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Happy New Year MassBirders!

Mark Burns and I led our 23rd Annual New Year’s Day Birding Trip for the Brookline Bird Club (BBC) today! At 9:00AM, 37 BBCers joined us at the Newburyport “T” Station parking lot where we toasted in the New Year with sparkling apple cider. During the toast, introductions were made and folks told us where they traveled from and what their first bird of the New Year was. (Mine was Black-capped Chickadee and Mark’s was American Crow.)

We birded Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, and Cape Ann [Jodrey Fish Pier, Eastern Point, Niles Pond, and Bass Rocks] and called it a day at 4:00PM. The temperature ranged from 41df to 53df with wind gusts up to 35mph. We tallied 57 species for the Club list. Following is a complete list of the birds we saw:

Canada Goose – 55
Gadwall – 9
American Wigeon – 4
American Black Duck – 66
Mallard – 40
Ring-necked Duck – 4
Greater Scaup – 7
King Eider – 1
Common Eider – 63
Surf Scoter – 70
White-winged Scoter – 45
Black Scoter – 16
Long-tailed Duck – 12
Bufflehead – 34
Common Goldeneye – 16
Red-breasted Merganser – 20
Red-throated Loon – 2
Common Loon – 12
Horned Grebe – 14
Great Cormorant – 3
Bald Eagle – 1
Northern Harrier – 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
Cooper’s Hawk – 1
Red-tailed Hawk – 2
Rough-legged Hawk – 1
Merlin – 1
Sanderling – 6
Ring-billed Gull – 24
Herring Gull – 340
Great Black-backed Gull – 68
Black Guillemot – 1
Rock Pigeon – 130
Mourning Dove – 18
Eastern Screech Owl – 1
Snowy Owl – 1
Downy Woodpecker – 6
Hairy Woodpecker – 1
Merlin – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 2
Blue Jay – 25
American Crow – 35
Black-capped Chickadee – 20
Tufted Titmouse – 5
White-breasted Nuthatch – 3
Eastern Bluebird – 1
American Robin – 14
Northern Mockingbird – 8
European Starling – 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2
Fox Sparrow – 1
American Tree Sparrow –7
Song Sparrow – 10
White-throated Sparrow – 2
Dark-eyed Junco – 4
Northern Cardinal – 16
House Sparrow – 30

What make this trip so much fun to lead each New Year’s Day are those who participate – Thank you for spending part or all of your day birding with us!

Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy, and Birdy 2019!

Laura H. de la Flor

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