We watched some bufflehead, red-breasted mergansers, goldeneye and a couple of common loons in the bay as we waited for the goose to reappear. A small flock of dunlin flew by and landed on a rock across the way. Finally the white-fronted goose reemerged from behind the island and provided us some longer looks. It took much more effort than we expected, but we finally saw both of the “write-ins” we sought.
Closer to home, woodcock are arriving and, despite the continued snow-cover, they are putting on their aerial courtship displays at dusk. I am leading a free bird walk this Saturday evening, March 23, to attempt to listen for, and hopefully see these interesting birds perform. We will meet at the store at 6 pm and drive to areas in the industrial park where the woodcock frequent. Dress warmly, bring binoculars if you have them. The walk is for all ages, will last about 1 ½ hours, and no pre-registration is necessary. Just come and enjoy. Hope to see you then.
Steve Grinley is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift in Newburyport.