We are in Massachusetts for Thanksgiving, arriving here before the Nor’Easter, and settling in for a snowy day or two. We are just inside the snow line and will likely get 3-6 inches of heavy wet snow.
This morning, I took Penny out in the truck to do some pre-storm birding. It was raw with a wind out of the north but we had several hours before the cold rain started. We stopped at nearby Lake Attitash and saw some Mute Swans and Buffleheads before retreating back to the truck.
Salisbury Beach State Reservation is one of my favorite birding spots since unlike Parker River NWR, I can bring the dog along. Today, I even got a new life bird — Northern Gannet #411 — a bird I have missed a number of times. Four were actively feeding far out to sea this morning, plunging into the icy water for food. Fun to watch.
Other highlights of the morning for me were Horned Larks, Common Goldeneyes, Common Eiders, Northern Mockingbirds, and Great Black-backed Gulls. Then I headed over to the spot where each year, we see the Harbor Seals. As I noted last year:
Named common seal throughout Europe, this seal frequently observed around Long Island lives along the shores of eastern Canada, New England and in the winter, as far south as the Carolinas in a variety of habitats. Their scientific name loosely means “sea calf” or “sea dog.” This latter nickname is well suited as these seals closely resemble a dog when their head is viewed at the surface of the water.
These photos were shot through my spotting scope with the iPhone 5. Hope to get back and see them again with Mary before we leave the area. Happy Thanksgiving folks.