Saturday, December 27, 2014

Barred Owl & Others

I got some more pictures of the local Barred Owl, sometimes its just to easy not to take a picture of this bird. I also took a great walk on Crane Beach, I love this place, lots of memories since it was my beach growing up.

                                                              Dunes trail at Crane Beach
Horned Lark 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More Snowys

Found 2 Snowy's in the Reserve, and the new "resident" bird in front of the house. Another BIG Snowy year for Plum Island.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Davey called with a Snowy sitting in front of the house. Looks like duck is on the menu !

Long-eared Owl

I flushed a Long-eared Owl while stomping around in the woods this week. I did not even see the owl, which had to of either been directly on the ground or sitting about a foot off the ground in the brush. I always seem to find this species of owl ranging from about 2 feet - 5 feet off the ground, never higher. I did not attempt to follow the owl further once I flushed it, but always cool to see.

Monday, November 17, 2014


Every time I drive into the reserve this Barred Owl is literally sitting in the road so I pretty much have to take a picture of it. Also Snowy Owls have once again returned to Plum Island. Interestingly enough for the first time that we know of 2 Snowy Owls actually stayed at Logan airport and the Boston harbor islands this year. However this bird is a new arrival. The poor quality of the Snowy picture is due to rain and only taking one quick documentation shot.

                                                                     Horned Lark

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Saw-whet Owl banding

It has been a great banding season so far. This week we saw the first large movement of birds. Warm incliment weather and mainly south winds have offset the migration by a few weeks. Thursday we caught & banded 25 Saw-whets, and one red phase Eastern Screech. Mainly hatch year birds, and mostly female.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Summer Tanager & Great Horned Owl

Well the storm brought a beautiful female Summer Tanager to the reserve ! I love storm birds ! I also found a Great Horned Owl in West Newbury today, crows alerted me to the birds presence.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Barred Owl & Saw Whet Banding

I have been slacking on the picture front of my birding, but I have been out and about none the less. I am helping with banding Saw-Whet Owls this season at Drumlin Farm. The season has started slow with poor weather and Southern winds, but this week is shaping up to be a good one.

 Lots of interesting Sparrows about on Plum, I have seen Lincoln and a Clay Colored. Also I found about 40+ Red Knot roosting on the beach in front of 10th street, which was a first.

Finally today my neighbor Geoff notified me of a Barred Owl so I went and took a few shots of the fellow, he appeared a tad wet.

Monday, August 25, 2014

More Fall Migration

So both Winthrop and Plum Island continue to hold great birds. On Plum yesterday Geoff Woods and myself had 9 Red Knot, its the first time in a few years I have had this many together. Nahant Beach had somewhere between 2000 & 2500 birds the other day, I think also a high number in recent years. The status of our migratory birds is reaching or has reached critical levels. Areas that once held vast flocks of birds have dwindled down to nothing. With my job affording me the ability to be out everyday observing birds, it's a real wake up for the status of shorebirds. The "large" flocks of Semipalmated Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plover only hold small numbers of White-rumped Sandpipers, Dunlin, and Sanderling.
                                                                     Red Knot
                                                                  Least Sandpiper

                                                        Semipalmated Sandpiper
                                                                    Greater Yellowlegs
                                                              Black-bellied Plover
                                                               Feeding in Algae
                                                       "Peeps" Semi-Plover forefront

Monday, July 28, 2014

Migration is under way

At Winthrop Beach; both Semipalmated Plover and Sandpipers have begun to surface in small numbers, flocks of 20 -50 birds. Plum Island is holding around 2,500 birds in the Bill Forward area. Large numbers of both Short-billed and Long-billed Dowitchers which is beat to see. Also on Winthrop our last late group of PIPL have hatched. As of today only  one chick left sadly.

                                                          Semipalmated sandpiper

                                                           Semipalmated Plover
Cercropia Moth Caterpillar, I have a tank of these guys and they are HUGE...worried they are going to eat me sometime very soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Skimmers Winthrop Beach

A nice surprise today after Skimmer's on Sandy Point...more Skimmer's in Winthrop !!! Despite the rain I spent the day with these awesome birds. Also various peep's are starting to trickle in today Winthrop had; Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, and Least Sandpipers.

                               One of the final 3 PIPL chicks at Winthrop about to fledge soon .
                                                                  Least Tern area
                                                                Bonaparte's Gull
                                 Herring Gull, not a gull guy...but this fellow was quite hansome
            Ok...not Winthrop but this is "Tiny Tim" our last chick at Revere...and we love him dearly.