Date: 4/6/17 11:54 am
From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/6 Duxbury Beach - Lesser Black-backed Gulls (3) and Gadwall
Thurs 4/6/17: 8:40-9:30am; HiTide 8:13a 10.5ft; 39F; Wind E12; Foggy,lite
spritzes; Bay quiet; Ocean choppy. Photos in ebird listing at

Made a very quick "down and back" to Gurnet & out to the Crescent xover to
scan tide-flooded marshes. No list kept. Happy to find three Lesser
Black-backed Gulls loafing on the Gurnet marsh about 100 yards from the road
halfway between Plum Hills and the Gurnet. LBBG's show up 1 or 2 at a time
on the beach; three together is unusual.

Also, Gadwall are regular on ponds and estuaries in Duxbury in the winter
but very uncommon out on Duxbury Beach in any season (described as "a
sociable duck of freshwater ponds and marshes" in Waterfowl by Madge and
Burn, Houghton Mifflin). A pair was dabbling in the flooded marsh opposite
the second crossover.

LBBG and Gadwall are first-of-year birds for my Duxbury Beach "patch"!

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