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December 16, 2017 – Everything but a Red-necked Grebe

Long-tailed Duck

Stuck on 274 birds for the year, Ingrid and I keep making excursions to get one more bird to get to 275.  There is nothing special about 275 (especially with half a dozen North American birders sitting around 760) . . . but it sounds like a nice number.

One bird being seen in the area that we haven’t picked up is the Red-necked Grebe, a winter visitor along the Northeast coast, that we picked up in 2015 and 2016.

Red-necked Grebe photographed in 2016

I stuck out on Thursday and Friday with lunch time outings . . . but surely committing a Saturday to the Red-necked Grebe would bear results.  I wrote down a series of locations that the bird was being sighted . . . I headed out.

Stop one was a private road with a big nasty no-trespassing sign.  Stop two was impassable due to ice and three and four yielded no Red-necked Grebe.

But . . . I saw all kinds of exciting birds . . . including a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-throated Loon, Northern Mockingbird and a Hermit Thrush  . . . all birds that Cornell lists as rare around here this time of year.

Also got some nice photos of Long-tailed Ducks (a species that is difficult to photograph due to color and distance), Black Guillemots, Common Loon and Mergansers.

Still have two weeks to get 275 before the year list resets.