Date: 4/12/17 4:00 pm From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 4/8 Duxbury Beach & Bluefish River
A mostly sunny morning with a strong wind which largelykept small birds under cover. Missed shorebirds as the tide was high and the WNW wind probably induced them to be on the ocean side protected somewhat by the dune. Though no surprises today it was fun to see the winter/basic plumages and "bare spots" brightening up strikingly in some cases in anticipation of breeding. The bright blue water set off many of the "regulars" as jewels to be appreciated not to be taken for granted! Vivid Surf Scoters, Black Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers, Brant, Common Goldeneye and Common Eiders were near the road and in great light; even the normally bright Buffleheads seemed brighter today (of course the sun helps!). Also of note were three Tree Sparrows which are typically gone by now. Full eBird list with pix at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35790703.
Also, at the Bluefish River bridge area, I had my first Duxbury Snowy Egret of the year (a beauty hanging out with an equally handsome Common Egret) and first Belted Kingfisher of the year. Photos in eBird list at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35790312.