Cape Cod in the winter offers a rare opportunity to study great flocks of alcids, loons, and gulls, as wells as sea ducks and other water birds. All three scoters, Black, Surf and White-winged, are common, and is Common Eider. King Eider is present some winters, and there are usually Harlequin Ducks somewhere. We will seawatch at Race Point, among other Cape Cod vantage points scanning for large flocks of razorbills and among them common and thick-billed murres, as well as possibly dovekie, which we will seek out using the most recent reports. We should be able to pick out an Iceland Gull from one of the many flocks of Herring Gulls, and Black-legged Kittiwakes will float by offshore. Great Black-backed Gull is also common here, and Glaucous is a regular winter visitor, and if we are lucky there will be at least one snowy owl somewhere on the Cape.
We will also spend some time inland looking for Snow Bunting and Lapland Longspur, which are found annually in the area, and we should encounter at least a few flocks of American Tree Sparrows or Common Redpolls.
Secondary Targets: Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, Iceland Gull, Black-headed Gull, Snowy Owl (if they are being seen), Barrow’s Goldeneye, Snow Bunting, Lapland Longspur, American Tree Sparrow, Glaucous Gull