Date: 11/17/18 4:25 pm From: Stephen Mirick <smirick...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann (King Eider, Razorbills, RED-EYED VIREO, etc.)
Jane and I led our annual November trip today for the Joppa Flats Education Center of Massachusetts Audubon. 12 birders joined us, visiting in order Gloucester Harbor, Jodrey Fish Pier, Halibut Point State Park, Granite Pier, Bass Rocks (Elk's Club), Eastern Point, and Niles Pond. Mostly to partly cloudy. West winds 15-20 knots with high seas from storm of previous day. Temp in mid to upper 40's.
60 species --------------- Canada Goose Gadwall 4 Small group at Eastern Point parking lot. Mallard American Black Duck Ring-necked Duck 3 Niles Pond. Greater Scaup 1 Female on Niles Pond. KING EIDER 1 Perennial adult male from Elk's Club. Extremely distant bird picked out by Linda Hunnewell. As usual, out toward Salt Island with other eiders. Common Eider Harlequin Duck Great numbers and views from Halbut Point, Granite Pier, and Bass Rocks. Surf Scoter Only a few. White-winged Scoter Only about a dozen. Black Scoter A few hundred. By far, the most numerous scoter. Long-tailed Duck 2 Remarkably only 2. Bufflehead Common Goldeneye 0 None yet. Hooded Merganser 4 Niles Pond. Red-breasted Merganser Pied-billed Grebe 1 One on Niles Pond. Red-necked Grebe 2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Mourning Dove Purple Sandpiper Small flocks at Halibut Point and Bass Rocks. Greater Yellowlegs 1 Flyover seen by leaders only at Jodrey Fish Pier. RAZORBILL Perhaps 15 total. Several close views of juveniles at Jodrey Fish Pier, Granite Pier and Bass Rocks. More distant flybys at Halibut Point. Black Guillemot 1 Only a single bird off Bass Rocks. Ring-billed Gull Just a couple. Herring Gull ICELAND GULL 1 One juvenile picked out by Jane at Granite Pier. Great Black-backed Gull Red-throated Loon Mostly distant birds, but perhaps a couple of dozen. Common Loon Only a few on the water from a couple of locations. Northern Gannet Some nice close flybys at Granite Pier including a juvenile and an adult. Great Cormorant 1 Only one. Good views of adult perched on rock at Bass Rocks. Double-crested Cormorant Several from Jodrey Fish Pier. Great Blue Heron 2 Two on Niles Pond. Northern Harrier 1 Nice views of hunting juvenile at Eastern Point. Accipiter sp. 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Halibut Point. Downy Woodpecker 1 Halibut Point. RED-EYED VIREO 1 Well seen bird opposite parking lot area near trail head at Halibut Point State Park. Watched for several minutes off and on in good lighting and seen by just about everyone in group. Small olive green bill, slightly larger than warblers with heavy vireo bill. Obvious black eye stripe. No doubt the same bird that had been previously been seen here on November 12. A new personal late date for me in New England. Blue Jay American Crow Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 1 Hermit Thrush 1 Heard only at Halibut Point. American Robin Gray Catbird 2 Halibut Point. European Starling Cedar Waxwing Nice flock at Halibut Point Close views. House Finch Purple Finch 1 One flyover at Halibut Point. American Goldfinch CHIPPING SPARROW 3 Foraging together on lawn area at Halibut Point with group of Juncos and a couple of Song Sparrows. Well seen. Smallish sparrows with clear breasts and dark line passing through eye. One with obvious rufous cap. Dark-eyed Junco Small group on lawn at Halibut Point State Park. White-throated Sparrow Several at Halibut Point State Park. Song Sparrow ORANGE-CROWNED SPARROW 1 Brief views by leader only at Halibut Point State Park in vicinity of REVI. Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 At least one at Halibut Point. Northern Cardinal House Sparrow