Date: 2/19/18 9:29 am
From: Joanne Laskowski via va-bird <va-bird...>
Subject: [Va-bird] Shorebird Survey 2/16/18 Chincoteague NWR
Cloudy, warm day (65 degrees F) with little wind. Made easy viewing of
birds on the ocean, Tom's Cove and Assateague Channel. But alas! few
birds were to be seen.

We only had 8 species of shorebirds matched by 8 species of gulls, grebes
and loons.

But the merlins (3), one peregrine buzzing the huge flock of dunlin on the
Hook, and a beautiful red fox trotting down the beach kept the drive

Also, viewed the remains of the necropsied humpback whale at the Hook.
Gulls and Turkey Vultures were pulling off chunks and pieces of the parts
that still remained above the sand. Probably be totally covered in a few

Number of Species 50
Number of Individuals 6,920
Number of Checklists 1

Species Name Species Count
Snow Goose --
Canada Goose --
Tundra Swan --
Northern Shoveler --
Gadwall --
American Wigeon --
Mallard --
American Black Duck --
Northern Pintail --
Green-winged Teal --
Surf Scoter --
White-winged Scoter 22
Black Scoter --
Long-tailed Duck --
Bufflehead --
Red-breasted Merganser --
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 21
Horned Grebe 9
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron --
Great Egret 1
Turkey Vulture --
Northern Harrier 3
Bald Eagle --
American Oystercatcher 10
Black-bellied Plover 34
Killdeer 7
Sanderling 190
Dunlin 6,257
Greater Yellowlegs 41
Willet 1
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Bonaparte's Gull 11
Ring-billed Gull 51
Herring Gull 210
Great Black-backed Gull 43
Northern Flicker --
Merlin 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
American Crow --
Brown-headed Nuthatch --
European Starling --
Yellow-rumped Warbler --
Song Sparrow --
Northern Cardinal --
Eastern Meadowlark --
Red-winged Blackbird --
Common Grackle --
Boat-tailed Grackle --
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