Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dorchester Harbor Walk

The day began with two deer in the woods out the front window.  It's been several months since I have seen any deer.

When it was just lightly raining, I decided I'd try to squeeze a walk in at Dorchester Harbor Walk before the predicted heavy rains arrived.  Boy, was I in for a surprise when I walked down the steps by the JFK Library and felt the full force of the gusting wind.  There were some ducks trying to take shelter near the shore, so at least that was in my favor.  It's a new year, so it's time to start tracking my bird list again.  I knew I could add a few birds to my list on this walk.


American Coots (first of year)


Common Eider

Common Goldeneye

 Common Goldeneye (female)

Herring Gull

Great Black-Backed Gull

Horned Grebe (first of year)

American Black Ducks

Deer Island
(you can see how the wind affected the surface of the water)


  1. Lovely selection of bird pictures. Your Coots look nicer than those that occur in Europe! We have Goldeneye, Eider and the Gulls here, but not the Horned Grebe or American Black Ducks. What kind of deer are those?

    1. Nick, Thank you again! I don't think either set of Coots would win any beauty contest! Look up the Horned Grebe in breeding plumage! I haven't seen it except in winter plumage, but it is sure interesting! The deer are White-Tailed. They are the only animal in the deer family that I've seen in Massachusetts, although Moose are present more to the West. I have yet to find a Moose when I've been out! Did see some on a Moose Tour in NH last year though. They are easier to find up there.

    2. I checked out the Horned Grebe on Wikipedia and it turns out that it also occurs in Scotland, although it is called the Slavonian Grebe here! I have never seen one, though, but they do look lovely in breeding plumage.
      I saw White Tailed Deer in Wyoming. We have Roe Deer here in southern Scotland, but they are a little smaller.