Date: 4/16/18 5:00 pm From: Rudolph Keller <rckeller...> Subject: Large loon fallout, Little Gull, Berks
Rain, except for intermittent showers, ended here around noon. I watched loons and gulls disappear into and appear out of the low cloud ceiling. The warblers were in a loose flock, many feeding on or near the ground, where they were as bright as flowers on this gloomy day. List below.
> Lake Ontelaunee (IBA), Berks, Pennsylvania, US > Apr 16, 2018 1:15 PM - 4:00 PM > Protocol: Traveling > 3.0 mile(s) > Comments: Overcast, intermittent rain, 43F. > 59 species > > Snow Goose 1 > Canada Goose 10 > Mute Swan 3 > Tundra Swan 1 Lingering imm. bird. Smaller than Mutes, typical Tundra > facial configuration. > Wood Duck 4 > Gadwall 30 > American Wigeon 28 > Mallard 30 > American Black Duck 15 > Northern Pintail 1 > Redhead 1 Drake. > Ring-necked Duck 21 > Common Merganser 6 > Red-breasted Merganser 4 Imm. male/female birds. > Red-throated Loon 22 All in nonbreeding plumage, as expected. > Skinnier & smaller than Common Loons with slightly upturned bills held > pointed slightly upward. Fallout induced by very heavy rain overnight and > this morning. > Common Loon 271 Loons continued to drop out of the low cloud ceiling > into the lake as I watched. Heavy overnight and early morning rain induced > this large fallout. > Pied-billed Grebe 3 > Horned Grebe 1 > Double-crested Cormorant 57 > Great Blue Heron 1 > Black Vulture 13 > Turkey Vulture 6 > Osprey 1 > American Coot 24 > Greater Yellowlegs 2 Calling overhead in the clouds. > Bonaparte's Gull 102 A cloud of these gulls arose from the lake just > after I reached the dam on Rt. 73. Many > immediately departed. About 2 dozen settled back down on the lake, > splashed awhile, then departed like the others. It took only a short break > in the rain showers to convince them to move on. Rain induced fallout. > Little Gull 1 Adult still in nonbreeding plumage. Underwings solidly > blackish except for narrow, bright white trailing edge and white wingtips. > Lacked the prominent white triangle on the upperwings typical of > Bonaparte's. The wings appear shorter and broader than those of > Bonaparte's and the wingbeat is stiffer and more shallow, resulting in a > less ternlike flight style than Bonaparte's. Lingered with a few dozen > Bonaparte's to splash in the lake for a short time, then departed with > them. Good looks in flight. > Ring-billed Gull 57 Departed en masse after a rain shower. > Caspian Tern 1 > Mourning Dove 2 > Chimney Swift 1 > Belted Kingfisher 2 > Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 > Downy Woodpecker 1 > Northern Flicker 7 > Blue Jay 4 > American Crow 4 > Fish Crow 2 > Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5 > Tree Swallow 150 > Barn Swallow 20 > Cliff Swallow 2 > Carolina Chickadee 2 > House Wren 1 > Carolina Wren 4 > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 > Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 > American Robin 10 > Palm Warbler (Yellow) 9 > Pine Warbler 8 > Yellow-rumped Warbler 6 > Chipping Sparrow 7 > Dark-eyed Junco 1 > White-throated Sparrow 15 > Song Sparrow 2 > Eastern Towhee 1 > Northern Cardinal 4 > Common Grackle 4 > American Goldfinch 2 > > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44645681 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/pa) Rudy Keller Boyertown, PA Berks County