|Turkey vulture passing the Halibut Point State Park Visitors' Center|
|Chris Leahy at dawn|
Peering into the dim, pewtery skies the experts called out gannets, ring-billed gulls, and red-throated loons. From somewhere in the treetops they distinguished vocalizations of warblers: northern parula, black-throated blue, Wilson's. Their unfulfilled prize would have been to hear the drumbeat coos of a black-billed cuckoo, bringing their cumulative multi-year Cape Ann Bird-a-thon total to 199 species. But the cuckoo probably wouldn't show up for a week or two.
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The Bird-a-thon Team
entering Halibut Point State Park,|
warming up to jokes for roasting Chrisat his retirement party from Mass Audubon this week.
Neil Emond photo