Sea ducks are one of winter's highlights for many birdwatchers. While being on vacation in Nova Scotia I made a trip down to a small bay. The results were incredible. The most common bird seen was the Red-breasted merganser. Over 100 of them were seen. Hooded mergansers were very numerous too. I found a small flock of about 25 birds. 3 Buffleheads were seen. One of many favorite type of birds are grebes. I saw 3 Horned grebes and 1 Red-necked grebe. In Newfoundland these types of grebes are infrequent and rare. My scope helped me find many smaller types of birds such as Buffleheads and a flock of Common goldeneyes that were a long way of shore. The weather had a negative effect on finding the birds because it was very foggy.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
The yellow throated warbler should not be anywhere north of Tennessee in the winter. Where does one show up? - Kelly's Brook, St John's - a small brook next to a large park. Yellow throated warblers are very glamorous with a striped body and a bright gaudy yellow throat. I found the bird on Saturday the 13th of December. When we got there, there were quite a number of birders looking for the warbler. One group of birders had been there for 2 hours. We looked around with no luck. Then we found a large flock of juncos. We followed the birds across the river until we had found the flock again. Then I saw a small bird with a large beak. I whispered, "I got the bird." I showed the bird to my companion in the art and another birder who was there too. What a good day! Below is an ebird interactive range map. You can see a a bit of blue over St John's.