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Birdwalk Highlights for 2/3: Town Landing Tour.

On a blustery morning, we sough the sheltered (mostly) viewing conditions of town landings and other overlooks from Freeport to Falmouth. While the best bird of the day was an overwintering TURKEY VULTURE that we spotted over I-295 in Yarmouth, we tallied most of the regularly-occurring bay waterbirds, and some in good numbers.

Although the lack of ice has reduced concentrations, it has allowed for more dabbling ducks and geese to overwinter. We also had really good looks at a lot of the waterbirds we encountered this morning, especially Common Loons and Common Goldeneyes. The sum of our counts from all of our sites this morning were as follows: 309 BUFFLEHEADS, 203 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS, 163 CANADA GEESE, 129 MALLARDS, 91 HERRING GULLS, 48 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 42 RING-BILLED GULLS, 28 SURF SCOTERS, 19 COMMON EIDERS, 19 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 16 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 12 COMMON LOONS, and 4 COMMON MERGANSERS at Lower Falls Landing in Yarmouth.

Additionally, we spotted 3 BALD EAGLES and one RED-TAILED HAWK, while a sampling of the landbirds we happened upon included a flock of about 20 AMERICAN ROBINS overhead, 4 NORTHERN CARDINALS, 3 cooperative WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and one each of SONG SPARROW and DARK-EYED JUNCO.

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