30 September 2022

CBC

Saturday, December 15th, 2018
American Wigeons, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

American Wigeons.

Beech Hill wasn’t the big story from today. That’s because today was our area’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which began at 7:45 a.m. at the Rockland Breakwater. As usual, I participated until lunch—by which time we’d listed the bulk of our species.

For the first time I can remember, CBC day was not brutally cold and/or windy. Right balmy out, to be honest. And a fun time was had by all.

Here are a few photos.

Long-tailed Duck (male, non-breeding plumage), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

Long-tailed Duck (male, non-breeding plumage).

Herring Gull (non-breeding adult), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

Herring Gull (non-breeding adult).

European Starling, Samoset Result, Rockport, Maine, 15 December 2018.

European Starling.

Black Scoter, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

Black Scoter.

American Crow, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

American Crow.

 

Black Guillemot (non-breeding plumage), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

Black Guillemot (non-breeding plumage).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American Crow* (v)
2. American Goldfinch* (v)
3. White-breasted Nuthatch* (v)
4. Black-capped Chickadee*

Elsewhere

5. Canada Goose
6. American Wigeon
7. American Black Duck
8. Mallard
9. Common Eider
10. Surf Scoter
11. Black Scoter
12. Long-tailed Duck
13.Bufflehead
14. Common Goldeneye
15. Common Merganser
16. Red-breasted Merganser
17. Common Loon
18. Horned Grebe
19. Bald Eagle
20. Bonaparte’s Gull
21. Ring-billed Gull
22. Herring Gull
23. Great Black-backed Gull
24. Black Guillemot
25. Mourning Dove
26. Downy Woodpecker (v)
27. Pileated Woodpecker
28. European Starling
29. Snow Bunting (v)
30. Song Sparrow
31. Dark-eyed Junco
32. Northern Cardinal (v)
33. House Finch
34. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

 

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