On August 22nd, Mark and I joined our friend Jim and his birding trip along the southern coastline of Massachusetts. One of the spots that we stopped at was Gooseberry Neck, which is part of the Horseneck Beach State Reservation in Westport. One of my favorite things about birding coastal areas during mid-to-late August is catching large flocks of staging tree swallows before they leave and migrate south to their wintering grounds. On this day, we caught a flock of 4,000+ tree swallows at Gooseberry Neck! We were able to walk right through the flock along a trail that bisects the area.
It was such a thrill to be so close to so many birds!
Bon voyage little guys!