The vessels were now fishing the area out front of Newton Rocks and the scene was spectacular. The sea has been a life-long passion of mine, and I have spent most of my life on or by the sea. I am fascinated by sea birds, lighthouses, working fishing vessels and of course the winter dawn over the sea. Looks like I had it all that day! What a wonderful gift that unfolded before me! I scanned through the mass of sea birds through my scope for possible other sea bird species; and I was able to identify at least five Black-legged Kittiwake. There were probably more, but it was too difficult scanning through all of those wheeling seabirds.
There were many Purple Sandpipers flying along the shore in small flocks, trios, pairs and singles such as this one.
An hour later I returned and the Gull was still present, but it had moved a bit south on the beach again. I watched the Gull for a while longer, than the Gull took off again, and flew towards
I drove back to Newton Ave. to look for the Lesser Black-backed Gull again, but most of the gull roost had left, rejoining the feeding mob of seabirds that were following the Trawlers. I then drove back to Point Judith and
I went back to
After a half an hour, it was time to leave. As I walked back to the top or the jetty, I saw that the flock of Eiders had swam into the opening in the Breachway. I thought the birds had swam to the western jetty and never expected them to be in the mouth. The birds were startled and took off leaving in a cloud of splash and spray. The birds flew a short distance and settled again on the sea, right where they started from.
The last shot of the day as a Great Blue Heron flies across the sunset on the other side of the Canal.
For those who may be interested-(mostly for CT birders who are interested in spending a great day coastal birding along the beautiful Rhode Island coast) Jen and I are planning on running a day long birding trip to Rhode Island late in January or the first part of February. This is only in the planning stages at this point, but if you are interested and care to join us, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) (use Rhode Island birding as a topic) and I will let everyone know the details as it comes together. I like to start early so plan on starting at dawn (which is the best time for seabirding). I have been seabirding in Rhode Island for many years, and it has never disappointed! You never know what we will find!