21 February 2024

Posts Tagged ‘red-breasted merganser’

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

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

 
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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