11 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘common eider’

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

Sea Birds

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
Black Guillemot (non-breeding plumage), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 February 2019.
Black Guillemot (non-breeding plumage).

Warm day. Fifties (F), seems like (though I forgot to check for sure). Rained early, and I had a dentist appointment, so dog and I didn’t hit the hill until early afternoon. Nothing much up there then, so we also hiked the breakwater.

Plenty of seabirds out. Guillemots, grebe, scoter, eiders, gulls, long-tailed ducks, etc. Spotted a couple sunning seals also.

Odd, perhaps, but winter is my favorite season to hike the breakwater in.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1:15 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

5. Herring Gull
6. Great Black-backed Gull
7. Common Goldeneye
8. Common Eider
9. Black Guillemot
10. Long-tailed Duck
11. Surf Scoter
12. Horned Grebe
13. Ring-billed Gull
14. Mallard

v = Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

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

 
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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