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August 31, 2013

Shorebirds continue stopovers during migration

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We did manage to find a space at Sandy Point late one afternoon and we were able to show a visitor from France a piping plover on the beach. Unfortunately, it was only one of three shorebirds on the entire beach. Even though the tide was ebbing, no shorebirds were arriving to partake of the exposed flats. The boatloads of people, the dogs running on the beach, and even the bonfire were not enough to attract the birds. Funny how that works. You are welcome to join me for a free morning bird walk next Saturday, Sept. 7, when we will likely venture down Plum Island to view some of the migration shorebirds, ducks, egrets and songbirds. We will meet at the Bird Watcher’s Supply & Gift at the Route 1 traffic circle at 9 a.m. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. Registration is not necessary.

Steve Grinley is the owner of Bird Watcher’s Supply and Gift at the Route 1 traffic circle in Newburyport and the Nature Shop at Joppa Flats.

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