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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

Balmy Winter’s Day

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

Surf Scoter (first winter male), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 29 December 2018.

Surf Scoter (first winter male).

Some rain early, so dog and I waited until it’d passed to do our daily hike. Windy, but temps up in the 40s. The birds on the hill were shy, however, and since I had my designs on a photo, we took a second hike out to the end of the Rockland Breakwater—where it seems a bunch of other folks had the same idea.

Low tide this time, with a brisk wind and plenty of waves. Was hoping for Purple Sandpipers, saw none, and settled for a few diving ducks—including a good-looking young Surf Scoter.

Supposed to get a lot colder now.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Herring Gull*
2. Downy Woodpecker (v)
3. Black-capped Chickadee** (v)

Elsewhere

4. American Crow
5. Rock Pigeon
6. Mallard
7. Common Eider
8. Black Guillemot
9. Surf Scoter
10. House Sparrow

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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