We walked down the neck and found some nice land birds...like this Yellow Warbler which was obviously nesting in the scrub.
There were good numbers of Common Eider in the waters off Gooseberry Neck, and we also had a pair of Black Ducks fly out and land in the ocean.
Mark was happy to find Fowler's Toads at the end of the neck near the tower, and we all made sure to watch our step as we took the path out to the ocean overlook, since they were in among the rocks along the path.
After some time overlooking the ocean (where Kevin found an immature Gannet flying) we headed over to Allen's Pond hoping to find breeding Piping Plovers on the beach. And while there had been lots of Great Egrets in the marsh driving down Rt. 88, we had a nice close Snowy Egret fly over while at Allen's Pond.
...as well as this Zabulon Skipper right along the road! We originally assumed it was a Hobomock Skipper since we've never had a Zab this early. But in preparing for this blog, I questioned the id and Mark did some additional research and found that recently (only since 2008) Zabulon Skippers have been making early appearances in the Westport area.
Warbler migration still seemed to be going on in Acoaxet. We had 11 species, including good numbers of Ovenbird, Black & White and Redstart, plus the usual suspects. Our surprises were Blackpoll, Northern Parula and Hooded Warblers! Unfortunately, all I managed to get photos of was this Catbird letting me know that I was on his territory.
A very nice way to end the class.
And now to get caught up on all the other trips we've been taken.