Walked the causeway from Colchester this morning.
There wasn't much to see on the extreme south end, possibily due to 2 active
duck blinds with spreads of Canada Geese, Mallards and Snows.
A liitle further out there were 3 Common mergansers on the east side.
1 Common loon and the same female Lesser Scaup we saw yesterday. Later
we talked to another couple who walk the causeway daily, and they informed
us that she had been in the same area for about a week.
A group of Common goldeneye and a little bit later 3 Common mergansers, all
on the wing.
Another 2 lesser scaup - possibly juveniles, and 6 Horned grebes.
To the east approaching the cut there were numerous larids dining in at least
3 or 4 groups. It was hard to distinguish details due to the lingering morning
fog, but the Great black-backeds were well represented. They appeard to be
having quite the feast.
Another Common loon at the cut, seeningly unphased by nearby shotgun fire.
On the way out we saw mostly the same birds we had seen on he way in,
except for an additional Horned grebe.
As we approached land, several skeins of Canada geese flew in and alit in the
same area to form a raft of about 60 birds not far from where the now-
departed duck hunters had been earlier.
Just as we approached the camp that is nearest to the causeway, we spotted
4 Mallards (2 M & 2 F) and 4 hooded gulls in winter plumage. We got a good
look at their orange legs, and the black spot behind the eye, but they flushed
before We could focus on their bills. We're fairly sure they were Bonapartes.
The same wildflowers we had seen yesterday were still blooming, but we also
saw a single Bladder campion.
Another rewarding walk.