There was an obscene number of ducks flying west past Fifty Rd this morning... Possibly the biggest flight of LTDU's and WWSC's I've seen...
When I arrived, birds were flying through my scope at a rate of 250-400 per minute (rough counts)
Typical view when I arrived....
I was there from 8:10am to 11:10am... Some totally guessed totals:
Long-tailed Duck - 15, 000
White-winged Scoter - 8,000
Red-breasted Merganser - 5000
Common Goldeneye - 500
Greater Scaup - 400
Surf Scoter - 200
Bufflehead - 80
Lesser Scaup - 25
Mallard - 15
American Black Duck - 10
Black Scoter - 8
Canada Goose - 8
Common Merganser - 2
Northern Shoveller - 2 (singles)
I tried to document some flocks from time to time.. Some BUFF's...
Decent number of Lesser's mixed in...
The "movement" of LTDU's was a steady stream of individuals and small flocks, unlike the epic masses when they aren't "moving"
RB Mergies were one of the only species actively moving east (as well as west)
Often the "closest" species flocks (other than the few Buffles) - Common Goldeneye
Merlin 1 - caught a passerine way out over the lake
Bonaparte's Gull - 75
Common Loon - 25
Horned Grebe - 10
Red-necked Grebe - 1
DC Cormorant - 5
Euro Starling 2 - out over the lake
White-winged Crossbill - 4
Snow Bunting - 10
Got me excited for a bit.... Common Loon...