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