Our visit to Plum Island yesterday had some highlights. Funny
sidenote: in the last two weeks, I've seen horned larks and
Rough-legged hawks in Westmoreland, NH, just across the road from our
house. I'd only ever seen these birds on Plum Island before. On
plum island, we saw few birds that do not routinely visit our
We saw a large number of American Tree Sparrows at the hellcat
parking lot yesterday (and one solitary one at the Wardens), along
with a collection of Cardinals, some white-throated sparrows, a small
group of chickadees and a hermit thrush and a common grackle. Across
the road, we spotted a large raptor which we were able to verify
several minutes later as a red-tailed hawk. I also know I spotted a
collection of dark-eyed juncos at some point but I can't remember
where. Off in the distance between Salt Pannes and wardens there was
a large congregation of black ducks and what were probably mallards.
More than one harrier was spotted throughout the refuge.
On the other end of the island, we saw quite a few common loons,
right by the shore as well as a few common goldeneyes out in the
distance and, of course, a large variety of seagulls.
I took the opportunity to get some pictures of the loons, as well
quite a few juvenile bald eagles over in Amesbury (some of them
engaging in very entertaining rivalry shows for us). Multiple other
birds were observed over in Amesbury along the river including lesser
(I think) scaups, great cormorants, common mergansers, a red-breasted
merganser and a huge flock of Canada geese.
The real highlight though was when we crossed chain bridge to spot a
juvenile bald eagle sitting in a tree that hung out by the water. A
group of about 20 people were watching it and we got incredible
views. I took many pictures, some of which turned out quite nice:
P.S. if anyone can help me verify whether or not the scaups pictured
in that list are, in fact, lesser scaups, I'd appreciate it. Thanks
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