2 April 2020 Rockport, Maine, USA 

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Two Hikes

Monday, January 14th, 2019

Another bright, nippy morning, but without a lot of wind. Had only two species on the hill first thing—but one showed up in a flock. Spent a good while getting cold fingers while photographing Common Redpolls.

About midday, I couldn’t resist taking a quick trip to the breakwater, knowing it was low(ish) tide and hoping for Purple Sandpipers. No sandpipers, but a bunch of typical winter birds—along with the half-dozen American wigeons that’ve been hanging out there for at least three weeks or so.

A bit sore tonight; still, two hikes are better than one.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Common Redpoll

Common Eider (male), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 14 January 2019.
Common Eider (male).

Rockland Breakwater List
Beginning at 12:15 p.m., I hiked to the light and back.

3. American Black Duck
4. Mallard*
5. Common Eider
6. Herring Gull*
7. Great Black-backed Gull
8. Long-tailed Duck
9. Red-breasted Merganser
10. American Wigeon
11. Common Goldeneye
12. Canada Goose
13. Black Guillemot
14. Horned Grebe

Elsewhere

15. Black-capped Chickadee (v)
16. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere

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)

Elsewhere

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

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

 

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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