Friday, March 30, 2012

Thursday Morning Birding

It is Thursday morning, the day that Doug and I usually go out birding and I do some photography.  This morning, the weather was overcast cloudy with some drizzle.  Our plan for the day was to meet at my house and then travel into Middleborough, Massachusetts to bird around Cumberland Fields, which is an IBA (Important Bird Area).  Our first stop on the way to the Cumberland fields was Oliver Mills Park.  The area was loaded with gulls mainly Great-Back Gulls,- _DSC6254 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000 and Herring Gulls along with Great Blue Heron's, who were there to feed on the migrating Herring.

Around the edge of the Cumberland fields, there was a group of Wild Turkeys foraging, and what was interesting, it was a group of 3 males without any females. - _DSC6268 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000 Walking the fields one of the most interesting sites was the large number of black birds that were present, sitting in the trees and flying around and making a huge racket, that had to be over 1000 blackbirds present. 

- _DSC6296 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000Most of the  passerines that we observed were extremely skittish and did not stay still long enough to obtain pictures.  A flight of 3 great blue Heron's flew overhead and gave an opportunity to photograph them.  - _DSC6308-Edit March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000The area, which is usually its wet was almost dried up and, except for Killdeers there were no other shorebirds present.
Our next location was the pond at Jenney's Mill in Plymouth.  The mute swans were already nesting. - _DSC6466 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000There were 4-5 Great Blue Herons present, including one in beautiful breeding plumage.- _DSC6456 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000  Also present at scattered throughout the pond were Double-crested Cormorant, who were displaying their dark nuptial crests which gave them their name. - dcco_DSC6477 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000 Some of the subspecies will have white nuptial crests.  The male Ring-neck Duck that has been present during the winter was still present, and also developing breeding plumage. - _DSC6510 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000 Also present was the Lesser Black-backed Gull, who has been a regular winter visitor, and it's plumage has changed into the summer plumage. - _DSC6385-Edit March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000 A magnolia tree was coming into full-bloom.- _DSC6394 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000

Finally at the parking lot on the harbor at the boat ramp, the Iceland Gull was still present, and allowing great views of it.- _DSC6539 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000- _DSC6542 March 29, 2012 NIKON D7000