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 interesting.
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 days.
16-Feb Number of Species 50 Number of Individuals 6,920 Number of Checklists 1
16-Feb 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 -- *** You are subscribed to va-bird as <lists...> If you wish to unsubscribe, or modify your preferences please visit https://mailman.listserve.com/listmanager/listinfo/va-bird ***