An Ipswich River Sanctuary Winter Hawks Field Class had a good day on Plum Island and vicinity today. Enjoying sunny skies, temps from the mid 30s to the low 40s, and light NW winds, we had excellent viewing conditions from 8 am to 2 pm.
Short-eared Owl 1 (seen by 1 on PI in late afternoon, after class)
One of the Plum Redtails was a juvenile that was actively hovering low into a 5-8 mph NW wind, causing some to at first think it was a rough-leg. The diversity was little less than hoped (no falcons or roughlegs), but we had good views of four species. Other highlights included at least 7 Pintails on Plum and a drake Wood Duck at Salisbury. The Black Duck population on the Plum Island marsh at high tide was disturbingly low for this date.