11/18 – MA/RI: NORTHERN LAPWING and Crossbills

A few days back, Jim Orrico and I took the opportunity to chase the previously reported Northern Lapwing in Bridgewater, MA. We were able to obtain terrific scope views of this stunning bird during our visit, which represents one of up to 10 (!!) individuals seen on the east coast of the US this year.

I was very happy to finally catch up with Northern Lapwing in the Northeast, especially after missing the CT bird a few years ago, as I out-of-state at the time.

Northern Lapwing

Other highlights while viewing the lapwing included twenty-five American Pipit and a flyover White-winged Crossbill.

After the Lapwing, we hit the East Beach area of Charlestown, Rhode Island, hoping for some good looks at crossbills and other irruptives.

During our two-hour visit, we recorded an impressive 275 White-winged Crossbills (and probably a conservative estimate at that), as well as two Red Crossbills, my FOS Common Redpolls, a Pine Siskin, and thirty-six Red-breasted Nuthatches. A couple of Merlins kept the passerines on their toes.

White-winged Crossbill (male)

White-winged Crossbill (female)

A small portion of the masses of White-winged Crossbills

Common Redpoll

Pine Siskin

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Other highlights on the ocean side included sixteen Northern Gannet and a flyby first cycle “Kumlien’s” Iceland Gull, heading east.

-AB

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One Response to 11/18 – MA/RI: NORTHERN LAPWING and Crossbills

  1. Helen says:

    Awesome, Alex!

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