Birding today was what birding should always be...just plain fun!
Bill and I stopped at Meach Cove and Charlotte Town Beach. There were good
numbers of Canada Geese, Mallards, Black Ducks, Common Goldeneye, and
Bufflehead that I reported to eBird. We also saw our Vermont FOY Common
We then drove down Hawkins Road and Fort Cassin Road and, there, we hit the
jackpot. I will put complete lists on eBird but I wanted to give the
Hawkins and South Slang:
1 adult eagle perched over South Slang for a long time, keeping the gulls
agitated although wee never saw the eagle attack and two juveniles at Ft.
Vermont FOY Wood Ducks (16), some at South Slang and some at Ft. Cassin
Vermont FOY Northern Pintails at Hawkins and South Slang. A large number.
I need to consult my pictures to get a reasonable estimate.
Vermont FOY Green Winged Teal at South and Hawkins Slang. Again, I need to
look at pictures to estimate.
Vermont FOY Hooded Mergansers Eight of them at Ft. Cassin
Vermont FOY American Wigeon. Just two of them at Hawkins Slang.
Now for the fun...there were huge numbers of these waterfowl at Hawkins
Slang. We stayed in the car to view as we did not want to spook them. A
woman pulled over, got out of her car with her camera and, yup...off they
flew. We decided to wait around to see if they would return. They did.
As they flew in, some decided to land on the ice and would skid for several
feet before stopping, sometimes running into another bird. (I know I am
awful but it was hilarious to watch!) Then they all decided at once to
enter the water and furiously flapped and bobbed. It was a frenzy! Anyone
know why they all did that? Stirring up food?
Last but not least, along the road between Ft. Cassin and South Slang we
saw our FOY Killdeer, a number of robins on a lawn (Unbelievably our FOY
migrants though not for lack of looking!) and a mixed flock of waxwings,
mostly Bohemian but with a few Cedar.
(usually birding in) Westford