It was much colder today than it had been for a while (high of only 29 degrees). Add to that a brisk wind, and you have a nice case of wind chill in the teens. I didn't realize the wind was that bad until I had already arrived at my destination. Well, when my car was being buffeted almost into another lane on the way north, it occurred to me that it might be bone-chillingly cold out there!
There were not many people at Parker River at all. It didn't take long walking up the empty beach to get to a Snowy Owl. I saw a patch of white just at the top of the dune, so I put the binoculars on it. Hello! This beautiful Snowy Owl was almost entirely pure white.
It soon took off for a short flight and where it landed, another Snowy Owl immediately flew up. The white Snowy Owl flew off for quieter parts. The more speckled Snowy Owl remained.
I continued on through the refuge, stopping at various points to check out the birds. I did see Northern Harriers 5 times, which was also a treat. Other than that, I didn't see much.
American Tree Sparrow
I drove up to Salisbury Beach State Reservation since I was nearby. I didn't want to miss anything!
Still enjoying my vacation days, after a leisurely breakfast with my husband, I drove down to Duxbury Beach. I absolutely love this place! I parked at the end of Powder Point Bridge and walked in, since I do not have a permit to take my car in. I did not see any snowy owls, but I sure did enjoy the beautiful weather and stunning scenery!
Powder Point Bridge
My route (on the way out)
Looking back at the bridge
There are several cutovers to the beach. I went over at least three different ones, enjoying some time on the beach as well.
There were a lot of different views of Gurnet Light, but eventually I walked so close that I could no longer see it, so at that point I turned back.
White-Winged Scoter (female) having crab for lunch
How about that sky?
American Tree Sparrow
poss. Vespers Sparrow
Another favorite tree of mine
Before heading for home, I had to stop and wander through the Old Shipbuilders District. Most of the homes date from the early 1800s.
Love, love, love this wreath!
(The view that some of these shipbuilders used to enjoy)