A Morning Birding and Houdini

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) Flapping its wings

Tuesday morning, after almost a month hiatus, my colleague Doug and I went out birding. We visited some locations. One site we stopped at was Jenney Pond in Plymouth. Besides, the common waterfowl,

Ring-necked Duck – Aythya collaris
Mallard – Anas platyrhychos
Bufflehead -Bucephala albeola
Gadwall – Anas streperta

there was a trio of Tom turkeys strutting around and calling.

Wild Turkey – Meleagris gallopava

The pens mute swan was already on her nest. The interesting fact about the nest location this year it is on a spit of land where great blue herons and black-crowned night herons would stand. I am positive that the Cob mute swan will keep those birds away.

Mute Swan – Cygnus olor
Mute swan on nest

There were numerous crows about, and one landed in a tree and did allow for us to approach it carefully and for me able to get decent images.

American Crow – Corvus brachryhynchos

We also checked out Plymouth Harbor, Nelson Beach, Plymouth Beach and Manomet Point where we were able to observe some different sea ducks, but they were too far out to photograph them.

Finally, we went down to the Cape Cod Canal, so that Doug could have a sighting this year of the king eider. Many birders and photographers were looking for and seeing the king eider. A few of us decided to name the king eider Houdini. The reason for that was once you located the king eider, and if you took your eye off of it for a few seconds, it would disappear. Searching for it again usually showed it reappearing and a very different location. Watching the king eider, we saw that it was a very fast swimmer, which was the reason that it disappeared’s so fast.

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)

Also hanging around the Herring Run Recreation Center and watching all of us was a red-tailed hawk, who was very comfortable around people. One of the other photographers told us that the bird had been showing up almost every day and observing.

Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis
Red-tailed Hawk – Buteo jamaicensis

For those readers located near the Cape Cod Canal, and if you have never seen a beautiful king eider, now is the time to visit before the kingĀ eider flies back north.

One thought on “A Morning Birding and Houdini

  1. So glad I follow your blog! Went down to the canal on monday and got some great pics of the King. I was amazed how hard it is to spot him in that huge flock of eiders. Thank you Myer!

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