Bird Notes ~ November 30, 2009
A stop at the boat launch on Rt.30 yesterday afternoon: 2 male Bufflehead, a lone Common Merganser and of course the ever present hundred or so
Eurasian Collared-Dove in
A Eurasian Collared-Dove has been confirmed coming to a feeder in
On the weekend of November 21-22, we led a group of 9 birders from the Edgar A. Mearns Bird Club of Orange County, NY, on a trip up the
At the cove in Magnolia we watched Horned Grebes, Surf Scoters, Buffleheads and Common Loons swimming and diving in more placid waters. A Peregrine Falcon perched atop the highest granite outcrop on the island just offshore and remained motionless as we strained to get a better look down the barrel of a 40X scope.
The State Fishing Pier didn’t live up to our expectations, however. There were tons of gulls on the roof tops of the cold storage facilities, but no white-wingers. Best bird there was our second Peregrine Falcon of the morning perched atop the mast of an anchored schooner.
A stop at Eastern Point lighthouse produced good looks at all three Scoter species. At Niles Pond we added Ring-necked Ducks, Mute Swans, Buffleheads, 2 Pied-billed Grebes and a thousand more of the three common gull species that were bathing in the fresh water pond.
Moving over to Brace Cove we found a few Bonaparte’s Gulls riding the waves and at the high tide mark on the beach were two Iceland Gulls feeding with several Mallards at the edge of the grass. It was unclear what they were feeding on.
Next stop was at
At Cathedral Ledge in Rockport, we counted 45 Harlequin Ducks and several Purple Sandpipers. Around the corner at Andrew’s Point we watched in awe as one after another of the sleek white Gannets flew back and forth close enough to be naked eye birds. They dove and sliced the water with the grace of an Olympic platform diver going for the gold and sometimes came up with good sized fish. We didn’t spot a Black Guillemot until we returned the following morning, after which we drove on to
Great Blue Heron
American Black Duck
King Eider (
Great Black-backed Gull
American Robin (1 on
American Tree Sparrow
Snow Bunting (1 at the Wardens)
This is a great time of year to visit the coast for those once a year birds and to enjoy the brisk salt air, the spectacular views of the rocky coast of Boston’s north shore, the miles of sandy beaches at Plum Island and of course the succulent seafood.
Brattleboro Christmas Bird Count
Saturday, December 19, 2009
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