One of the birds I always count on in this area is Carolina Wren. Even on the coldest of January days, when this bird starts singing you feel like spring isn't really all that far off.
Robins were everywhere......
And there was a small group of Swamp Sparrows working the marsh out at the end of Dogwood Road on West Island. We searched this area, in vain, for Snowy Owl.
There was a good group of birds working a thicket on Grandview Avenue (off Sconticut Neck Rd.) and several Carolina Wren and Cardinals kept flashing through the bushes. Unfortunately I was shooting this bird when Mark caught sight of a Yellow-breasted Chat and we worked to get the bird back out...but to no avail. There were tons of White-throats (none of which I could photograph!) and some Golden-crowned Kinglets working the same thicket.
And several Mockingbirds as well.
At the end of the causeway going out to West Island is a landing -- Hoppy's Landing -- which always provides great comparisons of the common gulls. Mainly because it is used as a clam dump or something. And, boy, are you lucky that my camera doesn't shoot in smell-a-vision!
At the beach at West Island (which was very quiet) I got this nice comparison of Ring-billed and Herring Gull.
On the way home we stopped at the Swansea Town Beach (at Ocean Grove) to see what ducks might have put in already. There were large numbers of Brant (more than 500) and there were also two hunters right off the marsh.....so everyone was a little nervous.