Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Condo Birding Update - Oct 27 and 28

I'm still convinced that the buildings actually draw birds towards them. I watched these cormorants appear as specks from Toronto - only to eventually pass within 100ft of my window. 


Have pretty much been ignoring the patch for a while now... Poor patch...

On Oct 27th I didn't really watch at all. But I had a few decent birds including 1 juv Parasitic Jaeger and 1 juv Peregrine Falcon...

Made me think I should actually do a proper "watch" - cue Oct 28th: MEGA DUCK NUMBERS

aa_Condo, Hamilton, CA-ON
Oct 28, 2013 8:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Stationary
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 35
Tundra Swan 2
Gadwall 4
American Wigeon 18
American Black Duck 45
Mallard 188
Northern Pintail 175
Green-winged Teal 195
Greater Scaup 200
Lesser Scaup 10
Surf Scoter 3500
White-winged Scoter 5500
Black Scoter 200
Long-tailed Duck 10000
Bufflehead 70
Common Goldeneye 30
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser 1
Red-breasted Merganser 50
Red-throated Loon 4
Common Loon 45
loon sp. 1
Double-crested Cormorant 30
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Dunlin 2
Pomarine Jaeger 1             dark juvenile - pretty close - up 150ft
Bonaparte's Gull 36
Ring-billed Gull 75
Herring Gull 55
Great Black-backed Gull 8
Rock Pigeon 2
American Robin 5
European Starling 20
Red-winged Blackbird 40
American Goldfinch 60
House Sparrow 20

MAN - that's a lot of ducks.... I almost think I'm missing good birds because there are so many Long-tails and Scoters in view at any point in time - goodies could be slipping past due to the distractions. What can ya do?

Hopefully some more condo watching in the not too distant future...

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