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Birdwalk Highlights for 3/2: Winslow Park, Freeport.

With mild temperatures and rapidly dispersing (and/or departing) diving ducks, we ventured over to Winslow Park.


My primary goal was to see if the overwintering BARROW'S GOLDENEYE flock was still around, and sure enough it was: 4 drakes and 2 hens put on a good show at close range off of the point, often mingling with COMMON GOLDENEYES (total of 20 this morning).


Totals around the shoreline of other diving ducks and waterbirds included 75+ BUFFLEHEADS, 30 COMMON EIDERS, 9 COMMON LOONS, 8 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS - all much lower than previous visits. However, we did have 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS that we don't often see here. A single COMMON MERGANSERS was spotted in flight overhead, noted only because we had our binoculars up watching a passing COOPER'S HAWK.


At low tide, we carefully checked the dabbling ducks on the mudflats: 97 AMERICAN BLACK DUCKS and an increase to 64 MALLARDS, but no new arrivals amongst them. We also had at least two MALLARD X AMERICAN BLACK DUCK HYBRIDS, along with a total of 46 CANADA GEESE. Around 40 HERRING and about 30 RING-BILLED GULLS were also foraging on the flats today.


Landbirds were a little less numerous as well, but there was a sizeable flock of 21 DARK-EYED JUNCOS and an uptick, likely including some recent migrants, of 7 SONG SPARROWS. At least two RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS were among the residents, such as a pair of HAIRY WOODPECKERS, a pair of WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and scattered - often singing - TUFTED TITMICE and BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES.

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