Avalon Seawatch, 21 October 2016

     The past two days at the seawatch had SO MANY BIRDS! Yesterdays count totaled in at 13,321 individuals and today 8,584 birds of 28 different species were sighted from the beach. These totals included some firsts for the season including Purple Sandpiper, Long-tailed Duck, Common Eider, and Bonaparte's Gull! We've seen a great influx in Northern Gannets flying both near and far throughout the day as well as close flocks of Surf and Black Scoters by the hundreds. Long winding strands of Double Crested Cormorants continue to fly along the horizon and gulls are on the move. Another highlight of the day were two Humpback Whales waving their flukes in the distance and smacking the waters surface no more than 2 miles offshore. The live data link can be accessed ~ here ~ at any time to see what species we are counting at the seawatch.

     Today's visitor tally exceeded the average with over 100 people! The weather was clear and sunny for most of the day but a thick fog rolled in near the evening reducing visibility to the jetty. The wind is increasing and the air is cooling this weekend so come out to the seawatch to birdwatch! 

When & Where: sunrise to sunset, at 8th and 9th street beach in Avalon.

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