Date: 4/4/17 1:38 pm From: Joe Hanfman <auk1844...> Subject: [MDBirding] Poplar Island, Apr 4, 2017
Today was the first Poplar Island trip of the season. There was quite a bit of construction on the island which limited our access to the east side. The MES crew did an excellent job getting us safely around the island. Northern Gannets put on a great show flying over the bay and scoters.
The water temperature was below 50 degrees so everyone was inside the cabin on the boat rides.
Our complete checklist is below:
Poplar Island, Talbot, Maryland, US Apr 4, 2017 9:10 AM - 12:59 PM Protocol: Traveling 5.0 mile(s) 50 species (+1 other taxa)
Canada Goose 8 Gadwall 8 American Black Duck 16 Mallard 275 Estimate Northern Shoveler 50 Tallied Green-winged Teal (American) 17 Greater Scaup 2 Lesser Scaup 620 Greater/Lesser Scaup 800 Estimate Surf Scoter 300 Black Scoter 75 Tallied Long-tailed Duck 7 Bufflehead 100 Ruddy Duck (Ruddy) 285 Count Common Loon 6 Horned Grebe 140 Tallied Northern Gannet 50 Conservative estimate Double-crested Cormorant 1500 Estimate Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 6 Snowy Egret 1 Turkey Vulture 9 Osprey (carolinensis) 16 Northern Harrier (American) 1 Bald Eagle 3 Virginia Rail (Virginia) 2 American Coot (Red-shielded) 2 American Oystercatcher 2 Killdeer 9 Sanderling 6 Dunlin 205 Tallied Least Sandpiper 10 Greater Yellowlegs 4 Bonaparte's Gull 5 Laughing Gull 1 Ring-billed Gull 45 Herring Gull (American) 2500 Estimate Great Black-backed Gull 125 Caspian Tern 1 Forster's Tern 1 Fish Crow 6 Horned Lark 1 Purple Martin 2 Tree Swallow 75 European Starling 6 Palm Warbler (Yellow) 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 5 Song Sparrow 1 Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 125 Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) 1 Common Grackle (Purple) 4
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