11 December 2019 Rockport, Maine, USA 

Posts Tagged ‘red-breasted merganser’

Thaw

Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Mallard hen, Chickawaukie Lake, Rockland, Maine, 11 April 2019.
Mallard hen.

The day started off sub-freezing but warmed about 25 degrees (F) by afternoon. This had the happy effect of melting most of the recent snowfall, clearing food for birds.

The birds themselves weren’t overly active, limited as they’ve been lately. Also, no huge migrations in a couple days (that I’ve observed anyway).

I did get good looks at waterfowl, though—among them mallards in love.

Update: Heard a Barred Owl in the back yard while in bed tonight.

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

1. Northern Cardinal** (v)
2. American Robin* (v)
3. Mourning Dove* (v)
4. Song Sparrow*
5. American Crow*
6. American Goldfinch
7. White-breasted Nuthatch (v)

Elsewhere

8. Herring Gull
9. House Finch (v)
10. Ring-billed Gull
11. European Starling
12. Common Loon
13. Red-breasted Merganser
14. Mallard
15. Barred Owl (v)

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

Cold, Windy

Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Common Loon, Rockport Harbor, Maine, 09 February 2019.
Common Loon.

As forecast, this morning was bright, cold, and really, really windy. My hike up the hill with Jack wasn’t too bad, though—there was a break in the west wind that helped push us up about the time we descended again.

Wasn’t as windy at the harbor.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 8:45 a.m., I hiked the open trail.
(No birds seen or heard on the hill today.)

Elsewhere

1. American Crow
2. Herring Gull
3. Rock Pigeon
4. Mallard
5. House Sparrow (v)
6. American Black Duck
7. Common Loon
8. Bufflehead
9. Red-breasted Merganser

v = Voice only

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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