Seawatch - Friday, December 22, 2017

The last day of the season was quite busy!  It was a nice warm day topping out around 52 degrees, with southeast and south winds that produced over 4000 birds!  The best birds of the day were 3 Harlequin Ducks and a Red-necked Grebe, all heading south without landing.  We also had good numbers of Common Eider (10) and White-winged Scoter (22).

Of course, the bulk of the birds were gannets, Red-throated Loons, and both scoters, with about 1000 birds for each.  52 Red-breasted Mergansers and 51 Long-tailed Ducks were nice sights throughout the day to keep the variety up a bit.  Six Horned Grebe, both Greater and Lesser Scaup, and a single American Black Duck rounded out the waterbird diversity for the day.

Overall, I could not ask for a better last day of the season!  A big thank you to everyone who came out to visit throughout the season!  Remember that although our season ends today, the birds do not!  Get out to the ocean and do some seawatching over the next few weeks as birds keep heading south!

TODAY: 4286


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