Our trip to California next month (San Diego Birding Festival) and New England Spring Migration seem an awful far away . . . so I braved the wind chill and headed up the coast to see what I could see.
Right off the bat, I saw three American Wigeons in Rockland Harbor (two drakes and a female) . . . almost too easy.
A little while later, a small white gull flew in and landed on a rock where it proceeded to rest for a half hour. I’ve been studying my gulls and was excited to realize I was looking at an Iceland Gull . . . a lifer.
As I headed south I saw Common, Hooded and Red-throated Mergansers.
In Newcastle, I came upon a flock of Bluebirds and Cedar Waxwings in the same tree . . . very exciting.
And as I pulled into the driveway after what I felt was a very successful day . . . and there was a Common Raven sitting in a hemlock tree.