Snowy Owl Prowl on Long Beach on New Year’s Day

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Date - 01/01/2016
9:45 am - 2:15 pm

Plymouth Long Beach - Main Public Beach

New Year’s Day 2015 birding group

What better way to ring in the New Year than on the beach watching birds? We will look for a Snowy Owl, one of which was seen on December 16. Flocks of Snow Buntings, rafts of Common Eiders, and  skeins of Surf Scoters are all possible. Our trip list may also include Dunlins, Purple Sandpipers, Horned Larks and Horned Grebes, Brant, Common and Red-throated Loons, Long-tailed Ducks, Sanderlings, White-winged and Black Scoters, and Red-breasted Mergansers. There is a $10 program fee ($5 for Beach Ambassadors).


Snowy Owl on Long Beach. Photo by Shawn Carey

We will carpool from the main parking area to the Goldenrod field station in 4WD vehicles, with stops along the way at good vantage points. From the field station, we will walk the beach, around the north tip of the peninsula and back along the harbor side,weather permitting. Total walking distance is around 2.5 miles.

Dress in warm layers with a top one that will block the wind. Remember your wind or rain pants! The wind off of the ocean is very chilly. Bring a backpack, lunch, water bottle and binoculars. I will carry a spotting scope and you are welcome to bring yours, as well. We will be able to warm up, drink hot beverages (tea and hot chocolate provided), and use the bathrooms at the field station. Following the bird walk, there will be an Open House at the field station from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., which you are welcome to stay for.

When you register, please leave both an email address and a phone number (which will only be used in case of last minute changes or if you are running late to the meeting spot). We will run this trip in most so-called bad weather, but not in a blizzard, nor if the ocean is over-washing the road!

Remember your LUNCH (and backpack, water bottle, BINOCULARS, and warm clothing).

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