Avalon Seawatch December 10, 2010

It was a really good day today at the seawatch! Almost 11,000 migrants were counted, with a number of exciting birds. Geese were flying early in the morning; an aftershock from yesterday's huge flight. They quieted down significantly as the wind shifted, but Red-throated Loons were moving well throughout the day, along with a nice number of ducks. Gulls were moving throughout the day, with numbers of Ring-billed Gulls and Herring Gulls. A few hundred Bonaparte's Gulls made their way to Avalon in the mid-afternoon, and amongst them was an adult Little Gull spotted by the multi-talented (and budding seawatcher) Melissa Roach!

Other highlights from today included: 23 American Wigeon, 230 White-winged Scoters, 5 Common Goldeneye, 9 Redhead, 1 Ruddy Duck, 12 Horned Grebes, 1 Parasitic Jaeger and 3 Great Cormorants.

An eBird list of species detected follows, with counted migrants in bold:

10,983 migrants today.

Location: Avalon Seawatch
Observation date: 12/10/10
Number of species: 52

Snow Goose 470
Brant 11
Canada Goose 3110
Wood Duck 1
American Wigeon 23
American Black Duck 246
Mallard 41
Northern Pintail 9
Green-winged Teal 6
Redhead 9
Greater Scaup 10
Lesser Scaup 17
Common Eider 15 local
Surf Scoter 1079
White-winged Scoter 230
Black Scoter 1426
Surf/Black Scoter 115
Long-tailed Duck 47
Bufflehead 1
Common Goldeneye 5
Hooded Merganser 3
Red-breasted Merganser 50
Ruddy Duck 1
Red-throated Loon 2428
Common Loon 12
Horned Grebe 12
Northern Gannet 89
Double-crested Cormorant 82
Great Cormorant 3
Turkey Vulture 4
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 1
Ruddy Turnstone 5
Sanderling 5
Purple Sandpiper 30
Dunlin 100
Bonaparte's Gull 319
Little Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 486
Herring Gull 482
Great Black-backed Gull X
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Rock Pigeon 25
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
European Starling 40
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 25
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird X
Common Grackle X
American Goldfinch 2
House Sparrow 10

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