Seawatch - 28 September 2014

Observation time: 0552 - 1846
Observer: Skye Haas

Species observed:
American Wigeon - 6
Nothern Pintail - 4
Green-winged Teal - 74
Duck sp. - 3
Surf Scoter - 3
Dark-winged Scoter - 1
Common Loon - 1
Nothern Gannet - 1
Brown Pelican - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 252
Great Cormorant - 2
Caspian Tern - 1
Forster's Tern - 8
Royal Tern - 24
Parasitic Jaeger - 2
Jaeger sp. - 2
Semipalmated Plover - 28
Calidris sp. -9
Sulid sp. - 1

Total: 423

A note from Skye:
Hot and slow is the succinct summary of today's count at Avalon. Still there were a few fun sightings and after all, any day spent birding is a good one right? Green-winged Teal and Cormorants were seen moving in modest numbers, and two different young Great Cormorants were observed. Four jaegers were seen; the morning bird was quite feisty and attacked an Osprey. There was a very subtle but prolonged Royal Tern migration over the course of the day. They do seem to be clearing out fast. Non-waterbirds of note include another Red-bellied Woodpecker, a Cape May Warbler and quite a few butterflies. Several Monarchs were seen, as well as a Lady of some kind, 5 Buckeyes, Milbert's Tortoiseshell, and some kind of small Lycanid (hairstreak/blue).

[Ospery. Photo by Skye Haas.]

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