We also came across two historical memorial sites. This first one is dedicated to Joshua Slocum on the centennial of his solo circumnavigation of the globe in a sloop! He wrote a book detailing his adventures which has been in continuous print since the early 1900's. Mark ordered a copy of Sailing Alone Around the World from Amazon as soon as we got home.....so we'll have to wait to see what Captain Joshua Slocum had to say about his adventures.
We, however, were more concerned with life in the present. Odd, then , that some of our best land bird sightings were in a wonderful little cemetery (Riverside Cemetery) along Main Street just south of where it goes over Rt. 195. One of the first birds we heard was a Yellow-rumped Warbler. And just a few whistles of a Saw-whet Owl brought him right into view. We also had a pair of Caroline Wren, along with lots of Robins, Titmice and Chickadees....all doing their spring song.
Heading even further south in Fairhaven, we eventually came out to Fort Phoenix where you can walk out on the hurricane barricade for a bit. This is usually a good place for Brant and we had several flocks fly past while we were scanning Buzzard's Bay.
Since we were staying on land this trip, we did get out and walk a bit on the bike path in Fairhaven. There are a number of places you can park and walk, but we just did a short walk near the stretch on Weeden Road right off Rt. 6.
As you can tell from the picture above, there weren't a lot of people using the bike path, since it was a bit cold and windy....even I turned back after a few minutes which allowed me to get this shot of Mark trying to spish up any little land birds he could. We did have a nice singing Cardinal....
One of the places we always check when doing Fairhaven is the very end of Sconticut Neck Road. There's a wonderful little pull-off at the junction of Nelson and Ruth where you can walk out and get a good view of Angelica Rock. There wasn't much out there but we did have goldeneye and eiders just offshore. Several weeks back we had a Snowy Owl on the island, but couldn't find any sign today.
Since you have to find something to look at when there are no birds, I had to content myself with taking a photo of this washed-up sponge....
And then, of course, there are the decorations people put in their yards....or as my friend, Kevin Bourinot, calls them "lawn trinkets." This one house has about 8-10 small carousel horses in what can only be called their backyard.
But seriously....back to birding....we checked the marsh on the north side of the island (where we had a Snowy Owl a month ago) but it was pretty well frozen. You could just see the boulders in the marsh pushing up through the glazed snow looking like mini-eruptions.
We also drove out Edgewater but most of Little Bay was frozen. We had a couple of Turkey Vultures flying across the way flying above the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation. We made another try at Hedge Street for the Eurasian Wigeon but nothing much had changed since earlier in the morning....so we hopped onto Rt. 195 and headed back to Worcester. Although we planned one more stop before going home.
We had gotten a call earlier in the day from Alan Marble saying he had found a Great Horned Owl on a nest in Grafton, so we thought we might give it a try.
Sure enough, if your click on the photo to enlarge it, you will see the tufts and top of her head as she sits on the eggs to keep them warm. Although since Great Horned Owls can start nesting in January, she might actually be sitting on chicks at this point....nice way to end the trip don't you think?