Thursday, March 11, 2010

Rare, Pink Thunderbird, Black Guillemot And Turkey Vultures

There has been so very little for bird action around here that I'm getting desperate. So, I'm driven to show this grill from a pink Thunderbird for lack of the avian kind. Can you guess what year?  I had hoped that after the Big Storm on February 25th that something would blow in, but no such luck. I went birding for five hours in Phippsburg a few days ago and came up with nothing, mysteriously, not even the usual suspects (another birding term for the birds that are always around)! Luckily, the tarp covering the Thunderbird had blown back revealing my only lucky bird.


The closest I came to the avian kind was this Black Guillemot. It's molting into its summer plumage, which will be mostly white. We don't usually see them in this close as they are ocean birds or what birders call "Pelagics." The pelagic zone of the ocean is anything further out than the low tide line but not on the bottom. Black Guillemots have bright red feet matched by the inside of their mouths. I sent these photos to the Maine Audubon List Serve with a query about its identification since I have only seen one or two of them in my life. If it had only opened its mouth, I would nonetheless, have known immediately what it was as the red mouth is a striking feature. Oh, if only, if only! That's a common birder's lament. Black Guillemots aren't rare here, but I had to make do with that. Birders are reporting that the Turkey Vultures have returned for the season. I haven't seen any here in Totman Cove, yet. They are criss-crossing Route 295 just south of here, so they will be here shortly. In spite of having the most hideous heads, they are beautiful birds. They are magnificent, graceful fliers that rival the majesty and power of Bald eagles. Do you suppose they are jealous of eagles and think that they put on airs?


Look at the muscle in those shoulders! Were Thunderbirds considered muscle cars? Probably not, and this one is pink! By the way, it is a 1963 TBird. 





 

8 comments:

  1. Clearly a 66 Thunderbird...

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  2. Sorry! it is a 1961 TBIRD! RDWARRIIOR

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  3. was close, I guessed 64 since there was one at FT Dix when I was in the army. Pink sounds like a repaint? original?
    Great pictures; thought I have eagles onmy property; maybe I'm wrong.

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  4. I guessed 1962. But I think they carried over the grill on the 1963s.

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  5. I guessed 1962. But I think they carried over the grill on the 1963s.

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  6. Wow... that is all I can say. You are wonderful!!!! Rita

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  7. If that 'bird were a 'vette, I'd be a winner. The "guilly" would just be gravy.

    mike

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  8. I didn't know we had Guillemots around here. When I went to Perce Rock, on the way to the Gaspe Peninsula ( It's this huge rock not far from shore with a big hole in the bottom you can Kayak through) it was very fun and alive with G's and some other kind of Northern nesting bird. A Guillemot isn't a sea pidgeon is it? Loved the Cardinal. He looked a bit frazzled from the trip I thought. srb

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