Date: 1/1/20 4:55 pm From: <anhinga3...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] BBC New Year's Day Birding Trip 01/01/2020
Happy New Year MassBirders!
Mark Burns and I led our 24th Annual New Year's Day Birding Trip for the Brookline Bird Club (BBC) today! At 9:00AM, 39 BBCers joined us at the Newburyport "T" Station parking lot where we toasted in the New Year with sparkling apple cider. During the toast, introductions were made and folks told us where they traveled from and what their first bird of the New Year was. (Mine was Blue Jay and Mark's was American Goldfinch.)
We birded Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and Cape Ann [Andrews Point, Cathedral Ledge, Old Granite Pier, Bass Rocks/Elks Club, Niles Pond, and Jodrey Fish Pier] and called it a day at 4:30PM. The temperature ranged from 34df to 40df with wind gusts up to 25mph. We tallied 52 species for the Club list. Following is a complete list of the birds we saw:
Canada Goose - 560
Mute Swan - 2
Gadwall - 10
American Black Duck - 375
Mallard - 205
Greater Scaup - 16 (Niles Pond)
Lessor Scaup - 2 (Niles Pond)
King Eider - 1 (Bass Rocks/Elks Club. Thank you to Linda Ferraresso for finding this gem!)
Many thanks to those who spent all or part of your day birding with us and for your help in finding birds. What makes this trip so much fun to lead each New Year's Day is spending time with you and kicking off a new year of birding!
Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy, and Birdy 2020!
Laura H. de la Flor
"So much to learn about Mother Nature .. ... always racing with father time." (lhf)