Boston is one of North America's great cities. Such rich history, great food, interesting accents, world class marathon and the birding is fantastic too. I was there this week for a work trip and brought my camera just in case I was able to get some time to myself. On Tuesday my meetings ended just before 3pm. With only an hour of light left I searched my iPhone for some green space and saw a park called Castle Island on the South side of Boston. Quickly changing out of my monkey suit and picking up my camera from my hotel room I jumped in a cab and was at Castle Island by 3:25pm. Castle Island is an old fort overlooking the waterfront and there were waterbirds everywhere. By 3:45 I was already on a rarity!
Barrow's Goldeneye!!! Not a mega but also not an everyday bird up there.
Nice comparison between Common on left and Barrow's on right.
Common Eiders - they seems to be munching on whole mussels.
Two males and a female.
Wednesday morning was reserved for a meeting that never materialized so I was free to bird in between some teleconferences and before my afternoon flight. I knew there were a couple code 4 rarities in Massachusetts so I made chase. First target was a Pink-footed Goose just about 30-40 minutes North of Boston. It couldn't have been easier.
Obviously different bird in the Canada flock.
It was far out in the field but the light was ideal and allowed me to crop the images relatively close.
My next target was a King Eider recently seen at Crane Island. No luck on that one but it was a nice beach with some good winter birds.
Snow Buntings in the parking lot which resembled arctic tundra. They felt right at home.
Next target was a Northern Shrike at Eastern Point in Gloucester. Beautiful spot but another dip. When I asked my brother about Gloucester he mentioned something about a crystal meth epidemic but maybe I just missed that part of town. It was a really pretty town from my perspective.
American Black Ducks
Last stop was at Halibut Point State Park near Rockport. Another stab at a King Eider failed but again some good birds anyway.
Common Eider - adult male
Common Eider - immature male.
A great trip and I can't wait until I get another chance to look for King Eider, Northern Shrike and Tufted Duck.