Date: 1/22/20 4:34 pm From: Shilo McDonald <shilocm...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Black Guillemots + Iceland Gull, Eastern Point, 1-21
MassBirders, On Tuesday, I spent a good 30 minutes with two very cooperative Black Guillemots, who I found swimming, diving, eating and vocalizing just off the Dog Bar Lighthouse at Eastern Point in Gloucester. This was easily, the closest proximity I've ever been to Black Guillemots.
Also seen, a first winter Iceland Gull --> Another bird who allowed me and my 200mm lens to stand awfully close. As the pictures show!
Good Birding! Mr. Shilo McDonald; Lynn, MA ShiloCM at Yahoo dot com
Eastern Point--General Area, Essex, Massachusetts, US Jan 21, 2020 12:07 PM - 3:48 PM Protocol: Traveling 4.05 mile(s) Checklist Comments: Sam Zhang showed up at Brace Cove while I was there, until a police officer asked him to move his illegally parked car. Thankfully, I parked at MassAudubon, walked to Brace Cove, and then walked back. Birded the whole time. Great afternoon for it. Cold, breezy, and partially cloudy, with nice bouts of sunshine. Took some great photographs! Including my first ever pictures taken of an Iceland Gull! Oh and especially of note; I saw a Red Fox cross the frozen Niles Pond. And over at the Dog Bar Lighthouse, I had an incredible up-close experience with two Black Guillemots. Good birding!! 43 species (+3 other taxa)
Canada Goose 26 Gadwall 28 American Wigeon 2 Both males. Foraging with Mallards at Brace Cove. Mallard 58 American Black Duck 16 Mallard x American Black Duck (hybrid) 1 Foraging with Mallards in Brace Cove. Photos attached. Greater Scaup 1 Common Eider 300 Conservative Estimate. Large flotilla seen out in the ocean. Surf Scoter 14 White-winged Scoter 16 Black Scoter 4 Long-tailed Duck 3 Bufflehead 17 Seen in every place which had water. Common Goldeneye 9 Common Merganser 1 Male. In the ocean off Eastern Point Lighthouse. Had to do a double-take. Not used to seeing Common Mergansers in salt-water. Red-breasted Merganser 13 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5 Mourning Dove 3 Purple Sandpiper 57 On the ocean facing side of the Dog Bar Breakwater. Black Guillemot 2 Great views! Hanging out together near the little lighthouse at the end of the Dog Bar Breakwater. alcid sp. 3 Black and white. Flying below the horizon in the distance. Herring Gull 65 Iceland Gull 1 Sitting on the rock wall of the Dog Bar Breakwater. Photographs attached. Great Black-backed Gull 27 gull sp. 300 Too far away to ID. Common Loon 7 Great Cormorant 1 Photographed flying west over the water. Red-tailed Hawk 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Downy Woodpecker 4 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 7 Black-capped Chickadee 6 Tufted Titmouse 3 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 3 Seen and heard. Beerrt! European Starling 42 American Robin 16 House Sparrow 24 American Pipit 2 Foraging the beach at Brace Cove. I photographed several American Pipits in this exact same spot back on December 1st. Could these be two of those same birds? Photos attached. House Finch 2 American Goldfinch 3 Dark-eyed Junco 3 White-throated Sparrow 5 Song Sparrow 15 Northern Cardinal 2