After re-finding the MGWA yesterday I did some birding along the seawall at the UMass Boston campus. Along with a few Red Crossbills, I found a flock of 6 White-winged Crossbills that gave me my best looks yet. Lighting was quite minimal at this point in the day, so pictures were tough, but I was excited to get any at all.
After a couple of days of nasty (bad nasty) weather I got out today to find...BIRDS. There had been a Macgillivray's Warbler skulking around the Fenway Victory Gardens last week and though I didn't have great hope of finding it, I WENT FOR IT. And I found it...
Today I went out to Deer Island, in Winthrop, MA to see what waterbirds were around. The first big group I found was a huge raft of scoters (~2000) off of Revere Beach, most of which were White-winged, but a few Surf as well. My walk around Deer Island resulted in hundreds of Common Eider, and a number of Red-breasted Mergansers, Buffleheads, Brant, Common Goldeneyes and Common Loons.
The highlight, however, was clearly the Northern Shrike I found perching along the path. This was a bird I was not expecting to see, and while these photos are just the iPhone through the scope, they're the best of have of this bird not in-hand.
On our way back to Boston from Vermont yesterday Patrick and I stopped by Plum Island for a peek at some birds. Though we had great success finding a Northern Shrike, Bohemian Waxwings and Pine Grosbeaks in VT, Rough-legged Hawks were not to be seen. Lucky for us, this one was hunting in a field just off the road on Plum Island!
Notice the long leg feathers this bird is sporting.