I don't have a specific list of birds that I've seen in my life - but I do keep track in my head - and recently I've come across quite a few new ones.
The Water in the bay was so dark blue the last time we were at Birch Bay State Park. We had breakfast at a local diner, very early, and set out for Birch Bay - we don't often go there so early in the morning and wanted to see what was going on then. These photos are all straight out of the camera - this is the actual color of the water that day.
The Barrow's Golden Eye Duck is not new to me - but I just had to show him flapping in the water - what a capture!
There were not large rafts of ducks - just some here and there - and I discovered that there were some I had not seen before.
The top one is the White Winged Scooter, the bottom one, Surf Scooter.
Surf Scooter with his amazing beak.
On the grass, some American Widgeons
And some Northern Shovelers
Jump in the water and swim away
And just one Green Winged Teal - he was swimming away so fast I was happy to get this photo.
So with the Semipalmated Sandpipers yesterday, this makes five new birds on my list. I think I'll start an actual list - and see how many birds would be on it. Do you have a bird list?