Walked the causeway from Colchester this morning about 9:00.
In case anyone is wondering, we do bird areas other than the causeway,
but at this busy time of year it affords us a good walk as well as an
opportunity to see some good birds within a short drive from home (in
Most of the birds were south of the first island (Low Island?). There were 2
Greater black-backed gulls, a modest raft of Canada geese (We love seeing
those white goose butts bobbing in the water), and 2 Common mergansers.
As we walked towards the cut we saw the same female Lesser scaup we had
seen last weekend, a band of small whitish birds which flushed unexpectedly
ahead of us, and a solitary Common loon east of the cut. We suspect it was
the same individual we had seen last weekend.It was just east of the bench.
On our return trip we saw a single Common merganser flush from the west side
of the causeway, 2 Horned grebes and to our delight the small band of whitish
birds landed about 50 yards ahead of us. Of course we had had our suspicions
about the identity of these "whitish" individuals, but did not want to rush to
judgement. so we did or usual scan- take two or three steps- and scan again.
Finally we were close enough, and they stayed still enough (for a few
seconds)-for us to confirm that they were snow buntings.
Lastly as we approached the cae we heard two chickadees.