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Thanksgiving Birds

by Bryan on November 24th, 2011

Sorry, no turkey. Here are Purple Sandpiper and Harlequin Duck, both of which I encountered during a pleasant day of birding at Cape Ann in Massachusetts last weekend. They breed in the Arctic. Harlequin Ducks nest along rushing rivers, which is probably why they do fine in surf crashing along rocky shorelines while wintering in the north Pacific and Atlantic. Purple Sandpiper winters farther north than any shorebird; they’re here now along the north Atlantic coast. Most shorebirds by now are in South America.

No King Eider out there … yet. But we’ll look for them while enjoying Harlequin Duck, Purple Sandpiper and many other classic winter species, perhaps even the Dovekie pictured there to the far right, during my Vermont Bird Tours coastal outing on January 9. See you when the Eiders fly!

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