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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.