Red-Headed Woodpecker (#64)
From here, I moved on to Crane Beach, where I enjoyed a cold walk on the beach. Until the snow melts, the beach is a good place to walk without having to trudge through drifts!
There wasn't much in the way of wildlife, besides gulls hunting crabs in the shallows.
The Crane Estate
From here, I took Route 133 through Essex and into Gloucester. I added Hooded Merganser (#65) at Periwinkles, a favorite eating place of ours in Essex (which incidentally is closed for the winter from Nov-Mar). There were also Common Mergansers, Buffleheads and Canada geese there. As long as I was this close, I couldn't go home without stopping in Rockport. Here's my requisite photo of Motif #1.
Every time I've visited Granite Pier and Halibut State Park in the past, I've admired several granite buildings in the area. They really are quite beautiful.