Avalon Seawatch Update – October 6th

Surf Scoters

The week of September 30th through October 6th got off to a great start, with Tom Reed having an excellent flight of Lesser Black-backed Gulls (19), Parasitic Jaegers (43), and Laughing Gulls (3414).  This week also saw our first Great Cormorant, Greater Scaup, White-winged Scoter, and Black-legged Kittiwake for the season, as well as our second small flock of Brant.  Other than these highlights, however, it was a slow week at the Seawatch.

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

As for our main species, this week was quite lackluster, with very few scoters, loons, or gannets. Luckily, Double-crested Cormorants had a couple nice flight days, with 3669 on Friday and 3166 on Saturday. But rest assured, there are plenty of birds on their way!

Rarities of the week include: Brown Booby (2), Cory’s Shearwater (2), Great Shearwater, and Black-legged Kittiwake (4). We even had a humpback whale!  Unusual songbirds for the week included Blue Grosbeak and Yellow-breasted Chat!

Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak

The season really peaks by the end of the month, so stay tuned as the migration really ramps up!

Make sure to follow along on Trektellen!



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