Back to the trip....Dawn, of Dawn's Bloggity Blog organized the trip with her husband Jeff. What a fabulous idea!!! Also in attendance was my sister Jane @ The Backyard Naturalist, Catie from Birdinggirl;
Larry from the Brownstone Birding blog; Dan @ Nature Observances by Forestal and Susan from the Nature of Framingham.
Charlestown Breakway was interesting. Got alittle concerned seeing the current coming in to the breakway, but we skirted the area until we got in to the sandbars. There was a group of birders already on the sandbar and they shared what they found.
Bairds Sandpiper ?
We had a fun debate while all together whether this was a immature Sanderling or a Bairds Sandpiper.
What are your thoughts now?
White Rumped Sandpiper....got alittle embarrassed checking out her rump! Is it white? Yup
Great Blue Heron
Following the breakway, we went and had lunch together. I shared some photos from my Mississippi trip which I'll be posting shortly. We had a tough time IDing a Blue-gray gnatcatcher. Once we finished lunch we migrated over to Trumstum Pond. It was really slow at first. One bird at a time, but by the end of the day, the trees exploded with Warblers, Vireos and associated small perching birds. There were so many I couldn't even focus. Jane got a headache from trying to follow them(warts too from the frogs in her pocket.) I got some fairly decent pictures.
Immature Magnolia Warbler
Immature Ringnecked Pheasant
And the final news, I found a little friend embedded in my thigh today. Took a visit to the doctors with symptoms of Lyme Disease. With out much tripidation, the doctor said yep you have it. Small tick, big red blotch! Shit-This is the third time. I need a new hobby. Video games maybe. Probably get carpal tunnel. :) I can't wait to go out with this group again. Birding anybody?