David Moon and I led today's Wednesday Morning Birding program out of Joppa Flats Education Center for a small number of true diehards in very adverse weather conditions. We visited Salisbury Beach State Reservation and Common Pasture off of Scotland Road in Newbury. We lasted until about 11:30 before thickening snow drove us back to Joppa. Skies were overcast and then snow began late morning; temps were in the low 30s; and winds were very strong, E-NE/25-30 mph with higher gusts.
Salisbury Beach -- Gadwall (2) - pr. American Black Duck (~ 35) Common Eider (~ 20) White-winged Scoter (~ 30) Black Scoter (2) Common Goldeneye (~ 15) Red-breasted Merganser (5) Common Loon (1) Red-tailed Hawk (1) Ring-billed Gull - common. Herring Gull - common. Great Black-backed Gull Snowy Owl (1) - marsh, left side of entry road. American Crow (2) European Starling Song Sparrow (2)
Common Pasture & en route -- Canada Goose (~ 150) - sod farms, Scotland Rd. American Wigeon (~ 20) American Black Duck - common. Mallard (~ 100) Northern Pintail (~ 24) Green-winged Teal (~ 12) Ring-billed Gull (~ 25) American Robin (5)
[Red-winged Blackbird (~ 25) - Parker River Refuge HQ.] [Common Grackle (~ 8) - Parker River Refuge HQ.]
Next week, Wednesday Morning Birding will visit Cape Ann for the fifth and last time this season. Meet at Friendly's at 9:15 on the Rt 128 rotary in Gloucester. For those wishing to travel from Joppa, two vans will be leaving around 8:30. For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.