Sunday, January 26, 2014

Boston Birding

Grammy, daddy and me tried to find a Lesser Black-back Gull and we did at our first stop at Christopher Columbus Park. it was really cold out and there were lots of gulls. There was a Brant there. a life bird! Also some dogs there that ate some of our bread on the ground.

Trip Map

Christopher Columbus Park, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, US

We then went to Revere Beach. We were able to get an Iceland Gull again. Then we had lunch.

Revere Beach--South End, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, US
We then went to Deer Island. More Iceland Gulls. Daddy didnt see 3 Northern Cardinals. 2 females and 1 male and a Chickadee.
BHI--Deer Island, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, US

2 year birds!
72BrantChristopher Columbus ParkUS-MA26 Jan 2014
73Lesser Black-backed GullChristopher Columbus ParkUS-MA26 Jan 2014

Saturday, January 25, 2014

2 More Year Birds

today me and my dad went to Lake Quinsigamond. I did not want to go today. he made me. I was mad. I add 2 birds to my year list and much more to my county thing. My dad took photos of the other birds. The rarer ones were Iceland Gull, Red-breasted Merganser, and Canvasback.

Trip Map

Red-breasted Merganser
 Iceland Gull, Hiding

70Ring-necked DuckLake QuinsigamondUS-MA25 Jan 2014
71House SparrowLake QuinsigamondUS-MA25 Jan 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another lifer today!

we went up to some farms and we I found a bunch of Horned Larks but no Snow Buntings. i got also a Northern Flicker. A new year bird. We were looking for a Northern Shrike but didnt saw it. later we went to Wachusett for where the gulls sleep and thats where we saw Black backed gulls and Glaucous Gull but no Iceland or Lesser Black backed. im now at 69 birds on the year!

Map of Trip

Wachusett Reservoir--South Bay, Worcester County, Massachusetts, US

Glaucous Gull

68Northern FlickerTown Farm RdUS-MA22 Jan 2014
69Glaucous GullWachusett Reservoir--South BayUS-MA22 Jan 2014

Rhode Island Barn Owl, Sandhill Crane and More

My dad, my brother Liam and grammy and me saw a Sandhill Crane. Then we saw a Snowy Owl and we saw it again and again and again then we saw a Barn Owl. 3 lifers and 4 year birds.

Trip Map

Year Birds
64Sandhill Crane495 Waites Corner RoadUS-RI20 Jan 2014
65Black ScoterBeavertail State ParkUS-RI20 Jan 2014
66Common MerganserThird Beach, MiddletownUS-RI20 Jan 2014
67Barn OwlSachuest Point NWRUS-RI20 Jan 2014


*Dad Note

Just wanted to give a thank you to Rich Haas and Ed Hughes for being good sports to the kids! Other highlights were a 2nd Winter Iceland Gull.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Birding Trip

Me and my dad went to get a Black Vulture and we got 7 of them. (4 Blackstone, Ma at the town offices 3, Woonsocket Dump) We got 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds We got some Turkey Vultures.  My dad went down a hill in the snow. that was funny. I am at 56 birds for the year. the brown-headed cowbird was a lifer. thanks for reading bye.

Trip Map

Blackstone Canal, Blackstone Ma, Worcester County, Massachusetts, US

Dump and Stuff, Providence County, Rhode Island, US

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Map of Where I've Birded

Dad and I came across how to make county maps. its a cool way to see where I have been birding at. The blue colors are where I have birded and the red is where my dad birded without me. At the bottom of my blog you can always find the map not just in this post. it will be updated! oh and no school tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

New Life Bird In Our Yard!

I was in my dads room and we heard some Blue Jays. We went outside and saw a Brown Creeper on one of our trees. My dad took a photo of it! it has big claws like a bat to hold on to a tree.

Canvasback and Greater Scaup at Lake Quinsigamond

Today my dad and I went out to do things and we got a Canvasback that's been in our area. We also got a Greater Scaup. I missed a Cooper's Hawk my dad got.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My First Day of My LIttle Big Year!

Map of Trip

My dad and me and Jess and Mayn went to Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich and Rowley. While driving north we spotted 2 Bald Eagles in Natick, My first bird of the year.We started at the fish pier. We saw a Harbor Seal, lots of gulls, pigeons and I tried to touch the pigeons. Got some fries to feed them. I saw Herring, Great Black-backed, Ring-billed, and an Iceland Gull. There were 4 Iceland Gulls!!!The Great Black-backed is the BIGGEST gull in the world and it has dark wings and a dark back! A Peregrine Falcon was sitting on one of the buildings.
Jodrey State Fish Pier, Essex County, Massachusetts, US 

Next we went to Eastern Point. Here we saw American Wigeon and Gadwall. Jess and Mayn saw a Razorbill. My dad and I missed it there. Also they all got to see a Black Guillemot but it kept diving so much I couldn't get to see it in the scope!

Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary & Dog Bar, Essex County, Massachusetts, US


We left Eastern Point and our next stop was Niles Pond and Brace Cove. There were lots of people ice skating on the pond. NO...Lesser Black-backed Gull. We did see 2 Snowy Owls on Brace Cove!

Our first stop at Bass Rocks we saw some Sanderlings flyby and some White-winged Scoters. We missed a really good bird there the first time....get to that later..

We stopped at Good Harbor Beach and Mayn kept driving to the Granite Pier. Here we got to see a Northern Harrier, Also there was a large flock of Horned Larks. In that flock there were some Snow Buntings and 1 Lapland Longspur. Also so Jess found us a White-crowned Sparrow.

Then we went to the Granite Pier in Rockport. I got to see Harlequin Ducks! They are pretty! they have a lot of different kind of colors. Also there was a Red-necked Grebe. Again I missed the Razorbills and Purple Sandpipers that my dad got!
Granite Pier, Rockport, Essex County, Massachusetts, US

While at Andrew's Point Marjorie Watson told us that she saw a King Eider back at Bass Rocks. So back we went as the day was ending! We got worried because we thought we wouldn't have enough light to get the Ross's Goose.

Back at Bass Rocks it took awhile but Mayn was able to finally locate the King Eider with a Common Eider by a fishing boat. It was to far for me to see in the scope. But my dad took a record shot where you can see the orange in its bill and black on its back. Ill have to wait another time to get it on my list!

Our next stop was Ipswich! I found the Ross's Goose while driving past the fields. Also Mayn after some looking finally found the Cackling Goose. My dad took some record shots. We didn't find the Red-headed Woodpecker that my daddy had found before.
Argilla-Northgate-Essex Rd. Fields Complex, Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, US
Cackling Goose Digiscope Video

 Our last stop was for Short-eared Owls. I didn't get them because I wanted to stay in the car and it was dark. They did get to hear the owls making cat sounds and saw 1! Next time for me!

At home Jess, me and my dad had a Screech Owl!!

Thank you to the people that come up to me while out yesterday and said that they read my blog!