Saturday, December 15, 2012

My First Christmas Bird Count

Today Travis and I participated in our first Christmas Bird Count. We were assigned to the Brookline area of Boston. The highlights were few: Hooded Mergansers, Redheads, White-Winged Crossbill, and a Barred Owl. The Barrel Owl swooped right in front of the car and gulped down a mouse. 
Barred Owl - Photo by dGh
Wild Turkey - Photo by dGh
The count was pretty slow for us and the weather was less than ideal. Rain and 35 degrees. So after lunch we headed down to the Backbay Fens to hunt for the MacGillivray's Warbler. Sucess on the MacGillivray's and throw in a Yellow-breasted Chat and another Barred Owl for good measure. 

MacGillivray's Warbler - Photo by dGh

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