The rocky shorelines and ponds here are classic sites to see all kinds of wintering birds from the Canadian Maritimes and High Arctic Archipelago. We meet at 8:30 a.m. along Gloucester Harbor at the famous Fisherman's Statue.
We then visit the Jodrey Fish Pier to look over the gulls, loons and perhaps a Razorbill.
Out on Eastern Point we will look over waterfowl by the lighthouse, before checking for diving ducks at Niles Pond. Several stops will be made as we go along Atlantic Road hoping to see Horned and Red-necked Grebes, Great Cormorants and many sea ducks. Going through Rockport we will stop at Granite Pier before parking at Halibut Point State Park. There we walk on trails by a deep water-filled quarry to the rocky coast. This is a top spot for a very local wintering site for a group of chestnut, blue and white Harlequin Ducks and such oceanic birds as Long-tailed Ducks and scoters, plus sometimes alcids, gannets and Black-legged Kittiwakes.
We return to Fisherman's Wharf before 1 pm and perhaps you'll join us at the Broadway Restaurant.
Trip will be led by Peter Alden and likely other leaders.
All levels of birdwatching experience are welcome!
Arrive: 8:30 am at Gloucester Fisherman's Memorial, 60 Western Avenue in Gloucester.
What to bring: Dress warmly and wear layers. Bring binoculars, camera, jacket, water bottle, bird checklist (if desired).
NOTE about registration: Please register as soon as possible as the event is limited to 12 participants.
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