Thursday, April 2, 2015

Epic Condo Birding. Epic Migration.

This was a day to freakin remember. From January 2nd to April 1st - I had seen 78 species of birds from my condo... I SAW 74 TODAY ALONE!!!!!!!!!

11 FOY's
3 rarities
~20 flagged ebird sightings

I counted over 7500 freakin birds from my place... Full ebird checklist (and some highlight photos) below...


Cackling Goose 1
Canada Goose 395
Tundra Swan 320
Wood Duck 7
Gadwall 21
American Wigeon 35
American Black Duck 4
Mallard 145
Northern Pintail 125
Green-winged Teal 11
Green-winged X Common Teal (intergrade) 1

Common Teal features (large horizontal white bar on sides, contrasty, extra white on the facial markings) - but had a faint "American" spur on its side. Not even visible in all photos, but seen fairly easily with the scope. Photo'd. Not really a bird i'd expect to see at the condo... Hangin out in a mixed flock of Scaup and Wigeon... 

Canvasback 3
Redhead 65
Greater Scaup 650
Lesser Scaup 45
King Eider 2

ADULT freakin MALE flying W with 2 wood ducks and a RB Merganser mid morning (8am?) - up 100ft off the surface. NUTS... Then a female hanging out with the scoters/feeding etc. Heart attack material... 

Surf Scoter 125
White-winged Scoter 100
Black Scoter 10
Long-tailed Duck 150
Bufflehead 8
Common Goldeneye 2
Common Merganser 45
Red-breasted Merganser 70
Red-throated Loon 1 basic garb going W
Common Loon 8
Horned Grebe 16
Neotropic Cormorant 1

Picked out by my Dad going E along the shore, at the height of the other building. Continuing 2nd for Hamilton. Was with 2 DCCO. Small size, long tail, white facial feathers visible and photo'd. Boom!

Double-crested Cormorant 600
Great Blue Heron 21
Great Egret 1 foy
Turkey Vulture 35
Osprey 1
Northern Harrier 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 5
Cooper's Hawk 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-tailed Hawk 22
Rough-legged Hawk 2
Killdeer 40
Ring-billed Gull 275
Herring Gull 75
Glaucous Gull 2
Great Black-backed Gull 3
Rock Pigeon 1
Mourning Dove 20
Belted Kingfisher 1 foy
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 foy
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker 1 foy
American Kestrel 3
Eastern Phoebe 2 foy
Blue Jay 5 foy
American Crow 30
Horned Lark 3
Tree Swallow 15 foy
Barn Swallow 2 foy
Black-capped Chickadee 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1 foy
Carolina Wren 1 foy
Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 foy
Eastern Bluebird 5 foy
American Robin 600
European Starling 800
Song Sparrow 3
Dark-eyed Junco 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1100
Rusty Blackbird 1
Common Grackle 1000
Brown-headed Cowbird 600
House Finch 10
American Goldfinch 6
House Sparrow 35

Here's hoping for some leftover magic tomorrow... 

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