Avalon Seawatch, 5 November 2016

It was a chilly morning at the seawatch with the temperature starting at 38 degrees and rising to 61. The west-northwest wind stayed calm throughout the day and the sun shone brightly with minimal cloud coverage. Visibility was very poor in the morning due to a thick haze on the horizon but it cleared towards the afternoon.

    Overall today was a great day! A total of 27,319 birds of 39 species were counted from the beach! This brings our season total up to 373 thousand individuals. Red Throated Loons were really starting to move and Northern Gannets plunged into the water in search of food throughout the day. Several Buffleheads and a Razorbill were also seen today. Attached is today's count and our seasons peaks and totals.

SpeciesCount todaySeason totalSeason maximum
American Oystercatcher12444910/24/2016
American Wigeon101407010/27/2016
Black Duck2171524610/24/2016
Black Scoter12072622671217411/1/2016
Bonaparte's Gull16941616911/5/2016
Canada Goose934412510/24/2016
Common Eider526511/5/2016
Common Goldeneye55511/5/2016
Common Loon1697337610/24/2016
dabbling duck sp.38453811/5/2016
Double-crested Cormorant20471032511015110/11/2016
duck sp.13381710/31/2016
Forster's Tern4405149010/6/2016
Great Black-backed Gull135444810/21/2016
Great Blue Heron138721310/24/2016
Greater / Lesser Scaup291503111/2/2016
Greater Scaup10128910111/5/2016
Green-winged Teal (American)9695164175810/27/2016
Herring Gull2675510010/21/2016
Horned Grebe26410/30/2016
Laughing Gull41016128159211/1/2016
Lesser Scaup891628911/5/2016
Northern Gannet133117973532011/1/2016
Northern Pintail60195066810/18/2016
Parasitic Jaeger51362010/27/2016
Red-breasted Merganser15541611/1/2016
Red-throated Loon988247398811/5/2016
Ring-billed Gull559713110/24/2016
Royal Tern11126224011/1/2016
scoter sp.261414061582511/1/2016
Surf Scoter2940608531031011/1/2016
Surf/Black Scoter287315506411511/1/2016
Wood Duck6558820711/1/2016

     Join us tomorrow for some more wonderful sea watching, sunrise to sunset, at 8th and 9th street beach in Avalon.

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