Date: 3/30/18 1:55 pm From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 3/30 Manx Shearwaters and Merlin at Revere Beach, etc.
Thanks to Paul Peterson for this report.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA <barb620...>
I'm glad I started at the southern end, or I would have missed my F.O.Y. MERLIN atop the roof antenna of the gold apartment building with the balconies on it.
MANX SHEARWATER 6 Wonderland area, a bit south of the Pink Apartments. I was watching three Manx Shearwater just sitting on the water (as they are wont to do) for twenty-five minutes. I had been hoping to see them fly. I got impatient and was just about to leave, when they decided to do just that.. Almost out of nowhere, three more Manx Shearwaters joined them in flight. This lasted only thirty seconds or so. When they settled back down on thwater, there were now six of them, and they had moved closer to the Pink Apartments. This is typical behavior for this species. WHAT FUN!
MERLIN 1 F.O.Y.fanning its tail to reveal the alternating black and white tail stripes
BELLE ISLE HIGHLIGHTS:
Great Egret 2 F.O.Y. Great Blue Heron 4 Brant 31 Green-winged Teal 12 Gadwall 1 Killdeer 4 flyovers Wilson's Snipe 1 F.O.Y. Belted Kingfisher 1 Tree Swallow 2 F.O.Y.