Common Loon - Barton Cove, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. June 3rd 2013.
The last few days have been distinctly hot with winds in the southern quarter. Overall, the feeling has been of spring migration tapering as one might expect in early June. But last night's storms followed by a gloomy morning were still enough to send me down to Barton Cove looking for a few late spring stragglers. Aside from a lingering Common Loon, the cove seemed to be VERY quiet. Then, just as I was pulling out from the public boat ramp, a movement on the grass close to shore caught my eye. It was a handsome breeding plumage Semi-palmated Plover furtively walking to short grasses looking remarkably unobtrusive for such a strikingly marked bird. With fine weather in the forecast for the next two days, there's some chance that this will be the last 'tundra-bound' shorebird that I see at Barton Cove this spring - but we shall see.
Semi-palmated Plover - Barton Cove public boat ramp, Gill, Franklin Co., MA. June 3rd 2013.