A cloudy day produced 2 new birds for me in my Duxbury Beach "patch": a photogenic Barred Owl and an uncommon Common Merganser.
Thanks to Damon Haan (visiting birder from the Midwest) and his two companions whom I met at the 3rd xover, I was able to locate one of the 2 Barred Owls they had seen a few minutes earlier. I'd never seen one out there, and was dumbfounded whe he said they had two individuals in different locations!. One was in the tall cedars at Plum Hills, and the other in a stand of cedars on the Gurnet. I was able to see and photograph the Gurnet bird - 6 pix at http://www.pbase.com/rickbowes/2018_barred_owl (click "next" in the upper right corner to advance through them.
While scanning off the east side of Gurnet point I found my first Common Merganser for the Beach. While they are uncommon but regular during migration on the mainland they are a very uncommon sight at the beach both on the bay and ocean sides. Red-breasted Mergs are regular in the winter with greater numbers during the migrations; so seeing the Common among them was an exciting surprise. (photo in ebird list).