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Hopefully Mattie will send me some pictures to post.  David's camera, affectionately know as "Nikki," got sea sick and was unable to capture any full images.  This was a fun and productive trip and I recommend it.  (Plus Keith did all the driving!)  I hope they do it again.  I am attaching the link to Boston's Best Cruises, the company that provided the boat trip.  They have several other trips planned and also do whale watches.  Click HERE

Tim Factor's Cruise report:

Subject: Boston Harbor Islands Get Out and Bird Cruise 1/16/10
From: Tim Factor <tef617 AT>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 06:41:52 -0500
Nearly 200 people took advantage of the perfect weather on Saturday to
enjoy a cruise of the Boston Harbor Islands. The emphasis was on
birding but members of the South Shore Camera Club and Quincy
Historical Society attended and made presentations as well.

The trip began at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, then stopped to
pick up more passengers at Long Wharf in Boston. From there we headed
to the outer harbor islands, then through the Hull Gut to Hingham Bay
and the mouth of the Weir River, then back to Boston and Quincy via
the inner harbor islands.

Brant - many at outer islands
American Black Duck
Greater Scaup - presumed Greater
Common Eider - 100s, but all in relatively small groups, no big rafts
Surf Scoter - large numbers relative to WWSC
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck - nice looks at many among inner harbor islands
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Great Cormorant - outer islands
Purple Sandpiper - including a flock of ~50 roosting on rocks at high
tide in outer islands
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull - the usual at its usual spots near Long Wharf
Great Black-backed Gull
Black Guillemot - a few, including one between the airport and Deer
Island, unambiguously in Suffolk County, for those who care about
these things
Rock Pigeon
American Crow - outer islands
European Starling - outer islands
House Sparrow

Also, before boarding the boat in Quincy, a non-birding camera club
member got a picture of a Cooper's Hawk perched in the rigging of the
USS Salem.

Thanks to official and unofficial spotters Les Tyrala (who also shared
info about the geology of the islands), Bob Kelley, Matt and Luke
Garvey, Liz and Maurice Southworth, and Bill Zuzevitch. Many thanks
also to NPS Rangers Kelly and Dawn and DCR Ranger Jessica. The captain
and crew of the Voyager III did a great job to get us close to many of
the islands, not easy to do in a boat of that size in those waters.

Tim Factor
tef617 AT

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