Montrose Harbor/Magic Hedge 3.19.2017


Montrose Harbor/Magic Hedge

We started the day with me, my Mom, Dad, and brother, Peter. We started by checking out the harbor. There, we immediately saw five or six Horned Grebes, Mallard, Canada Geese, and Red-Breasted Merganser. After a while, a man came up to us saying that he was going to look for an unidentified Scoter in the middle of the harbor. Then we really had our hopes up. Straight away I set up my scope and started panning around to look. All I saw was Greater Scaup and Red-Breasted Mergansers. I then let my Mom take a look and she saw a larger bird that didn’t look like the other female Scaup. She wanted me to take a look and straight away I said that that was the Scoter. Not just any Scoter, a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER!!!!! That is life bird number 207! We stayed and looked at the bird for a while until a police boat came and made all the birds fly off.

We actually went around the hedge to scope out the beach for shorebirds. None were present. The dunes provided nothing except for a mystery sparrow (Probably just Song) and 2 Canada Geese. There was also an American Tree Sparrow. The hedge provided us with many surprises including Chipping Sparrow, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, another Song Sparrow, Black-Capped Chickadee, and vibrantly colored Robins. A big surprise was a Fox Sparrow, Common Grackles, and Red-Winged Blackbirds. Overall, today was a wonderful day to be birding, with wonderful birds to go with it!

Canada Geese Coming in for a Landing
Horned Grebe with a Fish in its Mouth
Horned Grebe







One thought on “Montrose Harbor/Magic Hedge 3.19.2017

  1. Nice! My first (and so far only) White-winged Scoters got me into birding back in February 2016. I’ve never looked back. A life list of 207 is pretty good, too!

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