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November 9, 2013

Newburyport Birders' programs

Sunset at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Today; 2:30 p.m. to dark

Fee: $20

Meet at the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the colder months. In winter, Short-eared and Snowy Owls can be seen along with Rough-legged Hawks. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pines along the marsh edge are a great, migrant trap for harboring wintering Saw-whet or Long-eared Owls. On Badger’s Rocks at low tide, visitors can see Harbor Seals hauled out.

Sunset at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Tomorrow; 2:30 pm to dark

Fee: $20

Meet at the boat ramp parking lot at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Wintering waterfowl are abundant at Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Common Eiders and all three scoter species are often in large flocks. Loons and grebes are easily observed, and easterly winds bring in razorbills, gannets and sometimes kittiwakes. Purple Sandpipers gather on the jetties at high tide; Iceland and Glaucous Gulls can be seen in the colder months. In winter, Short-eared and Snowy Owls can be seen along with Rough-legged Hawks. The campground area is a prime area for Horned Larks, Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings. The pines along the marsh edge are a great, migrant trap for harboring wintering Saw-whet or Long-eared Owls. On Badger’s Rocks at low tide, visitors can see Harbor Seals hauled out.

On the Wing

Saturday, Nov. 16; 2:30 pm to dusk

Fee: $20

Meet at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge parking lot 1

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