Our first stop was Duxbury beach. With a full moon, the tides were due to be very high so we moved down the breakway to Gannett Point to look for a Nelson's Sparrow. Apparently they are common in Nebraska, but are rarely seen here. The individual bird had been hanging out since November, but not seen over the last week or so. On our way, we ran into a small flock of Common Redpolls...Yahoo! Success right off the bat. One of the challenges with birding with a group is that you really don't get enough time to photograph so this photo is really from later in the afternoon when I went back to find the Redpolls. No luck with the Nelson's and the Atlantic was calm and quiet.
Common Redpoll (Duxbury Beach, MA)
Following our trip to Duxbury Beach, we moved over to the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary. Could not get real close, but we saw at least 5 red-tails, 6 rough legged (RL) and 6 norther harriers. The male harrier is an amazingly beautiful bird. I haven't photographed a male yet. Stay tuned for that. This picture, although of poor quality, definitely shows the dark stage of the RL. The RL is slightly larger then the red-tail. Both are large hawks though. Seeing them both together was a good show.
Eastern Blue Bird
(if they weren't pigeons they'd be a really beautiful bird)
I moved on to Plymouth Harbor to find a Lesser Black Backed Gull that apparently hangs around at Jenny Pond in Plymouth Center. I had not luck with the lesser so I decided to do the waterfront.
Iceland Gull (Plymouth boat ramp)
Ruddy Ducks ( there were about 10 in this group).