Seawatch - 26 September 2014

Observation time: 0549 - 1855
Observer: Skye Haas

Species observed:
Green-winged Teal – 1
Surf Scoter – 8
Black Scoter – 7
Common Loon – 1
Northern Gannet – 1
Brown Pelican – 5
Double-crested Cormorant – 1930
Great Cormorant – 1
Cormorant sp. – 3
Great Blue Heron – 2
Laughing Gull – 7
Caspian Tern – 6
Forster’s Tern – 6
Royal Tern – 12
American Oystercatcher – 3

Total: 1,993

Skye's summary of the day:
The Avalon Seawatch was a more pleasant place today than the previous two days. The ocean was far more gentle and viewing conditions greatly improved. My first bird of the day was a Northern Gannet, so for a Great Lakes guy I took it as a good omen. It of course ended up being my only gannet of the day, but it quickly became apparent that it was going to be a good Cormorant day. A nice early season total of 1,930 Double-crested Cormorants were recorded as well as the first Great Cormorant of the season. Only a few ducks were seen today, both species of dark-winged scoter and a single Green-winged Teal. An oddity for the count location was an out-of-place Red-bellied Woodpecker in the parking lot pines that seemed eager to keep moving. Shorebird numbers are building on the jetty as well with a mix of Turnstones, Western, Semipalmated & Least Sandpipers and over 250 Sanderlings. Finally, the Bottle-nosed Dolphin show was pretty exciting today, but there haven't been any more Humpback Whale sightings since Tuesday.

[Double-crested Cormorants. Photo by Skye Haas.]

[Bottle-nosed Dolphins. Photo by Skye Haas.]

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