Starting the day we took a longer-than-intended pit stop at the boat ramp on Mattapoisett Neck Rd,which proved to be incredibly birdy, with lots of goldfinches, House Finches, robins, and a few waxwings. Most interesting was seeing a bunch of Ring-billed Gulls in trees (?????).
|Ring-billed Gulls in trees|
Moving on we went to Nasketucket Bay State Reservation, where we had a rapid-fire smattering of winter specialties. We walked to the edge of the thicket on the Meadow Trail, hearing a catbird immediately before getting to my favorite spot. Once we stopped a chat was spotted, then a Fox Sparrow, then a thrasher, then a Hermit Thrush and audio of a Winter Wren, all in the span of about ten minutes. As has been said on this blog before, some days you just get lucky.
|Yellow-breasted Chat, Nasketucket Bay State Reservation|
After a quick stop at Aucoot Rd seeing the usual winterers, we made our way to the Marion WTP. This spot is an absolute magnet for dabbling ducks, and we were treated to many. Several Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, American Black Duck, and Mallard were here, and 4 Northern Shovelers were present as well. The landscape has changed and the old spot which held sparrows was no more, but viewing the shrubby growth along the retention pond from atop the compost pile yielded 7 sparrow species at once, including Field, American Tree, and Chipping.