Friday, September 28, 2012

Day 3

Boy I still haven't answered any emails etc.. Here's why --- Woke up early (7:30am is early, right?) and went for a zodiac adventure with Barb Wire! (Barb Charlton)...

To start the day off, I threw some bread at shore to appease the gull gods - then we zipped out to the deep.. Bad idea I guess because apparently right as we were leaving a Franklin's Gull came in.. Whoops...

It was calm early, so we did some deep-lake exploration... Virtually nothing right until the end (maybe 8-10km offshore) - where we eventually found some junk floating on the water and had 2 juvenile Sabine's and 1 juvenile Little Gull feeding among it. 10 Common Terns flew over here as well...


Return to shore for a quick break around 1 (I think) - then we started tossing bread -  which was quite productive... Lots of documentation style photos of Jaegers... No time for photos now (fell asleep at 8:30 last night, and now I need to get ready for more birding today)... Here's the ebird checklist:

HSA - off shore zodiac trip - VWB area, Hamilton, CA-ON
Sep 27, 2012 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: with Brandon Holden - in his zodiac. Photos of many of the birds seen taken by Brandon
25 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose X
American Black Duck 1
Mallard 5
Northern Pintail 30
Green-winged Teal 14
Greater Scaup 1
White-winged Scoter 12
Long-tailed Duck 1
Common Loon 5
Double-crested Cormorant X
Sanderling 3
Sabine's Gull 3 all juvs
Bonaparte's Gull 2
Little Gull 1 dark juv
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 3 juvenile birds seen together
Common Tern 12
Pomarine Jaeger 2
Parasitic Jaeger 2 adult and sub adult
Long-tailed Jaeger 1
jaeger sp. 5
Peregrine Falcon 2
Horned Lark 1


  1. I'll try to do a real "update" post on the game soon...

  2. Photos! Photos! Photos!

    Greg Neise, IL. Drew Weber, NY, Skye Haas, MI. Ben Fritchman, WI. We all make an honest plead for Dec 10 to be the last day of the The Game.


  3. Thanks for your efforts, managed a decent shot of a Parasitic finally. Missed the sabine's by a half hour.