Seawatch - 16 October 2014

Observation Time: 0710 - 1823
Observer: Skye Haas

Species counted:
Northern Pintail - 10
Green-winged Teal - 2
Surf Scoter - 78
Black Scoter - 11
Dark-winged Scoter - 6
Red-throated Loon - 4
Common Loon - 2
Northern Gannet - 14
Brown Pelican - 11
Double-crested Cormorant - 783
Great Cormorant - 1
Snowy Egret - 1
Laughing Gull - 137
Great Black-backed Gull - 8
Caspian Tern - 3
Forster's Tern - 226
Royal Tern - 94
Parasitic Jaeger - 21
Jaeger sp. - 2
Lesser Black-backed Gull - 1
American Oystercatcher - 24
Black-bellied Plover - 345
Semipalmated Plover - 17
American Golden Plover - 1
Sanderling - 3,900
Dunlin - 51
Redknot - 11
Ruddy Turnstone - 6
Short-billed Dowitcher - 1
Dowitcher sp. - 7
White-rumped Sandpiper - 1
Calidris sp. - 75

Total: 5,854

A note from Skye:
Good gosh were there a lot of shorebirds flying by the Seawatch today! Sanderling numbers were truly impressive as were Black-bellied Plovers! A few goodies were plucked out as well including White-rumped Sandpiper, American Golden-Plover and some Red Knots. Not as many Jaegers and Royal Terns compared to yesterday, but both species were on the move with 23 and 94 respectively. Actually my very first birds of the day was a flock of four Parasitic Jaegers coursing across the ocean. Coming in as 2nd place in the Hilarity Moments at the Seawatch was a flock of migrating Laughing Gulls with a pair of Jaegers traveling with them. It was an uneasy truce as every time the Jaegers made a slight quick movement the Laughers would panic and and break formation for a moment shooting the Jaegers quite the look that seemed to say "Settle down now!". Again there were barely any ducks, with today scoters being conspicuously absent. In fact it was the only pair of Green-winged Teal seen today that had took first place in the Hilarity Moments as they flew low over the the waves and had the daylights scared out of them when a pair of Dolphins happened to leap right out of a breaker nearly on top of the teal- man those birds had must of had a heart attack and blasted straight up into the sky in opposite directions they were so startled by the leaping cetaceans! And good fun was a close flock of Brown Pelicans overhead in the 3rd hour. Non-waterbird highlights were few, but included eight Peregrine Falcons, and one each of Tennessee and Black-throated Green Warbler. 

Parasitic Jaeger.  [Photo by Mike Kilpatrick.]
Black Bellied Plover, American Golden Plover, and Red Knots. [Photo by Mike Kilpatrick.]
Brown Pelican. [Photo by Skye Haas.]

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