Bird Count Escape – Week 2

For the next 3-4 weeks, while the world is on hold, we will keep a daily count of the birds we see while escaping the confines of walls. Great highlights include Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Pine Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, Redhead, Northern Shrike, and the American Bittern (finally!). Total Species: 65 Locations: The Spit, Burrage Pond …

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Birding Southeastern MA

Post from Jackson’s own site.

ABA Adventures, Big Year Birding

I got up at around 5:00 AM with my dad to go look for owls at Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth. A few days earlier, there had been at least a dozen Northern Saw-whet Owls reported in one night. I had never heard or seen one of these owls and I hoped that this would be the place to finally add this bird to my life list.

When we arrived at Myles Standish, I realized that we had made a mistake. It was already getting light out and there would be very little owl activity while we were there. We both decided that we should at least try to find an owl so we parked the car on the side of the road and waited. After about 20 minutes, it was fully light out and we decided to get going to our next spot. On the way out, we…

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Looking for Owls at Cumberland Farms

Post from Jackson’s own site.

ABA Adventures, Big Year Birding

As soon as I saw what was reported on eBird I knew I had to go to Cumberland Farms in Middleborough, MA, (No, I am not talking about the gas station). Cumberland Farms is a large open field that is a great habitat for raptors and other types of birds. Recently there had been sightings of both Short-eared Owls and American Woodcocks which were both evading me this year.

I left with my dad at abut 5:00 PM and we planned on staying until around sunset. Almost as soon as we got there we heard our first American Woodcock calling from the field in the distance. We looked around for it with our binoculars but we couldn’t find it. As we kept on walking we saw dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds sitting in the trees. I made sure to scan the flocks to look for Rusty Blackbirds as well as grackles.

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