If you look quickly, you might think this is a Canada Goose. But if you look closely, you will see the partial white ring around its short neck and its totally small, black head thus identifying it as a Brant. (Click on blog link for other photos.)
There were 6 Brants by the water’s edge at Rock Harbor Beach the other day. They feed as a flock mostly on eel grass found in the tidal flats at low tide.
The last photo shows one of them resting in the grass. Beautiful bird, don’t you think? Have you ever seen a Brant?
I saw this couple sitting on the bench by Rock Harbor enjoying the gorgeous sunset together and thought… what a wonderful way to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Phil and I decided to go for an early hike the other day and then do a little bird watching. Rock Harbor is one of our favorite places as it seems to attract a lot of shore birds and diving birds. (Click blog link for photo of female.)
There, swimming around the harbor, were a male and a female Red-breasted Merganser. They were just beautiful. I love their long, thin red bill and and red eyes. Have you ever seen one?
The first photograph is of the male and the 2nd of the female. They look so different in their coloring. We always joke that the male looks like he’s having a “bad hair day.”
This was such a pretty view looking down toward the bay at Rock Harbor. There’s still a lot of ice and snow on the water. I loved how the poles are reflected in the little bit of water on the left.
The tides have been really high the past few days. Yesterday I took a walk on the Eastham side of Rock Harbor and was surprised that the jetty was just about under water. There wasn’t much sand to walk on as much of the beach was also under water.
I really like this photograph looking out toward the jetty at Rock Harbor. Even through the heavy clouds, the sky was so pretty.