Gloucester and Halibut Point State Park

My last day in Boston was definitely the highlight of my trip.  I got to spend the entire day with Theresa and Laura, had a wonderful lunch in Gloucester and saw some amazing birds!  I wanted to go to Plum Island NWR but because of the government shutdown we decided on going to Halibut Point SP and all I can say is thank you Congress!

Halibut Point State Park ... If you look close there is a large flock of Scoters low on the water on the right side of the photo!

Halibut Point State Park … If you look close there is a large flock of Scoters low on the water on the right side of the photo! (If you click on the picture it will make it much larger!)

Halibut Point SP is an amazing spot with great views of both the Atlantic and of Ipswich Bay.  The minute we pulled into the parking lot I could see flocks of birds flying south along the coast.  Keep in mind, in Florida I am lucky to see one Scoter or Eider in any year so when you get to see literally 100’s and 100’s in one morning it’s kind of overwhelming.  I took hundreds of shots and while most were from quite a distance the following pics give you a small taste of what we saw!

Common Eider ... Many. many flocks with all ages and sexes!

Common Eider … Many. many flocks with all ages and sexes!

Surf Scoter .... This was the most prevelent Scoter going by with White-winged well represented also.

Surf Scoter …. This was the most prevalent Scoter going by with White-winged well represented also.

White-winged Scoters ... My smile got bigger and bigger as each flock passed ... the girls must have thought I was crazy!

White-winged Scoters … My smile got bigger and bigger as each flock passed … the girls must have thought I was crazy!

Black Scoter .... He's the one with the yellow bill.  There were only a handful of the Blacks going by and they were always in mixed flocks.

Black Scoter …. He’s the one with the yellow bill (third from left). There were only a handful of the Blacks going by and they were always in mixed flocks.

There were other birds migrating as well including Red-breasted Mergansers, Northern Pintail one Long-tailed Duck and a Scaup species. There was also Common and Red-throated Loons.

Common Loon

Common Loon

Another species I had hoped to possibly see while this far North was the Great Cormorant.  I was fortunate enough to see quite a few of them, all on the wing and still managed a number of OK pictures.

Great Cormorant ... Notice the white throat which is a key to distinguishing this species from the Double-crested Cormorant.

Great Cormorant … Notice the white throat which is a key to distinguishing this species from the Double-crested Cormorant.

I can imagine Halibut Point SP being ideal for seawatching and will have to look at E-Bird to see the pelagic list from this wonderful location.  Eventually hunger ended our stay at the point and we headed over to Gloucester where we enjoyed a wonderful lunch downtown.

We then went over to Stage Fort Park and walked along the bay.  The sun had come out and it was a beautiful walk along the boardwalk.  There were a few Gulls around and a group of Common Eider’s resting and bathing.

Glocester

Gloucester … This rock is massive, about the size of a house.

Common Eider ... This nice adult male was kind enough to pose for a couple of shots.

Common Eider … This nice adult male was kind enough to pose for a couple of shots.

We ended the day with wonderful meal that the girls prepared using their own stores.  We had pasta with homemade sauce and locally grown vegetables and salad greens … super yummy.  I left the girls house and Boston at a little after midnight and was able to make it to Cape May New Jersey by sunrise.  I had a nice 1/2 day in Cape may and will share that soon!  Thank you as always for following my adventures.

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About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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One Response to Gloucester and Halibut Point State Park

  1. llip2 says:

    This looks so peaceful and beautiful, thanks for sharing.

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