31 January 2023

Posts Tagged ‘long-tailed duck’

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

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

Harbor Birds

Friday, February 8th, 2019
Long-tailed Duck (none-breeding male), Rockport Harbor, Maine, 08 February 2019.
Long-tailed Duck (none-breeding male).

Above freezing and foggy this morning. Yesterday’s dusting had turned to a film of slush. Jack and I got up and down the hill without seeing or hearing a single bird—and then, at the parking lot, I heard a communicative crow.

Went to the little harbor in afternoon, about the time the clouds began to disperse. I’ve never not seen birds there.

Balmy today, cold tomorrow. Should be a high wind chill.

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

1. American Crow*

Elsewhere

2. Herring Gull
3. Eastern Bluebird
4. Rock Pigeon
5. Common Loon
6. Long-tailed Duck
7. Mallard
8. House Sparrow

*Also 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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