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The fifth Birdfinders tour of New England passed without a hitch and was hugely enjoyed by participants and leader alike. Not only was the trip highlighted by a dazzling array of local rarities but we all enjoyed the beautiful autumnal foliage, some great avian spectacles, largely favorable weather and great camaraderie throughout.

Avian highlights would have to include Ross’s Goose, Trumpeter Swan, American Golden Plover, Tropical Kingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Clay-colored Sparrow all of which were new to this particular tour. We also enjoyed some sensational sea-watching on Outer Cape Cod and had incredible studies of some tricky sparrows including Saltmarsh Sparrow, two forms of Nelson’s Sparrow, and the distinctive ‘Ipswich’ form of Savannah Sparrow. Do check out our 2019 tour report and David Hughes’s excellent gallery of images from the tour.

James P. Smith

Northfield, MA.

Snow Geese
Trumpeter Swan American Golden-plover
Common Loon
Northern Harrier
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Tropical Kingbird
Field Sparrow White-throated Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow Purple Pitcher Plant
Great White Shark warning
Hampton Beach
Hawk-watching Putney Mountain
View from Putney Mountain
Birdfinders at Nottingham
Birdfinders' group seawatching, North Truro
Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl