Hammo (11/25)-Neck Banded Canada Goose

Went up to Hammo with my dad today. My main birding reason for going was to try to find a rarity. Although I didn’t find one I did have a nice time with a few nice birds.

The park was quiet overall but some things stuck out. Here are the photo highlights.

This gull looks like he’s having a good time!

Hammo has a ton of great egrets in the summer. As the fall goes on you can watch the numbers dwindle. This is the only individual I saw today.

2 Continuing Common Eiders

After birding Meig’s Point, East Beach and Willard’s Island, I moved over to West Beach and found a neck-banded Canada Goose in with a flock of 40 birds. This bird made me very excited even if it was only banded in Essex, CT. However, I also learned it was a female and that it was banded in July 2008. Pretty cool stuff! The band was very large and covered a big portion of the bird’s neck. It was very interesting to watch the bird feed, but it seemed to do it fine and also seemed to be healthy. Here are some pics of the goose:

The goose with the big band! As you can see it really takes up a lot of its neck.

The bird feeding.

Closeup on the bird’s neck

The bird also had a band on its leg.

It really was a good looking goose and sure got me excited even though it wasn’t from Greenland or anything.

Also present was a flock of Horned Larks that included a few birds with really pale faces, pretty much white. Here’s a shot of one of them:

Compare the color of the bird on the right’s face to the two birds on the left.

A nice day to be out!

-AB

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