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.