Amazing work by Suzanne Sullivan.
The one standing at the back center does look a bit different but I’m sure 99% of us would have gone right past it.
Bigger breast band, bigger supercilium, longer and more orange bill.
And the toes.
Another perfectly timed chase. Got there 15 minutes before this Pacific Loon took off.
And here it goes:
Thick-billed Murre bonus:
Finally got down to Rhode Island for the Wood Sandpiper today (after thinking about it both days last weekend and yesterday). Ride down was easy, and walk out was easy (although muddy and we started in the wrong direction). The bird couldn’t have been easier to see (50 feet away at most and by itself).
Better than a new Waltham bird, yard bird #100 was found this afternoon in the spruce tree next door.
Coming back from a walk around the block, barely even needed to look at this Merlin before I ran (first to the yard, then into the house for the camera). Snapped this from the bedroom (through the window and screen). Unfortunately it took off in the time it took to run back down and get outside again.
Third time I’ve seen one in the neighborhood, so about time I got it on the yard list. Surprisingly, not on my list of picks for #100, although if I adjusted for the later season it probably would have been.
Wasn’t sure if I made the right decision to get up early this morning when I saw the fog. But since I was up, I headed to the UMass Field Station.
And found #201 for Waltham, a nice Blue Grosbeak. Trying to phone-bin a photo in the fog didn’t quite work, but you can see the general color at least. Got better views later but didn’t try for another photo.