Last weekend I drove up to Gloucester to look for gulls and other assorted seabirds along the coast. Gloucester is a beautiful fishing village with great restaurants and an incredible access to great bird sites. Unfortunately it was really windy and cold so birding was a bit difficult. Seems like we're having a run on red breasted mergansers. They are everywhere and today was no different. There were many poking around the rocks.
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
I visited Jodgrey State Fishing peer. Its a great place to see gulls, and other sea ducks. I got a really good viewing in my scope of an adult Glaucous and Iceland gull. Unfortunately, they were to far for a good photo. I need to look into digiscoping. I was also fortunate to see a black billed murre and a black guillimot, but they were really to far away for a good photo shot.
I went down to the beach to search for wading birds and found a flock of sanderlings, but the real prize was a Harp Seal. It was sitting in the snow getting a sun tan. It should have thought about a manicure too. Take a look at those nails.
It was unfortunate that people let their dogs approach the seal. I love dogs, but people really need to be more responsible.
This weekend I took a quick trip to Tiverton, Rhode Island to visit a few open pastures along the water front. I have a few birds that are on my target list so I was on the hunt. I was photographing and there were 5 hunters in the opposite field. I thought hunting season was over. I heard a few shots and their dogs were yipping so I think they got something.
Back to my adventure....seems like everyone has been seeing my target species all over New England, but I've been coming up short. However, as soon as I approached the fields a flock of 25 birds jumped up with a characteristic white flash. Yup I finally got a Snow bunting. Yes I know alot of you see them all the time, but this is only the second time for me and the first photo. Yippee!!
There were raptors all over the fields. I saw Rough legged, Red-tailed and a Sharpie, but the only one close enough for a photo was Cooper's Hawk.