Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Birding Community Newsletter

Issue 2017-18 | Wednesday, November 1 2017 | 1,612 Subscribers
The Wonder
Continuing Warm Temperatures Promise to Make Fall in the Rumney Marshes ACEC One of the Hottest on Record
Short-sleeve mornings in late October, the wonder of a summer that just won't stop. Not yet sleeping, the children of the grasslands in the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, continue to play just beyond the reach of Father Frost.
 October 22, 2017 Trip Report
Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Saugus, Essex County, Massachusetts, US

October 22, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 Mile(s)

43 Bird Species
Canada Goose 33

Mallard 2

American Black Duck 2

Green-winged Teal 1

Wild Turkey 12

Double-crested Cormorant 1100
 Flyovers for the most part.

Great Blue Heron 8

Great Egret 5

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1

Cooper's Hawk 1

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Black-bellied Plover 1

Herring Gull 100

Great Black-backed Gull 3

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1

Mourning Dove 2

Downy Woodpecker 2

American Kestrel 1

Peregrine Falcon 1

Eastern Phoebe 3

Blue Jay 7

American Crow 10

Horned Lark 4

Tufted Titmouse 1

Hermit Thrush 1

American Robin 20

Northern Mockingbird 2

European Starling 10

American Pipit 5

Palm Warbler (Yellow) 3

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 11

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 2

White-crowned Sparrow 1

White-throated Sparrow 1

Savannah Sparrow 85

Song Sparrow 35

Swamp Sparrow 3

Northern Cardinal 3

Eastern Meadowlark 3

Red-winged Blackbird 2

House Finch 1

American Goldfinch 3

House Sparrow 10
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Savannah Sparrow
Wild Turkeys
The finest of friends.
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Cooper's Hawk
Wild Turkey
Horned Lark
Box Elder Bugs
Adults and Nymphs
Monarch Butterfly Catapillar
Thread Waisted Wasp parasitizing an Evening Primrose Caterpillar
Double-crested Cormorants
The Children of the Grassland
The Bird of the Week this week goes out to all the 'Little Souls' who just keep chugging along.

This has been just a remarkable year for butterflies. We hope that everyone can take a moment to appreciate just how exceptional a season it has been.

Runner-up this week goes to the male Common Buckeye that Ted found, displaying for a mate.

Like the Painted Lady, the Common Buckeye is another butterfly species that migrate up from the south to repopulate the northern portion of its range each season. This gentleman had perfect coloration without a single wing tatter, most likely he is part of the third and final brood which recently emerged.
 The Next Scheduled Nature Walks are:
Sunday, November 5 at 9 a.m.
Sunday, November 12 at 9 a.m.

Please do not forget to fall back an hour. Daylight savings time ends on Saturday, November 4.

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 to Soheil, Alan, Mara, Norm, Craig, Ted, Jarett, Greg, Ted, Cammy, Kevin, Tim, Brian, Caroline, Sebastian, Christine, 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:
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