On the first day of winter I took a walk to Mere Point Boat Launch. Gray skies predominated the landscape, and though it was cold, I bundled up and enjoyed my walk.
A tangle of bittersweet vines was visible as I started down the road. I knew that later in the season these would be frequented by robins and waxwings. However, I never would have thought I would see an Eastern Bluebird feeding here on February of this year, my first sighting of that species at this location!
Though I had seen many hawks fly over my yard, this was the first time I had seen a Red-tail at the boat launch!
I have seen crows at the boat launch almost every time I count here!
I heard the whistle of wings as a black duck and a mallard landed in the cove. I counted 24 species of birds here on this winter afternoon. By early January I was back again. I was not here at this time of year last year and I wanted to be sure to get a record of the species that were being seen. I wanted to add some data to the Mere Point Life List on eBird.
January 6th was a gray and dreary day.
A distant immature bald eagle was little more than a fuzzy speck in the sky as it flew ponderously over the bay! The flat gray light made for lousy photos, but I still enjoyed seeing and counting birds.
January 11, 2015
All the boats were out of the water by now.
Soon this bay would ice over for good.
- Mere Point Boat Launch—all posts on this subject
- eBird Hotspot—Mere Point Boat Launch (click this link to see a complete list of birds from this location)
- Red-tailed Hawk at Mere Point Boat Launch—additional hawk photos
- Autumn at the Boat Launch—previous post
- My eBird Checklist for December 21, 2014
- My eBird Checklist for January 6, 2015
- My eBird Checklist for January 11, 2015
American Crow at Mere Point Bay 12-21-14