31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘common eider’

Christmas Count Day

Sunday, December 18th, 2022
Dunlin, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 18 December 2022.
Dunlin at the Rockland Breakwater.

Today was a special day that only happens once a year: Audubon Christmas Bird Count Day. It’d been four years since I’d participated, and I was really looking forward to it. It did not disappoint.

In fact, among the birds we spotted at the Rockland Breakwater (which I hadn’t walked since Jack’s and my return from Salt Lake City back in April) was a lifer for me: Dunlin. Fact is while heading out across the great granite blocks, I nearly stepped on the bird. (OK, it was maybe eight or ten feet away.) There were a pair that I saw (although my birding pals saw a third). Not every day you get a lifer.

Brown Creeper, Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine, 18 December 2022.
Brown Creeper.

Many other species also (see below), and then I returned home for Jack and right away we hiked Beech Hill—albeit a little later than usual.

Notable at the hill were a posing Brown Creeper and the call of an Evening Grosbeak in overflight. Snow up there (not much here, a mile and a half away).

I kinda like the end of the year but, to me, every day is a holiday.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 10:02 a.m., I hiked all trails.

1. Blue Jay (v)
2. American Crow* (v)
3. Golden-crowned Kinglet (v)
4. Downy Woodpecker** (v)
5. Brown Creeper
6. Evening Grosbeak (v)
7. Black-capped Chickadee**
8. Red-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
9. Northern Flicker
10. Tufted Titmouse (v)

Elsewhere

11. Mallard
12. Herring Gull
13. Great Black-backed Gull
14. Ring-billed Gull
15. House Sparrow
16. House Finch
17. Common Goldeneye
18. Common Loon
19. Horned Grebe
20. Long-tailed Duck
21. Black Guillemot
22. Purple Sandpiper
23. Canada Goose
24. American Wigeon
25. Surf Scoter
26. Bufflehead
27. Red-breasted Merganser
28. Dunlin‡
29. Common Eider
30. Ring-billed Gull

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

†First-of-year
‡Lifer

Variety

Tuesday, September 27th, 2022
Nashville Warbler, Monhegan Island, Maine, 27 September 2022.
Nashville Warbler.

Monhegan List

1. Herring Gull
2. Song Sparrow
3. American Crow
4. Black-capped Chickadee
5. Northern Flicker
6. American Goldfinch
7. Common Raven
8. Common Yellowthroat
9. Red-breasted Nuthatch
10. Blue Jay
11. Carolina Wren
12. Ring-necked Pheasant
13. Northern Cardinal
14. Common Raven
15. White-throated Sparrow
16. Merlin
17. Carolina Wren
18. House Wren
19. Great Black-backed Gull
20. Common Eider
21. Golden-crowned Kinglet
22. Purple Finch
23. Yellow-rumped Warbler
24. White-breasted Nuthatch
25. Cedar Waxwing
26. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
27. American Redstart
28. Downy Woodpecker
29. Tennesses Warbler
30. Mourning Dove
31. Ring-billed Gull
32. Peregrine Falcon
33. Mallard
34. Spotted Sandpiper
35. Brown Thrasher
36. Baltimore Oriole
37. Nashville Warbler
38. Scarlet Tanager
39. Common Grackle
40. American Robin

Two Hikes

Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Long-tailed Duck (male, non-breeding plumage), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 09 March 2019.
Long-tailed Duck (male, non-breeding plumage).

Hiked the hill in morning. Warmer, slight breeze, still a lot of snow cover. Eight species, no great photos.

This breezy, warmish afternoon dog and I took to the breakwater. A few extra species out there—including a handsome male Long-tailed Duck.

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

1. American Crow*
2. Tufted Titmouse** (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee* (v)
4. American Goldfinch (v)
5. Northern Cardinal (v)
6. White-breasted Nuthatch** (v)
7. Eastern Bluebird (v)
8. Herring Gull*

Elsewhere

9. Wild Turkey
10. Rock Pigeon
11. Mallard
12. European Starling
13. Common Eider
14. Horned Grebe
15. Long-tailed Duck
16. Canada Goose

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only 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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