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Coastal Birding Trip: Cape Ann and Plum Island
February 25, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 pm EST
Join the Antioch Bird Club for a fun-filled day of seabird and raptor viewing as ABC journeys to Cape Ann, MA and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. This is a great opportunity to enjoy true birding hotspots of coastal New England. This trip will be an opportunity to see a variety of seabirds including eiders, scaups. loons, grebes, mergansers, scoters, and with any luck the stunning Harlequin Duck. Likely raptors include Northern Harrier, Bald Eagle, and Red-tailed Hawk, with Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Rough-legged Hawk, Short-eared Owl, and Snowy Owl distinct possibilities.
Other winter specialties we may see include Horned Lark, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, Purple Sandpiper, alcids, and Iceland and Glaucous gulls. Recent rarities seen in Essex County include Ross’s Goose, Dovekie, Dickcissel, Mew Gull, and Thick-billed Murre.
Please bring binoculars if possible (available at AUNE Herbarium), lots of water, and plenty of warm layers.
After touring Cape Ann throughout the morning, we swing north to Plum Island and Parker River NWR, staying there until ~45 minutes after sunset to see Short-eared Owls hunting.
The only trip costs will be money for food as stops will be made throughout the day. In past years, we’ve had dinner at The Flatbread Company in Amesbury, MA.