Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Mornings Birding at Horseneck Beach and Allens Pond

For today's blog I will first wish to thank Paul Champlin, our volunteer ornithologist at Allens Pond Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary, for his post about the shorebirds in the parking lot of Horseneck Beach.  The other day, Paul had posted about the large number of semipalmated plovers that he had found in parking lot three of Horseneck beach.
Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus
Semipalmated Plover
This morning, Doug, my grandson Kyle and I traveled out to Horseneck beach and went into parking lot three, and all around in the parking lot was semipalmated plovers, semipalmated sandpipers and some least sandpipers, along with a large number of different species of gulls.
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Herring Gull
 Semipalmated Sandpiper - Calidris pusilla,
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla
Least Sandpiper
Just as we were leaving the parking lot, Doug noticed a bird high in the tree and on closer inspection, it turned out to be a Cedar Waxwing.
Cedar Waxwing - Bombycilla cedrorum
Cedar Waxwing
We took a walk down to the shore and there were a large number of Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers and Semipalmated Sandpipers.
Comparison of a Sandeling and a Semipalmated Plover
As we were churning to leave we noticed, what we first thought was piping plover running around, however, it turned out to be a young least tern, which was being watched over by an adult.
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Least Tern Chick
"Watching the Little One"
Least Tern Chick and Adult

We then traveled and checked out the parking lot at Gooseberry, where black scoters were still around.

We finished up at Allens Pond where a good number of different species of birds were present including A Lesser Yellowlegs in the pannes, and a Ruddy Turnstone on the beach.
Lesser Yellowlegs - Tringa flavipes
Lesser Yellowlegs
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres,
Ruddy Turnstone

We finished the morning with 44 different species of birds, so a good day was had by all.