Monthly Archives: November 2017

Waterbird Count – 3 November

Much windier day today, blowing out of the northwest. Most of the bird activity today was Red-breasted Mergansers again and some smaller groups of Buffleheads and Goldeneye. No reappearance from the Harlequin, though the waves were rough enough that it may have gone unnoticed if it was farther out from shore.
Mallard – 1
White-winged Scoter – 8
Black Scoter – 2
Long-tailed Duck – 24
Bufflehead – 43
Common Goldeneye – 10
Common Merganser – 3
Red-breasted Merganser – 68
Merganser sp. – 20
Duck sp. – 67
Common Loon – 1
Loon sp. – 1
Horned Grebe – 2
Ring-billed Gull – 3
Herring Gull – 4
Other species:
Bald Eagle – 1
Common Raven – 1

Waterbird Count – 2 November

Surprisingly quiet day today at the waterbird count, given that the south winds of yesterday grew northerly in the night. Some Buffleheads and Long-tails were still on the move, and large numbers of Red-breasted Mergansers were loafing on the water throughout the day, but overall numbers of moving ducks were much lower than they were in yesterday’s calm south winds.
White-winged Scoter – 1
Long-tailed Duck – 28
Bufflehead – 28
Common Goldeneye – 3
Common Merganser – 9
Red-breasted Merganser – 42
Duck sp. – 64
Horned Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 2
Herring Gull – 3
Other species:
Bald Eagle – 1
Sandhill Crane – 3
Blue Jay – 1
American Crow – 1
Black-capped Chickadee – 5

Waterbird Count – 1 November

Snowfall throughout the night last night welcomed us into November with a couple inches of wet snow clinging to everything when I started the count this morning. Light south winds meant that despite the colder temperatures it wasn’t too uncomfortable on the beach, which made it nice for the many visitors to the count today.

Pretty morning

Leonard, Bev and Jack, and Carol all stopped by to enjoy the Harlequin (who was back again today!), and the winter ducks that are coming through in good numbers now.

The Harlequin sat even closer to shore today, and the calm water made for nice views.

Buffleheads, Long-tails, and Goldeneyes were all around in good numbers again today. A flock of 50 Snow Geese flew south today as well, and interestingly ~40 of them were blue morph, which is the highest percentage of blue morphs I’ve ever seen in a flock.

More nice views

Lots of dead things on the beach today as well, two of which were fish – one was a fresh common carp that had washed up this morning, which proceeded to get demolished by Herring Gulls throughout the day. The other was a large salmon? But was much farther gone. There was also a dead White-winged Scoter washed up on the beach, which looked to be a few days old.

Herring Gull enjoying a tasty carp

Snow Goose – 50
Mute Swan – 2
Mallard – 1
Harlequin Duck – 1
Surf Scoter – 1
White-winged Scoter – 10
Scoter sp. – 5
Long-tailed Duck – 104
Bufflehead – 371
Common Goldeneye – 42
Common Merganser – 24
Red-breasted Merganser – 73
Merganser sp. – 3
Duck sp. – 217
Common Loon – 1
Horned Grebe – 4
Red-necked Grebe – 1
Ring-billed Gull – 4
Herring Gull – 3
Other species:
Bald Eagle – 3
Downy Woodpecker – 1
American Crow – 4