The Backshore Bird Blog

December 13 & 14 Sightings

At daybreak with a light snow falling, the waters off the South Shore bubbled to life – a plethora of birds arrived from their sleeping quarters at sea. Small groups of scoter-sized birds flew past PI through Whitehead Passage into the inner bay. Birds in one flock sported white necks (goldeneyes?), however, poor visibility made it impossible to identify them. Great numbers of Common Eiders, singly, in pairs, or in small groups, approached the shoreline – flying low over the water’s surface. The geometric black and white plumage patterns of the males were easily identified, even in the falling snow. The females’ feather covering – burnt sienna mixed with splashes of other browns – is so

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