Sunday, March 9, 2014

Life Birds 300, 301, 302

It's been a long, cold, winter and its been difficult to get motivated for birding lately. I am hoping that the weather will break soon and I can get back to my favorite places; Mt. Auburn and Great Meadows. In the meantime, I've been "cherry-picking" some life birds when the appear on eBird or when I have business trips. I saw two black-headed gulls that have been hanging around Nantucket Harbor when I was in town for work. While I was there a friendly local birder helped me out with locating some lesser-black backed gulls(rare to find in Boston but abundant on Nantucket).
Black-headed Gull
Lesser black-backed Gull

This week I stopped in Mendon, MA to see the Barnacle Goose thats been hanging out at Maple Sanctuary. He was very close so I got some great looks. Thanks to some tips on MassBird I also located a group of Black Vultures in Blackstone, MA. These were not lifers but were a state bird for me.

Barnacle Goose