Monday, March 19, 2018

Scarborough Marsh

Its been a little while since I've seen any new birds for the year.  Winter has come roaring back, hopefully for its last gasp, but probably not.  Temperatures were in the teens this morning, and a very brisk wind was blowing out of the north.  But sunshine was abundant, so off I went to see what I could see.  First stop was the Audubon Center on Pine Point rd.

Hooded Mergansers

Common Merganser and CANG

Next I drove down to the fish wharf at Pine Point Co-op.

Common Eider male

This is an interesting photo that shows an egg-laden crab which has had its legs plucked before being swallowed whole.  I have noticed scoters with egg-bearing crabs before as well.

Common Eider juv. male w/crab

Rock Dove

Finally I drove to the Eastern Trail crossing and walked along to the far flood pannes.  Canada geese were everywhere, as well as scattered Pintails, Mallards, Black Ducks, Goldeneyes, and Mergansers.  This Bald Eagle flew overhead from the south and got everything but the geese up in the air.

Bald Eagle

Northern Pintails

Savannah Sparrow

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