Monday, February 3, 2014

Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend - 2014


Birdwatchers from New England and beyond participated in the Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend. Cape Ann is known worldwide for its exciting concentrations of winter seabirds, and the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce & Massachusetts Audubon Society offered a weekend full of events for all levels of birders. Expert speakers offered presentations, exhibitors showcased their programs and products and artists displayed their art and gave demonstrations at the event headquarters at the Elks at Bass Rocks and at other venues in Gloucester.

On Saturday morning, expert guides led bus trips to the winter birding hot spots on Cape Ann.  Our group was pleasant & expressed great interest in the birds, their behavior and the natural history of Cape Ann.  Bus #1 tour was led by Jim Berry, Miles Brengle, Liam Waters and me had some wonderful, prolonged looks at the following: 

Canada Goose  225
Gadwall  6
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  41
Mallard  60
American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid)  2
Common Eider (Atlantic)  200
Harlequin Duck  40
Surf Scoter  54
White-winged Scoter  84
Black Scoter  11
scoter sp.  80
Long-tailed Duck  40
Bufflehead  100
Common Loon
Common Goldeneye  44
Red-breasted Merganser  90
Red-throated Loon  3
Common Loon  32
Horned Grebe  12
Red-necked Grebe  2
Great Cormorant  42
Purple Sandpiper  79
Razorbill  13
Black Guillemot  8
Ring-billed Gull  10
Herring Gull  220
Iceland Gull   7
Glaucous Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  100
Rock Pigeon  90
Snowy Owl  1
American Crow  4
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  8
Song Sparrow  2
House Finch  5
House Sparrow  20

Good birding,
Sue

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