Sea Watch Monday December 21, 2009

If you're the kind of person who gets excited about counting really distant Canada Goose flocks (and c'mon, who isn't?) than man was Monday your day. For the rest of you it would have been a rather slow day, although the always exciting Herring Gulls were moving throughout. The highlight came at the crack of dawn with two Bald Eagles chasing each other around more than a mile out over the ocean. Long-tailed Ducks were the only other waterbird that moved in notable numbers, with over a hundred.

Well, the intern house is now down to one person left, and the Seawatch is down to one day left. The real drama today will be seeng if there's a Gannet flight that would make this the first season ever where more Gannets (all time high for a a season) were counted than Cormorants (all time low for a season), and seeing if we can break our Alcid shutout. Today should be interesting regardless...

Snow Goose 3
Brant 7
Canada Goose 1,264
American Black Duck 141
Mallard 39
Greater Scaup 3
Lesser Scaup 6
Common Eider 24
Surf Scoter 226
White-winged Scoter 59
Black Scoter 68
Dark-winged Scoter sp. 52
Unidentified Scoter 7
Long-tailed Duck 124
Common Goldeneye 3
Red-breasted Merganser 78
Red-throated Loon 137
Common Loon 24
Northern Gannet 74
Double-creasted Cormorant 14
Great Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 2
Bonaparte's Gull 24
Ring-billed Gull 439
Herring Gull 271
Great Black-backed Gull 24
Duck Sp. 14

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