View from Reuben's Point, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Westport
Met my folks (thanks, Mom and Dad) for a walk through the Beach Loop at Allens Pond. Ocean side first. Immediately saw a young male eider. And then, amidst a small group of goldeneyes, this interesting duck. A female eider, it turns out. Cormorant island in the background.
Unexpected sight along the beach loop (and the only passerines there, except for a lone tree sparrow and a flicker)--yellow-rumped warblers. I couldn't place them at first (January?) but it was soon clear what they were.
I took the Quonsett Trail myself, though the woods and along the coast. Over 100 black ducks hunkered down in the pond. Not happy about seeing me.
The woods were full of golden crowned kinglets. Which one's better, the full blurry view? Or the in-focus obscured view? (Oh kinglet, why do I even bother) Oddest find in the woods--a pair of brown thrashers. (Here's the whole ebird list for the trip) Location: Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary Observation date: 1/14/10 Number of species: 30
American Black Duck 100 Mallard 5 Common Eider 5 Bufflehead 12 Common Goldeneye 5 Common Loon 5 Great Blue Heron 1 Northern Harrier 1 Ring-billed Gull X Herring Gull (American) X Great Black-backed Gull 10 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 3 Black-capped Chickadee 16 Tufted Titmouse 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Carolina Wren 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 6 American Robin 15 Gray Catbird 6 Northern Mockingbird 1 Brown Thrasher 2 European Starling 3 Yellow-rumped Warbler 8 American Tree Sparrow 1 White-throated Sparrow 6 Northern Cardinal 2