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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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Parker River NWR - Shorebirds ++ - Oct. 23, 2011

Seen prior to my visit to Plum Island, this Eastern Screech Owl has just started to use the hole in this tree to roost as the leaves come off the trees.

A visit to the Parker River NWR never disappoints and this past Sunday was no exception. The young Common Tern below was roosting at Sandy Point with a couple dozen Forester's Terns.

A young Bonaparte's Gull, one of several dozen that were roosting in the area,

The salt pans just before parking lot #3 held a few hundred American Wigeon and two drake Eurasian Wigeon with one seen below on the left.

The shoreline just north of Emerson Rocks, parking lot #7, is currently alive with shorebirds on a falling tide as they feed on all sorts of goodies just below the surface. Hudsonian Godwits, as seen in the next two images, are always a treat to see.

Sandy Point, the state park at the southern tip of the Parker River NWR,  also held a nice collection of shorebirds that were roosting, preening and feeding as the tide began to fall. A Red Knot in winter plumage roosting on one leg.

A Sanderling doing the same.

A Semipalmated Plover.

and a White-rumped Sandpiper.

Another White-rumped Sandpiper along the wrack line in very fresh and bright juvenile plumage.

I'm already looking forward to next weekends visit for my next shorebird fix before they head south, leaving the beaches to the Sanderling and Dunlin.