Saturday, March 24, 2007

March 24, 2007

Beautiful weather - sunny 50s. After work went to Shaw Road. In the field at the curve, there were Canada Geese, noisy Killdeer, Robins, RW Blackbirds and a small flock of Snipe.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

March 18, 2007

Temps in the 20s, sunny, very windy.

Winsegansett--tide too high to hike...saw 2 AMOY napping near the pond in front of Lou's house....almost joined to the sea.

TONS of robins in every yard and field. Some lawns so flooded they got Mallards.

Walked rail trail from Shaw Road to YMCA. Lots of Golden-crowned Kinglets, at the bridge saw Hooded and RB Mergansers, Grebes, startled a Great Blue Heron.

Mill Road--just Mallards and one Mute Swan.

In the evening went to Shaw Road. Saw Greater White-fronted Goose at the bend with the Canadas. Lots of Woodcock displaying in the big yards near the bike path. Heard a Killdeer

Sunday, March 11, 2007

March 11, 2007

Winsegansett for SEANET
Calm, 40s. When I started it had just stopped drizzling and there was 100% cloud cover and fog coming off the ice.
By the time I finished it was sunny and almost cloudless.
41 Brant, 23 Herring Gulls, 2 Black Ducks, 27 Common Eider, 1 Common Loon, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 6 Dunlin, 1 Killdeer, 12 Horned Larks, 1 American Pipit, 2 House Finch, 2 Song Sparrows, 6 Mallards, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers.
As I rushed to get back before the incoming tide made the inlets too deep, ran into a Snowy Owl. It stayed a long time before buzzing me on its way to the marsh.

March 10, 2007

Went to Long Road. Still chilly. Saw and heard lots of birds singing. Two cute White-breasted Nuthatches.
New for my Long Road list....Killdeer

Found a freshly-killed domestic duck in the woods with throat torn out.

Friday, March 9, 2007

March 9, 2007

Not much birding....too cold. Tons of finch sucking up thistle seed in the backyard.
Saw a cardinal pair outside the office window lit up by a shaft of sunlight. The male was giving the female a sunflower seed.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

March 6, 2007

Single digits, VERY windy. Probably the coldest day of the winter when you factor in wind chill.
A large bird flew to the branch above my office bird feeder...thought it was a pigeon out of the corner of my eye, but when I turned and looked it was a large hawk. I hoped it was the church falcon from last year, but after I put on my glasses I saw that it was a very large Cooper's. It looked in at me but was nonplussed.

March 5, 2007

Very cold, but sunny. Went at lunch to Winsegansett--bitter and windy.
Flock of about a dozen Horned Larks, 7 Brant, one American Pipit.
Some town workers doing work on the road.....asking if the platforms were for Piping Plovers.

Sunday, March 4, 2007

March 4, 2007

Sunny, cold -- low 40s
Long Road--Lots of birds singing. Nothing unusual--Cardinals, Jays, Crows, Goldfinches, House Finches, Catbird, Flickers, Downies, Chickadees, Titmice, Yellow-rumped Warblers, heard Golden-crowned Kinglets. Lots of Red-winged Blackbirds singing at each other. Mallards.

Mill Road and soccer fields. Almost nothing.

Walked down RR bed from Shaw Road to YMCA. Best birds at RR bridge. Two Turkey Vultures together, Red-breasted and Hooded Mergansers, Buffleheads battling both above and below the water. G. Black-backed gulls. A pair of Canada Geese in the marsh. Horned Grebe.
Hermit Thrush on the path.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

March 1, 2007

Temps low 30s calm and sunny.

At lunch went to Winsegansett. Eiders, R-b mergansers, Brant. Small flock of Horned Lark, about a dozen Snow Buntings too fast for me.

February 28, 2007

Weather pretty nice. Went to Stony Point Dike in the morning. Not much in the way of birds, especially with my being followed by a Border Collie.

Late afternoon went to Tamarack to look for eagles (none) and a Red-throated Loon that Mike LaBossiere saw. Got some pictures of the loon.