Date: 11/4/17 1:04 pm From: Terry Bronson <tbronsonbirds...> Subject: First Bald Eagle eBird record at Cranesville Swamp, third Surf Scoter record at Alpine Lake
After visiting Alpine Lake this morning, my wife Nancy and I went to Cranesville Swamp, where in early afternoon, only 9 species could be found. Among them, however, was the first-ever eBird record of BALD EAGLE for that location. It was a handsome adult soaring overhead a couple of times. Since there really isn't any open water at the swamp other than a couple of very small ponds, I guess I shouldn't be surprised that there were no previous records. This bird possibly could be the one seen occasionally at nearby Alpine Lake; maybe it came over from Deep Creek in Maryland. Might even have been migrating.
At Alpine Lake, a female SURF SCOTER was hanging out with some Buffleheads and Ruddy Ducks. The only previous 2 eBird records were on Oct. 28 and 29, so the timing is right for this species to be migrating through.
Other water birds at Alpine Lake:
Canada Goose--139 on the golf course at the edge of the lake Mallard--2 Ring-necked Duck--32 Bufflehead--28 Hooded Merganser--5 Ruddy Duck--69 Pied-billed Grebe--14