Date: 11/21/20 3:53 pm From: 'YahoomaiI..Service' <skwheelock...> [RIBIRDS] <RIBIRDS-noreply...> Subject: [RIBIRDS] Andrews Point - Special day
Andrews Point in Rockport is one of the premier winter seabird locations in NE and this Sat morning proved to be spectacular with nonstop action up to 8 am - then the bird movement slowed up considerably. Starting at 6:15 am as it was getting light, there were many C Eider, several Harlequin Ducks & Black Scoters close to the rocks. By 6:30 am onward, you could see Kittiwakes feeding behind the lobster boats off shore - Gannets were moving about in many directions all morning.By 6:45 am to 8 am, large flocks of ducks & smaller flocks of alcids were moving constantly from around the Halibut Point direction past Andrews Point - many large flocks of Black Scoter and C Eiders, medium size flocks of Wht-w Scoters, Harlequin Ducks & Long-tailed Ducks [which being old I kept saying to myself Oldsquaw], occasional Red-b Mergansers & Bufflehead. Along with the ducks came several small flocks of alcids [2 or 3 in a group] where a few groups were Dovekies plus a Common Murre and some Razorbills.One highlight was a Pacific Loon on the water in front of the rocks at Andrews Point - had several Common Loons and Red-thr Loons in the water and air.Some other species seen were 1 Great Cormorant & several Double-Crested, 15 Dunlin & 1 Purple Sandpiper fly by, 1 Red-necked Grebe, dozen Snow Buntings swirling & calling overhead, 1 adult Coopers Hawk shooting close by the rocks & into the woods.Again if you arrived after 8 am, the movement of all these species like the alcids and all the large flocks of ducks almost disappeared - before that, it was nonstop trying to keep with all the movement, especially as you tried to focus on certain species like the alcids knowing you were missing something else.After Andrews Point, made a short stop at nearby Locust Grove Cemetery where I had a nice assortment of species at one spot - 1 Red-b Sapsucker, 2 Flickers, 2 Downy Woodpeckers, 1 E Bluebird, 1 Red-b and 3 Wht-b Nuthatch, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 Wht-thr Sparrow, 2 Carolina Wrens, 3 Am Goldfinch along with the Blue Jays, Chickadees, T Titmouse & 2 N CardinalsLast stop was at Eastern Point Lighthouse in Gloucester and was treated to a Peregrine Falcon soaring over the marsh - a nice ending for a great morning in the Rockport area.
Strickland WheelockUxbridge MA