I'm an avid birder and nature photographer wishing to share some of my sightings & images taken while out in the "wilds" of Cape Ann and surrounding New England countryside. More images can be found on my web site at New England Birds Plus Enjoy, Phil Brown

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bird-a-Thon 2011 - Plum Island Fallout - May 14, 2011

May again... must be time for the Massachusetts Audubon's Bird-a-Thon! 
It's annual fund raiser and day of great birding for the teams involved each year.

Our team, working with the MAS Joppa Flats Sanctuary, was comprised of Steve Grinley,
Margo Goetschkes, Joan (visiting from California), Linda Ferraresso and yours truly.

We started quite slowly at Crooked Pond in Boxford but managed to find the 
Louisiana Waterthrush and a Barred Owl among others. Our travels eventually 
lead us to Plum Island after several calls about the Yellow-throated Warbler 
and Clay-colored Sparrow being seen on the island.

Yellow-throated Warbler found by Bonnie and Bob Buxton at Hellcat. Way to go!!

The island was literally hoping with birds, with loads of warblers working their way north 
along the road. The Clay-colored Sparrow in the following images was feeding in
the small shrubs and on the ground at the Wardens.

Perched up along the road at the salt pans were several Scarlet Tanagers in their
striking spring finest. This male was at eye level, working the trees just off the road.