14 August 2022

Posts Tagged ‘surf scoter’

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

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

 

CBC

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

American Wigeons, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

American Wigeons.

Beech Hill wasn’t the big story from today. That’s because today was our area’s Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), which began at 7:45 a.m. at the Rockland Breakwater. As usual, I participated until lunch—by which time we’d listed the bulk of our species.

For the first time I can remember, CBC day was not brutally cold and/or windy. Right balmy out, to be honest. And a fun time was had by all.

Here are a few photos.

Long-tailed Duck (male, non-breeding plumage), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

Long-tailed Duck (male, non-breeding plumage).

Herring Gull (non-breeding adult), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

Herring Gull (non-breeding adult).

European Starling, Samoset Result, Rockport, Maine, 15 December 2018.

European Starling.

Black Scoter, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

Black Scoter.

American Crow, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

American Crow.

 

Black Guillemot (non-breeding plumage), Rockland Breakwater, Rockland, Maine, 15 December 2018.

Black Guillemot (non-breeding plumage).

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 1:30 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

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

Elsewhere

5. Canada Goose
6. American Wigeon
7. American Black Duck
8. Mallard
9. Common Eider
10. Surf Scoter
11. Black Scoter
12. Long-tailed Duck
13.Bufflehead
14. Common Goldeneye
15. Common Merganser
16. Red-breasted Merganser
17. Common Loon
18. Horned Grebe
19. Bald Eagle
20. Bonaparte’s Gull
21. Ring-billed Gull
22. Herring Gull
23. Great Black-backed Gull
24. Black Guillemot
25. Mourning Dove
26. Downy Woodpecker (v)
27. Pileated Woodpecker
28. European Starling
29. Snow Bunting (v)
30. Song Sparrow
31. Dark-eyed Junco
32. Northern Cardinal (v)
33. House Finch
34. House Sparrow

v = Voice only
*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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