Date: 11/20/19 2:15 pm From: David Weaver <cygnus-dkw...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Cape Ann - 11-20-2019
David Moon and I led Joppa Flats' Wednesday Morning Birding program on the first Cape Ann visit of the season. Skies were overcast and often dripping; temps 38-40 F; and winds NE/10-15 mph -- raw and wet. Visibility was often marginal.
Canada Goose (~ 30) - 1, Eastern Pt.; balance, Good Harbor Beach marsh. Mute Swan (5) - Niles Pond. Mallard (~ 25) - mostly Niles Pond. American Black Duck - common. Ring-necked Duck (~ 50) - Niles Pond. Greater Scaup (1) - hen; Niles Pond. Common Eider - common. Harlequin Duck (~ 60) - ~ 30, Cathedral Ledge; ~ 30, Andrew's Pt. Surf Scoter (8) - 6, Jodrey Fish Pier; 2, Eastern Pt. White-winged Scoter - common. Black Scoter (7) - Andrew's Pt. Bufflehead - common. Hooded Merganser (2) - Niles Pond. Red-breasted Merganser (~ 35) - a few Eastern Pt; ~ 25, Niles Pond. Red-necked Grebe (2) - Jodrey Fish Pier. Rock Pigeon American Coot (3) - Niles Pond. Purple Sandpiper - probable; small flock flew into "Bufflehead Cove" as we drove by - could not stop. Ring-billed Gull (~ 15) - Niles Pond. Herring Gull - common. Iceland Gull (1) - 1w.; Andrew's Point. Great Black-backed Gull - common. Red-throated Loon (2) - flybys, Andrew's Pt. Common Loon (12+) - various. Northern Gannet (~ 15) - Cathedral Ledge & Andrew's Pt. Double-crested Cormorant (4) Red-tailed Hawk (1) - Niles Pond. American Crow - Eastern Pt. & downtown Rockport. Black-capped Chickadee (4) - Niles Pond. European Starling American Goldfinch (1) - Niles Pond. Song Sparrow (3) - Cathedral Ledge.
We will meet again next week back at Joppa Flats at 0930 for Wednesday Morning Birding. For more information about Joppa Flats programs, call David Moon or Dave Larson at 978-462-9998.