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.
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:
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:
A nice day to be out!