Seawatch - 6 October 2014

Observation time: 0600 - 1834
Observer: Skye Haas

Species counted:
Wood Duck - 1
Northern Shoveler - 1
Northern Pintail - 7
Green-winged Teal - 2
Surf Scoter - 2
Dark-winged Scoter - 13
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Northern Gannet - 1
Double-crested Cormorant - 63
Great Blue Heron - 3
Laughing Gull - 8
Caspian Tern - 2
Forster's Tern - 14
Royal Tern - 4
Parasitic Jaeger - 2
Semipalmated Plover - 10

Total: 134

A note from Skye:
Well it was a slow one today. With strong south winds and sunny skies, very little was in the mood to migrate. Still you never know what will unfold and I had a few sightings that perked my interest. The first bird of the day was certainly an odd one to see on the open ocean, but there was Pied-billed Grebe sitting on the water in front of the count site! I rarely even see them on the Great Lakes and have certainly never seen them on the ocean before! Two different Parasitic Jaegers cruised by in the morning, providing good looks- this species has been seen consistently for a week now. And shorebirds continue to be interesting with another large flock of Red Knots seen and a rareish visitor to the East Coast in the form of a Baird's Sandpiper. Finally in the last two hours of the count, there were good numbers of Forster's and Royal Terns feeding in the rips not too far from shore. They certainly were delightful to look at in the evening light. 

Royal Tern. [Photo by Skye Haas.]

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