20 May 2024

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

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