Avalon Seawatch - November 27, 2011

[One of the many Northern Gannets feeding close
to the 7th Street seawall today.
Photo by Sam Galick.]

Another great weather day brought another decent flight past the Avalon Seawatch. Certainly the day's highlight was the large number of Northern Gannets, which were at times on the move, and were at other times feeding and milling about. It made counting them a challenge, but the spectacle itself was very enjoyable. Otherwise there was much of the standard seawatch fare, with plenty of scoters and loons again passing through, along with a solid late season movement of Laughing Gulls.

[Common Eiders have become a daily sight at the Seawatch over the past week, with some occasional good looks at birds sitting on the water. Photo by Sam Galick.]

Observant readers of this blog will also notice that today's total was exactly 200 birds less than yesterday's count, and indeed, the past two day's totals for each species are also very similar across the board.

American Black Duck - 27
Green-winged Teal - 26
Greater Scaup - 4
Lesser Scaup - 5
Common Eider - 6
Surf Scoter - 1,284
White-winged Scoter - 61
Black Scoter - 1,586
dark-winged scoter - 57
Long-tailed Duck - 3
Bufflehead - 4
Red-breasted Merganser - 119
Red-throated Loon - 1,786
Common Loon - 11
Horned Grebe - 14
Northern Gannet - 5,333
Double-crested Cormorant - 1
Laughing Gull - 351
Bonaparte's Gull - 44
Ring-billed Gull - 41
Great Black-backed Gull - 2
Forster's Tern - 14

(Total = 10,779)

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