Waterbird Count, March 26 (First day at McGulpin Point)

Thanks to the shift in wind direction from the previous day, most of the ice around McGulpin Point has been swept away, clearing up the straits, and making the water visible from shore.  The first and final hours were relatively uneventful, with the exception of the juvenile Bald Eagle that flew south overhead near the end.  By 8:15 AM the bird activity was heating up- unfortunately the same could not be said about the temperature.  The ambient temperature shifted between 32 and 33 °F, the wind speed averaged at about twelve miles per hour, and along with a little snow, the rain was intermittent all day.  Other hallmarks for the day included the first confirmed Long-tailed Ducks moving through, and a high concentration of gull activity around Point La Barbe.

Canada Goose – 32
Mallard – 4
Redhead – 13
Greater Scaup – 35
Long-tailed Duck – 7
Common Goldeneye – 6
Common Merganser – 43
Red-breasted Merganser – 91
duck sp. – 42

Other Species:
Bald Eagle – 4