Richmond Marsh 5/18/20

Date: 5/18/2020
Time: 7:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Richmond Marsh, MA
Weather: about 55F, overcast and damp from rain the night before
Habitat: Large marshy area with some forest around the edges. In one area there was a beaver dam which sectioned off a portion of the swamp from the rest. There were areas of dense reeds, muddy earth, skunk cabbage, and shallow water throughout the marsh.

Either this marsh was flooded beyond normal or it's an infrequently visited place, because there were no discernible paths anywhere. Near where I entered from the side of the road was the beaver dammed area, with a large beaver lodge in the center (it appeared to be uninhabited). This was where I spotted the belted kingfisher and solitary sandpipers. My next hour and a half was mostly spent bushwhacking through the wet reeds and muddy forest, so I scared off a lot of birds with my noise. Eventually I came upon a raised train-track bed, which gave a great view of the entire marsh along its western side. On the eastern side was forest, so this is where I observed most of the passerines, including all of the warblers. In the marsh I saw at least four great blue herons flying between fishing spots, a couple pairs of Canada geese feeding, and dozens of red-winged blackbirds on the reeds. I also saw some ducks, though only in flight. I just recorded the few I was sure of. On the other end of the marsh was a dry field. From this vantage point I could get a decent view of the swallows. I could also hear an American bittern calling, but the reeds were so dense I had no hope of spotting it.

Posted by natalya-h natalya-h, May 18, 2020 18:57

Observations

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Mallard Anas platyrhynchos

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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Square

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Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

Description

only heard; not seen

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Square

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

Description

At least 4, probably more

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No photos or sounds

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Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

Description

count estimated

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No photos or sounds

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

Description

count estimated

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Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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American Goldfinch Spinus tristis

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

Description

count estimated

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Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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Square

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

Description

count estimated

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Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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Square

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Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

Description

juvenile

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No photos or sounds

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Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora cyanoptera

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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No photos or sounds

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Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Observer

natalya-h

Date

May 18, 2020

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