Seawatch - 1 October 2014

Observation time: 0553 - 1752
Observer: Skye Haas

Species counted:
Northern Pintail - 6
Aythya sp. - 6
Surf Scoter - 2
Black Scoter - 22
Dark-winged Scoter - 3
Scoter sp. - 4
Red-throated Loon - 1
Brown Pelican - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 2647
Laughing Gull - 73
Herring Gull - 3
Great Black-backed Gull - 13
Caspian Tern - 4
Forster's Tern - 133
Royal Tern - 15
Parasitic Jaeger - 6
American Oystercatcher - 30

Total: 2,969

A note from Skye:
It was a good day at Avalon. It was moderately busy most of the day with Double-crested Cormorants flying for several hours with over 2600 counted. This now pushes this species past the 10,000 mark! Not bad for only 10 days of counting so far. Also notable today were several Parasitic Jaeger sightings. The official tally was 6 birds, but there were at least 10 sightings of this feisty bird due to the many Laughing Gulls and terns feeding on small fish relatively close to the shore in the afternoon. However what I found to be most interesting was this odd American Oystercatcher thing that was going on. I had a couple of flocks pass by me, flying in these tight high flocks. Later in the day (and not recorded in the migration count) were 12 birds sitting on the beach by the Townsend's Inlet. Ducks continue to be slow to arrive, with the majority of ducks seen today to be all northbound birds including a handful of very early Lesser Scaup. Peregrine Falcons continue to be daily sightings, and today there were a couple of Northern Harriers seen far offshore.

[American Oystercatchers. Photo by Skye Haas.] 

No comments:

Post a Comment