I was at the Charlotte Town Beach from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. The open
water is still quite a distance from shore and the visibilty while I was there
was not great. I did however get some decent sightings. Many of the ducks
were resting on the ice edge. They were somewhat obscured from my view
because of the ice and snow. The quantities that follow represent only what I
could see with certainty. There were probably more than I am reporting and
there may have been females that I could not see well enough at that time.
There may be clearer days ahead as well as a closer look as the ice continues
to dissipate. Think Spring!!!!
Canada Goose- 16 (all flying north)
Gadwall- 6 drakes
American Black Duck- 25+
Northern Shoveler- 1 drake
Northern Pintail- 1 drake
Bufflehead- 1 flying north
Common Goldeneye- 250+
Hooded Merganser- 3
Common Merganser- 100+
Bald Eagle- 2 on the ice west of the open water
There were many gulls on the ice west of the open water but I could not get
positive ID's on them. There were also many ducks in the water near that
same ice edge that I could not ID.
Red-bellied Woodpecker- 1 heard
American Crow- 2 heard
Common Raven- 1 heard
Black-capped Chickadee- many heard
White-breasted Nuthatch- 1 heard
I was also at Woodside Natural Area earlier- 10:30 a.m to 11:15 a.m.
Red-shouldered Hawk- 1m
Red-shouldered Hawk/Red-tailed Hawk- 1f
This is the same pair that has been at Woodside for several years now. Two
years ago I saw them breeding (thus the reason I know what their sexes are).
I have never seen or heard any young hawks from this pair. I am wondering if
anyone else has or others have. . .
Red-winged Blackbird- 2m
Common Grackle- 1
I also made a quick stop at Shelburne Bay (no open water yet) and heard a