Male, Northern Cardinal.
Red-breasted Merganser - quite approachable
inside the harbour.
Not a lot about today!
5 Common Loon, 3 Horned Grebe, 50+ Brant, 70 Mallard, 60+ American Black Duck, 65+ Common Eider, 12 White-winged Scoter, 50+ Surf Scoter, 20 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Common Goldeneye, 100+ Bufflehead & a fine full summer plumaged Black Guillemot.
Common Loon, on the sheltered side of the bay.
Surf Scoter - amazing the difference when the sun
Over 100 Buffleheads were in small flocks
scattered over a wide area of the bay.
Not much else noted apart from a nice Brown Creeper associating with a flock of titmice. It looks very like the European Northern Treecreeper to me! How would you tell the difference if one was to turn up in say Shetland? Beats me!
It is the 31st March, the last day of the month & it is pouring with rain! It is a dreary, cold day with no sun at all. Stayed indoors in the morning, kept looking outside but nothing doing. Weather changed slightly at 2.30pm & I ventured a walk around Fresh Pond. The main lake was still frozen but showing signs of cracking & emitting loud noises as the ice moved. Quite an eerie sound as you walk around in the half light, which is mid afternoon here. One of the smaller ponds was ice free & comparatively bird filled! 14 Hooded Mergansers stole the show, together with 7 Mute Swan & 2 Mallard; 23 Ring-billed & 5 American Herring Gulls. Normal woodland birds recorded but nothing new in. Found a feeding flock of 7 White-throated & 5 Song Sparrows, but that was it. A tame ending to the month.