Saturday, January 16, 2010

Coastal Birds-Massachusetts

It was a warm morning in Massachusetts (32 degrees) so I decided to hit the road for trip through some of my typically great spots for viewing.  Unfortunately, overall it was not a real successful Saturday morning.  I visited Mass Audubon Daniel Webster and their North River properties in Marshfield first.  Kind of a bust. 100 or so Canada Geese and a Tufted Titmouse.  So I decided to move along the coast toward Scituate Harbor.  I found a few birds pictured below that I couldn't ID.  I think they are Purple Sandpipers.  I couldn' get a great picture. 

Scituate Harbor-Tons of Ring-billed Gulls, a few Common Eider, about four male and six female bufflehead and 4 red-headed mergansers.  Then I moved on to Minot, along the rocky coast.  There were tons of different gull species.  The Brants were all over the rocks too.  I also saw several common loons, a few surf scoters, and a white-winged scoter.  I have a woodworking class next weekend, but plan to go to Plum Island on Jan 30th so that will likely be the next report.   Cheers, jhm

Purple Sandpiper, Marshfield, MA

Domestic Goose on the run

Female Bufflehead

Female Common Eider

1 comment:

Cathleen said...

Hi John- looks like a great trip. Thanks for the tips about your favorite local birding spots. It seems like a lot of my fellow bird bloggers have been hitting up Plum Island this month. I feel like I'm missing out on something here- better get up there!