Cape Cod III & Plum Island

The last installment of my Cape Cod birding photos is from Dowses Beach in Osterville, where my dad and I wandered around for quite awhile on Saturday morning.

We followed this Lincoln's Sparrow (aka a Song Sparrow.. Those eastern ones confuse the heck out of me) around for a bit:


I was psyched to see a flock of about twenty Ruddy Turnstones, having only seen one once before...




There were a bunch of Common Eiders way out on the water but one female was rather close to the shore...


On Friday morning my brother and I went to the Parker River NWR on Plum Island to do some exploring.  Last year we visited the area in December and most of the road was closed and we had to walk through about a foot of snow.  This time it was like 65 degrees.

We scared up some Mute Swans right away:


The ponds along the road were filled with American Black Ducks, pintails, and Gadwalls.


While walking on the beach about a dozen Snow Buntings flew over our heads and disappeared.  I was psyched we were able to find one later on near the road.


Definitely one of the cutest birds ever.


Also along the road we came across some turkeys.  They didn't seem too concerned with us, maybe because Thanksgiving was over...


Definitely NOT one of the cutest birds ever...


There were a bunch of American Tree Sparrows in the nearby shrubs...


At the end of the road is Sandy Point, where there had been some recent Snowy Owl sightings.  There were some Black Scoters out on the water:


And hell yeah, we found a Snowy Owl too!


We walked by it, giving as much room as possible without standing in the ocean (it was high tide), and taking tons and tons of photos...


After awhile we walked up the beach to see if we could find the second one that had been reported but no luck.  On our return trip the bird was gone.  Then we noticed a group of people and realized the owl had flown to some driftwood right by a viewing platform.


We made our way back to the road so we could get over to the platform also.  We got even more great views of the bird from there...


Mind=blown.  Awesome awesome trip!  Picked up five new birds total, and saw many I rarely get to see... Good times!!  Now I can't stop thinking about the SEVEN Snowy Owls being seen at Damon Point in Ocean Shores.... Hmm...