Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bird-A-Thon 2011 Allens Pond Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary

Allens Pond
Allens Pond Sign and Field Station
This past Friday and Saturday starting at 6 PM and going to 6 PM on Saturday was the annual Bird-A-Thon to raise money for the sanctuaries of the Massachusetts Audubon Society. I was one of the members of the team for Allens Pond Sanctuary.

On Friday evening a group of us met at the Allens neck portion of the sanctuary and divided up into groups and birded the area.
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Our Group
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Our Group
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Chipping Sparrow
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White-eyed Vireo
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Tree Swallow
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American Black Ducks in Flight


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Black-crowned Night-heron
My partner Mike met me at 6 AM on Saturday morning and we went to Plymouth and birded Plymouth till early afternoon. We visited Jenny's pond
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Boys in a row
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Mute Swan Family
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Canada Geese Goslings
and then continued off to Storrs pond. The morning was filled with fog, but the most interesting sighting we had was and Osprey diving for fish on Storrs pond.




We then visited Nelsons Beach, Plymouth Harbor were there was a Glaucous Gull,
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Iceland Gull




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Iceland Gull
and continued down to Plymouth Long Beach. We had many interesting sightings on Plymouth Long Beach and we walked approximately 2 1/2to3 miles down and back. The most memorable bird found on Plymouth Beach was a “Pink Flamingo”
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Other Bird included:
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Laughing Gull
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Mourning Dove that can't read the sign
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Red-breasted Merganser on its side
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Comment Loon
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Red-breasted Mergansers
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American Oystercatcher
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Willits
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Sanderling
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Semi-palmated Plover
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Piping Plover
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Common Tern
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Common Tern Copulating
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Bonaparte Gull
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Black-bellied Plover
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Black-bellied Plover
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Willit
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Least Tern with fish
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Roseate Tern Landing

We then stopped at Monomet Point for some additional sightings. We then continued to the Cumberland Farms field in Middleborough Massachusetts. We did meet up with another set of Allens Pond birdwatchers there.
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Goldfinch
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Warbling Vireo on nest
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Warbling Vireo
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Eastern Chipmunk
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Song Sparrow
After we finished at Cumberland farms field we continue down to Assawomset to see if we could find the bald eagles that are nesting there; they were right there at the point and were able to observe them through binocular's, however the Eagles were too far away for a picture.
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American Redstart


After we finished up around the at Assawomset area we end up traveling back to the field station at Allens Pond for the final tally and our pizza party.
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We finished up what approximately 170 species for all the groups, which were less than last year, however we did not travel to his many places this year.

It was a wonderful 24 hours for everybody, and we all raise money to help benefit sanctuary in the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

I hopefully wish that more people in the Massachusetts area will join in for next years Bird-A-Thon and if they cannot participate that they would please donate to a worthy cause that help protect the environment and natural resources of Massachusetts.
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