colored Snowy Owl in flight
Three Yearlings
The Snowy Owl
Bird of the Week this week has to go out to New Year’s Day’s uncomfortably close Snowy Owl. 

It was not due only to the overall size of the owl, which was Enormous. It was more about the way the owl sized up each visitor as they entered into that close zone. 

Three wing beats away.  I can take you, I can take you, this guy might be fair scrape, but the rest of you are no match.

In the end, no fights took place and no visitors were harmed in the production of this issue. It’s just that, it is, just as likely that it could have happened the other way.

Runner-up this week goes out to the Snow Geese that have been with us since New Year’s. 

Rare enough that they deserve all the attention that they are receiving. They have become accustomed to their celebrity life, striking great poses like champs, and very approachable. 

 The Next Scheduled Nature Walks are:

Sunday, January 28 at 9 a.m.
Sunday, February 4 at 9 a.m.

NOTE: The Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary is open to the public for guided tours only. If you would like to visit the sanctuary, please attend one of our regularly scheduled nature walks, or contact us to arrange a private tour. Thank you.

Special thanks go out to Soheil, Alan, Mark, Norm, Ted, Jarett, Cammy, Jason, Kevin, David, John, Patricia, Paul, Susan, Pat, Joe, Brian, Nancy, Janet, Paul, Nancy, Kathy, David, Susannah, Mara, Marcia, Rohuta, Jeannen, Rick, M.E, John, Linda, Joe, Thomas, Michael, Andrew, Nancy, and everyone else who contributed pictures and support this week. Without your help, this publication could not be produced.

Additional pictures from this week:
A cold winter landscape
Short-eared Owl
Red-winged Blackbirds
Snowy Owl out in the marsh
Short-eared Owl
Horned Lark
Short-eared Owl
Too Close Snowy Owl
Lapland Longspur
American Kestrel
American Crow

The Wheelabrator Saugus Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary is a 370-acre property abutting a 2,274-acre estuary on the outskirts of Boston, located in the heart of the Rumney Marshes ACEC. Maintained and managed grasslands, salt marshes, shrublands and maturing woodlands combine as one of the largest bird migration staging areas on the North Shore and a habitat for nearly 200 bird species, as well as other wildlife such as coyotes, foxes, raccoons and snakes. Visitors can enjoy the more than 14,000 feet of walking trails that permeate the site, a half-acre exhibit garden, and meeting and lecture areas, which are scattered throughout nine of the restored ecosystems. Situated directly behind Wheelabrator Saugus, the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary is maintained and managed by Geoff Wilson of Northeast Wetland Restoration. Follow along with us as the birds change with each passing season! 
Issue 2017-01 The Short-eared Owl
Issue 2017-02 The American Kestrel
Issue 2017-03 The Peregrine Falcon
Issue 2017-04 The Smith's Longspur
Issue 2017-05 The Smith's Longspur Cont.
Issue 2017-06 The Smith's Longspur Cont.
Issue 2017-07 The Horned Lark
Issue 2017-08 The Savannah Sparrow
Issue 2017-09 The Upland Sandpiper
Issue 2017-10 The Killdeer
Issue 2017-11 The Annual Breeding Bird Survey Part I
Issue 2017-12 The Annual Breeding Bird Survey Part II
Issue 2017-13 Salt Marshes / Sea Level Rise
Issue 2017-14 The Common Green Darner
Issue 2017-15 Birds of Prey
Issue 2017-16 The Shrublands
Issue 2017-17 The Painted Lady
Issue 2017-18 The Common Buckeye
Issue 2017-19 The Turnover
Issue 2017-20 Shoulder to the Wind
Issue 2017-21 Introduction to the Grasslands
Issue 2017-22 The Gatherers