Avalon Seawatch December 20, 2010

It was cold this morning at the seawatch, but with the sun out it warmed up nicely and made for a rather pleasant day in Avalon. Unfortunately, there weren't too many migrants, but all of the local birds milling around throughout the day made up for it. Great Cormorants, Surf, Black, and White-winged Scoters, lots of Common Eider, Long-tailed Ducks, and both expected loons were all hanging out around the jetty all day.

Migrant highlights were a flock of 3 Great Cormorants going south and a single Razorbill.

The seawatch has only two days remaining in the 2010 season. My final day is tomorrow, and Doug finishes up the season on Wednesday. Be sure to stop by and say goodbye!

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

944 migrants today.

Location: Avalon Seawatch
Observation date: 12/20/10
Number of species: 40

Brant 19
Canada Goose 121
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 7
Northern Pintail 6
Common Eider 29 (3 migrants)
Surf Scoter 172
White-winged Scoter 8
Black Scoter 95
Surf/Black Scoter 54
Long-tailed Duck 38
Red-breasted Merganser 31
Red-throated Loon 113
Common Loon 5
Northern Gannet 45
Double-crested Cormorant 23
Great Cormorant 3
Turkey Vulture 6
Northern Harrier 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Ruddy Turnstone 6
Sanderling 5
Purple Sandpiper 45
Dunlin 10
Bonaparte's Gull 84
Ring-billed Gull 7
Herring Gull 17
Great Black-backed Gull X
Rock Pigeon 40
Mourning Dove 6
Downy Woodpecker 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
American Robin 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 60
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Dark-eyed Junco 9
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Boat-tailed Grackle 12
House Sparrow 10

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