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November 9, 2013

Newburyport Birders' programs


Newburyport Daily News

---- — 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

Explore Parker River National Wildlife Refuge during this interpretative program. The focus will be on field marks and where these migrants are headed. Participants will watch bird behavior at a premier, birding destination. Dress in layers.

Morning Birding at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury

Sunday, Nov. 17; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Fee: $20

Meet at the end of Little’s Lane in Newbury. Look for the Newburyport Birders’ sign. The group will walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, Horned Larks, sparrows and hawks.

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take the first left onto Little’s Lane.

Thanksgiving Morning Walk at Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm

Thursday, Nov. 28; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Fee: $20 Bring a friend or a family member along at no additional cost.

Meet at the end of Little’s Lane.Look for the Newburyport Birders’ A-Frame sign

The group will walk the agricultural fields in search of American Pipits, sparrows, hawks, Snow Buntings and Horned Larks.

Directions: In Newbury Center, head south on Route 1A and continue through the only set of lights. Then take the first left onto Little’s Lane.

Birding Ramble at Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Date: Friday, Nov. 29; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fee: $20

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

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. The group will search for Short-eared and Snowy Owls along with Rough-legged Hawks.

Look at Every Bird at Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir

Saturday, Nov. 30

8:30 to 11 a.m.

Fee: $20

Meet at the first parking area you encounter on Moulton Street in West Newbury. Look for the Newburyport Birders’ A-Frame sign.

The Cherry Hill [Indian Hill] Reservoir is a perfect setting for waterfowl viewing. This public water source hosts Ruddy Duck & Ring-necked Duck, and both spend the fall here in the hundreds. Other species that can be seen here are Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot, Scaup.