Threatening bad weather forced the cancellation of this year’s Presidents Day Weekend three-day trip to Ocean City, however, some hale and hardy club members still managed to get down there on Saturday before things got icy.
Their first stop before OC was the Salisbury Landfill. On the pond among the big flock of gulls were several Lesser Black-backs and a first-winter Glaucous Gull.
At Ocean City Inlet they saw a flock of over twenty Common Eiders (including two adult males) bounding on the waves behind the south jetty and five Harlequin Ducks in the inlet near the end of the south jetty. They also spotted one Bonaparte’s Gull and numerous Forster’s Terns.
The two Common Redpolls were still to be seen in around Sunset Park and the Coast Guard Station. These birds stayed here for quite some time and proved to be a special treat for those who had never seen one or even those who had.
In Isle of Wight Bay off Selsey Road there was a Rednecked Grebe and several Horned Grebes. Birders also had some close views of Red-breasted Mergansers and many Buffleheads.
On the way home, the group stoped in Cambridge. At the end of Oakley Street they counted hundreds of Canvasbacks and Lesser Scaup with many American Wigeon and a few Redheads. There were also some Common Goldeneye in the Choptank River off Great Marsh Park.