Sunday, January 6, 2008

Cape Ann highlights, MA - 01/05

Though Brian Kane and I spent much of the day sifting and sorting through gulls all over the Gloucester area, some of the birds that we encountered along the way were impressve to say the least. For example we saw three single King Eiders, all in different age/sex classes (first-winter female, first-winter male, and adult male), all three scoters, Harlequins in good numbers, Dovekie, Razorbills, Purple Sandpipers, Red-necked and Horned Grebes, Black-legged Kittiwakes and the usual fabulous showing of pale-winged gulls. Also, a Black-crowned Night Heron struck us as being odd for mid-winter. Apart from the close observation of this Thayer's Gull, we found the rest of the winter birding around Cape Ann extremely rewarding.

King Eider - adult male.

King Eider - adult male.

King Eider - first-winter female.

King Eider - first-winter female.

Dovekie - dot watching from Jodrey fish pier.

Black-crowned Night Heron - juvenile.

Glaucous Gull - first-cycle - 'digibin' shot.

Glaucous Gull - first-cycle - 'digibin' shot. Same bird as above.

Harlequins -



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