Saturday, November 1, 2014

Super Fantastic Condo Lakewatch! - 1 November 2014

I watched steady for the first 4+ hours of daylight, then pretty steady after that! No mega's, but it was pretty awesome otherwise. Ebird - show me some totals!


Snow Goose 6
Brant 81
Canada Goose 75
American Wigeon 3
American Black Duck 46
Mallard 241
Northern Pintail 14
Redhead 15
Greater Scaup 400
Lesser Scaup 18
Surf Scoter 2000
White-winged Scoter 2000
Black Scoter 150
Long-tailed Duck 10000
Bufflehead 20
Common Goldeneye 200
Hooded Merganser 3
Common Merganser 2
Red-breasted Merganser 300
Red-throated Loon 79
Common Loon 161
Horned Grebe 3
Red-necked Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 22
Northern Harrier 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rough-legged Hawk 2
Black-bellied Plover 1
Sanderling 6
shorebird sp. 3
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Black-legged Kittiwake 1 adult type
Bonaparte's Gull 5
Thayer's Gull 1  juv
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1 2nd ba
Great Black-backed Gull 40
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2 albino
Peregrine Falcon 2 one age unknown, one juvenile male

3 new species for my condo list (Brant, Snow Goose, Sanderling) and lots of goodies. 

Check out my actual ebird checklist for more notes/details:


I haven't been posting many photos of late (on here), but decided to keep the camera at the ready today - just in case a mega did pass. Instead, I have a few photos I can share:


Omega Brant Flock!


Red-throated Loon!

Five Red-throated Loons! The loon flight (especially the Commons) was intense! 

Another highlight today - a Leucistic female Greater Scaup! First spotted her in flight, then she landed and was in view for a few hours this afternoon. 


Finally, the juvenile Thayer's Gull from today: 

Wish I had photos of the Kittiwake too, but I don't!


Hamilton fall bird count is tomorrow! Sun and north winds should be superb for migration. Can't wait to see what gets found! 

1 comment:

  1. Glad you got that funny looking Scaup! We were watching it from the beach this morning but it was tough to see it well given that 95% of the time it was hidden by waves...

    Looks like a pretty solid day at the condo!