BEAUTIFUL WINTER’S DAY IN OUR GLOUCESTER NEIGHBORHOOD

gloucester-city-skyline-winter-copyright-kim-smithFrom an early morning stop at the bottom of my hill, with a view towards the Harbor and City Hall (as well as a feisty Common Loon), to the creatures abounding along the shore, it was a gorgeous winter morning, and all set against a widely striped and deeply-hued winter sky backdrop.

common-loon-copyright-kim-smithCommon Loon at the pier, swimming very close to where I was standing and seemingly equally as curious about me as I was about it. 

connemara-bay-fishing-boat-gloucester-our-lady-of-good-voyage-church-copyright-kim-smithGloucester FV Connemara Bay

male-female-red-breasted-mergansers-copyright-kim-smithMale (left) and Female Red-breasted Mergansers foraging at the Harbor

brace-cove-seals-copyright-kim-smithThe Lollygaggers

american-black-ducks-copyright-kim-smithFlock of American Black Ducks

female-mallard-duck-copyright-kim-smithOrchestra of earth tones for a well-camouflaged female Mallard Duck

THEY’RE BACK! BEAUTIFUL CAPE ANN WINTER SHOREBIRDS

Hello winter friends! As the herons, egrets, and plovers have departed for parts warmer, Cape Ann welcomes mergansers, buffleheads, grebes, and so many more. Overcast morning walk along the shores of Niles Pond –

male-female-red-breasted-mergansers-copyright-kim-smithMale and Female Red-breasted Mergansers

pied-billed-grebe-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithJuvenile Pied-billed Grebe

male-bufflehead-female-red-breasted-merganser-copyright-kim-smithMale Buffleheads and Female Red-breasted Merganser

brace-cove-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithBrace Rock

INVASION OF THE RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS!

Not really, although it is wonderful to see a flock of so many. Red-breasted Mergansers are a diving duck found readily on our shores. They are funny to watch as they seem to get into spats and chase each other around. I read that a group can sometimes appear to be cooperatively hunting. They will line up and drive schools of small fish into shallow water and scoop the fish up without having to dive, which seems precisely what they were doing when I took these photos.

Red-breasted Merganser -2 ©Kim Smith 2016

 

Red-breasted mergansers ©Kim Smith 2015Red-breasted Mergansers on a sunnier day

Feeding amongst the mergansers, a pair of Horned Grebes, a Common Loon, and a Common Goldeneye can all be seen, although both these “commoners” don’t seem at all common to me.

 

SEE PHOTOS OF COMMON GOLDENEYE, HORNED GREBE, AND COMMON LOON HERE

 

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