On Tuesday, Doug and I went out birding again. We decided to start off at the Cape Cod Canal, so we visited the visitor center, in Sandwich, Massachusetts. In the canal and out at the mouth of the channel were common loons, eiders, and a rare red-breasted merganser. A Northern Harrier’s work by us twice. Gull wise were the usual suspects. The one thing lacking was cormorants. The only passerine that we observed was a song sparrow.
For our next stop, we decided to travel down to Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, to see if we could locate the Barrow’s Goldeneye reported at that location. Besides the gulls, the most abundant species were between 100 to 200 Atlantic Brant, located scattered out around the Fort. The Brant were squawking and making loud noises and engaged in everything from chasing each other, bathing and preening and just sleeping. We located some common goldeneye, but no Barrow’s Goldeneye. Some beautiful long-tail ducks were swimming around with their tails held up in the air.
Fort Phoenix is another place to visit to locate winter seabirds. Reading an eBird report from yesterday did show that the Barrow’s Goldeneye was in the area, but more on the harborside. Well, tomorrow is another day and the kids, and I will return to see if we can get lucky and locate the Barrow’s Goldeneye, especially since I do not have any photographs of the Barrow’s.