Jim Johnson and I birded The Cove this morning and later the south spit of the Necanicum Estuary around the sewage treatment plant today. Jim saw one each of ANCIENT MURRELET and CASSIN'S AUKLET just past the foam line at The Cove. Hundreds of the usual sea ducks, grebes, and gulls etc. were also there. We didn't see and Brown Pelicans, but we did see four HEERMANN'S GULLS. SURFBIRDS and BLACK TURNSTONES totaled about 50 on the rocks northwest of Seltzer Park.
At the south spit of the Necanicum Estuary from the north end of Franklin Street we found two, possibly three PALM WARBLERS. Two were in pines north of the end of Franklin; one was in the shorepines and berry bushes on the east side of the sewage compound fence closest to the southeast corner. A vocal BLACK PHOEBE was working the north quadrant of the vegetated spit. We never encountered the large mixed species chickadee flock that is often in the area that held a tranager last week. I suspect we would have had we birded the neighborhood to the south.
There were many More HEERING GULLS in the estuary than last week and the BUFFLEHEAD number has increased.