Avalon Seawatch December 3, 2010

Today was a little chilly in the morning, but with some sun peaking through the clouds it eventually warmed up. Unfortunately, the numbers of migrants did not follow suit, and it ended up being a relatively slow day at the seawatch. Good numbers of Red-throated Loons and a decent number of Northern Gannets were again the dominant species. Some scoters were moving, but almost all were fairly distant.

Today's highlights were 3 Great Cormorants, 6 White-winged Scoters, and 13 Long-tailed Ducks. The local raft today included the three expected scoter species, Long-tailed Duck, Common Loon, Brant, and as many as 37 Common Eider.

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

5,341 migrants today.

Location: Avalon Seawatch
Observation date: 12/3/10
Number of species: 37

Brant 26
Wood Duck 1
Mallard 2
Lesser Scaup 1
Common Eider 10
Surf Scoter 940
White-winged Scoter 6
Black Scoter 928
Surf/Black Scoter 208
Long-tailed Duck 13
Red-breasted Merganser 42
Red-throated Loon 1640
Common Loon 7
Northern Gannet 474
Double-crested Cormorant 152
Great Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 4
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 8
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
American Oystercatcher 1
Ruddy Turnstone 6
Sanderling 10
Purple Sandpiper 28
Dunlin 50
Bonaparte's Gull 6
Laughing Gull 3
Ring-billed Gull 121
Herring Gull 104
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull X
Rock Pigeon 10
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 30
Song Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 2
House Sparrow 10

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