I stopped in Chelmsford on my way up to Salisbury in hopes of seeing a Bullock's Oriole that has been reported there at a resident's birdfeeder. I didn't see it but was able to add Brown Creeper to my year list.
On to Salisbury Beach State Reservation, where as soon as I turned into the access road, a crowd was gathered at the side of the road watching a Snowy Owl.
It was my best sighting of the trip, although I also saw a large flock of Horned Larks, 3 Lapland Longspurs and my first ever Merlin! I wish I could have gotten a photo of the Merlin. It was perched on the edge of a boardwalk ramp to the beach and flew off before I could find a safe place to pull over.
Last, but not least, when I was stopped at a light turning onto Route 110, a Bald Eagle flew right over my car. Again, I wished for a place to quickly pull over, but in the end, I didn't get a picture of the eagle either.