Saturday, September 19, 2015

Newburyport Birders Programs Oct. & Nov.

Common Loon - photos by Nate Dubrow
unless specified

Sunset Birding at Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Date: Saturday, October 3 
Time: 2:30 pm to dark 
Fee: $15 each
Meeting Location: The boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation 

Waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the cooler months. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pines along the marsh edge often harbor owls and hawks. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.
Purple Sandpiper


Sunset Birding at Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Date: Sunday, October 4 
Time: 2:30 pm to dark 
Fee: $15 each
Meeting Location: The boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation 

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks.  Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the cooler months.The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pines along the marsh edge often harbor owls and hawks. On Badger's Rocks at low tide, we usually see Harbor Seals hauled out.

Dark-eyed Junco


Monday Morning Birding
Date: Monday, October 12 
Time: 9:00 am to noon
Fee: $15 
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1 

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination.  Dress in layers.

On the Wing 
Date: Saturday, November 14 
Time: 2:00 pm to dusk 
Fee: $15 
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1 

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination.  Dress in layers. 
American Pipit by Miles Brengle


Morning Birding at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury 
Date: Sunday, November 15
 
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
Fee: $15
Meeting Location: The end of Little's Lane in Newbury - look for our Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign
We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, Horned Larks, sparrows and hawks. 

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights.  Then take your first left onto Little's Lane. 




Book Reading & Wings Over Water with Doug ChickeringDate: Saturday, November 21  
Time: 2:00 pm to dusk 
 
Free program
Meeting Location: Parker River National Wildlife Refuge at Parking Lot #1 

Join us for an afternoon of birding at the Lot #1 at the Refuge. Doug Chickering will read from his book.

Snow Bunting

Reflections on a Golden-winged Warbler.We'll explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. We'll be watching bird behavior at this premier, birding destination.  Dress in layers. Light refreshments will be served and copies of the book will be available for Doug to sign. 

Doug Chickering has for nearly three decades been a frequent and passionate birder and chronicler of Essex County, one of the most famous and historic birding locations in the world. His essays in the Newburyport Birders' newsletter were extremely popular. He has published his essays on birding in Winging It, Bird Observer and The Quail.  Doug is frequently invited to read his works on Ray Brown’s radio program Talkin’ Birds
Here's what readers are saying about Doug's book: “Birding is all about sharing the adventure, and in this collection of entertaining essays, Douglas Chickering has shown how varied the world of birding can be. A wonderful read for any birder.” - Don and Lillian Stokes, authors of The Stokes Field Guide to the Birds of North America

“It was the magic of Doug Chickering’s prose, observed on the Massbird Listserv, that led ­me to begin reading them on my radio show and to inviting Doug to read some himself. How wonderful that many of his beautiful and thoughtful pieces have been assembled in this ­delightful book. I recommend Reflections on a Golden-Winged Warbler heartily to all who love birds and to all who enjoy wise and insightful observations expressed with beauty, ­eloquence, and a clearly-expressed love for our natural world.” - Ray Brown, host of the Talkin’ Birds radio show.

“The short birding stories of Douglas Chickering are truly inspirational. He demonstrates the pure joy and exhilaration of coming face to face with a plethora of birds on his beloved Plum Island and surrounding countryside. I have had the privilege of birding Plum Island often with Doug, and even 20 years on, I still have wonderful memories of those halcyon days. If ever a man has demonstrated the delights of ‘Patch Birding’ it has to be Doug. This book is a must have for anyone wanting to share those emotions.” -Derek Moore, British ornithologist and nature conservationist.




Thanksgiving Morning Walk at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm in Newbury
Date: Thursday, November 26
Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Fee: 2 for $20   
Meeting Location: At the end of Little's Lane in Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign

We'll walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, sparrows, hawks, Snow Buntings and Horned Larks. 
Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights.  Then take your first left onto Little's Lane. 



Look at Every Bird at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir 
Date: Saturday, November 28
Time: 9:00 am - 11:30 am 
Fee: $15 
Meeting Location: First parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbury - look for the Newburyport Birders' A-Frame sign 

The Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir is a perfect setting for waterfowl viewing. This public water source hosts Ruddy Duck & Ring-necked Duck, and both spend the fall here in the hundreds. Other species that can be seen here are Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup, Bufflehead, the occasional Canvasback, Redhead and mergansers. 


Sue McGrath
Newburyport Birders
Observe ~ Appreciate ~ Identify
Newburyport, MA
Website: www.newburyportbirders.com
Blog: http://nbptbirders.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @ nbpt_birders 

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