Date: 11/12/17 8:31 am From: Rick Bowes <rbowes...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/11 Duxbury Beach - Photo bombed by Snowy Owl
I was taking a photo to record the erosion at the Plum Hills area of the beach (big snow fence toppled) when an excellent raptor photographer (with a giant lens!) who is often on the beach was passing by and called me over to his truck to say that a Snowy had been seen earlier in the day in Lakeville, MA, and he wondered if I'd had one on the Beach yet [no]. After a couple of minutes he headed on north and I went back to take another shot (pix2). When I got home I noticed a white spot in the distance and zoomed in to see this Snowy! (pix1).. It wasn't there when I went over to the truck (pix3), and so it must've dropped in while we were talking! Ironically, I also caught the photographer's truck in the shot!
Also, had my first Hooded Mergansers for my Duxbury Beach list (pix in ebird) - 4 at the west end of the Powder Point Bridge right by the parking lot. Coincidentally there were 3 more under the Yacht Club pier at the Town Pier parking area along with a dozen or so Bufflehead and a very cooperative Red-throated Loon