Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - December 29, 2015

Common Eider by Phil Brown

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island: 
Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, 
Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Dunlin, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Razorbill, Rock Pigeon, 
Mourning Dove, Peregrine Falcon, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 
American Tree Sparrow, House Finch 

Town Farm Road, Ipswich: 
Greater White-fronted Goose, Red-headed Woodpecker 

Newburyport Harbor: 
Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Bonaparte's Gull 

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury: 
Dark-eyed Junco, American Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird,  Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Red-tailed Hawk, Canada Goose, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Red-Tailed Hawk, American Tree Sparrow, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, House Finch 

Moulton Street, Newburyport: 
Carolina Wren, White-throated Sparrow, Cooper's Hawk, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch 

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury: 
Eastern Bluebird, Carolina Wren, Sharp-shinned Hawk 

Ferry Road, Salisbury: 
Cooper's Hawk 

Moseley Woods, Newburyport: 
Pileated Woodpecker 

Lake Cochichewick, North Andover: 
Tufted Duck, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead 

Johnson Pond, Groveland: 
American Coot, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Hooded Merganser 

Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport: 
Red-tailed Hawk 

Crane Beach, Ipswich: 
Snowy Owl 

Route 110, Amesbury: 
Red-tailed Hawk 

Kelly Greens Golf Course, Nahant: 
Merlin 

New Hampshire Seacoast: 
Common Loon, Long-tailed Duck, Eastern Phoebe, Surf Scoter, Common Goldeneye, Snowy Owl 
Snow Bunting, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull 

Various Areas on Cape Ann: 
Harlequin Duck, Dickcissel, House Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot 

Argilla Road, Ipswich: 
Greater White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose 

Onboard Eastman's Fleet out of Seabrook, NH: 
Northern Gannet, Northern Fulmar,  Great Shearwater, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, Common Murre 

Heartbreak Road, Ipswich: 
Common Yellowthroat 

Plum Island Point, Newburyport: 
Common Eider, White-winged Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser 

Cogswell Street, Ipswich: 
Orange-crowned Warbler 

Baker Road, Salisbury: 
Red-tailed Hawk, Wild Turkey, American Crow 

86th Cape Ann Christmas Bird Count: 
Brant, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, American Black Duck, Mallard, American Black Duck X Mallard, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Greater Scaup, Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser,  Wild Turkey, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Horned Grebe, 
Red-necked Grebe, Northern Gannet, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, 
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Coot, Black-bellied Plover, Purple Sandpiper, American Woodcock, 
Dovekie, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, lcid species, Black-legged Kittiwake, Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Iceland Gull, 
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Snowy Owl, 
Barred Owl, Long-eared Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, 
Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, 
Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, 
Carolina Wren, House Sparrow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, 
Gray Catbird,  Northern Mockingbird,  European Starling, Cedar Waxwing, Snow Bunting, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, 
American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, 
Northern Cardinal, Dickcissel, Red-winged Blackbird, House Finch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch 

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH: 

Northern Shoveler, Greater Scaup, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem


Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
By Dr. Maya Angelou


Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes
And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses.
Flood waters await us in our avenues.

Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche
Over unprotected villages.
The sky slips low and grey and threatening.

We question ourselves.
What have we done to so affront nature?
We worry God.
Are you there? Are you there really?
Does the covenant you made with us still hold?

Into this climate of fear and apprehension, Christmas enters,
Streaming lights of joy, ringing bells of hope
And singing carols of forgiveness high up in the bright air.
The world is encouraged to come away from rancor,
Come the way of friendship.

It is the Glad Season.
Thunder ebbs to silence and lightning sleeps quietly in the corner.
Flood waters recede into memory.
Snow becomes a yielding cushion to aid us
As we make our way to higher ground.

Hope is born again in the faces of children
It rides on the shoulders of our aged as they walk into their sunsets.
Hope spreads around the earth. Brightening all things,
Even hate which crouches breeding in dark corridors.

In our joy, we think we hear a whisper.
At first it is too soft. Then only half heard.
We listen carefully as it gathers strength.
We hear a sweetness.
The word is Peace.
It is loud now. It is louder.
Louder than the explosion of bombs.

We tremble at the sound. We are thrilled by its presence.
It is what we have hungered for.
Not just the absence of war. But, true Peace.
A harmony of spirit, a comfort of courtesies.
Security for our beloveds and their beloveds.

We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas.
We beckon this good season to wait a while with us.
We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say come.
Peace.
Come and fill us and our world with your majesty.
We, the Jew and the Jainist, the Catholic and the Confucian,
Implore you, to stay a while with us.
So we may learn by your shimmering light
How to look beyond complexion and see community.

It is Christmas time, a halting of hate time.

On this platform of peace, we can create a language
To translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.

At this Holy Instant, we celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ
Into the great religions of the world.
We jubilate the precious advent of trust.
We shout with glorious tongues at the coming of hope.
All the earth's tribes loosen their voices
To celebrate the promise of Peace.

We, Angels and Mortal's, Believers and Non-Believers,
Look heavenward and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud.
Peace. We look at each other, then into ourselves
And we say without shyness or apology or hesitation.


Peace, My Brother.
Peace, My Sister.
Peace, My Soul.


Merry Christmas friends & family!

Friday, December 18, 2015

CANCELLED - Birding Cape Ann, December 20, 2015 - CANCELLED

Due to a loss in the family, the Birding Cape Ann program for Sunday, December 20 has been cancelled.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County & Southern New Hampshire - December 17, 2015

Snow Bunting by Nathan Dubrow

Linebrook Road, Ipswich:
Pine Siskin

Mill Pond, West Newbury:
Hooded Merganser, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Wren, Blue Jay,
American Crow, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Great Horned Owl

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Snowy Owl, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Common Eider, Red-necked Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser, Northern Mockingbird, American Tree Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Northern Harrier, Great Black-backed Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Bonaparte's Gull, Cave Swallow

Battis Farm, Amesbury:
Red-tailed Hawk

Crane Estate & Beach, Ipswich:
Canada Goose, American Black Duck, Mallard, Common Eider, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Northern Gannet, Red-tailed Hawk, Razorbill, Great Blue Heron, Common Goldeneye, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Great Black-backed Gull, Northern Flicker, Hairy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Winter Wren, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, American Robin, Brown Thrasher, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Snow Bunting, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, House Finch, Purple Finch, Common Redpoll, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch

High Road, Newbury:
Black-throated Blue Warbler

Locust Grove Cemetery, Gloucester/Rockport:
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Greenwood Farm, Ipswich:
Eastern Bluebird

Merrimac Street, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, Fish Crow


New Hampshire Seacoast:
Whooper Swan,  Mute Swan, Razorbill, Common Loon, Snowy Owl, Long-tailed Duck

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
European Starling, American Crow, Northern Mockingbird, Dark-eyed Junco, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, American Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Canada Goose, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, American Robin

Exeter Wastewater Treatment Plant, Exeter, NH:
Green-winged Teal, American Pipit, Greater Scaup, Pine Siskin

Artichoke Reservoir, West Newbury:
Ring-billed Gull, Canada Goose, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Common Raven, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Eastern Bluebird, European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Mute Swan, Mallard, Ring-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, House Sparrow, American Goldfinch

Lane's Farm Way, Rockport:
Ash-throated Flycatcher

Railroad Avenue, Winter & Front Streets, Exeter, NH:
Bald Eagle

Johnson's Pond, Groveland:
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch

Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester:
Razorbill, Thick-billed Murre

Kenoza Lake, Haverhill: 
Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
American Tree Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Northern Shoveler, Northern Harrier, Common Eider, Northern Pintail, Short-eared Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Razorbill, Eurasian Wigeon, Gadwall, Greater Yellowlegs, American Wigeon, American Black Duck

Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir, West Newbury:
American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Canada Goose, Mallard, Bufflehead, Common Merganser, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Cardinal

BUFFLEHEADS

Buffleheads by Davey Walters

Buffleheads have a woodpecker and boreal forest connection. Buffleheads nest almost exclusively in cavities excavated by Northern Flickers and Pileated Woodpeckers. The breeding range of the Bufflehead is restricted to the woodlands of North America. The vast majority of Buffleheads breed in boreal forests with substrates studded with aspen.

The Bufflehead is shy and mostly monogamous, often remaining with the same mate for several years – an admirable trait in today’s world of short-term commitments. The hen lays eggs at a slower interval than most other ducks, commonly with intervals of two or three days between eggs.

It’s Butterballs’ diving that forces me to stop and linger, to observe for understanding.  I watch the thrusts, leaps, propulsion and buoyancy. Their plumage is pulled tight into their body; then, with a thrust of power and a slight, forward, nearly upward leap, they plunge. Their pink legs and feet force this propulsion. Upon surfacing, they bob cork-like on the surface like a tiny toy used to lure a reluctant toddler to its evening bath.

Buffleheads are one of the fastest waterfowl and are easily recognized by their small size, large head and flight cadence.  They're the smallest of the diving ducks native to North America. They are sexually dimorphic both in plumage and in size. Drakes just exceed a pound in weight, and the hen, even smaller, weighs in at three-quarters of a pound. They’re agile swimmers and divers.  On land, they’re awkward with legs set well back on their bodies.

I’ll never tire of these buoyant, petite ducks ~ the ones that fly low over water and then higher over land.  These black and white ducks are fast in flight with rapid wing beats without even a whistle.  They are one of the fastest waterfowl and are easily recognized by their small size, large head and flight cadence.

While a flock is diving for food, there’s almost always at least one sentinel on the surface alert to danger.  I see them divide their time between shallow dives and rest periods on the surface.  I’ve timed their dives ~ they stay under 10 – 14 seconds.  After the dive, they surface, and their bills are prey-less since they consume their prey while underwater. On freshwater, they eat mostly insects, and in waters of salinity, they feed predominantly on crustaceans and mollusks. Aquatic plants and fish eggs are often on the menu too.  Once during the shorter, harsher days of winter, I saw some foraging even after dark.

On the water, when lighting permits, Buffleheads create stunning reflections of symmetrical beauty.  They have dark-chocolate, brown eyes. Drakes are white with a black back, and their black head has a greenish to purple iridescence and a large, white patch from behind the eye to the top and back of the head. The dark hen sports a single, almond-shaped, white patch behind the eye.

Good birding,
Sue

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - December 10, 2015

Ring-necked Pheasant by Margo
Goetschkes

Nahant Causeway, Nahant:
American Kestrel 

Eastern Point Yacht Club, Gloucester:
Eastern Bluebird

Artichoke Reservoir, West Newbury:
Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Mute Swan, Eastern Bluebird

Hay Street, Newbury:
Ring-necked Pheasant

Johnson's Pond, Groveland:
Tufted Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup species

Loblolly Cove, Rockport:
American Black Duck, Common Eider, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, Northern Gannet, Common Murre, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Mourning Dove, American Robin, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
European Starling, Dark-eyed Junco,  Blue Jay, American Crow, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Cardinal, Cedar Waxwing, Black-capped Chickadee, White-throated Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow,  Downy Woodpecker, American Goldfinch,  White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse

Hines Bridge, Newburyport/Amesbury:
Peregrine Falcon

Cherry Hill [Indian Hill]  Reservoir, West Newbury:
Great Blue Heron, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Belted Kingfisher, Common Merganser, Bufflehead

Kieran Sanctuary, Rockport:
Hermit Thrush

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
White-rumped Sandpiper 

Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport:
Eastern Bluebird

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Sanderling, Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Black-legged Kittiwake, Great Blue Heron, Northern Gannet, Great Horned Owl, Snowy Owl, Northern Shoveler, Short-eared Owl, Common Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, Razorbill, Rough-legged Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Gray Catbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Siskin, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, Bonaparte’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull,
Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull

Lynn Beach, Lynn:
Cave Swallow, Swallow species

Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester:
Snowy Owl

Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, Snow Bunting, Dunlin

Halibut Point State Park, Rockport:
Harlequin Duck, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Common Eider, Common Murre, King Eider, Northern Gannet,
Black Guillemot

Tuxbury Pond, Amesbury:
Brown-headed Cowbird, Hooded Merganser

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Snowy Owl, Canada Goose, Ring-necked Duck, Scaup species, Double-crested Cormorant, Northern Gannet, Greater Yellowlegs,  
Glaucous Gull, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Pileated Woodpecker, American Pipit, Eastern Phoebe, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler,
Long-tailed Duck, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Great Cormorant

Emery Lane, West Newbury:
Eastern Phoebe, Pileated Woodpecker

Lane's Farm Way, Rockport:
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Mourning Dove, Downy Woodpecker, Merlin, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, American Crow, Black-capped Chickadee, Carolina Wren, European Starling, Northern Mockingbird, House Finch, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal     

Bass Rocks, Gloucester:
King Eider, Canada Goose, Common Eider, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Bufflehead, Red-breasted Merganser, Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Great Cormorant, Northern Gannet, Red-tailed Hawk, Purple Sandpiper, Razorbill, Black Guillmot, American Goldfinch

Mill Pond, West Newbury:
American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Hooded Merganser

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Bird Sightings for Essex County, MA & Southern NH - December 3, 2015

Cooper's Hawk by Margo Goetschkes

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury:
Dunlin, Bufflehead

Water Street, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk

Elks Club at Bass Rocks, Gloucester:
King Eider

Elm Street, Amesbury:
Peregrine Falcon

Beckman's Landing, Seabrook, NH:
Bald Eagle 

Artichoke Reservoir, West Newbury:
Ring-necked Duck, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Northern Cardinal, Dark-eyed Junco, American Tree Sparrow

Town Farm Road, Ipswich:
Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, American Robin, American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow 

Woodsom Farm, Amesbury:
European Starling, American Crow, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Northern Mockingbird, American Goldfinch, Downy Woodpecker, American Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, Red-tailed Hawk, Yellow Warbler, House Finch, White-breasted Nuthatch

Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport/Newbury:
Red-tailed Hawk

Mill Pond, West Newbury:
Pied-billed Grebe, Hooded Merganser

Main Street, Amesbury:
Great Blue Heron  

Kenoza Lake, Haverhill:
Sandhill Crane

Water Street, Newburyport
Bonaparte's Gull, Ring-billed Gull 

Jodrey Fish Pier, Gloucester:
Razorbill 

Hines Bridge, Newburyport/Amesbury:
Peregrine Falcon

Cherry Hill [Indian Hill]  Reservoir, West Newbury:
Great Blue Heron, Ring-necked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Belted Kingfisher, Common Merganser, Bufflehead

Moulton Street, Newburyport:
Carolina Wren, Cooper's Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, Canada Goose, White-throated Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow

Eastern Marsh Trail, Salisbury:
Belted Kingfisher, Greater Yellowlegs

New Hampshire Seacoast:
Wilson's Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Eastern Phoebe, Gray Catbird, Thick-billed Murre, Northern Gannet, Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Razorbill, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper

Hale Street, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury:
Cooper's Hawk, Snow Bunting, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Blue Jay, American Crow, Horned Lark, American Crow, Red-tailed Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Great Blue Heron, Carolina Wren, Mallard, European Starling

Battis Farm, Amesbury:
Eastern Bluebird

Newburyport Industrial Park, Newburyport:
Red-tailed Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Northern Mockingbird, Dark-eyed Junco

Pirates Lane, East Gloucester:
Razorbill

Plum Island Point, Newburyport:
Razorbill, Common Goldeneye, Bonaparte's Gull, Red-throated Loon, Dunlin, Northern Mockingbird, Common Eider  

Johnson's Pond, Groveland:
Tufted Duck, Ruddy Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup species

Andrew's Point, Rockport:
Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Great Shearwater, Northern  Gannet, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Cormorant, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Jaeger species, Common Murre, Razorbill, Black Guillemot, Black-legged Kittiwake, Bonaparte's Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull 

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island:
Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Merlin, Purple Sandpiper, Sanderling, Dunlin, Razorbill, American Tree Sparrow, Northern Mockingbird, Northern Harrier, Gray Catbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Crow, Blue Jay, Canada Goose, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Greater Scaup, Northern Shoveler, Common Eider, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Red-throated Loon, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Northern Gannet, Double-crested Cormorant, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Downy Woodpecker, European Starling, Snow Bunting, Northern Cardinal, House Sparrow

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Newburyport Birders December Birding Programs

DECEMBER BIRDING PROGRAMS
 Winter Birding at Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Date: Saturday, December 12 , 2015
Time:  9:00 am to noon
Meeting Location: Boat Ramp Parking Lot
Fee: $15. 

Join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the coastal habitats for birds. Salisbury Beach State Reservation is a fine birding destination. 

 
Winter Birding at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 
Date: Sunday, December 13, 2015
Time:  1:00 pm to dusk
Meeting Location: Hellcat Parking Lot on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge 
Fee: $15.

Join Sue for a birding program focused on the importance of the Refuge during winter. We'll explore, looking for winter finches, sea ducks, wintering loons and grebes, and with some luck, we'll see an owl.
 
 
Birding on Cape Ann
Date: December 20, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee:$20.
Meeting Location: We'll meet promptly at Friendly's just off the Route 128 traffic circle after you cross the Annisquam River bridge in Gloucester. 
Take some quiet time before the holiday frenzy begins and join Sue for a birding program on Cape Ann. Cape Ann offers fine birds in winter. We'll look for sea ducks, wintering loons and grebes and gulls.