Avalon Seawatch December 12, 2010

The good news about today was that there wasn't as much rain as I thought there might be. It was raining when I arrived at the seawatch but it soon cleared a little, and the rain held off until the last few hours before sunset.

Bird-wise, it was even more bleak than the weather. Visibility wasn't great, and the seas were high. There were very few birds migrating. The local raft today contained 4 Lesser Scaup along with the usual characters: Black, Surf, and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks, Brant, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Common Eider.

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

588 migrants today.

Location: Avalon Seawatch
Observation date: 12/12/10
Number of species: 24

Brant 11
Lesser Scaup 4
Common Eider 12
Surf Scoter 354
White-winged Scoter 5
Black Scoter 25
Long-tailed Duck 9
Red-breasted Merganser 26
Red-throated Loon 18
Common Loon 3
Northern Gannet 113
Sanderling 2
Purple Sandpiper 24
Dunlin 5
Bonaparte's Gull 13
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 21
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Rock Pigeon 20
Mourning Dove 2
European Starling 40
Dark-eyed Junco 4
House Sparrow 10

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