Thursday, September 26, 2013

Birding at Gooseberry Neck

western Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow
Doug and I joined some birders and photographers at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, Massachusetts.  This has been a good location early in the morning for seeing migrants passing over toward the mainland.  Paul Champlin has been there, usually every morning counting the different species, and he posts on his blog information.  The morning, we were there, there was a strong wind blowing and birds were having a hard time making it to the coast, in fact, some birds got blown back and then just hunkered down and stayed put, while others finally made it to the coast.

There has been present for a while a western Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow hanging around the sign at the end of the parking lot.
western Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow

Of the birds that were passing overhead, I was able to photograph a Northern Flicker and the American Kestrel.

American Kestrel

Northern Flicker

Later, as we made our way up the trail on Gooseberry, we saw a Northern Paurula, Western Palm Warbler, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
Northern Paurula

Northern Paurula

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Western Palm Warbler

So if you have a chance to get out to Gooseberry Neck in the morning, keep your eyes open because you will never know what you may see.