We waited until conditions got a bit more wintery (i.e., today) before
venturing out onto the Causeway. And to make sure we fully appreciated
the lake, views, and weather (windy), we went out to the cut from the
Colchester end. While hoping for the Pacific and/or Red-throated Loon,
we figured we'd at least find something good. And we did, of course, but
every loon we were able to observe carefully by scope (i.e., less than
maybe 1000m distant) was a Common. We can't be sure about those farther
out, diving constantly with bonaparte's and black-backs. Selected other
sightings below (11:30-13:50, overcast, 6-7°C with 6-8 m/s wind).
At Colchester Pond, no Ruddy Duck at ~10:30am, but highlights were 1
each female Greater Scaup and Long-tailed Ducks.
The Shelburne Bay Brant is still alive and well (cf. Tom Ford-Hutchinson
msg. of 11/8!). At ~1530 we also saw 1 Killdeer and 1 Kingfisher, both
presumably rather late, along with a variety of ducks.
Spencer and Doug Hardy, Norwich
Location: Colchester Causeway-south
Observation date: 11/10/08
Notes: sevaral thousand scaup sp. circled overhead; apparently put up by Coast Guard boat.
American Black Duck 15
Common Goldeneye 2
Common Loon 7
Horned Grebe 3 very close views
PURPLE SANDPIPER 2 close-distance fly-by, along south side
Bonaparte's Gull 25
Ring-billed Gull 15
Herring Gull 5
Great Black-backed Gull 10
CAROLINA WREN 1 loud, near-constant vocalization as we passed
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Cedar Waxwing 10
SNOW BUNTING 45 multiple, nice views
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