Saturday Morning Birds

We took the Airstream to Massachusetts to see Jennifer and her family and do some birding in one on my favorite counties. Essex County is so geographically diverse and filled with good birds and some amazing birders. (I don’t count myself in that latter category!)  In a couple of days, I picked up 68 species and never got on to Plum Island for shore or sea birds.

Saturday morning, I took the dog on a little outing with the truck and we explored a few of the back roads of West Newbury.  It was a morning of dog walkers, runners, cyclists, and trash pickup trucks on the narrow wooded roads.  There is one short stretch that bisects a marsh – part of the Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area – where I have previously birded.  The road is paved until you get to the marsh, then there is a dirt stretch that is severely washboarded, but that didn’t slow down the folks out for their Saturday morning errands.  I walked the dog, dodged traffic, and saw some nice birds.  Here are a few photos:

The WMA is part of the headwaters of the Parker River and stretches across the towns of West Newbury, Newbury, Groveland and Georgetown.

The WMA is part of the headwaters of the Parker River and stretches across the towns of West Newbury, Newbury, Groveland and Georgetown.

In spite of being adjacent to developed sites, the marsh is wild-like.

In spite of being adjacent to developed sites, the marsh is wild-like.

Early in my walk, I spotted an Eastern Kingbird flitting about.  I took this shot just before the bird flew to a nest.

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I never would have spotted her (him?) if I had not seen the bird flying

I never would have spotted her (him?) if I had not seen the bird flying.

As might be expected, there were dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds.  It's amazing that a bird which we celebrate in early Spring can become commonplace and taken for granted.

As might be expected, there were dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds. It’s amazing that a bird which we celebrate in early Spring can become commonplace and taken for granted.

Likewise, the first Tree Swallows are exciting.  I never tire of watching these aerial experts perform their routines.

Likewise, the first Tree Swallows are exciting. I never tire of watching these aerial experts perform their routines.

Cedar Waxwings were looking sharp in the morning sunlight.

Cedar Waxwings were looking sharp in the morning sunlight.

After a while, in spite of the good birds, I got sick of eating dust from passing trucks and cars and headed back to the truck.  It was a good outing – a little piece of wildness in an urbanizing area.  Good birding.

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One Response to Saturday Morning Birds

  1. Alan Bragg says:

    I haven’t been there in a while. Thanks for the reminder.

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