|Jodrey Pier, Gloucester|
A favorite birding destination in the winter is Cape Ann, from Gloucester to Rockport, Massachusetts. I found this link to a map of birding spots along the way, most of which we hit. Thanks to Bryan Pfeiffer for posting this!
We started at Gloucester Harbor, it was a brilliantly sunny day.
|American herring gull|
The most numerous birds were common eiders and herring and great black-backed gulls.
|great black-backed gull|
The birds are plentiful but if the wind is blowing - it's brutal! If you go, dress warmly, bring lots of layers, even if the temperatures are above freezing as they were this day.
|harlequin ducks and a common eider|
The harlequin ducks are fun to watch, they love to ride the waves and stay really close to the rocky shore.
|harlequin ducks, a common eider and red-breasted merganser|
|redheads and mallards|
We spent all day driving around the shoreline, finding lots of great birds. The worst part was getting there, we hit rush hour traffic coming and going! Still, it was a fabulous day of birding!