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January 10, 2018 – Red-throated Loon

Today we didn’t go birding . . . but still got three FOY species , purely by happenstance.

During a conference call, I caught a motion out of the corner of my eye.  When I looked up I was surprised to see Sharp-shinned Hawk on the ground about 10 feet away (it had apparently missed a Juno under our feeders).

The hawk immediately flew to a tree by the river, where it remained for a good 15 minutes.  Without a camera and participating in a call . . . the best I could do was take a distant photo through the dirty window using my iPad.

After the call, I came upstair and a Red-throated Loon was swimming out in front of the house.  This rather uncommon bird is a regular visitor to our river in the winter.  They summer and breed near the arctic circle.

Finally, in the late afternoon I saw a Northern Mockingbird near the Post Office.  South of the Mason Dixon Line Mockingbirds are omni-present . . . loud and aggressive. But in Maine during the winter, a Mockingbird is quite a surprise.