December 12, 2012

Deer Island

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.


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