Another Tuesday Birding

Laughing Gulls

This blog is delayed since the other day I slipped at home and hurt my side and been laid up. On Tuesday Doug and I went out birding and visited many different locations. We started at Gooseberry under sunny, clear skies with a very brisk wind blowing. The gate to the Causeway was closed, and for the first time that Doug and I could remember in all of the visits, waves were crashing on both sides of the Causeway. Usually, the waves would be hitting on the west side, but today they also crashing on the east side. There were large flocks of gulls in the water and flying around. As a big wave which is coming in most of the gulls took off and flew around and then landed again, apparently feeding on small fish that were driven in.. Close to the Causeway most of the gulls were laughing gulls. Further up near the parking lot there were herring gulls and ring-billed gulls. A group of gulls flew in and started drinking out of an area of standing water in the parking lot. A few passerines were seen, but they were hunkered down out of the wind.

Laughing Gulls
Gulls coming into drink
Gulls coming into drink

We then traveled to Acoaxet and at the Cockeast pond, it was loaded with at least 50 mute swans, there were few gulls present along with double-crested cormorants and some gadwalls.

Mute Swans

Next area we visited was Sakonnet Point, where I was hoping that there would be significant waves crashing on the lighthouse. There were some waves but nothing spectacular. In fact, the wave action was much less than there was over at Gooseberry.

Waves crashing on rocks
Sakonnet Point Light

Leaving Sakonnet Point in Little Compton, we stopped at Nonqurit Pond to find it loaded with Canada geese and every few minutes a large flock would take off probably headed to fields to feed. Leaving this location, we stopped at Sepowet Marsh, where we met two birders that Doug knew. Discussing findings, they mentioned at the Quequechan Rail Trail northern shovelers had been seen. Being that this is an uncommon sighting, Doug and I decided to visit. A short way up the path on the trail we found the northern shovelers. We also cited an American coot and in the distance gadwall and hooded mergansers.

American Coot
American Coot
Male Northern Shoveler

Northern shovelers had been seen in this area as reported on ebird in 2010, 2012 and 2015.

So ended another Tuesday birding.