Subject: Grand Manan birds, inc. NORTHERN GANNET, AMERICAN WIGEON, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and alcids
December 11 Highway 776: Woodward's Cove & Grand Harbour 12:30-12:50 61+ Mourning Doves, 2 Pine Grosbeaks.
Also I was shown a photo of a bird that appeared at a feeder in Grand Harbour. It was thought to be an American Pipit, and the shape, bill and long tail certainly suggest pipit but it is completely unmarked on the breast and has a broad white wingbar. It also tried to enter the house by fluttering around a back window, which sounds more warbler-like. I have alerted Durlan Ingersoll and will try to find it tomorrow.
Thoroughfare Road 12:55-13:20 female AMERICAN WIGEON, 29 American Black Ducks, 20 Buffleheads, Common Goldeneye pair, 20 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 unidentified sparrows (thought to be Savannah Sparrows but very skulking)
Long Eddy Point 13:40-14:10 13 adult NORTHERN GANNETS all flying east, male Long-tailed Duck, immature Bald Eagle, 11 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 13 Bonaparte's and 5 Iceland Gulls, 3rd-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 6 unidentified alcids, 6+ RAZORBILLS, 3+ THICK-BILLED MURRES, 4 DOVEKIES, 2 ATLANTIC PUFFINS
Castalia Feeders 15:00-16:00 2 Mourning Doves, Song, White-throated & 4 American Tree Sparrows, 3 Dark-eyed Juncos, Common Redpoll
Roger Burrows Castalia Grand Manan