Seawatch - 2 October 2014

Observation time: 0556 - 1840
Observer: Skye Haas

Species counted:
American Black Duck - 3
American Black Duck/Mallard - 1
Green-winged Teal - 11
Surf Scoter - 7
White-winged Scoter - 1
Black Scoter - 32
Dark-winged Scoter - 6
Northern Gannet - 1
Brown Pelican - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 3499
Great Cormorant - 1
Great Blue Heron - 1
Laughing Gull - 99
Herring Gull - 13
Great Black-backed Gull - 2
Caspian Tern - 5
Forster's Tern - 196
Royal Tern - 5
Black Skimmer - 14
Parasitic Jaeger - 1

Total: 3,899

A note from Skye:
Avalon started out pretty slow today, but midday, the winds switched to a northerly with a touch of rain being spitted out and a lot of Double-crested Cormorants came riding the tailwind. Also notable was the first White-winged Scoter of the season first spotted and quickly photographed by Tom Johnson. While no American Oystercatchers were seen migrating today, 61 birds were seen resting on the beach near Townsend's Inlet later in the day, along with a large flock of Black-bellied Plovers. Only a couple of Parasitic Jaeger sightings today, but even more Forster's Terns were observed. Both Golden-crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper gave an October feel to the passerines. Other non-waterbird highlights included a Cape May Warbler and the third Red-bellied Woodpecker sighting of the season. 

White-winged Scoter. [Photo by Tom Johnson.]

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