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Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 11 Oct 2014 13:42:43 -0400
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Hello all,

I went to Whiskey Bay this morning for a mini Lake Watch and found the following:

Cloudy sky, SW wind @ 1 mph, 42° F. (7:34 a.m.- 8:51 a.m.)

Brant- 273 (131, 142) heading south

Canada Goose- 171 (16,16,31,20,3,4,36,23,5,17) heading south

American Black Duck- 34 (2,10,15,7) heading south

Mallard- 13 (8,5) heading south

White-winged Scoter- 30 (4,21,5) heading south

Common Goldeneye- 1 heading south

Hooded Merganser- 4 heading south

Common Merganser- 1 on the water west of Whiskey Bay.

Common Loon- 6 (4 heading south & 2 on the water W of Whiskey Bay).

Red-necked Grebe- 2 on the water in Whiskey Bay and were quite close to me.

Double-crested Cormorant- x

Bonaparte's Gull- 100+ conservative estimate as there were many flying around.

Ring-billed Gull- x

Peregrine Falcon- I spooked it off its' perch when I walked down there. It flew south and found another perch. I believe
                             it is a local bird because I have seen it there on several different occasions.

American Crow- 2

I also stopped at The Charlotte Town Beach and counted 42 Common Loons and 12 Horned Grebes.

I then went to Meach Cove and joined Scott Morrical.
We saw 35-40 Common Loons, 65 Brant flying south, at least 10 Horned Grebes, 1 Red-necked Grebe & others.

I "suspect" tomorrow morning "might" be another good movind day. Last night brought in hundreds of new migrants 
and it was just the beginning of what's to come. . .

I will stop by The Charlotte Town Beach this afternoon sometime to look for birds on the water. The visibilty should be decent if the clouds stick around. Good luck if any of you are able to get out there sometime soon.

Enjoy Birds,

Jim Mead