Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Ocean birding inland
Well, it’s been a pretty crazy week for the triangle, as there seems to be a huge ocean bird influx. Already, over 15 Long-tailed Ducks have been seen, plus White-winged and Black Scoter. But when I birded Falls Dam today, and was shocked to find over 5000 gulls on the lake. Of the gulls, 3000 were fairly close, and there were 1000 on each of the two arms going right and left. It was tedious, but I managed to pick out 2 Greater Black-backed Gulls, 1 Lesser Black-backed, 1 Laughing, 10 Bonies, and 10 Herring Gulls. The rest were of course Ring-billeds. They were feeding on the thousand of dead hickory shad all over the water, the shoreline was covered with fish. I also saw a flock of Gadwall flying with a female Long-tailed Duck in front, and a White-winged Scoter in the back. I saw this flock twice, both times in flight. I am definitely going to be birding a lot this week, it seems like a lot of fronts/food sources are pulling in some crazy birds!!!