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Archive for December, 2018

Harbor Gull

Friday, December 28th, 2018
Herring Gull, Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Maine, 28 December 2018.

Herring Gull.

Snow this morning, along with a stout southeast wind and little wind-blown flakes that stun my eyes. Did not hear or see any birds on the hill for (I think) the first time all year—So I took a side-trip to the harbor and got a photo of a gull.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

(No birds seen or heard on the hill today.)


1. Herring Gull
2. Mallard
3. Rock Pigeon
4. American Crow

Two Hikes

Thursday, December 27th, 2018
Common Eider, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 27 December 2018.

Common Eider (male).

Yet again a nippy early hike up Beech Hill produced no bird photo ops, so Jack and I took a second hike this afternoon—to the end of the Rockland Breakwater and back. I was imagining taking pics of Purple Sandpipers, but we got there at peak high tide, so I got photos of miscellaneous ducks instead.

Here’s a handsome male Common Eider.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow*
2. Herring Gull*
3. Tufted Titmouse (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker (v)


5. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
6. Rock Pigeon
7. Mallard
8. Red-breasted Merganser
9. American Black Duck
10. Common Eider
11. Common Goldeneye
12. American Wigeon
13. Ring-billed Gull
14. Long-tailed Duck
15. Great Black-backed Gull

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

Down to the Harbor

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018
Mallards (female), Rockport Harbor, Rockport, Maine, 26 December 2018.

Mallards (female).

Few birds at the nippy, breezy hill this morning—just two species (saw only one), although I did get a good look at a red squirrel. So Jack and I took a trip down to the dependable harbor, things were warm and calm.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. Herring Gull*


3. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Mallard
6. American Black Duck
7. Common Loon
8. European Starling

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere


Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson

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